Empty libraries

I hate to think of empty libraries. The above photograph is of the ‘NON-FICTION’ section of what was once Springburn Library, Glasgow. At the time this photograph was taken this … Continue reading Empty libraries

A gifted pioneer

Of the folk that I would have loved to have met, Robert Louis Stevenson would be first. Next would be Walter Scott. At this “impossible table” I would include one other: Colin McWilliam. … Continue reading A gifted pioneer

In the language of Angels

Last week I wandered around Faslane cemetery: This post is dedicated to all those who lost their life in the accidental sinking of HMS K13, a steam-propelled submarine, on the … Continue reading In the language of Angels

The Well Hoose

The following account of visiting Bridge of Allan Well House is by Dr Murray Cook [as published in the Stirling Observer, 7 October 2020] The following images were taken by … Continue reading The Well Hoose

Hospitalfield

The week before last, this was ‘picture of the week’ in the Herald. Two years ago, Sian and Peter visited Hospitalfield. It is a special place that encourages and supports … Continue reading Hospitalfield

Playfair

In the Scotsman of last week I read that the University of Edinburgh has made it’s archive open to all [as a work in progress]: I have found mysel’ wonderfully … Continue reading Playfair

Ninian’s Gift

The world premiere of ‘Ninian’s Gift’, composed by Tom Cunningham with words by Alexander McCall Smith, took place online as part of the Wigtown Book Festival. ‘Bravo both. It is … Continue reading Ninian’s Gift

“Mother, I’ve seen an angel”

This is from  t h e  s c a n d a l  o f  t h e  c e nt u r y  by Gabriel García Márquez:

In the middle of the Yew

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

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‘Stories we tell ourselves’

Tomorrow I am going to the bookshop to buy the latest book by Richard Holloway: Stories we tell ourselves. Richard Holloway is a regular face at the Edinburgh Festivals and … Continue reading ‘Stories we tell ourselves’

NETWORK 3 [voices]

A film of voices. Voices include: Andrew Gordon, an unknown commentator, Anne Baird, BBC announcer, William Boyd, Ben Okri, Captain Charles Ryder, Jeremy Irons, Ella Rae, Domino, Dr Ian Collins, … Continue reading NETWORK 3 [voices]