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Posts from ‘October, 2012’

FOUR SEASONS: PEASE POO PART ONE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 27 October 2012 FINISHED your breakfast? Good, because this week we’re talking poo. Still eating? You may want to turn the page and come back later. Back in 2009, The Scotsman reported that, at various sites around Scotland’s coastline, sewage released into the sea was being treated to a lower standard […]

A POINT IN THE LANDSCAPE

Published: The Scotsman, 25 October 2012 INVITING artists to discuss their work on film is rarely a good idea. In The Diary’s experience, it usually either results in very good artists retreating into their shells and mumbling unintelligibly about what they do, or very bad artists holding forth pretentiously about the earth-shattering significance of their […]

FOUR SEASONS: EXUENT PADDLING A KAYAK

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 20 October 2012 SIMON Willis’s book, The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail, gives me what I call the risk versus reward shivers. It’s the feeling I get when I see a picture of a surfer riding a giant, perfect wave, or of a skier about to leap off a cornice into a […]

BOOK REVIEW: DANGEROUS WORK

Published: 20 October 2012 Dangerous Work: Diary Of An Arctic Adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle British Library, 368pp, £25 THERE is no shortage of written accounts of the Arctic whaling industry, which flourished in the 19th century, enriching port towns and cities on both sides of the Atlantic. In the whaling museum in New Bedford, […]

MULLING OVER OUTDOOR ART

Published: The Scotsman, 18 October 2012 TO MULL, at the weekend, to visit an outdoor sculpture garden at Calgary, in the island’s perpetually breezy north-west corner. Established in 1999, Calgary Art In Nature (Cain) occupies a steep-sided woodland site above the self-catering accommodation and art gallery at Calgary Farmhouse, and is home to an ever-expanding […]

FOUR SEASONS: SPONSORS NEEDED FOR SURF COMP

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 14 October 2012 UNHAPPY news reached Four Seasons this week from Daan Meijer, European marketing manager for US-based surf clobber brand O’Neill: the Thurso Coldwater Classic, the surfing competition that has drawn some of the best aquatic athletes on the planet to the north coast of Scotland in recent years, has […]

FOUR SEASONS: UK WINDSURFING’S NEXT GENERATION

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 6 October 2012 BOOM-judder-judder-judder… BOOM-judder-judder-judder… If you take the ferry from Oban to Tiree at this time of year, you can usually tell what the waves are going to be like on the island long before you actually get there. Unless there’s a gale blowing, things should be peaceful enough as […]