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?”

Dunblane Cathedral reopens

During the lockdown I regularly walked the Darn road, by the Allan Water, to Dunblane. What follows is based on exploring ‘the local’ as widely as I could! A garden … Continue reading Dunblane Cathedral reopens

Don’t let yourself go hungry now

Tollafraick, Glenkindie, Scotland – Tuesday 2nd January 2020. A Barn Owl tries to grab teddy bear.

Passing through walls hurts human beings, they get sick from it

Filmed at Thornton Fever Hospital (later a Children’s Home/School). Music credit: ‘The Campaign for Real Rock’ – by Edwyn Collins Borrowed words: Mary Midgley, Charles Dickens and Tomas Tranströmer,

Perhaps I was history itself

This film is based on faded photographs displayed in the window of the now vacant Radio & Gramophone Co, 9 Canongate, Jedburgh Music credit: ‘Must I evolve’ by JARV IS

‘Battle for the Wallace Monument’

As reported in the Stirling Observer, 16 September 2020. Did you know that there was an even greater ‘battle’ over the Wallace Monument which goes back over 160 years – … Continue reading ‘Battle for the Wallace Monument’

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg died on 10th September 2020. A special women with such talent and style. She will be missed by so many. Diana Rigg was married to Archibald Stirling of … Continue reading Diana Rigg

Full of Energy

Patrick Geddes, a long dead gardener, geographer and philosopher has been a guide for me in approaching the world. This film is for Patrick Geddes. Music credit: ‘Cosmic Love’ by … Continue reading Full of Energy

The Ormiston Yew

I visited the Ormiston Yew on Monday 7th September 2020:

‘Thanks, friend’

Gone Fishing with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, along with the Undertones, John Peel, Gabriel García Márquez , Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Mice and men. This film is for my … Continue reading ‘Thanks, friend’

Can you hear the bumblebees swarm?

Music credit: A cover of ‘Strawberry Blond’ by Austin Lawrence: