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A Glance at Glasgow’s Legend Life History, Alastair Borthwick

Born in Rutherglen and raised partially in two other towns, Troon and Glasgow, Alastair Borthwick is a man whose legacy lies strongly in the two books that he authored before he passed away on 25th September 2003. Alastair was born on 17th Feb 1913 and was an alumnus of Glasgow High School. He left high school at the age of sixteen and immediately began working at the Glasgow Herald in 1929, and since then, his life revolved around the media.

His first job involved taking down copies from correspondents phoning in the Glasgow Herald before he was promoted as the editor of some of the Herald’s pages. Since then, he never looked back and continued to involve himself with journalism even more. It is while serving as an editor that Alastair Borthwick came across and became heavily involved with the town’s hillwalking and climbing arena.

For another six years, Alastair served as editor before moving to work at Daily Mirror in London. However, life was not appealing to him, and after a while, he moved back to Glasgow where he joined BBC as a radio correspondent. After a few years at BBC, Borthwick finally published some of his work, entitled; Always A Little Further, under a publisher known as Faber. The publication was just one of the many pieces he had authored while working at Glasgow Herald. Even though the publishers were unsure on whether to publish, they proceeded with the action because the print received a lot of appreciation. Since then, the book has been published and remains one of the best books that has ever been written about Scotland’s outdoor activities.

When the Second World War began, Alastair joined in as an intelligence officer for the Seaforth Highlanders, a squad that participated in the war in various parts of the world such as Holland, Germany, North Africa and many other parts of the continent. As per WikiVisually, when the storm finally came down, and calmness returned, Alastair was requested to write about his squad’s history, and it was later published under the title, Sans Peur, the history of the 5th battalion the Seaforth highlanders.

After the war ended, he finally moved to Jura with his wife and continued working for BBC. In the early 1950’s, Borthwick moved again this time to Islay, and after a while, he went back to Glasgow. However, five years before he passed away, Alastair Borthwick had been living in a nursing home in Beith.

Reference: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7954898/alastair-borthwick

Why Yeonmi Park Is a Leading Human Activist

Over the years, many citizens across the world have been suffering from poor leadership regimes. Many governments are known of undermining the human rights by disobeying the constitutional processes. These countries are often led by leaders who are dictatorial in nature. Therefore, most individuals have suffered in the hands of poor governance and regimes across the world. This has led to emergence of many human rights activist bodies in the world. The human right bodies have tried to combat the situation by championing for the respect of the constitutions. It has led to individuals rising up and fighting for the rights of many oppressed people in different countries. Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector who has continued to champion for respect of human rights. At 13 years old, Yeonmi Park was forced to flee North Korea with her family due to the inhuman treatment they were receiving in their homeland. The country was unbearable and human rights were being violated by the ruling regime. She was forced to exile with her family after her father was found selling metals to China which was against the government policies. During the journey to exile, Yeonmi Park experienced a lot of horrifying ordeals and her mother was killed in the process of protecting her from being raped. The Chinese soldiers raped her mother and later killed her living her to face the world on her own. While in exile, her father also died in China where the conditions were very harsh and could not even mourn the father due to fear of deportation.
Before moving to exile, her mother often encouraged her to keep quiet that even the walls and grass had ears. The conditions in North Korea were very bad that at one point she was forced to eat grass and insects to survive. This ordeal gave her strength to develop courage and start championing for the rights of North Korean citizens. Yeonmi Park is currently residing in South Korea and is undertaking a criminal justice degree Dongguk University. This has been her stepping stone towards the fight against inhuman injustices committed to many people. She talks promptly on how over 21million North Korean citizens are living under hardship conditions with poverty levels on the rise. Her championship for human rights has made her appear on many notable media houses to explain her situation. After interacting with the outside world like the United States of America where the parents encouraged their children to speak about their rights, she developed the confidence of emerging from the dark to champion her course.  The books have generated a lot of debate that has attracted many followers from every part of the world. Park is a media personnel hosting different television shows in South Korea to try and bring the two nations together.

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