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Posts from ‘July, 2012’

FOUR SEASONS: THE ECONOMICS OF STUPID

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 28 July 2012 FOR a while there it looked as if this week’s column was going to be about extreme ice climbing. Then I had the option of doing something on wingsuit flying – the near-suicidal activity whereby persons of questionable sanity fling themselves out of planes and off the tops […]

FOUR SEASONS: FRESH TRACKS IN THE SHOPPING CENTRE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 21 July 2012 WHEN Jamie Smith took over the indoor ski slope formerly known as SNO!zone at Braehead last December, renaming it Snow Factor, his mission plan was simple: stop treating it like a corporate gimmick and start running it like a serious ski resort – a place where skiers and […]

FOUR SEASONS: WHEN ZIP-LINES GO BAD

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 14 July 2012 A FEW years ago I found myself in a deserted car park on the outskirts of Vancouver, sitting in a black SUV, being asked politely but firmly not to write about the events I’d just witnessed. Shooting? Kidnapping? Corruption in high places? Nope: prototype zip-line fail. I was […]

FOUR SEASONS: TO THE MONADHLIATH MOUNTAINS WITH CHRIS TOWNSEND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 7 July 2012 IT’S a shame Donald Trump has been allowed to hijack the wind power debate in this country to such a disproportionate extent, hitting the headlines with his every pronouncement on the subject. “The Donald” certainly knows how to bend the media to his will with a quotable quote, […]