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

406 million miles from Earth

Isn’t this a fantastic image of Jupiter! It was taken on the 25th August 2020 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope* [*This copy of the image comes from the Scotsman, 16 … Continue reading 406 million miles from Earth

the scandal of the century [and other writings]

I am currently reading these stories by Gabriel García Márquez: The Editor’s note to this book of stories begins: Gabriel García Márquez called journalism “the best job in the world” and he … Continue reading the scandal of the century [and other writings]

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

Last Monday

The following poem is addressed to Robert Hepburn who died in Temple, 1798.  It is based on a  stone gateway that has out-survived the house that it long since introduced. … Continue reading Last Monday

The inscriber ran out of room

On the back of a tombstone in Humbie Churchyard I came across this inscription: You will notice that, in the second line, the inscriber ran out of room. Footnotes: *The … Continue reading The inscriber ran out of room

‘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’

In the middle of the Yew

My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.