This is for any post, of any sort, that might help us understand the Hydra-headed beast of stigma. Help Hole Ousia chop off some heads. Let us hope they do not re-grow.

suicide cairns

You may not be aware of this, but across Scotland there are surviving cairns which mark where somebody who had taken their life was once buried. Generally the names have … Continue reading suicide cairns

Uley Blues

Wellington Dauncey was born in Dursley on the 12th December 1824, the son of Titus and Mary Ann. He came from a family of cloth makers. Wellington Dauncey took his … Continue reading Uley Blues

Known by this name

Anglers on the River Don have long been familar with a deep pool known as ‘Philips Pot’. The first Ordinance Survey notebook of 1858 gives this description: Of this “lunatic” … Continue reading Known by this name

150 feet above the rest of us

At the weekend, our daughter Rachel made a BLACK LIVES MATTER sign and put it up in our front window beside the RAINBOW that she had previously made with her … Continue reading 150 feet above the rest of us

‘Herd instinct’

An extract from: Peter J. Gordon, (2012),”Window tax“, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 4 pp. 181 – 187

On the other side of the fence

We have an old stone wall that sweeps around our garden. In the twenty years that we have lived in Mossgrove, this wall has had a wooden fence above it. … Continue reading On the other side of the fence

do more than spell the word

I have been reading ‘Understanding a Photograph’ by John Berger. When I read this sentence I found myself considering the approach currently taken, at least in much of the Western … Continue reading do more than spell the word

‘Wife of Otto’

In front of Dunblane cathedral there is a dark marble grave with a fallen cross. The design is very stark and the fallen cross long and thin. It looked manly. … Continue reading ‘Wife of Otto’

Boghead

As an NHS doctor I worked in West Lothian for more than five years. I became very fond of the place and the people: where I found everydayness and kindness … Continue reading Boghead

Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

This film is for Adam. It is the final film in a series.   Music credit: ‘Intruder’ by Peter Gabriel. ‘Dr Marigold’: from the writings of Charles Dickens. The first … Continue reading Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

Captain Slater

This film is for Captain Slater. Music credits: (1) ‘Chasing the Sun’ by James Ross (2) ‘Motets’ – by Johann Christian Bach My thanks to Dr Ian Collins The following … Continue reading Captain Slater