Capitalism and the Zeitgeist

Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Commentary, TV and Film | 2 Comments

Michael Moore’s documentary ‘Capitalism: A Love Affair’ kept me up later than intended at the weekend (ironically it was an excessive quantity of adverts, rather than the length of the film, that padded it out until one in the morning). If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend seeking it out so that you can […]

Coigach Campsites

Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Camp, Northwest Highlands | 3 Comments

Achnahaird Bay in Coigach: the great expanse of machair to the left of the sands was home to the best campsite in Scotland, if not the world, until 2008, when the proprietors retired and the estate who own the land chose not to renew the lease. Over the years I spent many a happy weekend there, enjoying […]

Wildflower / Bush Tucker identification in the age of the smartphone

Posted by on May 10, 2010 in Technology | One Comment

The persistently chilly north wind is a reminder that winter is still lurking nearby, yet spring, that most optimistic of seasons, is very much upon us. Wildflowers are popping up all around and this year I have resolved to identify the little devils as they appear. This isn’t the first year that I have made such […]

Back to reality: from one outdoor paradise to another

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in East Highlands, Ski, USA | No Comments

During my visit to the Grand Canyon I was reading John Wesley Powell’s account of the original exploration in 1869 (I think). In his summing up he suggested that, should one be desirous of a full appreciation of the vastness of the canyon and of the variety of its landscapes, it would be necessary to […]