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.
Hundreds of schools were closed, roads were blocked and trains and flights were in disarray as hurricane-strength winds of up to 165mph battered Scotland in the worst storms for two decades.
Seven out of 10 of the country's 2800 schools either did not open or were closed early and one in five of all flights in and out of Glasgow and Edinburgh airports was grounded. Hundreds of roads and every major bridge was closed.
Winds of 70mph-85mph hit the central belt, leading police forces to tell motorists to stay at home for much of the day, and closed almost every major bridge: the Forth Road Bridge between Edinburgh and Fife; the Erskine Bridge, which connects Renfrewshire and Dunbartonshire; the Skye Bridge; and Tay Road Bridge.
Police said the closures were causing significant congestion, as drivers struggle to find alternative routes. Rush-hour commuters were badly affected, although many workers went home early because of the conditions.