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?”

Samalaman

A film about Samalaman which featured in a recent Sunday newspaper as “do-upper-of-the-week”: Most of the photographs in this film come from here [I do not have copyright for these … Continue reading Samalaman

Wanzie

The Wanzie: it’s easy to find Music credit: ‘I am easy to find’ by The National Opening voice is that of Kerry Hudson being interviewed on Radio 4 for Start … Continue reading Wanzie

NOTES No. XXIV.

May 2019 and the Classic Car Rally arrives in Bridge of Allan. Credit: Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz (I do not have copyright)

an umbilical cord

We all try our wee best. Objectivity is a shared determination to reach towards distant skies. This is why exploring minds will always matter! Hole Ousia  cannot offer an overarching “understanding” … Continue reading an umbilical cord

Siberia

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading Siberia

P O R S O L T

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading P O R S O L T

I mistook myself for a scientific label

Perhaps it was just me, but I somehow mistook myself for a scientific label! [I wrote this poem many years ago but it still seems relevant]

Hame

So you think you know what it is to be Scottish? Well, read ‘Hame’ by Annalena MacAfee. It is a lovely book. This is my “Review”:

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

The Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland recently presented the awards for this years best films. In past years I have been one of the judges for … Continue reading Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Savages

Filmed at Thornton Fever Hospital (later a Children’s Home/School). We need to look aifter oor bairns. It is my view that the ever increasing medicalisation of life will not break … Continue reading Savages

Glasgow Style

This film is a plea for all COMET-seekers to restore ‘GLASGOW STYLE’ to this reach of the Clyde. Music credits: (1) ‘Collapsing Time’ by Dexter Britain (free to share under … Continue reading Glasgow Style