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 Bridge of Allan apothecary that is one of my pseudonyms.
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”
As a scientist, doctor and artist, Peter has learned that mataphors (part of everyday life) can too easily represent dumbed-down science. This is why philosophy matters.
THE HUMAN GENOME DIVERSITY PROJECT “The revelation of the complexity of the human genome came as a surprise, at least in part due to the sequencers’ failure to recognise the … Continue reading Much, much more was required
This post refers to Walter Gilbert. I have deliberately morphed him into Gilbert Farie. This is another extract from the book by the biologist, Steven Rose and the sociologist, Hilary … Continue reading Gilbert was the most eminent
From Little Genetics to Big Genomics In 1992, at the start of the surprisingly short decade-long march towards the sequencing of the human genome, one of its key initiators, geneticist … Continue reading Gilbert’s brilliant piece of theatre