Bob's Christmas Eve podcast is up in iTunes now (and will be on The Outdoors Station shortly). He's being all festive, walking out with Andy Howell and visiting the pub of the year with the ladies, Rose and Kate.
Review of year. Global warming. Consolidating gear in 2007, nothing outstanding (year of the tarp for Andy). No TGOC podcast from Bob and Andy in 2008, as they didn't get accepted for the Challenge. Ireland. Cycle camping (Sustrans network). Sea kayaks with Simon Willis. The value of visitors to local communities, especially trails (England/Wales, Scotland).
Off to the Nags Head in Malvern with the ladies. No smoke, nice smells. The social side of the Challenge. Christmas and New Year wishes to listeners.
But...the weekly podzine is on hold for a couple of months. Longer programmes will be released at irregular intervals.
My Notes: Perhaps VisitScotland could get off their backside and see that these shows promote visitors to Scotland. Like Donald Trump, they're planning to go elsewhere.
Only 50 people entered the competition. Well done to the winner. But does the number of entrants reflect listeners interest? Probably not.
For the record, both of the prizes that I won have been given away - and not even as cheap Christmas presents! The cap to Darren, and the Colin Prior calendar as a house-warming gift to my brother in Blair Atholl.
It would be a shame if that was the last one, but it takes a lot of his time, and that's time away from his shop. I suppose that is a problem with these sorts of ventures - they have to be funded somehow. It's the old three-legged stool of time, quality and money.
Best wishes to one and all involved, I listened to all the podzines, and enjoyed them all.