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FOUR SEASONS: GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 March 2012 MOST religious leaders agree: attachment to worldly goods is a terrible thing. Rots the soul, apparently. And, of course, it means you have less money to donate to your local church/synagogue/mosque/temple (delete as appropriate). But much as I try to live a pure, simple life, subsisting on Weetabix, […]

FOUR SEASONS: COMEDY SKIING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 3 December 2011 MANY moons ago I was invited to the Austrian ski Mecca of Ischgl to write about its bacchanalian start-of-season festivities. At an elevation of 1,377m, and with runs up to almost 3,000m, the chi chi Tyrolean town is one of the highest resorts in Austria, which means the […]

FOUR SEASONS: DEFINITELY NOT A MIRACLE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 1 October 2011 I’M NOT religious,” Karina Hollekim tells me, “but I do believe in the power of the human brain. It’s amazing what your body is capable of doing – as long as you tell it that it’s going to be capable of doing it.” In her career as a […]

FOUR SEASONS: ON A WING AND A PRAYER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 3 October 2009 Extreme sportspeople of the world: relax. There’s no point trying to out-extreme each other any more. By throwing himself out of a helicopter above the Matterhorn and freefalling within a few feet of its spikiest, gnarliest ridge, Californian Jeb Corliss has done, in my humble opinion, the most […]

Book Review: The Third Man Factor

Published: The Scotsman (Critique) 13 June 2009 Book review: The Third Man Factor, by John Geiger Canongate, 290pp, £12.99 THIS BOOK BY AMERICAN AUTHOR John Geiger represents a truly incredible literary achievement. Somehow, against all the odds, he has managed to take several dozen of the most dramatic tales of human survival ever recorded – […]

Bed and Board

Published: The Scotsman (Section: TSMAG) 14 Mar 2009 Travelling by rail means you can sleep easy in your bunk and still reach one of Europe’s top ski resorts in time for breakfast. IT’S DAWN ON A CRYSTAL-CLEAR January morning and I’m lying in bed, watching France profonde flash by outside my window. Mostly it’s forests […]

Book Review: The Snow Tourist

Published: The Scotsman (Main Section) 17 Nov 2008 THE SNOW TOURIST BY CHARLIE ENGLISH Portobello, 280pp, GBP 14.99 CHARLIE English is an associate editor of the Guardian, a newspaper that devotes a great deal of time and energy to ringing alarm bells about climate change. It would be reasonable to expect, then, that this book […]