So you think you know what it is to be Scottish? Well, read ‘Hame’ by Annalena MacAfee. It is a lovely book. This is my “Review”:
Two of the relics exhibited in Edinburgh in October 1871.
“Flight of ideas” is a term considered by psychiatry to represent “pathology”. It is included in International diagnostic criteria for major mental illness. For many years now I have collected … Continue reading flight of ideas
Colin, your daughter recalls how principled you were before your untimely death. I retrace your footsteps in revealing the wonder of Scotland’s architecture. And now, I am the principled bugger. … Continue reading Colin
The National Portrait Gallery: I came across the bust of Alexander McCall Smith on the landing: disembodied. I left the portrait gallery troubled.
The Antiquary worries: that today’s Science has lost the place of T I M E in our lives. [a poem for now, then, and all that may become]
words from Hame graphic by Peter.
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
Filmed at Transit House. This film is based on a poem that I recently wrote on the Politician’s clock, in Transit House, Calton Hill Edinburgh. The poem is for Catherine … Continue reading That small place in the whole of time
Serendipity and an archive revealed: a moment [3rd from left, back row]. Music credit: ‘Familiar to Ignore’ by Idlewild This film is for all my school colleagues, Firrhill Comprehensive School, … Continue reading That moment [3rd from left, back row]
Yesterday I was in Edinburgh. Footnote: Quotes come from (or are about) the following authors: Albert Camus, Yann Martel, Jessie Burton, Richard Holmes Kazuo Ishiguro, and Richard Holloway
Some years ago, in the archive of the The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, I came across a photograph of a tombstone with two angels … Continue reading Mrs Crudelius