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Posts from ‘November, 2009’

FOUR SEASONS: GLENCOE SAVED (AGAIN)

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 28 November 2009 WHATEVER happens in Copenhagen next month, the Noughties look set to go down in history as an era of mindless excess. That certainly holds true for the ski industry, where a boom in cheap air travel fuelled the growth of glitzy mega-resorts on both sides of the Atlantic […]

FOUR SEASONS: LAPTOPS FOR GREENLAND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 21 November Here’s a thought: what would happen if the Scottish Government put aside a modest sum of money each year – £100,000, say – to fund “inspiring endeavours”? Yes, I realise there’s a recession on, and I realise Inspiring Endeavours is an uninspiring name, but bear with me – I […]

FOUR SEASONS: RETRO SURF COMP

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 14 November 2009 Standing at the water’s edge at Belhaven Bay near Dunbar the other week, I was reminded of Malibu Beach, California – and not just because the sun was beating down from a cloudless sky and the air temperature was hovering improbably around the 60 degrees Fahrenheit mark. This […]

FOUR SEASONS: IN DEFENCE OF DAME ELLEN

Piblished: The Scotsman, 7 November The online message boards of national newspapers are truly terrifying places – public forums where, under the cover of anonymity, readers can be as nasty as they like about whoever they like as long as they don’t get on the wrong side of the censors by posting anything “unsuitable”. No […]

BOOK REVIEW: A WILDER VEIN

Published: The Scotsman, 7 November A WILDER VEIN EDITED BY LINDA CRACKNELL Two Ravens Press, 228pp, GBP 10.99 WHAT DOES “wild” mean? In his foreword to this anthology of writing about the wild places of Britain and Ireland, Robert Macfarlane worries entertainingly and at length at the etymology of the word, noting that since it […]