The women I write about as part of SWOTY con­tinue to in­spire me

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with a mark, scar or con­di­tion that makes them look dif­fer­ent.

Meet­ing Wishaw school­boy Craig Mitchell, one of the char­ity’s youth am­bas­sadors, was a high­light.

Over the sum­mer, I helped to pro­file 100 of the most in­cred­i­ble men and women who have put Glas­gow on the map through science, the arts, politics, sport and more. Great­est Glaswe­gians was a bit of fun, which also pro­voked some heated de­bate both in the of­fice and on our web­site and so­cial me­dia pages. In the end, the mighty Billy Con­nolly tri­umphed in the public vote and few peo­ple dis­agreed with that choice, at least.

In June, I spent an hour in the com­pany of one of the nicest peo­ple on the planet. Keith Banks, chap­lain at Glas­gow Air­port, re­tired af­ter a decade in the job. Walk­ing through the air­port gave you a sense just how much he would be missed, as so many peo­ple came to chat and shake his hand.

In Au­gust, along with thou­sands of others, I mourned the sud­den and dev­as­tat­ing loss of Jan­ice

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