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The first year of Ribbon of Wildness seems to have just flown by! And the level of sales in that time has certainly exceeded expectation. So it looks like it will come up for its first re-print later this year. The Author is naturally delighted with this outcome, and very much looks forward to it`s appearance from the printer towards the end of w/c 7th November. A great milestone.

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`The Next Big Wild Walk` may well become the catchy name for walking along the entire Watershed - in any event, from 10th June to 30th July 2012, you`ll find a mega relay taking place in aid of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Simon Curran is organising this big team event, and has the Just Giving part...

It`s billed as `recommended reading` by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in the Summer 2011 edition of `The Geographer`. This most welcome of reviews adds valuable recognition for one of the prime aims in Ribbon of Wildness - to define the Watershed in geographic terms. So the review clearly acknowledges this by saying: `Ribbon of Wildness gives a vivid introduction to this...

Yes, the Watershed is catching - it is highly infectious. And the evidence for this is that a number of people have indicated that they have caught the bug in one way or another. So do listen-up for some interesting, inspiring stories over the next year or more.

Meantime though, there are three specific things that the eager and willing could do to help with promoting awareness...

The first of the new Watershed Information Panels were recently installed at the Great Glen Hostel http://www.greatglenhostel.co.uk, Inchnadamph Hostel http://www.inch-lodge.co.uk, Crask Inn, by Lairg, The Mosspaul Inn...

Everyone loves a good story - well that certainly seems to be the case, judging by the ever growing number of requests for these illustrated talks. With a short gap over the summer, then it all kicks off again in September, with bookings right through to April 2012. The range of different types of organisation is very varied - outdoor interests, libraries, camera club, archeology,...

Events to date:   82

83.  May  1   North Lanarkshire Council - core paths event       Airdrie

84.           3   Ochils Mountaineering Club                                  ...

Following the very well presented article by Chris Townsend in TGO, and the `Prize Book` Review in Scottish Wildlife, BBC Radio Scotland did a fine piece on 14th April (see link). This focused on the novelty of the Watershed, its distinctive character, and on its` potential as a long-distance route.

With graphic sound effects, including those of running water from the very start of...

The March issue of Scottish Wildlife by SWT, contains another glowing review of Ribbon of Wildness.

Reviewer Eric Coull enthuses: `Ultimately this man and book could raise the profile of the Watershed and encourage others to view at least a few of the wondrous landscapes of Scotland whilst basking in their wildness`.

The book is on a special Readers`...

Some 20 students and staff turned up to hear my talk at Newbattle the other day. This was a very special event for me, as this is my old College (1968-9), which set me on the road to a career in Youth Work. A truly inspiring place, which bills itself as Scotland`s `Life Changing College`. How very true.

During my talk I read the quote which I use in Ribbon of Wildness, from Edwin...