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of absence and presence

In 1855, Duncan Brown, Janitor for the Glasgow School of Art and pioneering amateur photographer, took a photograph of five men and two boys in a garden . . . … Continue reading of absence and presence

K13

HMS K13, a steam-powered submarine, was built at Fairfield Shipbuilders, Glasgow, and launched on the 11th November 1916. 29 January 1917, whilst on sea trials in Gareloch , there was … Continue reading K13

To call a spade a spade

In primary school I was considered to be a backward scholar who exhibited ‘no pace’ to learning. In particular I struggled with language and routinely talked about myself in the … Continue reading To call a spade a spade

‘There’s this shadow beside him in the painting’

Apart from the closinq quote – which is from Peter Pan – the passages  below are all from MAYFLIES by Andrew O’Hagan: