The more I study the cover of the 2010 Fire on Ice calendar, the more I think, "What a lovely wee curling stone that is!" I ordered my copy, which will hang in my office, from the European Curling Federation website here.
I know it's unlucky but I have had a sneak look at the months ahead. Actually, Una Grava-Germane was selling copies when we were in Riga recently. This Latvian redhead is Miss November! The whole purpose of the calendar is to raise funds for women’s curling teams, as the models receive a share of the proceeds!
Sadly missing from the ice in Scotland this season is Vicky Sloan, touring the world and last heard from somewhere in Southeast Asia! The photo is from the 2008 Scottish Mixed Doubles which she won with Keith MacLennan.
Skip Cottage can reveal that Vicky is May 2010 in the Fire on Ice Calendar! She follows in the footsteps of Kim Brewster and Jackie Lockhart who graced the 2008 calendar. (Actually, Kim, without her head, is one of the 'extra' photos in the 2010 edition, but that's another story.)
This is the publicity photo of Vicky released by photographer Ana Arce. I should stress it is NOT the photo that is in the calendar. You'll have to buy the calendar to see that. Actually, the May 2010 pic is very nice, and perhaps more tasteful (subtle? artistic?) than some other months! Anyway, well done to Vicky. I'm looking forward to May 2010 already.
Ana has opened a Facebook group to support the calendar, and there are publicity photos of the other models available. If you are a Facebook member, look it up here. Apparently, previous editions of 'Fire on Ice' have earned €60,000 for women's curling!
For any women reading this, think of it this way. This could be the solution on what to buy husband, boyfriend, or partner for Christmas. There are only 55 shopping days to go!
Pics of Vicky © Skip Cottage