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FOUR SEASONS: TWO POETS OF ACTION

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 11 May 2013 ONE of the best things I’ve read so far this year is Found At Sea, a new book of poems by Andrew Greig. It’s based on a journey he made from Stromness on Orkney to the abandoned island of Cava in a little sailing boat called the Arctic […]

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: WHY KITESURFING IS BETTER OFF WITHOUT THE OLYMPICS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 24 November 2012 FOUR Seasons tries to steer clear of writing about competitive sports. That’s what The Scotsman sports section is for. Yes, of course, skiing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing and the like all have their competitive side – their global tours, world cups and league tables. But when you […]

FOUR SEASONS: PEASE POO PART THREE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 November 2012 THIS is it folks: the third and final week in which Four Seasons discusses the issue of sewage treatment at Pease Bay in the Borders. If you somehow missed out on Parts One and Two of this carnival of copraphilia, catch up online at www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/outdoors/roger-cox Here’s a quick […]

FOUR SEASONS: PEASE POO PART TWO

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 3 November 2012 Welcome to another exciting episode of The Poo Show! Last week, regular readers may recall, Four Seasons spent some quality time at Scottish Water’s sewage treatment plant at Cove in the Scottish Borders, just around the corner from the popular surfing beach at Pease Bay. The plant has […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]