A new mural in Glasgow

I really like this new mural. I have not yet seen it in ‘real life’ but hope to soon! It reminded me of a time, in my youth, when I … Continue reading A new mural in Glasgow

‘Battle for the Wallace Monument’

As reported in the Stirling Observer, 16 September 2020. Did you know that there was an even greater ‘battle’ over the Wallace Monument which goes back over 160 years – … Continue reading ‘Battle for the Wallace Monument’

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg died on 10th September 2020. A special women with such talent and style. She will be missed by so many. Diana Rigg was married to Archibald Stirling of … Continue reading Diana Rigg

406 million miles from Earth

Isn’t this a fantastic image of Jupiter! It was taken on the 25th August 2020 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope* [*This copy of the image comes from the Scotsman, 16 … Continue reading 406 million miles from Earth

the scandal of the century [and other writings]

I am currently reading these stories by Gabriel García Márquez: The Editor’s note to this book of stories begins: Gabriel García Márquez called journalism “the best job in the world” and he … Continue reading the scandal of the century [and other writings]

Full of Energy

Patrick Geddes, a long dead gardener, geographer and philosopher has been a guide for me in approaching the world. This film is for Patrick Geddes. Music credit: ‘Cosmic Love’ by … Continue reading Full of Energy

Last Monday

The following poem is addressed to Robert Hepburn who died in Temple, 1798.  It is based on a  stone gateway that has out-survived the house that it long since introduced. … Continue reading Last Monday

The inscriber ran out of room

On the back of a tombstone in Humbie Churchyard I came across this inscription: You will notice that, in the second line, the inscriber ran out of room. Footnotes: *The … Continue reading The inscriber ran out of room

‘WE AL MUST PAS’

In Humbie Churchyard I came across this incredibly intricate and well-preserved 17c tombstone: This tombstone recalls the SKIRVING family of: At the bottom of the tombstone is this carved Angel: … Continue reading ‘WE AL MUST PAS’

STOBS

Last week I visited the ruined Church of Temple, Midlothian. On the south gable wall a tombstone was long ago inserted: This tombstone remembers Charles Hitchener who died in April … Continue reading STOBS