New research showed Scottish people were, on average, the second most obese in the world. Only Americans were, on average, chubbier.
Today I spotted this in Edinburgh. Incidentaly, it's not only Mars Bars which are deep fried here. That's also how pizzas are cooked in some chip shops.
Just looking, you can feel your arteries harden.
An x-rescue later we were on a beach. Then we had to get across the bay to an exit from where I could hitch back to Arisaig.
It’s called a “boomer”, and depending on whether you’re prepared it can be fun or fatal. A vertical wall of water suddenly rears up in front of your kayak, hangs in space, then crashes down, battering your head, body, boat and paddle.
Fighting through an upright lump of collapsing ocean gives a huge adrenalin rush, and provided you know what you’re doing it’s a wild ride.
If you don’t, you can end up like the solo Dutch kayaker who, earlier this year, was found clinging to a rock surrounded by shattered pieces of his broken boat.
I imagine his first words to the lifeboat crew which plucked him to safety were, “What was that?” Don’t worry, I’ll tell you before the end. Continues
They took their six year old daughter Kate with them as they kayaked the Inside Passage, from Vancouver to Alaska. Along the way they snapped some stunning wildlife photographs.
In this Podcast they talk about paddling with a small person, surfing the wave of a whale, and tackling a classic six month paddle.
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The programme is taking shape for "PaddleFest", or Paddle '07 as it's known. I e-mailed the organisers last week to find out who'd be there as I was looking for potential Podcast interviewees. A couple of days later I find myself giving one workshop (about Blogging & Podcasting) and a Presentation about making our programmes on The Canoe Boys.
Here's a list of the current Presentations and Workshops lifted from the SCA Website.
10am ADVENTURES OF AN EXPEDITION PADDLER AND FILMMAKER Justine Curgenven
11am CANOEING AROUND THE CAIRNGORMS Robbie Nicol
12pm JOURNEYING SHARK BAY - WESTERN AUSTRALIA Chris Scott
1pm ABORIGINAL CANOES - THE BRITISH COLUMBIAN COAST Chris Cooper
2pm OPEN CANOEING IN SOUTH AFRICA Nancy Roberts
3pm JUSTINE MEETS THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS(UK PREMIERE !) Justine Curgenven
4pm TITLE TBC Patrick Winterton
5pm SCOTTISH CANOE ASOCIATION AGM
11am SEA KAYAKING IN SOUTH GREENLAND Shaun Roberts
1pm THE CANOE BOYS - THEN AND NOW Simon Willis
3pm AN INDIAN ADVENTURE Claire Scott and Dave Girling
10am AN INTRODUCTION TO WHITEWATER SAFETY Shaun Roberts
11am KAYAK FISHING Andy Winter / Ray Fill
12pm PATHWAY TO PERFORMANCE SCA Performance Director Kevin McHugh
1pm LOOKING AFTER YOUR KIT - TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIRS SURGERY Richard Cree
4pm HOW TO USE A VHF RADIO CONFIDENTLY Cailean McCloud
10.15am FISHING FROM A KAYAK Andy Winter and Ray Fill
12pm SCOTTISH SEA KAYAKING PHOTO EXTRAVAGANZA Doug Wilcox
2pm KAYAK REPAIRS Richard Cree
3pm WIRED KAYAKING Simon Willis
I also see my fellow Canoe Boy Cailean MacLeod is taking a workshop on using a VHF radio correctly (sorry 'confidently' - see below). I wonder if I can rope him into the Canoe Boys presentation...
We'd hoped to make an early start last Friday and head off to Applecross or Skye, but forecasts of Force 6-7 gusting 8 blew that plan out. We went hill walking here instead and enjoyed great weather. Should have been paddling....
Yesterday, it didn't seem to windy at home so we drove 40mins to Glenuig at the end of Lochailort. It was a little worse there.
If your're going to play the video, turn down the volume on your computer!
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Skegs hadn't changed very much over the years until Geoff designed the Hydro Skeg. As the name suggests, it works not by cable but by hydraulics.
Not content with that, and pushed forward in part by Nigel Dennis, Geoff combined the attributes of a skeg and a rudder. Here he explains how and why. There's also a video in a previous post.
I've been using Google Earth to plan a few paddles. Long term schemes. Far off ideas. Dreaming, really. They're remote places, so Google Earth will probably be accurate. Won't it?
I just looked close to home. Over the last three years, the BBC has been building a whacking great glass box on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow. It opens officially on 20th September.
Honestly, you can't miss it. But Google Earth does. Or rather Google Maps, which I believe draws its data from the same source.
That piece of wasteland below, seen from space, is where the above building now stands. So if you're planning a trip remember, what you see might not be what you get.
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5th Sept 2007 - sorry, I had to remove this video. I was weirded out by some comments and thought Liz might not be too happy.