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The Writing Impact Of Alastair Borthwick

History tends to remember the strong or the brave depending on what has been done in their life. From time to time history will remember those of intellectual accomplishments. While athletes and soldiers get most of the glory in history, few scientist and authors share the same interest from people. In Glasgow, Scotland there was a celebrated author known for his talents who passed away. Alastair Borthwick has made many contributions as an author and as a person in his time.

Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen in 1913. He lived in many places throughout Europe including Troon and Glasgow which served as his home for many years off and on. Leaving Glasgow High school in 1929 he took his first writing job for the Glasgow Herald. In an article from, Alastair later became one of the editors for the paper. It was at the paper that he became involved with the world of hill walking and climbing. His articles on these subjects brought the sport to a more mainstream appeal as it has served as a past time for the wealthy.

In 1935 Alastair Borthwick was granted his first major position in journalism at the Daily Mirror in London. While this was a better opportunity for him he returned to more humble roots in Glasgow taking a job in radio for the BBC. In 1939 he released a book titled “Always a Little Further” which you can purchase on There was uncertainty about the books success by the publisher but the collection of his writings became a best seller and is still in print.

During the Second World War Alastair Borthwick was commissioned to the 5th Battalion as an intelligence officer. He saw action all over Europe and even into North Africa. Once the war had slowed down and conflict was ending, Alastair was asked to write the history of the 5th Battalion. In 1946 his second book was published titled “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlands. This publication has been in print until 1994 when it made its reprint under a new title. Alastair Borthwick passed away on 9-25-2003.

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Yeomni Park


There are few nations in the world today with as much corruption as North Korea. Yeomni Park was born into a wealthy family from North Korea. At a young age, Yeomni Park watched as her father was taken away from her family. Her family would eventually work to get away from the country. Here story resonates with many people from oppressive cultures. Yeomni Park now travels the world talking about her story. She is one of the youngest human rights activists in the world today. Here are several ways that her story is impacting people around the world.

Government Oppression

There are billions of people around the world who are living under the rule of an oppressive government. In these nations, basic freedoms are cut out. This makes it difficult for people to get ahead in life. Although some try to escape, many of these people simply do not know what life is like outside of their country. The story of Yeomni Park is inspirational because it shows these people that there is hope outside of the country they were born in. She has been able to travel to many nations across the world telling her story and advocating for people like her.

Economic Difficulty

One of the biggest issues with living in a nation like North Korea is the economic difficulty that the people live in. Many times, the people of North Korea do not even have money for food. There are few people with jobs that pay well. In addition, the economic environment of North Korea is not conducive to starting a business. Many people are then left with just accepting their life as it is. Yeomni Park has been able to tell her story and inspire people to achieve more. She is a great advocate for governments spending more money on their people. North Korea spends a huge percentage of its total budget on the military. This creates an issue where the economy and infrastructure of North Korea is crumbling and the people suffer for it.

Impact on Policy and Charity

There are already some nations around the world responding to calls from others to change their policy. Many first-world nations are willing to invest in poorer nations if they show the money is actually used to help the residents of the country. One of the issues facing many charities is getting food and water to the oppressed people. Many times, government officials steal the charitable gifts meant for the people of the country.


The story of Yeomni Park is one of hard work and dedication to the cause. Yeonmi Park has also a book on Amazon. There are many people who can relate to her story of oppression. Anyone who is living in a nation with limited freedom can use her as an example as someone who has broken out of the bondage. Over the next couple of years, many people expect that Yeomni Park will continue to tell her story and inspire people around the world.