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?”

“Good to have a Government that listens!”

Remarked the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists after being greeted by name by reception staff as he arrived at St Andrew’s House. Unfortunately I … Continue reading “Good to have a Government that listens!”

A talk on Mavisbank

Today, at 7pm, in Bonnyrigg Library, I will be giving a talk on Mavisbank House. I will be showing some of my short films:The Antiq

“Balyarrow forever”

The weekend before last we were in Fife exploring it’s northern Kingdom. As we were coming up the hill towards Creich castle I noticed two dilapidated, square built, iron roofed … Continue reading “Balyarrow forever”

Captain Phillips

A friend from Australia, aware of my interest in Johnston Shearer, the pioneer Scottish Photographer, recently sent me this photograph of Captain Phillips as taken in 1870 at 242 Union … Continue reading Captain Phillips

Lost and Found

This is a film that is based on my visit to 14 William Street, Greenock on the last Saturday of August 2019. No. 14 William Street is a rare survivor. … Continue reading Lost and Found

C O L U M B I N E

This is a short film about Betty Mouat of Scatness, Shetland: The Tale of Elizabeth Mouat On 7th February 1886, the boat ‘Columbine’ struck submerged rocks off the coast of … Continue reading C O L U M B I N E

“Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

Last Sunday we were in Edinburgh to meet a cousin of my mother’s but having arrived early had some time to wander. Twenty five years earlier, one of my first … Continue reading “Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

[around the world in 220 days]

This is a film about Maulseden, Brechin. The mansion house was demolished a century ago. Maulesden gave name to a sailing boat that sailed around the world in 220 days. … Continue reading [around the world in 220 days]

‘Responses’ revisited

Over six years ago I made a film called “Responses” based on a post that I had written [see below]. In Revisiting “Responses” I would love to hear any response … Continue reading ‘Responses’ revisited

The Secret Garden

This film is a re-imagining of finding Newton Mausloeum. This mausoleum was built before 1809 [for Alexander Gordon whose family wealth came from trading slaves]. The Newton Mausoleum is beside … Continue reading The Secret Garden

from End to End

This short artistic film is about a gardener, who I call ‘the gentle gardener’.  This Victorian gardener carried the same name as me. He died in 1885 aged 57 years: … Continue reading from End to End