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FOUR SEASONS: MEMORY MAPPING THE ISLE OF SKYE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 March 2013 THE bumblebee tree; Macleod’s Tables; McSomething’s Cave; scrubby clearing; wild iris patch; Huge Supermarket… These are just a few of the landmarks and landforms that feature in J Maizlish Mole’s witty new maps of the Isle of Skye. Other highlights include “boggy slopes”, “wet and lumpy high ground” […]

FOUR SEASONS: WHEN ZIP-LINES GO BAD

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 14 July 2012 A FEW years ago I found myself in a deserted car park on the outskirts of Vancouver, sitting in a black SUV, being asked politely but firmly not to write about the events I’d just witnessed. Shooting? Kidnapping? Corruption in high places? Nope: prototype zip-line fail. I was […]

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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: SHIVERING FOR HIS ART

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 24 September 2011 THE artist, musician and storyteller John Slavin is explaining what it’s like to paint outdoors on the Isle of Skye in the middle of winter. “Two hours and you’re actually physically shaking,” he says. For Slavin, though, there’s no other way to work. Like the members of the […]

FOUR SEASONS: EDINBURGH BECOMES A SKI TOWN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 December 2010 SO THE Canadian Tourism Commission invited me to spend the first few days of December in Alberta, covering the Ski World Cup at Lake Louise. I could have gone – still had enough annual leave in the bag – but in order to avoid turning into a jet-setting […]

FOUR SEASONS: ALL HAIL THE PACKA SHACK!

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 4 September 2010 I LOVE wearing a wetsuit. I like the feeling of invulnerability you get when you pull one on. Obviously you’re insulated from the cold (a big consideration in Scotland, even in the middle of summer) but you’re also protected from all the things that could potentially do you […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE WORLD’S BIGGEST POTLATCH

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 13 February 2010 THE Winter Olympics are now officially go, and for the next two weeks the world’s top skiers, ice hockey players and bobsleigh mentalists will battle it out for national pride and personal glory. In the background, however, there’s something much more interesting going on: an entire culture, one […]

HALFPIPE HEROINE

Published: The Scotsman, 29 January 2010 LESLEY McKenna has been injured. Again. In 2006, in the run-up to the last Winter Olympics in Turin, Scotland’s most successful snowboarder famously broke her ankle, all but destroying her chances of a medal. This time, it’s her back that’s the problem. She “nailed it”, she says, during a […]

FOUR SEASONS: SKIING LESSONS WITH NANCY GREENE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 January 2010 WHEN I tell people I got to go skiing with Nancy Greene the last time I was in Canada, I usually get one of two responses. If the person I’m talking to happens to be either a ski nut or a Canadian or both, they’ll say: “Wow! Really? […]

CANADA: WINTER OLYMPICS PREVIEW (Part 3)

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 January 2010 48 Hours in… VANCOUVER Friday, 6pm Check into the St Regis hotel in Downtown (www.stregishotel.com). 8pm Sample sushi at the Oysi Oysi Japanese restaurant on Alberni Street, (604 682 0011).