The White Shepherd: Walking the Strathfarrar Hills

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009 in Books, Northwest Highlands, Walk | No Comments

The weekend saw the appearance of the ‘white shepherd’, a name for the first snows of winter derived from their effectiveness at flushing grazing sheep from the high tops. The phrase dates back to a bygone era; it was the roaring of stags rather than the bleating of sheep that provided the soundtrack to Sunday’s […]

Paul Theroux in Inverness

Posted by on Aug 31, 2009 in Books | 3 Comments

I spent part of saturday fruitlessly wracking my brain, trying to think of a dildo-related phrase that might be wheeled out in the heat of an argument. This strange line of enquiry had been occasioned by a comment of Paul Theroux’s in which he speculated, based on the content of their quarrels, that the owners of his […]