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Posts from ‘July, 2011’

FOUR SEASONS: A SOURCE OF ENDLESS INSPIRATION

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 30 July 2011 WITH a nice little swell forecast to hit the East Coast in a few days’ time, I’ve been getting myself in the mood by revisiting one of the all-time classics of the surf cinema canon: Bruce Brown’s 1964 travel epic, The Endless Summer. In a bid to escape […]

FOUR SEASONS: INTRODUCING THE EAST HIGHLAND WAY

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 July 2011 RELATIVELY speaking, Scotland is a country of modest dimensions. With a landmass of 78,772 sq km, it’s a little bit bigger than Panama, a little bit smaller than the Czech Republic. Granted, it’s no Tuvalu (just 26 sq km) but it’s not exactly Russia either (17 million sq […]

FOUR SEASONS: AN APPETITE FOR ADVENTURE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 July 2011 I WAS momentarily nonplussed, the other day, to receive a package from Martha Bryce, the food and drink PR for Visit Scotland. I am by no means a food and drink writer. In fact, I’m about as gastronomically illiterate as they come. Last year, for example, in a […]

FOUR SEASONS: STAYING HAPPY IN THE HEBRIDES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 July 2011 SOME advice for anyone planning a Hebridean surfing adventure: 1 As your ferry leaves Oban, listen carefully to the recorded safety announcement – not because you should be worried about the ship going down, but because you’ll get to hear the best pronunciation of the word “whistle” in […]

FOUR SEASONS: INTRODUCING THE PADDLEFACE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 July FEW films have the power to make you want to sell everything you own, buy a boat and sail off into the wide blue yonder. Crystal Voyager, David Elfick’s trippy 1973 profile of Californian surf innovator George Greenough, does. One scene in particular has probably inspired hundreds of ill-advised […]