FF I've got an Alpkit Gamma, good cheap little torch but I can guarantee that it doesn't last 10 hours on full! The lamp may stay on but it dims considerably.
FRG- fair point on the Gamma, it's not a regulated output so it does dim over time, but the absence of the electronics to do this means it is a low price. I replace the batteries before they are completely spent.
I perfected the Mandrill impersonation (other red bottomed primates could be added to the repertoire) following my first longish bike, so I've paused to consider. Running is going much better now I can see my feet when I leave the office of an evening.
I've always fancied the idea of XC skiing, but I've never been organised enough to book anything when I've been on holibobs.
Forgot to say thanks for all the info on Islay. I suspect I need to get my arris in gear if I want to play with the marathon, although I now see that there's a half as well in August- midge-tastic perhaps?