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FOUR SEASONS: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT SURFING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 September 2012 THE SURFING lifestyle isn’t as environmentally friendly as it may appear – or as some surfers may like to think. There seems to be a common misconception among the wave-riding fraternity that spending lots of time bobbing around in the sea makes you some sort of eco-warrior by […]

FOUR SEASONS: TO THE MONADHLIATH MOUNTAINS WITH CHRIS TOWNSEND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 7 July 2012 IT’S a shame Donald Trump has been allowed to hijack the wind power debate in this country to such a disproportionate extent, hitting the headlines with his every pronouncement on the subject. “The Donald” certainly knows how to bend the media to his will with a quotable quote, […]

FOUR SEASONS: IT WAS ACCEPTABLE IN THE 90S

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 31 March 2012 FUNNY, isn’t it, how a lot of things that seemed like a good idea in the Nineties don’t seem quite so clever now? Things like WWF Wrestling, OJ Simpson, military interventionism and, sitting pretty at the top of the list, international jet setting. Climate Change wasn’t really an […]

FOUR SEASONS: GET IT WHILE IT’S GOOD

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 7 January 2012 IN SPORT, as in all things I suppose, it’s tempting to hark back to perceived golden ages. Like most surfers, I’d love to be able to hop in a time machine and visit Malibu in the late Fifties and early Sixties, just before it was ruined by the […]

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: SCOTS OF THE ANTARCTIC

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 March 2011 ALMOST Almost exactly 100 years ago today, Captain Robert Falcon Scott was having ventilation issues. Camped out in Discovery Hut on Ross Island with his men, preparing to hunker down through the dark days of the Antarctic winter before making his doomed dash to the South Pole, the […]

FOUR SEASONS: “OUR APOLOGIES FOR GLOBAL WARMING”

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 27 November 2010 ANNA Ewart’s short film 11 Degrees is as beautiful as it is melancholy. And it’s really melancholy. Screening tonight as part of the Dundee Mountain Film Festival, it was shot in the winter of 2008-9 and gives a subtle, impressionistic account of the challenges facing the Glenshee ski […]

FOUR SEASONS: HILLY MAKES IT 12 IN A ROW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 6 November 2010 CONGRATULATIONS to Helen Rennie of Inverness – aka “Hilly” – who recently became the first woman to ski on Cairn Gorm for 12 consecutive months. Taking advantage of the ‘Gorm’s early opening in November last year, the 56-year-old Geography teacher enjoyed lift-assisted skiing throughout the winter and spring […]

BOOK REVIEW: ATLANTIC

Published: The Scotsman, 2 October 2010 Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories By Simon Winchester Harper Press, 498pp, £25 AT THE front of this book there are two maps on facing pages. The one on the left is titled: “Atlantic Ocean: Political” and shows the ocean as we know it – a mostly […]

FOUR SEASONS: ARE WAVES GETTING BIGGER?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 September 2010 I DON’T dream very often – or at least, I don’t often remember my dreams – but for a few years now I’ve been re-living the same snippet of the same nightmare over and over again. I am an old man and I’m standing in the hallway of […]