In the Park

In the Park

Social Media is an increasing mystery to me.  I have dabbled with Facebook and Twitter but have to admit, I just don’t get it.  I can’t see why anyone would want to put the minutiae of their lives on Facebook and send them out to the whole world not knowing who’s going to read them and to what purpose they’ll be put.  I do however feel a little safer with Linkedin.  I joined it a few years ago and registered with my qualifications and work experience...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

“What have the Romans ever done for us?”  - is one of those movie quotes that the Monty Python team (Life of Brian 1979) cemented into the public psyche as shorthand for listing fundamental benefits we often take for granted. The quote came to mind in a recent meeting when the CNPA Board heard about a range of recent investment and awards for the area – benefiting people, jobs, tourism, health and nature.  Many of them won, in part at least, because of our National...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

  Encouraging new visitors to the Cairngorms National Park, with its stunning landscapes, abundance of wildlife – including species you won’t see anywhere else – and a vast array of activities from cycling, walking, watersports, wintersports and so on, well you would think it would be easy wouldn’t you but it’s not a place that everyone knows about. There are groups of people and communities across Scotland and indeed Europe who think that visiting the...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

Here’s a challenge: take a conservationist and a developer out to the pub and ask them about their work in the Cairngorms. Over the first pint you may well hear the conservationist, outline the threats to capercaillie, wildcat, farmland wading birds and invertebrates. Broaden the conversation and you’ll hear about the loss of wild land and native woodlands and rising temperatures warming our seas and rivers leading to species extinction.  Behind it all they may claim there is a...

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March of the Mannies

March of the Mannies

Nine o’ clock on Saturday morning and we were gathered outside the Invercauld Arms Hotel in Braemar waiting for the Ballater and District Pipe Band to fall in and lead us through the village to the start of another Braemar Gathering.  The so-called “March of the Mannies” has now become a popular tradition when the Braemar Games officials, and yes, we’re all men, walk to the Games Park carrying the flag of the Braemar Royal Highland Society.  Traditions are...

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