New book by Ed Stafford reveals what the great explorers took into the unknown

In April 2018, Ness Knight, Laura Bingham and Phillipa Stewart were preparing to paddle the mighty 1,014km Essequibo River in Guyana, from source to sea. If they were successful, their expedition would be a world first, but – as with all such undertakings – there were plenty of things that could go wrong. The evening before they were due to set off, in an attempt to calm her nerves, Knight did what many of us do when we’re about to take a trip somewhere: she laid out all her equipment on her bed and started going through it carefully, making sure she had everything she was going to need for the adventure ahead. Then, while Knight was in the middle of this painstaking exercise, Bingham sneaked up on her, whisked away the bedsheets and deposited all her gear on the floor. Fortunately, Knight was able to see the funny side and decided not to strangle Bingham with a mosquito net, but given the gravity of the situation – and how seriously some people take the act of packing – it was the kind of prank that could easily have gone either way.

The lucky winner will be able to enjoy a stay in one of the opulent suites.

Win a stay in one of Scotland’s most prestigious hotels

To mark the launch of its new, luxurious afternoon tea,  an idyllic 4-star hotel on the banks of the Firth of Clyde has teamed up with The Scotsman to offer one lucky reader - and a person of their choice - the chance to enjoy an overnight stay - including dinner and afternoon tea - at one of the most prestigious spa hotels in Scotland. 
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The Boston Harbor Hotel is at Rowes Wharf in the city. Picture: contributed.

East coast with the most

I’m standing 50 floors above the streets of Boston, enjoying the views from the Skywalk Observatory – and its 360-degree view showcases some of the city’s key advantages – from its waterside location to streetside cafes and restaurants in the trendy Back Bay neighbourhood.

Cathal McAteer, Founder of Folk and It's All Good Folk

Cathal McAteer, Folk Fashion

Cathal McAteer, Founder of Folk, a clothing brand known for stylish, modern separates with an eclectic twist is based in London, where Folk has five bricks and mortar stores.

Michigan surfer Dan Schetter looking for waves a still from Surfer Dan

Ocean Film Festival to introduce Michigan ice surfer to Edinburgh

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour washes into Edinburgh later this month, offering a tasting menu of short films concerning the life aquatic. Highlights include Manry at Sea, a documentary about US newspaperman Robert Manry’s bold 1965 attempt to cross the Atlantic in a tiny, 13-and-a-half foot sailing boat called Tinkerbelle; I Am Fragile, in which filmmaker Florian Ledoux trains his lens on the landscape and wildlife of north-eastern Canada and western Greenland; and A Peace Within, which follows “extreme artist” Philip Gray as he attempts to execute an underwater painting in subterranean pools in Mexico – pools, incidentally, which some locals still believe are gateways to the afterlife.

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