I write features, reviews, and comment on a range of subjects, though my particular interest areas are popular culture and television. I write a column about TV in the Arts magazine of The Herald every Saturday and I often write about my big passion: Doctor Who. I’ve also been an editor, overseeing The Herald’s features and Saturday magazine.
Mr Havel, whose political slogan was "truth and love will overcome lies and hatred", died yesterday morning aged 75 after a long illness.
Tributes came from the British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who described him as a hero of the Cold War, and Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he had helped to bring freedom and democracy to Europe.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called him a great European and said: "We will remember his commitment to freedom and democracy just as much as his great humanity."
Earlier this month drivers had to take an 18-mile detour to Kincardine Bridge as hurricane-force gales shut the Forth Road Bridge. But storm shields on its replacement mean it will not have to close in similar conditions.
The bridge was forced to shut to traffic for more than eight hours when 90mph winds swept across much of the country.
Tests have already been carried out by engineers in Italy, with possible designs being compared with similar shielding on the Second Severn Crossing, which has never been closed in high winds since its opening in 1996.