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Posts from ‘May, 2012’

FOUR SEASONS: HOW BIKING BROUGHT NEW LIFE TO THE BORDERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 May 2012 WHAT would the Tweed Valley be like if mountain biking had never taken off as a mainstream sport? Quieter and less prosperous, no doubt, but according to Neil Dalgleish, director of the TweedLove Bike Festival, probably home to a much more elderly population as well. “There’s a really […]

FOUR SEASONS: QUANTIFYING GIANT SURF

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 May 2012 ONE rainy day last November, I started receiving a steady trickle of emails with links to the same jaw-dropping photograph: a surfer in a black-and-yellow wetsuit skittering down the face of a huge, blue-black wall of water, looking for all the world like an exotic insect fleeing the […]

FOUR SEASONS: CAIRNGORM’S “DAY OF THE SEASON”

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 May 2012 REMEMBER a few weeks ago, when I said the 2011/12 Scottish ski season had been a disaster? Well, I was wrong. Turns out it wasn’t a disaster after all – just a very, very late developer. Like some sort of cosmic apology for a catastrophic March, during which […]

PERSONAL BEST: DR ANDREW MURRAY INTERVIEW

Published: The Scotsman (features) 12 May DR ANDREW Murray has been working for the Scottish Government for less than four months, but already the GP and feted long-distance runner is shaping up to be an accomplished politician. In his new role as Scotland’s physical activity champion, Murray has been tasked with increasing fitness levels in […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE SCIENCE OF STONE SKIMMING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 May ONE of the most effective ways to suck the magic out of a much-loved activity is to explain it in simple, ‘how to’ terms. Case in point: the blow-by-blow description of the mechanics of stone skimming that opens Rob Cowen and Leo Critchley’s new book, Skimming Stones and other […]