I am a geologist / chemist, living in Garelochhead, having moved down from Aberdeen for a job that turned unpleasant with remarkable speed. However, as I was born in Glasgow, I am happy to be living close to family and friends, surrounded by truly spectacular scenery.

I used to go hillwalking with an excellent bunch of people, the Moray Ramblers. If you’re ever in the Elgin area, give them a shout. They’re great people, and will make you welcome. They don’t just climb mountains at top speed. Looking around and enjoying the walks is more the order of the day.

What do I do, in between looking for a new job? Well, I read a lot, everything from Charles Dickens to Iain M Banks. Books are fantastic, and I could live in a good bookshop. My favourite so far is Barter Books, in Alnwick.

Languages have always interested me, and I have been learning Gaelic for about three years. While it helps understanding OS maps a lot, I can still barely get past the weather report on Radio nan Gaidheal! (Mo creacsa!) I also listen to a lot of music, mainly what people would term “classic rock”, Deep Purple, AC/DC and so on. Also very keen on electronic music, such as Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk.


6 Comments on “About”

  1. Geoff W says:

    Thanks for the Dickens recommendation, I think that’s one of the copies I purchased (if not – I’ll get it on my reader). I have a couple of friends who went to Uni up in Aberdeen and agood friend form Glasgow currently living in London!

  2. Peter Devenish says:

    David, a charming young lady, a Scotophile from Utah, USA, is studying at Glasgow University, and learning Gaelic. She is participating in this year’s Mod (in the Gaelic choir). Her name is Mairi McCloud and her email address is mairigm@gmail.com. Perhaps you might be able to give her some encouragement.
    Peter Devenish

  3. Peter Devenish says:

    I meant to mention, David, that Mairi McCloud is a fellow Mortonite.

  4. James says:

    I read your wonderful article on the Eiger Nordwand. I am interested if you can supply me with the source of the Photo of the Eiger? I am designing a catalog for a Swiss importer and he absolutely loves the image. Is it available in high resolution?


    • foinaven says:

      Hello James,

      Thanks for your kind words about the article, but it is the mountain itself and the people who climb it who make it special.
      The photo is from Wikipedia Commons – I basically needed a free image, and that looked arresting. The link is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:North_face.jpg
      You may be able to contact the photographer directly through the site.

      Hope you get what you need – it’s certainly a beautiful picture!

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