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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 […]

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, […]

PERSONAL BEST: DR ANDREW MURRAY INTERVIEW

Published: The Scotsman (features) 12 May DR ANDREW Murray has been working for the Scottish Government for less than four months, but already the GP and feted long-distance runner is shaping up to be an accomplished politician. In his new role as Scotland’s physical activity champion, Murray has been tasked with increasing fitness levels in […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE ICE BALLOON

Published: Scotland on Sunday (The Week) 4 March 2012 The Ice Balloon by Alec Wilkinson Fourth Estate, £14.99 ON 11 JULY 1897, at 2.30pm, the Swedish aeronaut Salomon August Andrée and his assistants, Nils Strindberg and Knut Fraenkel, took off from the island of Svalbard in a 94ft-tall, tonne-and-a-half hydrogen balloon, heading for the North […]

BOOK REVIEW: ON EXTINCTION

Published: Scotland on Sunday, 9 October 2011 ON EXTINCTION Melanie Challenger Granta, £20 A TREND seems to have developed over the last few years for well-meaning literary types concerned about climate change to travel to the Arctic or Antarctica to get a good look at all that portentous melting ice, with the intention of writing […]

HEROIC ACTS ON THE FRINGE

Published: The Scotsman (Festival supplement) 16 August 2011 ON 16 MARCH 1912, Captain Oates sallied forth into the teeth of an Antarctic blizzard with the immortal words: “I am just going outside and may be some time,” deliberately ending his own life in the hope that his three freezing, starving companions might stand a better […]

FOUR SEASONS: MONDAY MORNING BLUES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 April 2010 IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that the first day back in the office after a few days of freedom is never, ever fun. In The Scotsman features department, though, the dreaded return to captivity does at least have one redeeming feature. There’s a sort of unspoken rule […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE FUTURE HISTORY OF THE ARCTIC

Published: Scotland on Sunday (Review) 14 March 2010 THE FUTURE HISTORY OF THE ARCTIC Charles Emmerson Bodley Head, £20 IT’S easy to romanticise the Arctic, and over the years plenty of authors have. Oddly though, given the region’s increasing geopolitical significance, it’s rare to find books that treat it as something other than a chilly […]

FOUR SEASONS: LAPTOPS FOR GREENLAND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 21 November Here’s a thought: what would happen if the Scottish Government put aside a modest sum of money each year – £100,000, say – to fund “inspiring endeavours”? Yes, I realise there’s a recession on, and I realise Inspiring Endeavours is an uninspiring name, but bear with me – I […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE MAGNETIC NORTH

Published: Scotland on Sunday, 4 October 2009 THE MAGNETIC NORTH – NOTES FROM THE ARCTIC CIRCLE Sara Wheeler Jonathan Cape, GBP 20 THERE’S a strange sense of unease running through this latest travelogue from Sara Wheeler – a tension between the author’s evident desire to draw attention to the potentially calamitous effects of man-made climate […]