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AN EARLY START TO THE 12/13 SKI SEASON

Published: The Scotsman, 1 December 2012 THE ski lifts weren’t running at CairnGorm Mountain yesterday – the official opening is today – but a handful of skiers and boarders were so keen to get their first turns of the season they slogged to the top of the ski area under their own steam. By 11am, […]

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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: MEET THE JOXY GIRLS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 14 November 2011 TO A HYPNOTIC synth-pop soundtrack embroidered with faintly tribal-sounding, sub-Enya wailing, a group of tanned, bikini-clad young women frolic underwater like so many slow-motion, soft-focus mermaids. It could be a TV advert for a Sandals holiday resort, but these are the Roxy Girls, and this is the trailer […]

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: STAYING HAPPY IN THE HEBRIDES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 July 2011 SOME advice for anyone planning a Hebridean surfing adventure: 1 As your ferry leaves Oban, listen carefully to the recorded safety announcement – not because you should be worried about the ship going down, but because you’ll get to hear the best pronunciation of the word “whistle” in […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFING OR SNOOKER?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 April 2011 YOUNG surfers of today: You have no idea how lucky you are. Yes, I know, I sound like a grumpy old man, but I speak the truth. Back in the lo-fi 1990s, when I was a surf-mad teenager, there was no world wide web. Well, not in any […]

FOUR SEASONS: A TRUE PIONEER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 April 2011 SKI mountaineers these days don’t know they’ve been born. All that lovely lightweight kit, all those breathable, waterproof fabrics, all those labour-and-sometimes-life-saving devices like GPS widgets and avalanche transceivers… skiing through a snowy landscape in the 21st century could hardly be easier if you hitched a ride behind […]

FOUR SEASONS: LID LESSONS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 March 2011 AN EMBARRASSING encounter occurred at Cairn Gorm the other week – a solid 8.5 on the toe-curler scale. I was cruising along the Over Yonder traverse towards the West Wall Poma, the rest of my group a few hundred metres up ahead (as usual – must be getting […]

FOUR SEASONS: TOP SCOTS SKI BEDS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 March 2011 THE other day I was contacted by the owners of a new website which specialises in selling ski accommodation. Would I like to write a story about them? The website is run by a Scottish company so you’d think this would be a good subject for a journalist […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE INSTINCTIVE HIGHLANDER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 February 2011 THE Volcom hoodie, the peaked Billabong beanie, the artfully sagged jeans… at first glance, extreme skier Jamie Johnston looks… well… much as you’d expect an extreme skier to look while off-duty. When I first met him at an Edinburgh cafe the other week I was half-expecting to be […]