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