A huge crowd assembled today to greet the return of MacDuff of Clatterngshaws, released from his walk along the Southern upland Way on "compassionate grounds". Clearly distraught after his experience, MacDuff waved to wellwishers as he descended the steps from the Sea King helicopter onto the tarmac outside the Tartan Bunnet where many were visibly moved by the sight of MacDuff's frail frame, ravaged by weeks of isolation and lack of whisky. "I am very pleased to be back amongst my own people" said MacDuff, tears streaming down his face, "I never thought I would see the desert again." A spokesman from the Government of Clatteringshaws said, "Given the medical evidence we have taken the decision to bring macDuff back to the pub." One of MacDuff's first acts was to return the tent he had been using to the child it belonged to. "It stood up well" he said, "and at night the pictures of Winnie the Pooh on the front were a real comfort."
Elsewhere, however, reaction to MacDuff's release have been very mixed. "I don't think he should have been let off" said one man, "it's a total disgrace. I think he should repay his debt to society."