Designed for a Rebellion!

It was the City Architect, Ebenezer James MacRae, who designed the Police Boxes for Edinburgh. They were installed in 1933. Today, many of them have become coffee kiosks. Others are … Continue reading Designed for a Rebellion!

Paestum followed

Returning from Ayrshire I listened to a radio interview of Ian McEwan. The following short film is carried by some of what he said. Whilst in Ayrshire (I was there … Continue reading Paestum followed

Sketchbook 3

David Erskine’s (1772-1837) was a dramatist and Antiquary. In the third of his sketchbooks I found his watercolour of the family home ‘Kirkhill’ in Uphall, West Lothian : I once … Continue reading Sketchbook 3

The Kist

This film is for Mrs Palmer. Patricia Palmer was the caretaker of the Tower of Glenstrae [one of the ‘retreats’ of my uncle when home from Africa.] Mrs Palmer, a … Continue reading The Kist

Albyn’s Anthology

This film is about one of Scotland’s smallest islands: Eilean nam Faoileag, Loch Rannoch. This film is dedicated to the Royal Society of Edinburgh On this island is a Folly. … Continue reading Albyn’s Anthology

And I felt glorious

A storyteller magically reached out to me: and I felt glorious. That kindly reach, the shared feel of all my Carmichaels, Camlets and Bardies. Scotland’s bonnie tapestry: where charm is … Continue reading And I felt glorious

A very early “selfie”

On Monday I visited the ruined church and ‘oratory’ of Kilneuair in Argyll. It is an incredibly ancient place and utterly remote. I will be making a film about Kilneuaur, … Continue reading A very early “selfie”

Reminiscent of a circus procession of elephants

This is the Yew hedge at Rockingham castle, Northants, as photographed in the 1930s. It looks wonderfully like a circus procession of elephants. [In future posts I am going to … Continue reading Reminiscent of a circus procession of elephants

St Columba’s Yew

The poet Tomas Tranströmer said: The following account of St. Columba`s Yew on the island of Bernera was written by Paul Greenwood: “Bernera is a tiny tidal isle to the … Continue reading St Columba’s Yew