‘There’s this shadow beside him in the painting’

Apart from the closinq quote – which is from Peter Pan – the passages  below are all from MAYFLIES by Andrew O’Hagan:

Glad it’s all over

July 2020. CR229: a ‘Position Statement’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has been published: The Final report of the Patient Safety Group on Self-Harm and Suicide in Adults.  CR229: makes … Continue reading Glad it’s all over

From Scotland to Siberia

I came across this headline in today’s paper [I have altered it slightly]. This headline reminded me of a visit that I took last year to Siberia! This was in … Continue reading From Scotland to Siberia

AYE

This film is a little bit mad. It features the village of Bridge of Allan in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. The voices that you here are of Grayson … Continue reading AYE

‘A lover of the wayside flower’

A few weeks before the ‘lockdown’ I visited the cemetery in Tillicoultry.  At this date none of us were sure that a pandemic was unfolding: unknowing of our immediate future … Continue reading ‘A lover of the wayside flower’

Beside the castle

Last night, as the sun was setting, I wandered through the Valley cemetery that tucks in close beside Stirling castle. The Valley was full of Angels, Spring blossom and bird … Continue reading Beside the castle

Achravole

The graves of three people were buried in this small enclosure in 1830. They had all died of Cholera and their friends declined to carry them any further for fear … Continue reading Achravole

National Suicide Prevention Strategy

Last month I wrote to the Lead for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. The current lead, Professor Louis Appleby, has a prominent social media presence and naturally many … Continue reading National Suicide Prevention Strategy

“Every word I think of does not seem enough”

I am not religious but in coming across this gravestone by chance on Tuesday, I found myself tearful. The grave is in Clunyhill Cemetery, Forres, and the words are by … Continue reading “Every word I think of does not seem enough”

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sixty years since they were buried in the graveyard sixty years since they were loved.

It was the rain

This film is for the Reverend Charles Brian Holliday (1934 – 2019). My uncle was known by his middle name Brian. The music is ‘To A Wild Rose’ by MacDowell … Continue reading It was the rain

Siberia

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading Siberia