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BOOK REVIEW: THE NATURAL EXPLORER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 31 March 2012 The Natural Explorer By Tristan Gooley Sceptre, 368pp, £16.99 ACCORDING to Tristan Gooley, the explorer must do two things: make discoveries and communicate these discoveries to others. It sounds simple enough, but the problem nowadays is that unless you’re a super-rich Hollywood movie director like James Cameron, able […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE BUZZ OF THE NEW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 March 2012 THINGS move fast in the world of extreme sports, and not just the sportspeople. While traditional, white-lines-on-the-ground sports carry on much as they have always done, the domain of the crazy people is constantly in flux. Almost every day, it seems, a pre-existing discipline mutates into something different. […]

BOOK REVIEW: RIBBON OF WILDNESS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 September 2010 RIBBON OF WILDNESS – DISCOVERING THE WATERSHED OF SCOTLAND BY PETER WRIGHT LUATH, 269pp, £14.99 A WATERSHED, as any good Geography textbook will tell you, is a line separating two different drainage basins. Raindrops falling to one side of the line will flow into river x, while raindrops […]

CANADA: WINTER OLYMPICS PREVIEW (Part 1)

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 January 2010 As Canada counts down to the Winter Olympics, our travel special starts at the host nation’s terrifying bobsleigh course AFTER dark, there’s something a little bit magical about the newly constructed Whistler Sliding Centre. The official venue for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events at the 2010 Winter […]

FOUR SEASONS: MORGAN FREEMAN AT CAIRNGORM

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 January 2010 IN SWEDEN, they have a saying: “Luck never gives, it only lends.” If there’s any truth in that, then I’m in big trouble. A couple of weeks ago I had a day so ludicrously stuffed with good fortune that, in retrospect, I should have bought a lottery ticket, […]