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FOUR SEASONS: CONSIDER SCOTLAND’S EXTREME SKIING PIONEERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 March 2013 TODAY and tomorrow, weather and snow conditions permitting, Glencoe Mountain ski resort will play host to the second edition of the Coe Cup freeride contest – a no-holds-barred carnival of extreme skiing and snowboarding held on the notoriously steep section of the mountain known as the Flypaper. Like […]

FOUR SEASONS: HIGH TIME FOR A MUSEUM OF SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN CULTURE?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 January 2013 IN THE wake of Jimmy Savile’s posthumous fall from grace – or perhaps that should be, his transition from harmless idiot to harmful predator – there has been much debate about what should happen to his holiday home in Glencoe. Since its whitewashed walls were covered in graffiti […]

SCOTLAND’S FIRST SKI HILL TURNS 60

Published: The Scotsman, 2 January 2013 IN THE winter of 1952/3, members of the Scottish Ski Club were given a glimpse into the future when the latest edition of the Scottish Ski Club Journal flopped onto their doormats. In contrast to the Alps, where commercial ski areas with permanent tows were well established, skiing in […]

A POINT IN THE LANDSCAPE

Published: The Scotsman, 25 October 2012 INVITING artists to discuss their work on film is rarely a good idea. In The Diary’s experience, it usually either results in very good artists retreating into their shells and mumbling unintelligibly about what they do, or very bad artists holding forth pretentiously about the earth-shattering significance of their […]

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, […]

FOUR SEASONS: SEPIA SKIING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 February 2012 A SMALL treasure trove of Scottish skiing memorabilia has come into my possession thanks to Jim Reid, a Scotsman reader from Dundee, and Robbie Mitchell, formerly estate manager at Mar Lodge near Braemar. Mr Mitchell worked at Mar Lodge in the early 1960s, back when the Anglo-Swiss banker […]

FOUR SEASONS: STOP THE BUS!

Published: The Scotstam (TSMag) 11 February 2012 A FEW weeks ago in this slot I wrote about how we should stop harking back to “golden ages” and get on with enjoying the here and now. Well, I take it back. Sometimes harking back to golden ages can be a blast. Case in point, a new […]

A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY: CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT TURNS 50

Published: The Scotsman, 20 December 2011 STANDING in the Coire Cas car park at Cairn Gorm Mountain on a busy winter’s morning, it’s hard to imagine what the place must have been like before it became a ski resort. Drag lifts clank and hum, waves of skiers and snowboarders hurtle down the pistes, and at […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEST EXPLORATION BOOKS OF 2011

Published: The Scotsman (Books) 10 December 2011 INEVITABLY perhaps, given that the winter of 2011/12 marks the centenary of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated trek to the South Pole, it’s been a busy year for books about polar exploration. We didn’t just get re-releases of existing material in fancy new dust jackets either but at least […]

FOUR SEASONS: BOVVERED ABOUT HEMINGWAY?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 November 2011 ON 20 MAY 1958, three years before he committed suicide, Ernest Hemingway wrote a note to the executors of his estate. “It is my wish,” he told them, “that none of the letters written by me during my lifetime shall be published.” Fairly unambiguous that, isn’t it? Not […]