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Shauna Reid

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

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This Sporting Life

Life: you’re doing it all wrong


Do you ever have those grumpy, paranoid weeks where you feel like you’re the most incompetent person on the planet? That you have nothing of interest to offer and you’ll soon be living in a cardboard box? I’m sure studies have found this phenomenon is 73% more common amongst the self-employed, as there’s no one around to Read More

Sunday afternoon haulage


I didn’t realise until Sunday that I have a burning ambition to drag a truck down a road with my bare hands. I was at the inaugural Highland’s Strongest Woman contest, cheering on my kickass personal trainer Shona and her fellow ladies of steel. Holy moly. First they did a medley of carrying heavy objects ranging from 40 Read More

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

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

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