Making science a reality

It has been a long time since I last wrote on Hole Ousia about my activism for a science that strives for objectivity.

It is probably reasonable to suggest that no other in the British Isles has given more to this cause than I have.

I petitioned the Scottish Parliament to consider introducing a Sunshine Act for Scotland. Much evidence was gathered for this petition and this was then shared in a formal public consultation.

The Scottish public agreed, in majority, that payments from the pharmaceutical industry and device makers to healthcare professionals need to be declared on a mandatory basis. At the time, this landmark consultation was neither reported in the mainstream press nor the medical press. A year on the Scottish Government has provided no meaningful update.

It was thus with considerable interest that I read the following editorial in the current British Medical Journal:

The full article can be accessed here from the BMJ:






Open and transparent from omphalos on Vimeo.

Ursine physiology – may not be mainstream physiology

Filmed on a family picnic to the ruined castle of Arnhall on Sunday 26th March 2017








Lyublyu (revisited)

This is for my mum on Mother’s day 2017. (March 26th). It is a re-working of a film from 2011.

Age ten, Edwin Morgan chose to learn his first Russian word – Lyublyu, which transaltes in English as “I love”.

I love my mum.

My mum trained as a nurse and has those selfless qualities of being that make her a ‘Nightingale’.

My mum’s great-great aunt, Jessie lennox of Bridge of Allan, trained under Florence Nightingale and in later life became a close friend of Florence Nightingale

200 years of news

The 200th anniversary of the Scotsman newspaper 
took place on the 25th January 2017.



What follows are a few of the adverts from the very first edition 
of the Scotsman:









 

When you say I like biscuits (nuces philosophicae)

Nuces philosphicae – the study of the philosophy of words.

This film was inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Scotsman newspaper on the 25th January 2017.

As a child I observed with feeling. But I lacked words. I was considered backward by teachers.

I end this film with Sian who has revealed so much to me about the wonder of language.

Music credits:

Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker, from the album ‘Room 29’

(1) Interlude 2 (5 hours a day)
(2) Room 29 (Reprise)

The poem that time forgot

In 1826 Robert Pollok began an epic poem. Ten volumes later, and not even 28 years of age, Robert was dead.

His poem was called “The course of time”

I came across this poem through St Ann’s, Bridge of Allan, where my mother Margaret was born and where my daughter Rachel went to Nursery School.

Credits: Dexter Britain, Dylan Thomas, Raymond Tallis, Michael Mara, the BBC, old newspapers and a magpie.

Time passes. Listen. Time passes.