I started out as an editor with W & R Chambers, godfathers of English dictionaries, but was lured into newspapers with the promise of free novels. I was literary editor at Scotland on Sunday for several years before joining The Herald. E-books have yet to encroach on my desk, but every other kind has so that, 10 years on, it resembles a broch.
His latest crime has been to urge Westminster Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to consider offering homeopathic remedies and treatments on the NHS. Since the Prince's conversations and letters are protected from freedom of information requests, and unavailable for public view, his critics are up in arms, without knowing precisely what he has said.
A steady slap, slap, slap of raindrops filled the air, yet the sky was blue and the sun was up. I went to the window. The sound was not a downpour but a tsunami of pounding feet, as the Edinburgh Marathon streamed beneath my windows.