Shall Angels Wait

I came across this broken tombstone in Stewarton Churchyard. It was erected by “Alex. Smith in memory of his father”.  It was the inscribed words, worn, broken and shattered, that … Continue reading Shall Angels Wait

who died . . .

The pharmacist Gilbert Farie relies upon Dr John Flaxman. Each year, Dr Flaxman chooses a day to celebrate as his “deathday”.  

Why Eric matters to us all

Professor Eric Matthews died this time last year. Yesterday I attended a conference in honour of Eric Matthews in Aberdeen. I have put together this short film based on some … Continue reading Why Eric matters to us all

Digamma

This film is about Reverend George Gilfillan of Dundee. His two best friends called him ‘Digamma”. George Gilfillan was born in 1813 and died in 1878. A monument to him … Continue reading Digamma

Sapere Aude

The author Adam Nicolson in “Sea Room”: The poet and doctor William Carlos Williams talked of an adventure: Mukul Kesavan in “Looking through glass” Captain Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited about … Continue reading Sapere Aude

Dr John Flaxman: Sapere Aude

Dr John Flaxman is creativity and freedom. Dr Flaxman is not a stuffy and removed academic. Dr Flaxman is a friend and correspondent of the “hunched ane”: Mr Gilbert Farie. Being … Continue reading Dr John Flaxman: Sapere Aude