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?”

Whistleblowing in NHS Scotland

Like Sir Robert Francis, I prefer the term ‘Freedom to Speak Up‘ to “whistleblowing”. However the Scottish Government has chosen to stick with the latter. The first two films below … Continue reading Whistleblowing in NHS Scotland

‘The Polaroid Diaries’

This was the ‘Portfolio’ feature in last Sunday’s Herald. It feaured a new book entitled ‘Linda McCartney: The Polaoroid Diaries’. Last year visited High Park, Kintyre and I made this … Continue reading ‘The Polaroid Diaries’

Risk to make nonsense

This is my two-fingers up to the ever-increasing pathologisation of life:

Flight of ideas

The following is a widely accepted medical definition of ‘flight of ideas‘ as a sign of ‘major mental illness’: “a rapid shifting of ideas with only superficial associative connections between … Continue reading Flight of ideas

“This full toolset”

A psychiatrist, who has become increasingly prominent on social media, and who has been regularly retweeted by the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has stated that “we treat … Continue reading “This full toolset”

The Scottish Pharmacist

At the time of making this film, nearly 1 in 5 Scots are taking antidepressants. Many are taking them indefinitely. I was prescribed Paroxetine (SEROXAT) over 20 years ago for … Continue reading The Scottish Pharmacist

‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

Today, I was [again] humbled by [another] happenstance reminder of how little I really know about the world that surrounds me! This reminder happened in the natural course of the … Continue reading ‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

11am on the 11th of November 2001, Rachel fell down the stairs and broke her arm

Monday 11th November 2019. To mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War … Continue reading 11am on the 11th of November 2001, Rachel fell down the stairs and broke her arm

Glenbardy

Known to none but Peter. Nestles in a hill that carries a name that we forget why it was so called. Our WORLD is here! Natural sciences are ‘backwards free’ … Continue reading Glenbardy

the literature and the science

I have always found the idea of “two cultures” as incredibly silly. We should not need bridges to unite the arts and the sciences. Hole Ousia is an indescribable somewhere … Continue reading the literature and the science