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Posts from ‘July, 2010’

FOUR SEASONS: A TRUE WATERWOMAN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 31 July 2010 LASER Radials are super-fast, super-light, single-handed sailing dinghies, and few people in the world race them as well as Helensburgh native Charlotte Dobson. Riding high in the International Sailing Federation rankings, and with the 2012 Olympic Games looming on the horizon, she is already being touted as a […]

FOUR SEASONS: NOSE FLUSH BLUES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 24 July 2010 Nose flush: it’s the bane of many a surfer’s life and it’s certainly the bane of mine. Like a vindictive, drunken relative, it seems to delight in popping up at the most inconvenient moments imaginable and making you look like an eejit. Without getting too carried away with […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE CALL OF THE MILD

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 July 2010 We were supposed to be going to the islands for midsummer week, my wife and I. Typically, we hadn’t actually got around to booking anything, but it was decided. We were going. Either Tiree again or Lewis. Probably. Depending on accommodation. And ferry times. And wind. And swell. […]

FOUR SEASONS: SACRED SURFBOARDS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 July 2010 “EVEN in the beginning, the surfboard was a religious icon.” That’s how veteran surf journalist Ben Marcus chooses to begin his book, The Surfboard – Art, Style, Stoke. It’s a bit of an odd line when you think about it – controversial, even – not because it implies […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE ETHICS OF OUTDOOR GEAR

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 3 July 2010 This week, a grovelling apology. Bankers and flat-flipping politicians: watch and learn. As regular Scotsman readers will be aware, I usually contribute two bits of childish nonsense to this otherwise grown-up magazine – the page you’re looking at now, where I chart the development of my Peter Pan […]