A collection of films on just about any topic. The name ‘omphalos’ comes from this quote by the Edinburgh writer, Candia McWilliams: Referring to Oxford: “Anyhow, Edinburgh knows that it is the centre of the known world. And wheesht to your omphaloi” . . . “Has a doughnut an omphalos?”

‘The Inflamed Mind’

This is the title of a recently published book by Professor Ed Bullmore of the University of Cambridge. This book gained generally uncritical reviews, such as this : Almost a … Continue reading ‘The Inflamed Mind’

‘The audacity of hope’

The teddy bear that often features in my films belongs to my son Andrew. The bear is called Hale Bopp, and is named after the comet that was trailing a … Continue reading ‘The audacity of hope’

‘a small wayside Inn’

The Woodside Hotel, Doune, has a special place in the history of both my mother’s family and my father’s family. Today it remains a special place for all our family. … Continue reading ‘a small wayside Inn’