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!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/03/27/sean-penns-freaky-debut-novel-bob-honey-trump-era-satire/454004002/