Monthly Archives: August 2010

Flying Snake

Near my home gate in Bangkok there is a Hibiscus plant which for many years has produced a remarkable profusion of red flowers. It always attracts my attention when I open the gate. Last week it really grabbed my attention for within its slender branches … Continue reading

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Klong Saen Sap, Bangkok

A few months back I climbed aboard the Klong Saen Sap ferry service to see where it took me. A word of warning. To “Bangkokians” an account of this journey is probably as interesting to read as a description of the 7:30am Norbiton to Victoria train service is to London … Continue reading

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Ben More and the Ross of Mull

I was on “home leave” from Hong Kong and holidaying on the Ross of Mull in July of ’85 with my parents and brothers. The Ross and the tidal island Earraid to the west feature prominently in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped though the description … Continue reading

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Ben Alder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     After the shock of Schiehallion our weary group made its way to the Ben Alder bothy during the night arriving at about 11.00 pm. A night march our expedition leader cheerfully exclaimed only to be met with a chorus of … Continue reading

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Schiehallion and the Earth’s Mass

My first Munro and nearly my last. For those who don’t know a “Munro” is a mountain in Scotland over 3,000 feet. There are 283 of them. On a fine summer’s day Schiehallion at 3,553 ft is a relatively easy and straightforward climb. One … Continue reading

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