Main interests are news and current affairs, Scottish themes, politics, the arts, sports, birds, wildlife, landscape, general outdoors, motor caravanning.
Video and still photography, and general news reporting.
One-time staff reporter and sub-editor, reincarnating as freelance.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.
More than 1000 fancy dress “loony dookers” – from the Scots word for bathing, “dook” – take a dip in an icy Firth of Forth to celebrate New Year, against the backdrop of the famous Forth Bridge.
“Edinburgh’s Hogmanay”, billed as the greatest street party in the world, attracting some 80,000 revellers to the City’s Princes Street, welcomes 2013 with music dancing, and midnight fireworks, with events beamed to a billion people in 150 countries
Alex Salmond takes his first session of First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament since becoming Scotland’s longest-serving First Minister, this week surpassing his predecessor Jack McConnell’s 2001 days in the post.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visits the new Forth bridge project – the Forth Replacement Crossing – as work reaches a major milestone with the foundations for the main 200m high tower under construction.
Edinburgh Castle is voted the Top UK Heritage Attraction for the second year running at the British Travel Awards ceremony in London. Images taken in Autumn 2012.
Scottish Liberal Democrats annual conference challenges the SNP’s stance on independence, promoting their own vision of a federal UK, and attack the SNP Government’s lack of clarity on seeking legal advice on EU membership for an independent Scotland
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond comes under attack in the Scottish Parliament over allegedly misleading statements on legal advice about EU membership, in the week two MSPs resign over the SNP party conference u-turn on NATO membership.
SNP Depute Leader and Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, brings the Party’s annual conference to a close with a speech attacking the UK Government’s austerity programme, and arguing for full control of Scotland's economy.