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January 12, 2019

Alastair Borthwick: A Renaissance Man

Alastair Borthwick was a man of many talents, utilizing his gifts in several different ways. He had his breakthrough literary masterpieces, specifically Always A Little Further (1939) and Sans Peur (1946); Always A Little Further, a memoir inspired greatly by Borthwick´s love of the oudoors and the Scottish highlands, was the writer’s first literary success. Sans Peur, different but equally poignant, tells the tales of the final years of World War II. Borthwick was a unique and enjoyable human being.
Born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire in 1913, he was raised in Troon, Ayrshire before eventually moving to Glasgow at the age of eleven. It was in Glasgow where Alastair first got his start in journalism. He started as a copy taker for The Evening Times and moved on to the Glasgow Weekly Herald. Still a teenager, Alastair Borthwick found the staff at the Herald to be quite thin, forcing him to cover many different columns and work in copious amounts of topics. It was here that he discovered his love for rock climbing that was the genesis behind Always A Little Further. His career was put on hold when Borthwick joined the Scottish troops in World War II.
Alastair Borthwick joined in with the 51st Highland Division’s 5th Seaforth Highlanders, eventually reaching the rank of captain. One memorable night for Borthwick came when he led a group of around 600 men in single file fashion through enemy lines to surround the sleeping German troops in the Netherlands.
After the war, along with his wife who he married in 1940, Alastair moved to the country. It was here where he felt alive, finally settling in South Ayrshire in 1960, where the family lived for the rest of their lives.
Alastair’s rich talents brought him into broadcasting, where he wrote for over 150 different programs. His favorite of them was Scottish Soldier, a 13-part series that told the stories of Scottish infantry regiments from the point of view of the soldier. Alastair Borthwick died on September 25, 2003, and will be forever remember for his wealthy talents and love for the outdoors.

Learn more about Alastair´s life and publications at https://gazetteday.com/2018/12/recounting-life-alastair-borthwick/

August 09, 2018

Adam Milstein Will Never Throw In The Towel

Adam Milstein means business when he talks about the plight of Jewish people. He has invested massive amounts of his time advocating for the plight of ethnic/religious Jews, as well as Israelis. He is from Israel and believes in the concept of Zionism. He believes that Zionism and the existence of Zion make up the plight of Jews. After all, according to Jewish theology, Jews are supposed return to a homeland in some Messianic event. Throughout Jewish literature, and even Jewish culture, there is a belief that Jews are meant to have their own land where “goys” are not around—or perhaps around in very few numbers or with very little influence.

 

This belief makes a lot of sense and is justified when you think about how Jews have been persecuted in every country where they have been a minority. It has come to a point where if non-Jewish groups of people and governments have a chip on their shoulder against Jews, then Jews should really have their own country where they can govern themselves and live among each other. This is what is meant in the Jewish holy books when it says that God wants Jews to have their own nation and that Israel is the place to be. Adam Milstein understands the whole justification and stands behind it.

 

Adam Milstein is regularly vocal about his topic of concern, and expresses his opinions in various ways and through various mediums. For example, there are some articles online that have been published by him. Also, he started two foundations in the effort of bringing the Israeli American community together. He makes his livelihood as a managing partner at a firm that deals with real estate—Hager Pacific Properties.

 

Adam Milstein is a gigantic optimist when it comes to the state of Jewry in the present and future. There are some pathetic people out there who think that Adam Milstein should just throw in the towel because it appears that Jewish identity is fading. However, he knows that quitting is for losers.
http://www.adammilstein.org/

Brenda Wardle Continues To Cover The Oscar Pistorius Case

The world has been gripped by the legal case featuring South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius since news broke of the death of model Reeva Steenkamp at his home in 2013. The controversy over the murder case that was heard from March 2013, and was finally decided on September 12th 2014. Despite a verdict being delivered by judge Thokozile Masipa of culpable homicide the case has not yet been completely decided as appeals continue to be heard over one year since the initial decision was reached in the case.

The media has played an important role in presenting the details of the Pistorius case to the world, particularly in explaining the often difficult to understand South African legal system to people in different countries. One well known face who has been seen on news channels around the world throughout the case is Brenda Wardle, one of the best known legal analysts in South Africa. Wardle played an important role in providing expert analysis for global news agencies during the case as the different options in the South African legal system had to be explained to interested viewers throughout the world.

There is more to the work of Brenda Wardle than simply providing legal analysis for the media, she is also well known as a legal expert in South Africa creating research papers for some of the most respected journals in the country. As the daughter of a South African woman and an English father Brenda Wardle has lived a life that is an enjoyable story to hear, which has been reflected in the short stories and autobiographical novel she completed in recent years. The latest work by Wardle will focus on the Pistorius trial and provide a narrative alongside the legal analysis she has become known for.

The Pistorius trial may be over in its initial stages, but looks set to rumble on for many years to come after the story told by Pistorius about how Reeva Steenkamp died in his bathroom has been discarded by two courts.