College Core Values: my question to the Presidential candidates

Throughout November, the Royal College of Psychiatrists are offering the “opportunity to quiz the Presidential hopefuls”: Today, the 11th November 2019 I have submitted this question: “If you are elected … Continue reading College Core Values: my question to the Presidential candidates

“Working with the Government”

These ‘100 words’ by Professor Louis Appleby were published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in September 2008.

11am on the 11th of November 2001, Rachel fell down the stairs and broke her arm

Monday 11th November 2019. To mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War … Continue reading 11am on the 11th of November 2001, Rachel fell down the stairs and broke her arm

“toxic masculinity”

In today’s Scotland on Sunday I read Stuart Kelly’s review of a novel called ‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner. The following passages from the review resonated with me.  Long … Continue reading “toxic masculinity”

I mistook myself for a scientific label

This is neither fact nor expert advice: I am an artist, poet, and all that may be in-between. This is neither fact nor expert advice: Specialisms are making nonsense of … Continue reading I mistook myself for a scientific label

Part of the conversation

I could never be a leader, I do not want to lead. I just want to be part of the conversation. I don’t want to be labelled, I do not … Continue reading Part of the conversation

Dr Knows Best

‘We have moved on’ said doctor Knows Best: didn’t you notice? Today we have targets, tooled by incentive, and our patients are our numbered ‘partners’. Betjeman has been realised not … Continue reading Dr Knows Best

Glenbardy

Known to none but Peter. Nestles in a hill that carries a name that we forget why it was so called. Our WORLD is here! Natural sciences are ‘backwards free’ … Continue reading Glenbardy

The Aultdrachty rauchle

Naebody mynds Aultdrachty noo, though lood it rattles still. Yet Aultdrachty’s watter wis’nae awas clear, an it hods a muckle saicret. Sae hearken, an hear the feech o’ the packman, … Continue reading The Aultdrachty rauchle

melt the bear

Castellated gallery of white, iron-cast pavilions – one atop another, shine bright on a Scottish spring afternoon. Clocks, rockets, asteroids, mummies and totem poles; fish circle the children, pennies circle … Continue reading melt the bear

Backwards and forwards learning

Backwards and forwards learning contributes to who I am. Neither the microscope nor the telescope quite help me in the focus with which I wish to see. Backwards and forwards learning contributes … Continue reading Backwards and forwards learning