Stories and articles from Andy himself, his friends and family recount his adventures with all the joie de vivre he showed; as a campaigner, kayaker, skier and paraglider. From his scrapes with the ‘Polis’ and authorities to his worldwide catalogue of first descents. Above all Andy will be remembered for his ability to befriend and inspire everyone he met.
In the late 1970's was a drummer in a band with school-friends. It wasn't until we were at our first gig and someone asked, "how shall I introduce you", that we realised we didn't have a name.
On the spur of the moment, 'Cupid's Stunts' was all I could come up with. Well, it was a punk era.
Applying for the rights to submit programme ideas to the BBC, I needed a business name. So I came up with 'Sunart Media', named after the part of the Ardnamurchan Peninsular where we live.
Mind you, the website needs some work...
Bryan Smith and 5 other kayakers are travelling to Eastern Siberia to explore and document 3 rivers on the Kamchatka Peninsular, surveying them for protection by the Russian government.
But he adds, "The cost of this trip exceedes my personal budget and I am asking for your support..." Learn more here or donate here. Looks like his younger brother Ethan is going too.
I'm being worked over by a physiotherapist. My shoulder injury is over a year old and I've been worried.
After summer on the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail it was sore, which is why I have hardly been in the kayak since.
It seems my left shoulder doesn't work correctly. The shoulder blade rises of its own accord. The 'timing' is off. The answer, I'm told, is to get the smaller muscles underneath to stabilise the joint before the big ones kick in.
So I have a routine of nightly exercises with elastic bands, towels and small weights. Imagine how this delights Liz. Not.
This is a Roberts WM202 radio and I like it. (And I'm not being paid to write this!) It has regular FM and newer DAB but what I like is that it links to our home WiFi and gives access to a world of internet radio.
This is not a stable technology yet.
It's meant to link to my computer's media player so any music files can be played through the radio - it doesn't.
It has occasional fits when it produces 'Network Error' messages. And when it plays Podcasts it can't pause or rewind them.
But it can play podcasts just as if they were regular radio programmes, including the BBC's listen again programmes, and a load of sea kayak podcasts. Even for a broadcaster like me, it's quite freaky to sit in the kitchen and 'tune in' a normal-looking radio to my own podcasts and then hear my voice coming out the speakers.
You set all this up through a website, effectively programming favourites into the radio, and then those favourites appear in the radio's memory. The radio also has five preset stations.
We live in an area with a poor signal area, but on this Radio 4 and Radio 2 come through clear. Best of all, so does one of my favourite music stations, Radio Paradise based in California. And since it runs on batteries, we can play it anywhere in the house.
I'm sure there are other models out there which might be better. Please tell me if you use one.
I feel very fortunate as I know others are not so lucky.
I can choose up to four 'workshops' to advise me on the way ahead. Since I plan to set up a business shooting video for business, the workshop "Setting Up As A Sole Trader" proved extremely useful. Although being in London again for it felt rather odd.
It's run by an ex-BBC journalist who also took voluntary redundancy, then set up David Thomas Media. I'd recommend his one day course to anyone in a similar situation.
Oh, and work is already coming in, before I have actually left.