The Birnam Oak

My mother recently gave me her grandfather’s letter opener. It was made from the wood of an ancient Birnam oak. Wilfrid Lawson Gibson, my mother’s grandfather, was a Major in … Continue reading The Birnam Oak

‘Let’s Go!’

Throughout his career, Andy Murray has often shouted out “Let’s Go!” as he challenges himself to do even better. None of us is ever to likely reach anywhere near his … Continue reading ‘Let’s Go!’

‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

Alongside my NHS Lothian colleagues in psychiatry I have received an invitation to the Realistic Medicine Conference for 2018. It is entitled “Valuing People”. I have repeatedly made clear my … Continue reading ‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

The brig that spans the Wharry

The Wharry glen is a magical place. The glen nestles between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. Under the old stone Wharry bridge I wrote in chalk “That was lovely”. The … Continue reading The brig that spans the Wharry

It’s an inanimate object, but all the same it is a book-case

I recently inherited my great-grandfather’s bookcase. It’s first home was in the Dunblane office of Wilfrid Lawson Gibson, Chartered Surveyor and Engineer. The text in this image comes from The … Continue reading It’s an inanimate object, but all the same it is a book-case

It is not down in any map

Last week I went for a late evening walk along the Allan water with a friend of mine and my son Andrew. We saw Stevenson’s cave before arriving, in the … Continue reading It is not down in any map