Malcolm Allan, the Owl Man, died in his home, Coneyhill House, Bridge of Allan, 2nd October 2020. He will be most sadly missed, and without him, the village will never … Continue reading The Owl Man
The Bridge of Allan apothecary that is one of my pseudonyms.
From a British newspaper, 11 August 1900.
My Granny, Constance Gibson, was born in Dunblane in 1908. It is likely that she would have remembered this Chemist shop. I cannot ask my Granny about her childhood as … Continue reading a garden above High Street
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’
Yesterday I met up with a musician in the National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. But first of all I went to say hello to Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson. His bust was … Continue reading And the artist . . .
The Braefoot Angel for Dr John Flaxman
The Swedish poet, Tomas Tranströmer, in a Transatlantic letter to his friend Robert Bly, expressed concern about a human failing to always polarise everything into utter good or utter evil: … Continue reading Polarization
This film is for Sally Scott, my great-great aunt, who died on the 24th April 2018. Music credits: (1) Superorganism – recorded live, Tiny Desk Concert (2) Inspiral Carpets – … Continue reading They don’t make days like they used to
This post considers Ariel from The Tempest through the retelling of ‘The Fletcher Correctional Players’. One of my alter-ego’s is the hunched pharmacist Gilbert Farie:
Peter’s common-place books are called “Silent as light”. They are now in many volumes, dusty and unopened since written:
The latest film by Omphalos is a “two culture” film. There are of course many more than two cultures, as Ian Hamilton Finlay rightly pointed out: This film is for James … Continue reading “I wish to be independent”