2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

I just saw the BBC’s advert for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi = trailer for a really cheesy Twilight take of Game of thrones! When looking for images for this post I came across these very peculiar images of Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards. They most certainly have had a dose of the Twilight vampire effect. I don’t really understand why they felt they had to overly process the stills of the presenters. I’m not totally hating on the ad but for me it doesn’t beat the efforts of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

BBC winter Olympic 2014 and Twilight, Lixa

images from left to right… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

See the clip below for the BBC’s 2010 Vancouver trailer



From Space To The Sea

What a journey that would be…

credits. Hubble Telescope, Ansel Adams, Julian de Armas, Hengki Koentjoro and here, Joseph Szabo and National Geographic.



Ohh to spend a night in one of these cosy looking Whitepods

…and then to wake up and do a bit of this…

Sweet dreams.x


Whitepods Via The Desighner Pad

Photo via Transworld Snowboarding

I’ll meet you in the middle


Photo… Lixa at Lake Lousie

Normally at this time of year I start to feel depressed that yet again a long, wet and windy winter is approaching us and I will not be going off to the mountains to have a season of snow, mountains, boarding and liver disease. So I will have to do a snow dance now in the hope the wee hills in Scotland get a decent dusting and I can look forward to a few days of button tow inner thigh agony, a scraped up board and 2 minutes of boarding from top to bottom, while dodging the mud and rocks… sounds great doesn’t it! Heee heee.

So when I came across freeboarding I was very intrigued…

Freeboarding is sold as Snowboarding all year long, any hill, any time, no lift ticket, no lift lines, no off season. Ohh but the snow, the goggle marks, the powder, the air… It’s not the same.

compromise Lixa! Yes, we can’t always live at the bottom of a mountain and if this is the deal then why not give it a shot. The freebord’s outside wheels act like the edge of a snowboard and the middle wheel looks like it takes your central balance from going heel to toe. Stopping is apparently exactly the same as you would do on snow and the Freebord combines both carving and sliding. Well Edinburgh is full of hills so why not give it a shot? Although it’s a possible alternative to the mountains it will never have the same kind of freedom as the mountains. All you folk planning your seasons now, enjoy not having to compromise anything.

Freeborders do tetris

For more about freebord click here and to view all the boards here