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?”

Let us turn to our poet’s windows

In the attic of Upper Quoigs I came across a scatter of left-behinds, all plastered with pigeon poo: an album by Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band; Julius Caesar ‘Thinking it over’, … Continue reading Let us turn to our poet’s windows

Lacunar Strevelinense

A film that shares the ‘STIRLING HEADS’: ‘Lacunar Strevelinense : A Collection of Heads, etched and engraved after the carved work which formerly decorated the roof of the King’s Room … Continue reading Lacunar Strevelinense

wilder and more memorable

Opening voice: Alastair McIntosh [BBC Radio Scotland ‘Thought for the day’, 15 August 2018 Closing voice: Professor Philip Davis, Director Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society, University of … Continue reading wilder and more memorable

This too shall pass

Covid-19: [At the time of making this film]: for the 2,472 have died in Scotland, and their families

It still takes courage to care

The Herald, 21 June 2020: I was an NHS doctor for over 25 years, and whilst I was never [technically speaking] a whistleblower, I always did my best to speak … Continue reading It still takes courage to care

Tam o’Shanter letter

Burn’s Nicht 2008. Recital by Andrew R. Gordon:

By the river Teith

Yesterday, we had a lovely picnic on a small pebble beach by the river Teith. This curve in the river Teith is very near the abandoned, and now most ruinous … Continue reading By the river Teith

O M P H A L O S notebook

Rachel gave me this lovely present for Father’s Day. [In collecting ideas for my short films, I have filled so many ‘commonplace books’ with marginalia,  poems and scribbles . . … Continue reading O M P H A L O S notebook

Gala Queen

This film is for Mary Broadley, Slamannan Gala Queen, 1950 Music credit: ‘Judy and the dream of horses’ by Belle and Sebastian.

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

Jawhills

Jawhills farm, Slamannan, Scotland, was abandoned in the 1960s and is now a ruin. In the early hours of last Sunday, I visited what remains of JAWHILLS: