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Walk the plank

My GREAT -uncle Ben lost both of his legs; he had ‘hardening of the arteries.’ That ailment didn’t affect his cognitive abilities; I tend to the view that his vulnerabilities enhanced his remaining faculties and sharpened his focus on the things that really matter.

Uncle Ben had tartan carpet on the floor of his living room in his flat in a multi in Dundee and his Clan McEwen crest adorned the fireplace wall. Those decorations comprise some of the reasons why I admired him. The main reason though is that Uncle Ben is actually the first rebel I am ever aware of having encountered - he stored on his balcony the transmitter for the pirate Radio Scotland. And I believed, when I was 9, that Uncle Ben was indeed a pirate. If further proof of Uncle Ben’s fearlessness is required, I can confirm that he was raided by the police and faced them down so they didn’t locate the transmitter and the broadcasts continued. Yo ho ho!

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iScot Magazine March 2017 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with the Up Helly Aa front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, David McVey, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Dr Jamie Reid Baxter, Delia Forrest, Ann MacKinnon, Indy Lawyer, Fiona Nicholson and Jason Michael McCann