The Bridge of Allan apothecary that is one of my pseudonyms.

The Owl Man

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

a garden above High Street

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

‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

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’

And the artist . . .

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 . . .

Polarization

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

They don’t make days like they used to

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

He’s an elemental air-spirit

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:

“I wish to be independent”

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”