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Posts from ‘October, 2011’

FOUR SEASONS: SCOTTISH SURFING ON THE BIG SCREEN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 October 2011 SURF films have mutated in all kinds of different directions over the years, but in the beginning they were little more than glorified slide shows – a way of replaying epic sessions both for the benefit of the people who were there and for those who weren’t. In […]

FOUR SEASONS: FISHING 1, CLIMBING 0

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 October 2011 IMMEDIATELY after announcing the winner of the Best Film award at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (EMFF) earlier this month, event organiser Stevie Christie felt compelled to reassure his audience that the capital’s annual celebration of extreme sports cinema was NOT about to turn into the “Edinburgh Fishing […]

FOUR SEASONS: ANDY BENNETTS INTERVIEW PART TWO

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 October 2011 WELCOME to the second instalment of a two-part special on the life and times of Scottish surfing pioneer Andy Bennetts. If you tuned in last week, you’ll remember that Part One dealt mostly with the discoveries Bennetts and his friends made in south-east Scotland in the late 1960s, […]

BOOK REVIEW: ON EXTINCTION

Published: Scotland on Sunday, 9 October 2011 ON EXTINCTION Melanie Challenger Granta, £20 A TREND seems to have developed over the last few years for well-meaning literary types concerned about climate change to travel to the Arctic or Antarctica to get a good look at all that portentous melting ice, with the intention of writing […]

FOUR SEASONS: ANDY BENNETTS INTERVIEW PART ONE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 October 2011 THERE’S something strangely timeless about the picture below, showing five friends about to go surfing at Pease Bay in the Scottish Borders. The easy smiles, the casual, cod-heroic poses − in many respects it could have been taken yesterday. Experienced surfers, though, will quickly pick out the details […]

FOUR SEASONS: DEFINITELY NOT A MIRACLE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 1 October 2011 I’M NOT religious,” Karina Hollekim tells me, “but I do believe in the power of the human brain. It’s amazing what your body is capable of doing – as long as you tell it that it’s going to be capable of doing it.” In her career as a […]