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Posts from ‘March, 2012’

FOUR SEASONS: IT WAS ACCEPTABLE IN THE 90S

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 31 March 2012 FUNNY, isn’t it, how a lot of things that seemed like a good idea in the Nineties don’t seem quite so clever now? Things like WWF Wrestling, OJ Simpson, military interventionism and, sitting pretty at the top of the list, international jet setting. Climate Change wasn’t really an […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE NATURAL EXPLORER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 31 March 2012 The Natural Explorer By Tristan Gooley Sceptre, 368pp, £16.99 ACCORDING to Tristan Gooley, the explorer must do two things: make discoveries and communicate these discoveries to others. It sounds simple enough, but the problem nowadays is that unless you’re a super-rich Hollywood movie director like James Cameron, able […]

FOUR SEASONS: CHAIRLIFT DRAMA

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 24 March 2012 A COUPLE of years ago now, a horror film called Frozen set out to do for skiing what Jaws did for swimming. In it, three friends enjoying a day on their local skiing hill sweet talk a morbidly obese liftie into giving them one last ride up in […]

FOUR SEASONS: GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 March 2012 MOST religious leaders agree: attachment to worldly goods is a terrible thing. Rots the soul, apparently. And, of course, it means you have less money to donate to your local church/synagogue/mosque/temple (delete as appropriate). But much as I try to live a pure, simple life, subsisting on Weetabix, […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE BUZZ OF THE NEW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 March 2012 THINGS move fast in the world of extreme sports, and not just the sportspeople. While traditional, white-lines-on-the-ground sports carry on much as they have always done, the domain of the crazy people is constantly in flux. Almost every day, it seems, a pre-existing discipline mutates into something different. […]

ROAD TEST: AUTOMATIC FOR THE SKI POLE

Published: The Scotsman (Motoring) 9 March 2012 “OH NO! It’s an automatic!” My first reaction on hopping behind the wheel of the new KIA Sportage 4×4 wasn’t exactly positive. I’d been looking forward to the drive from Edinburgh to the Nevis Range ski centre all week – particularly the prospect of ficking through the gears […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE ICE BALLOON

Published: Scotland on Sunday (The Week) 4 March 2012 The Ice Balloon by Alec Wilkinson Fourth Estate, £14.99 ON 11 JULY 1897, at 2.30pm, the Swedish aeronaut Salomon August Andrée and his assistants, Nils Strindberg and Knut Fraenkel, took off from the island of Svalbard in a 94ft-tall, tonne-and-a-half hydrogen balloon, heading for the North […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFING IN SCOTLAND? OH HOW WE LAUGHED.

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 3 March 2011 ABOUT eight years ago I was driving around the far north of Scotland in an elderly Peugeot 206, looking for surf and rant-ing at the radio. I’d just spent a few days riding beautiful, shoulder-to-head high waves in staggeringly clear water – waves any Californian Beach Boy would […]