16 April 1809, Marieville, Stirling: ‘Got the two inner gates at the back of the house put up. They were made out of part of the Lime trees that grew … Continue reading ‘Two inner gates’
It is likely that you will have never heard of: I had not heard of it either. It once stood tall on Upper Bridge Street, Stirling, and was one of … Continue reading MARIEVILLE
A film that shares the ‘STIRLING HEADS’: ‘Lacunar Strevelinense : A Collection of Heads, etched and engraved after the carved work which formerly decorated the roof of the King’s Room … Continue reading Lacunar Strevelinense
On the 21st June 1928 Walter McFarlane ‘holed out in ONE!’ In 1928, Walter McFarlane, a ‘motor driver’, was renting accommodation at ‘Craigview’ house, Fountain Road Bridge of Allan. This … Continue reading ‘Holed out in ONE!’
This poster was issued by Stirling Burgh’s Sanitary Inspector in 1927 to local shops and businesses: The stern language now reads as dramatic, but at this time the antibacterial effects … Continue reading BEWARE THE FLY!
The Tufty Club was established in 1961 with clubs set up all over Britain: The main character, Tufty Fluffytail, was created by Elsie Mills. Tufty and his friends featured in … Continue reading This is our TUFTY day!
Opening voice: Alastair McIntosh [BBC Radio Scotland ‘Thought for the day’, 15 August 2018 Closing voice: Professor Philip Davis, Director Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society, University of … Continue reading wilder and more memorable
Burn’s Nicht 2008. Recital by Andrew R. Gordon:
Yesterday, we had a lovely picnic on a small pebble beach by the river Teith. This curve in the river Teith is very near the abandoned, and now most ruinous … Continue reading By the river Teith
From yesterday’s Scotland on Sunday. Yes, we must let roadside flowers grow!
The heron, made of iron, had aged rusty, quite beautifully so. The heron’s vital long toes, always a little ungainly, left more so by weather and time. The heron, fallen … Continue reading The sparkling Tay is there!
Rachel gave me this lovely present for Father’s Day. [In collecting ideas for my short films, I have filled so many ‘commonplace books’ with marginalia, poems and scribbles . . … Continue reading O M P H A L O S notebook