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Issue 74 - Moving on

Scotland Magazine Issue 74
April 2014


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Moving on

Rob Allanson says farewll and so to pastures new

So I write this as my train hurtles through the countryside. I like writing on the train, as there are no distractions other than the landscape you are travelling through.

Well the news may have filtered through to you already, it has been out on the social media wires for a little while now but I wanted to take the opportunity to say a big thank you.

This is one of those columns I guess I would write eventually. I am leaving. There is no other way to say it, but it's time for pastures new and different challenges. I have had nine great years here at the magazine and had a very good time. Who wouldn't? Scotland is one of the best places in the world to cover as a journalist.

I owe a debt of thanks to so many people over the years who have helped, advised, cajoled, taught and drank with me. They are too many to mention. In this I include you dear readers because without you the magazine would not exist. You are all wonderful, passionate people who I thank from the bottom of my heart. Keep exploring all the wonderful things that Scotland has to offer.

Then there is the writing staff. To these superb people again I owe a debt of thanks, a massive thank you for all the copy, help, pictures, advice, drams, cocktails and all round general stalwartness of being one of the best writing teams I have had the pleasure to work with. It has been a delight.

The magazine is only as strong as its contributors and I think the team that has been assembled all do an incredible job of making the magazine such an engaging read.

The magazine is in a good place to grow into a new phase with Roddy Martine at the helm, who is an excellent pair of hands and has been a long term contributor to the magazine and he will be helped by Rupert Wheeler as Managing Editor.

That moves us nicely on to thanking all my colleagues past and present. This includes the people who are detailed in the front of the magazine and whose job titles don't give away how much work they do to keep the magazine running so well.

So before I slip into full Oscar acceptance speech mode it beholds me just to say thank you once again. Scotland is about to move into interesting times, anniversaries of great battles and of course the referendum. Her destiny will be worth watching and of course
Scotland Magazine will be here to give you all the history that has made this a great nation.