Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, Travel, May 27 2009.

The weekend before last, Lesley and I travelled to the north-west of Scotland. We spent the first night in Plockton, and I had excellent langoustines and venison pie for dinner in the Plockton Inn. The next day we drove up to Assynt and went for short walks near Clachtoll and Achmelvich beach. The second night… Read more »

The new world of scientific research on the web

Posted by & filed under Books, IT & the Internet, Science, February 16 2009.

One of the areas that overlaps my professional life and personal interests is the use of the Internet (and specifically the World Wide Web) for scientific research – and although in my professional life I work closely with academic researchers, I’m also interested in how the web can be used by non-scientists to make a… Read more »

The West Country and Amsterdam

Posted by & filed under Science, Travel, August 12 2008.

At the start of this month, Lesley and I went on a trip to the West Country (Bristol, Bath, Portishead and Clevedon). Then we went to Amsterdam for a few days (second visit for me, see my previous blog posting ‘Amsterdam‘). Lesley has written great blog entries about the trips here and here, so no… Read more »

Summer snowfields in the Cairngorms

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, July 17 2008.

Last weekend I went for a walk on the Cairn Gorm – Ben Macdui plateau, primarily to locate an air wreck site near the summit of Ben Macdui (see the previous blog posting ‘The highest air wreck site in the whole British Isles?‘) but also to see how large the summer snowfields on the plateau… Read more »

Yet more about climate change and the media (yawn)

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, July 17 2007.

It is often assumed in many media reports that: All the mountain glaciers on earth are melting and receding rapidly They will all vanish in a few years This is an unprecedented change in the Earth’s (and hence mankind’s) environment This is entirely due to the effects of modern industrial civilisation, particularly increased air and… Read more »

Scottish glaciers

Posted by & filed under Books, Mountains & hills, Science, April 23 2007.

Ever since my first real mountain walking trip, to the Cairngorm plateau, I have been fascinated by the idea that in Scotland there can exist at high altitudes, even in the summer months, a small portion of the arctic. This trip was in June 1983, and the Cairngorm plateau then truly was arctic in nature,… Read more »