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Posts from ‘September, 2010’

FOUR SEASONS: RUBBER SOUL

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 25 September 2010 FOR surfers with day jobs, early autumn can be a stressful time of year. On the up-side, the seemingly endless flat spells that mar the summer months give way to regular pulses of wave energy as big, powerful storm systems come spinning in from all sides with increasing […]

FOUR SEASONS: ARE WAVES GETTING BIGGER?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 September 2010 I DON’T dream very often – or at least, I don’t often remember my dreams – but for a few years now I’ve been re-living the same snippet of the same nightmare over and over again. I am an old man and I’m standing in the hallway of […]

BOOK REVIEW: RIBBON OF WILDNESS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 September 2010 RIBBON OF WILDNESS – DISCOVERING THE WATERSHED OF SCOTLAND BY PETER WRIGHT LUATH, 269pp, £14.99 A WATERSHED, as any good Geography textbook will tell you, is a line separating two different drainage basins. Raindrops falling to one side of the line will flow into river x, while raindrops […]

FOUR SEASONS: RATHO STRIKES BACK

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 11 September 2010 THE Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho has suffered more than its fair share of problems since opening in 2003. A visionary project, created by the architect David Taylor and climbers Duncan McCallum and Rab Anderson, it fell into financial difficulties in 2005 and had to be rescued […]

FOUR SEASONS: ALL HAIL THE PACKA SHACK!

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 4 September 2010 I LOVE wearing a wetsuit. I like the feeling of invulnerability you get when you pull one on. Obviously you’re insulated from the cold (a big consideration in Scotland, even in the middle of summer) but you’re also protected from all the things that could potentially do you […]