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Posts from ‘February, 2013’

FOUR SEASONS: THE NOISES SKIERS MAKE FINALLY TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 February 2013 FOR generations, naturalists and twitchers have tried their darnedest to convert birdsong into written language, but the results, to put it kindly, have been a bit mixed. The difficulties are legion, but the main sticking points were brilliantly summed up a couple of years ago in a book […]

FOUR SEASONS: A MODEST MOUNTAIN LEGEND IS HONOURED

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 February 2013 THIS month, as part of the Fort William Mountain Festival, the pioneering skier and mountaineer Myrtle Simpson will receive the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture, joining an elite group that includes Hamish MacInnes, Richard Else, Jimmy Marshall, Ian Sykes and Adam Watson. When I call Simpson […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFING BY REMOTE CONTROL

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 February 2013 THESE may sound like the words of a raving masochist to any non-surfing readers out there, which I guess is probably most of you, but surfing in Scotland in the middle of winter has its advantages. The waves are bigger, the crowds are smaller and the sealife that […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE TRANSFORMATION OF A SKI TOWN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 February 2013 SINCE 2008, when it was announced that Schladming in Austria would host this year’s Alpine World Ski Championships, the town has changed almost beyond recognition. I can still remember when the chunk of prime real estate at the bottom of the downhill race course was taken up by […]