North Sea memorial
You will forgive me, I feel sure, for the absence of a political blog today.
I am in Aberdeen providing commentary for our televised coverage of the memorial service for those who died in the North Sea on 1 April.
The service commemorates the 16 men who lost their lives on helicopter flight 85N returning from the Miller field and the one man who was killed in an accident aboard the oil supply vessel Well Servicer.
When I was a reporter on the Press and Journal in Aberdeen I was well-acquainted with the church where the service is being held, St Nicholas in the city centre.
To generations of Aberdonians, St Nicholas is known as the Mither Kirk, Mother Church.
Today as in the past, the kirk is extending her maternal embrace to those who have died bringing oil and gas from the North Sea.