Arnie Wilson
Arnie Wilson drifted from national newspaper and TV news and current affairs (on screen and off), celebrity interviewing and travel writing to ski journalism. A midlife passion for the slopes gradually took over his life and he spent 15 years as the Financial Times ski correspondent before taking over as editor of the Ski Club of Great Britain’s magazine, Ski+board between 2001 and 2014. He entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1994 after skiing for 365 consecutive days in 240 resorts in 13 countries, and recently completed a 35 year mission to ski in all 37 US states with ski lifts. This year he notched up his 710th ski area worldwide. He has written or co-written five ski books.

Entries by Arnie Wilson

The Dangers of Early Morning Texts

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 8:09 AM

This is a true story.
It happened just the other day.
My good friend Leo, who lives in my town but whose roots are in Gibraltar where his partner Lourdes lives (he visits her every month) sends her a loving text in Spanish every morning from Sussex.

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Hard to Fake? Tears on Stage

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 2:55 PM

The other night my wife Vivianne and I saw a London production of Skylight - starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan - and at one stage Carey Mulligan starts crying. Unlike making a movie, where the camera can switch off allowing an actor to be able to add water to...

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'Sea Devils: Pioneer Submariners' by John Swinfield

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:22 PM

"As the motor vehicle has driven the horse from the road, so has the submarine driven the battleship from the sea": Admiral Sir Percy Scott, at the outbreak of hostilities in 1914.

No-one alive today was around back in the late 19th century when the first functioning submarines appeared on...

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Want You Dead by Peter James

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:28 PM

Peter James celebrated 10 years of Roy Grace - the fictional Brighton (UK) police chief superintendent that has seen James move from the championship to the premiership of crime writing - with Want You Dead. For those unfamiliar with his books, every one he's written since Dead Simple kicked off...

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Blood & Sand by BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 4:16 PM

The most evocative page of the BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner's updated memoir Blood & Sand is one that even readers with acute 20-20 vision would probably need a magnifying glass to read. It's the then confidential medical report from the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh the day after...

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A Message from Alpha Rameses

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:11 AM

Hearing exciting but unconfirmed rumors that scientists at the Arecibo Observatory - which monitors potential signals for the SETI programme (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) in the remote hinterland of Puerto Rico - had picked up a series of unexplained sounds from deep space, I rang my contact there to try...

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Storming the Eagle's Nest

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Storming the Eagle's Nest, by Jim Ring, is published by Faber and Faber.

Did you know that on April 25, 1945, 359 Lancaster bombers blitzed Hitler's lair high above Berchtesgaden? Nor did I until I read Jim Ring's latest book. Hitler wasn't at home, but he killed himself five days...

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The Bumper Book of Dinosaurs

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 6:19 PM

'Pregnant camels ordinarily sit down carefully. Perhaps their joints creak!'

OK, it's not his original mnemonic to help remember geological eras, but just about everything else in his remarkably all-encompassing and superbly illustrated book about dinosaurs is the result of Keiron Pim's own intensive work and research -- and what...

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Review: Perilous Moon: Occupied France, 1944 - The End Game

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 9:40 AM

The barely credible story of German air-ace Helmut Bergmann's murderous but triumphant 46 minutes of ice-cold attacking genius against a wave of RAF bombers two nights after Easter, 1944 sounds as though it should have been dismissed as the kind of fiction found in a schoolboy comic. But as the...

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