The commercialisation and branding of a profession (3)

The Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress begins today in London. #RCPsychIC I recently asked if the Royal College of Psychiatrists was “Puritanical or Platinum?” Last year I resigned from … Continue reading The commercialisation and branding of a profession (3)

The oval walled garden

At the beginning of the week I visited an estate near Newport in Fife that has just been sold. The faux-Tudor-Italianate House is dilapidated, and to my eyes, not attractive. … Continue reading The oval walled garden

Stravaiging need not be lonely

On Monday I was driving nowhere in particular [it is often better than driving somewhere]. Hale Bopp was with me: stravaiging need not be lonely. We came across this gate … Continue reading Stravaiging need not be lonely

Samalaman

A film about Samalaman which featured in a recent Sunday newspaper as “do-upper-of-the-week”: Most of the photographs in this film come from here [I do not have copyright for these … Continue reading Samalaman

“. . . the race is on to get it to market”

The story of ‘alcosynth’ was given yesterday in a number of the National papers. The subtitle in the Guardian stated that “. . . the race is on to get … Continue reading “. . . the race is on to get it to market”

Imagine being a colour and a feeling

The idea was Sian’s: a break for us between two rivers. The astonishingly clear light just happened: and was there for us more than any February that either of us … Continue reading Imagine being a colour and a feeling

ASTROV

This film is an ‘attack’ on biomedical determinism. This film voices others. Roy Porter Sylvia Plath Matt Haig Ian Hamilton Finlay Anthony Doerr Anton Chekhov Tomasi di Lampedusa Albert Camus … Continue reading ASTROV

The hunchback

Gilbert Farie, (pronounced fairy) you will not have heard of, for he is a forgotten village Pharmacist who practiced back in Victorian days. Gilbert Farie was the dwarf pharmacist, hunched, … Continue reading The hunchback

Being part of something larger than ourselves

I feel most fortunate that I have been given the opportunity to help as a volunteer for Green Routes. This charity is based in the old walled garden of Gartmore House. … Continue reading Being part of something larger than ourselves