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o u t d o o r FOCUS spring 2020 From the editor... David Taylor G osh, wasn’t February wet and wild here in the UK? As I write this the wind is howling and rain is lashing down. It’s been a challenging month for many, particularly for those living in lowland areas, or those with homes close to rivers. It isn’t the end of course, but there has been an oddly apocalyptic feel to the weather. If this is a harbinger of things to come then the next few years are going to be interesting - for the wrong reasons - for those of us who work in and rely on the natural world. What do you think? Contents 3 New members 4 Wordsmith 6 Atlantic Island Hopping Meet the newest members of the Guild, who’ve all joined in 2020 Kev Reynolds hears the postman arrive and fi nds the world in an envelope Paddy Dillon looks back on twenty years of walking and writing 10 Book Reviews 12 How to take great photos in bad weather 14 VAT and the digital future of tax 6 10 Roly Smith reviews the latest books by members, including Walking on the Azores and Navigation skills for walkers Want to stay indoors when it’s raining? Aquapac thinks it’s the perfect time to be out snapping Should you register for VAT? Felicity Martin is here to help you make a decision 12 Moon phases First Quarter 2 March Full 9 March Third Quarter 16 March New 24 March First Quarter 1 April Full 8 April Third Quarter 14 April New 23 April First Quarter 30 April Full 7 May Third Quarter 14 May New 22 May Events / Spring 2020 The Photography Show, NEC 14-17 March www.photographyshow.com Vyking Ride, York 19 April www.bit.ly/Vyking2020 1 Sunrise time 06.44 Sunrise direction 101° Sunset time 17.41 Sunset direction 259° APR Sunset time 19.34 Sunset direction 279° 1 Sunrise time 05.31 Sunrise direction 64° MAR 1 Sunrise time 06.35 Sunrise direction 81° MAY Sunset time 20.24 Sunset direction 296° 15 Sunrise time 06.13 Sunrise direction 92° 15 Sunrise time 06.04 Sunrise direction 73° 15 Sunrise time 05.08 Sunrise direction 57° MAR Sunset time 18.05 Sunset direction 268° APR Sunset time 19.57 Sunset direction 288° MAY Sunset time 20.44 Sunset direction 303° Sunset/Sunrise times and direction correct for London. Times for April 1 onwards are BST Hexham Book Festival 24 April-3 May www.hexhambookfestival.co.uk Snowdonia Half Marathon 17 May www.bit.ly/Snowdoniahalfm Orkney Nature Festival 13-19 May www.orkneynaturefestival.org WalkFest 2020, North York Moors 23-25 May www.bit.ly/nymwalkfest Keswick Mountain Festival 15-17 May www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk Tetbury Woolsack Race 25 May www.tetburywoolsack.co.uk Cover star Jon Sparks Queenstown Bike Park, South Island, New Zealand. If you’d like to contribute to the next edition of Outdoor Focus please send an email with your article idea to me at [email protected]. The deadline for copy is the 15 May 2020. www.jonsparks.zenfolio.com The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild is the only UK-based association of media professionals working largely or entirely on outdoor subjects. Our members cover every fi eld of activity and all corners of the globe. They include writers, journalists, fi lm makers, photographers, publishers and editors, all with a passionate interest in the outdoors. For more information visit www.owpg.org.uk. All images and text copyright the authors. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission is strictly prohibited. 2 Outdoor focus | spring 2020 Editing/design: David Taylor [email protected] ISSN 2043-8591 (print) ISSN 2043-8605 (online)