War Hero and Journalist Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick is remembered for his heroics in the Second World War. He was a seasoned journalist and an organizer of exhibitions. He was an admired man in the Scottish Press due to his connections with the working class in Scotland. Many remember him for his novel, Always a little Further.

In the Second World War, he rose through the ranks from just a normal soldier to a captain. Most of his work was inspired by this achievement as well as mountaineering. He spent most of his time in service in Sicily, Western Desert, and Europe. During the war in 1945, he led his camp to fight the 51st Highlanders division. These men were about 600 of them. It was in the dark that he led them behind their enemy’s lines, the Germans. By this time he was already a Lance Corporal. These acts of boldness showed that he was not as soft as his readers thought of him.

The time he had spent hill climbing had prepared him to participate in the war. These skills of navigation helped him lead his unit through the hard terrain and successfully reaching to grounds they were safe. During the war, he was involved with different camps both in Western Europe and North Africa.

Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Ayrshire in the year 1913. At the age of 11, his family moved to Glasgow. Here attended school and at 16 he left school to for work at the Evening Times working as a copytaker. He was then promoted to work as Glasgow weekly herald. He had many duties to perform at the firm including editing of children, Women, and films, coming up with crossword and answering the readers’ questions.

It was here that he got to learn hill climbing as an activity. In the year 1935, Alastair Borthwick started working for the Daily Mirror in London. He later joined BBC in the radio broadcasting department. His career blossomed at BBC. He worked for BBC between 1935 and 1995. He was also a member of different clubs and died aged 90 years old.


The Remarkable Life of Alastair Borthwick 4

On February 17, 1913, Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, and after engaging in different professionals, he passed on September 25, 2013. He was a broadcaster, author, and journalist who is remembered from his two unique books that have remained classics in the field. Borthwick lived in Troon as a child but later relocated to Glasgow, where he studied at Glasgow High School.

He joined Glasgow Herald in 1929 at the age of 16 where his first job entailed taking down copies from phoning in reporters and later became an editor of several feature pages. His involvement with the Glasgow Herald’s “open Air” page made him part of the Glasgow’s blossoming climbing and hillwalking scene. That helped him advance with his articles regarding the working class individuals from Clydebank and Glasgow venturing at the highlands during weekends.

The Daily Mirror where Alastair Borthwick was employed was a huge step in Borthwick’s journalism career. Borthwick worked for a year at Daily Mirror but returned to Glasgow where he was hired as a BBC radio reporter. “Always a Little Further,” is the collection of his various articles which Borthwick had written for the Glasgow Herald and that was published in 1939.

Borthwick was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the Seaforth Highland, the fifth Battalion (Sutherland and Caithness), during the Second World War. He was also involved throughout the war when the Seaforth Highlanders experienced a reaction in Italy, Belgium, North Africa, Holland, Germany, and Sicily.

During that time, Borthwick was requested to write the Battalion history, which was referred to as “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Sutherland and Caithness) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders” which was later published in 1946. The book was printed whereby the 1994 copy is the latest print that highlighted on the British infantry Battalion action from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945.

After the war came to an end, In an article from thetimes.co.uk, it says that Borthwick shifted from Glasgow to Jura and focused on doing fishing, crafting, and broadcasting at the BBC. He later relocated to Islay in 1952 and shortly returned to Glasgow to assist in the preparation of Scotland’s contribution to the Festival of Britain, in 1951. He also engaged with television scenes where he produced over 150 thirty minutes programmes for the Grampian TV. However, in 1970, he shifted to Ayrshire where he lived on a farm hill before joining a nursing home where he died in 2013.

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“Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” and the Dark Side of Democracy

This spring, Sean Penn released his anticipated book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” and he sat down with Trevor Noah of the Daily Show, and Vogue Magazine, and talked about how is taking a break from acting to work on this piece. Penn told Noah that his book is meant to address “the dark side of human nature” and how easily humans can enthralled with fascism. The story is somewhat absurdist, lacking a traditional plot, but it seems to reflect Penn’s views of the current state of the world. The book is about Bob, an angry American, who goes on mallet wielding murder sprees, in which he kills older Americans that he feels are standing in the way of progress.

In Vogue, Penn talks about how he feels the book runs on a parallel plane alongside the #METOO movement, and this seems fitting, as the story goes through several events that have recently occurred in America.

At one point Bob witnesses the 2016 Presidential Election, at another he even writes an angry letter to the president of the U.S., telling him that he is unfit to run the country. The similarities are hard to miss. Penn tells Noah that Bob is supposed to resemble the idea that many citizens want to serve their countries, but not only lack the direction, but also the purpose. This is the reason to why Bob goes on these murder sprees in the name of helping “progress.”

Along with discussing the movie, Penn goes into detail about his past experiences that could have inspired him to write it. He goes into detail about his anger at Trump’s racist comments about Haiti. He also goes into his relationship with Hugo Chavez, and his feelings that Maduro needs to be replaced. Penn ends by critiquing the war on drugs, and saying that talking to el Chapo was important in understanding the adverse effects of the conflict. In general, it seems that Penn found a median for his views in the form of baby boomer Bob Honey!