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Shauna Reid

Welcome, weary traveller! I'm Shauna Reid, an Australian writer who moved to Scotland ten years ago in pursuit of adventure and kilts

This Sporting Life

Shinty 101


On Saturday we went to a shinty match. According to Wikipedia shinty is a “Scottish twelve-a-side game resembling hockey, played with curved sticks and taller goalposts and derived from the Irish game of hurling.” This particular match was the annual hybrid shinty/hurling Scotland v Ireland smackdown. It hardly seems fair for the poor Scots; look at Read More

A weekend at the Tour de France


“Mum mum mum! Australia won four gold medals today!” “Noooo,” said the Mothership, “Australia won one gold medal.” It was 1984 and Australia had won the 4,000 metres team pursuit at the Los Angeles Olympics. “But there were four men on the podium! And they each had a medal!” I yelled with as much indignation Read More

Reverb 10, Day 5 – Let Go


December 5 – Let GoWhat (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?Author: Alice Bradley I have officially let go of the notion that Australia will win any matches in this Ashes series. We stink! Seriously though, I was going to write about the letting go of deep and meaningful stuff, but the Read More

The Floating Dutchmen


I drew Holland in the workplace World Cup sweep. The Dutch office promptly dispatched an inflatable clog and a team poster to spruce up my desk, now that I am on their side. There's some masterful Photoshopping going on here. I was admiring the Pixifoto-esque background then noticed that the Dutch team is levitating! I've Read More

Bitter Pill


I spent Sunday afternoon curled up on the couch, bowled over by cold and fever… or perhaps just the agony of Australia getting slaughtered by England in the cricket. ME:  I hate losing to England! GARETH:  Well, now you know what it's like to be Scottish! ME:  Yeah but, we actually had a chance!

MotoGP is Dead


UNTIMELY BLOG ENTRIESA backlog of drafts published long after they were relevant.Episode #1 — September 28, 2008 Valentino Rossi zoomed to his sixth MotoGP world title in Japan this morning while I snoozed soundly in my scratcher. It’s hard to believe that just two years ago I would set the alarm to watch the long-haul Read More

The Essence of Man


New York – Day Four I'm a buffoon when it comes to art; I never quite know how behave to in its presence. Nevertheless we spent a rainy Saturday at the magnificient Museum of Modern Art, along with fifty bazillion other tourists seeking fancy shelter. First we warmed up in the Architecture and Design Gallery. Read More

Breakfast of Champions


On Sunday I went down to Leith to see my friend Lainey run in her first half marathon. Thirteen miles is a truly grueling endeavour, but luckily there was plenty of sustenance around – all the essential carbohydrate, protein, lard and gristle an athlete needs. I don't know what it is about running events that Read More

Tomorrow! Tomorrow! You’re Only A Day Away!


After an agonising five-month wait, the 2007 MotoGP season starts tomorrow! If you're in the UK and you have a telly, it all cranks up at 11.30AM on BBC2. Seriously folks. The last season was the most wild and thrilling spectacle I'd ever witnessed. More exciting than say, being trapped naked in a tub of Read More

2006: Sport


The longer I'm away from Australia the more obsessed I become with sport. I guess it's a sad little way to feel closer to home. Top Three Sporting Spectacles of 2006 3.  Commonwealth Games, March For that one glorious day when Scotland topped the medal tally, for the hilarious lawn bowls commentary, and just for Read More

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