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Posts from ‘September, 2012’

FOUR SEASONS: SHARKS IN SCOTLAND PART 2

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 September 2012 A FEW weeks ago on this page I mentioned the story of Andrew Rollo, who was “bumped” by a shark – probably a porbeagle – while surfing at Spey Bay last autumn. (Porbeagles are a lot like great whites, only smaller and less angry-looking.) I also pointed out […]

FOUR SEASONS: KITESURFERS VS WINDSURFERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 September 2012 GIVEN a relatively level playing field – ie, water deep enough so that a shark could manoeuvre proficiently, but shallow enough so that a bear could stand and operate with its characteristic dexterity – who would win in a fight between a bear and a shark?” This is […]

BOOK REVIEW: 1912, BY CHRIS TURNEY

Published: Scotland on Sunday, 16 September 2012 1912: The Year The World Discovered Antarctica By Chris Turney Bodley Head, £20 ‘THE South Pole discovered.” That was the headline on the London Daily Chronicle’s exclusive report on Roald Amundsen’s arrival at the South Pole in 1912, and, according to earth scientist Chris Turney, it sums up […]

FOUR SEASONS: TISO TURNS 50

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 September 2012 CHRIS Tiso is showing me the edited highlights of the Tiso family scrapbook. There’s a black-and-white shot of his dad, Graham, standing outside his first outdoors gear store on Edinburgh’s Rodney Street in the 1960s, rocking an outrageous pair of stripy bell-bottoms. There’s also a series of colour […]

FOUR SEASONS: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT SURFING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 September 2012 THE SURFING lifestyle isn’t as environmentally friendly as it may appear – or as some surfers may like to think. There seems to be a common misconception among the wave-riding fraternity that spending lots of time bobbing around in the sea makes you some sort of eco-warrior by […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFIN’ IN THE MOONLIGHT

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 1 September “DISTANCES do not seem to obey the laws of perspective after dark.” So says veteran fishing scribe and regular nocturnal yomper Chris Yates in his recently-published book Nightwalk, which charts a magical dusk-till-dawn meander through the rolling landscape of the North Downs, and which must surely be one of […]