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Sea of grief over Iolaire – 100 years on from the tragedy

January 2, 2019

Malcolm Macdonald’s father had been harbouring a dark secret for years. One he chose to share with his son when he was 10. The secret was that his father, also called Malcolm Macdonald, had drowned in the Iolaire tragedy, one of the darkest days in Britain’s naval wartime history.


When the guns fell silent

November 17, 2018

We all know of the carnage in the trenches of the First World War, but civilian life had been disrupted too, with many working long hours in dirty conditions or in dangerous munitions factories.

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New society born, as life changed forever in 1914

November 12, 2018

The north and north-east was almost entirely spared any direct physical damage – beyond an “extraordinary and disgraceful” U-boat shelling that damaged St Kilda’s church and a rogue raid by a possibly lost Zeppelin which left craters in an Insch field and shattered several windows of a nearby castle.


I can ignore the Brexit elephant no longer

October 22, 2018

I’ve tried hard, really hard, to resist the urge to write about Brexit. There are so many other issues deserving an airing in this column. There is next week’s Budget, the state of our education system and the debate over P1 testing, or the funding of the NHS in Scotland, waiting lists and social care.

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Magnificent men and their ‘shack’ flying machines

October 6, 2018

For 40 years, up until the early 1990s, Avro Shackletons were a distinctive sight and sound in the skies above the Moray Firth. The four-engined planes, a development of the famous wartime Lancaster bomber, remained in service much longer than was planned. Now a new book, Shackleton Boys, by Steve Bond, tells the stories of the men who flew “The Shack”, and kept her in the air.