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Posts from ‘January, 2013’

FOUR SEASONS: HIGH TIME FOR A MUSEUM OF SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN CULTURE?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 January 2013 IN THE wake of Jimmy Savile’s posthumous fall from grace – or perhaps that should be, his transition from harmless idiot to harmful predator – there has been much debate about what should happen to his holiday home in Glencoe. Since its whitewashed walls were covered in graffiti […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE ETHICS OF EXERCISE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 January 2013 A FEW months ago I interviewed the GP and ultra-marathon runner Andrew Murray, shortly after he had been appointed Scotland’s physical activity champion. His brief from the Scottish Government sounded straightforward enough – get people to exercise more – but in fact his new role saw him parachuted […]

FOUR SEASONS: DO ADVENTURES ALWAYS HAVE TO BE FOR CHARITY?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 January 2013 THIS week’s Four Seasons is going to be about the somewhat ticklish relationship between charities and adventuring, and as such it has the potential to wind up a lot of people. So, in an attempt to pre-empt at least some of the hate mail it’s destined to generate, […]

FOUR SEASONS:WHAT WOULD JOHN MUIR HAVE THOUGHT OF WINDFARMS?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 January 2013 I HAVE a bit of a problem with anniversaries. Well, a couple of problems. For a start, I’ve never really understood the apparently universal fixation with round numbers. What makes, say, the 100th anniversary of something more worthy of celebration than the 101st? Attaching special significance to multiples […]

RESURRECTING MALLORY

Published: The Scotsman, 3 January 2013 YOU don’t hear of many plays about explorers. The dramatic stories of people like Scott, Shackleton, Livingstone and Stanley have inspired countless books and stacks of films, but they rarely turn up at your local theatre, reimagined for Generation Xbox by a hip young playwright. Partly, this is to […]

SCOTLAND’S FIRST SKI HILL TURNS 60

Published: The Scotsman, 2 January 2013 IN THE winter of 1952/3, members of the Scottish Ski Club were given a glimpse into the future when the latest edition of the Scottish Ski Club Journal flopped onto their doormats. In contrast to the Alps, where commercial ski areas with permanent tows were well established, skiing in […]