If variety is the spice of life, then my career must be a vindaloo. What else could explain a background that has involved revealing the 'Mission Impossible' takeover attempt of Rangers by Ethan Hunt; that Little Britain stars created a storm when describing Motherwell in less than complimentary terms; unveiling Scotland's most valuable companies; and detailing the £1bn hole in the country's public sector pensions. All without a jug of iced water in sight.
The country's oldest major industry, which at its peak in 1957 employed 87,000 men and after the Second World War had 187 collieries, will be reduced to little more than 500 workers after Scottish Coal's parent company announced it is to axe 450 of its 758-strong workforce.
Scottish Resources Group (SRG) also said it would close or mothball environmentally sensitive mining projects, blaming the rise in cheap imports and fracking in the US for natural gas.
Douglas McWilliams, the executive chairman of the Centre for Economics and Business Research, will make the call in a speech tonight. He will also say it is time for politicians to stop blaming the country's problems on bankers.
Mr McWilliams, professor of commerce at the public lecture institution Gresham College, will say poor investment yields will leave pension funds underfunded and mean low payouts.