Monday, July 28, 2008


At around half past three on Saturday afternoon, my parents were involved in a head-on collision on the A9 south of Inverness. Both were killed instantly, as were three of their four dogs in the back of the pick-up they were driving. Tragically two people in the other vehicle were also killed in what the Scottish newspapers are calling a horrific accident.

The first I knew of it was at three o'clock on Sunday morning, when the police came knocking on my door. Thanks to BT, that was the only way I could be contacted. Some crime writer I'd make - when the nice lady constable asked me to sit down, all I could think was 'what have I done?' I didn't click at all that this was one of those visits.

We're at the farm now, the horse doctor and I. My sister and two brothers have made it from various far-flung destinations. It's weird, but I keep expecting my parents to arrive any minute now, just like they always have done when I've been here looking after the place when they go off on one of their jaunts.

It's going to take a long time to sink in.



Blogger Stuart MacBride said...

I know I've said it in private, but I'm so sorry this has happened. They were always such a lovely couple, even when you and I raided their fine collection of beer and the contents of their freezer.

As you say, life can be fucking unfair sometimes.

July 28, 2008 6:27 pm  
Blogger Jo said...


My most heartfelt wishes go out to you and your family at this time.

I cannot say I understand what you're going thorough, but I will be thinking of you & have you in my prayers.

Take Care.


July 28, 2008 6:27 pm  
Blogger Kevin Wignall said...

Good God, James, I'm so sorry to hear that. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

July 28, 2008 7:23 pm  
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July 28, 2008 7:23 pm  
Blogger Vincent said...

There aren't the words for when something like this happens - you and your family have my sincerest condolences.

July 28, 2008 7:56 pm  
OpenID eviljwinter said...

James, I'm very sorry to hear this.

July 28, 2008 8:20 pm  
Blogger Jen Jordan said...

I am so sorry, dear man.

July 28, 2008 8:27 pm  
Anonymous stevemosby said...

So, so sorry to hear this, James. Take care.

July 28, 2008 9:40 pm  
Anonymous Grant McKenzie said...

James, we've never met, but I wanted to offer my deepest condolences. That is a mighty blow.

July 28, 2008 10:17 pm  
Anonymous norby said...

Oh James, I am so, so sorry. Please know that my thoughts are with you.

July 28, 2008 10:57 pm  
Blogger Daniel Hatadi said...

So sorry to hear about this, James. My thoughts are with you.

July 29, 2008 12:02 am  
Blogger Bryon said...

How awful, my friend. My thoughts are with you.

July 29, 2008 12:17 am  
Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

James, my thoughts are with you and the Horse Doctor and your siblings at this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss.

July 29, 2008 12:29 am  
Blogger angie said...

So very, very sorry to hear this. I don't have the right words, just...please take care of yourself.

July 29, 2008 1:20 am  
Anonymous Evil Kev said...

A loss like this cuts very deep. I hope you and your family can draw strength from each other at this terrible time.

July 29, 2008 3:08 am  
Anonymous tambo said...


I am so sorry that this had to happen to you and your family.

Bill and I both send our heartfelt condolences and wish we could do more. Your parents sounded like wonderful people and I know they'll be missed.


July 29, 2008 3:44 am  
Blogger highlandwriter said...

Keeping you in thoughts and prayers, James.


July 29, 2008 4:52 am  
Blogger Daryl said...

So sorry for your loss, James.

July 29, 2008 9:28 am  
Anonymous Tommy Donbavand said...

I'm so sorry to hear this.

Keep strong.


July 29, 2008 11:38 am  
Blogger JamesO said...

Thankyou, everyone, for your kind words.

July 30, 2008 9:34 am  
Anonymous Al Guthrie said...

Deepest sympathies, James.

July 30, 2008 2:41 pm  
Blogger David Terrenoire said...

My condolences. I'm very sorry.

July 30, 2008 8:15 pm  
Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Oh my god, what horrible news to come back to after a few days away from the net. I'm so sorry to hear. Please forward my condolences to your wife and family.

There may be a small comfort in the fact that they were allowed to go together, though it is harder for those left behind.

July 31, 2008 7:36 pm  
Blogger John R said...

Shit, mate. My heart goes out to you. :-(

August 06, 2008 7:56 am  
Blogger Chaser said...


Heartbreaking--my God. You have Homey's and my deepest sympathies.

August 10, 2008 5:13 pm  

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