To call a spade a spade

In primary school I was considered to be a backward scholar who exhibited ‘no pace’ to learning. In particular I struggled with language and routinely talked about myself in the … Continue reading To call a spade a spade

‘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:

Published

Sian keeps reminding that I need to make more clear [a priori set out] the context of my thoughts! This film is based on the first Edinburgh home of Allan … Continue reading Published

Playfair brought light

The architect William Henry Playfair brought light to specimens in jars. More than two hundred years later so did Kathleen Jamie in her book FINDINGS. I was born in Edinburgh … Continue reading Playfair brought light

Mapping an obsession

Dr Gavin Francis has called his latest book Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession. Gavin will be talking about this book at Toppings bookshop, a week today [15 October 2020] . … Continue reading Mapping an obsession

Methven Simpson

Sian has a special box. It is made of cardboard. It once belonged to her great Aunt. This box has contained – in all the time  thatI have been in … Continue reading Methven Simpson

Playfair

In the Scotsman of last week I read that the University of Edinburgh has made it’s archive open to all [as a work in progress]: I have found mysel’ wonderfully … Continue reading Playfair

REVEL

The Scotsman of last Saturday shared news of an archive. This film is based upon a first search of this archive:

Ninian’s Gift

The world premiere of ‘Ninian’s Gift’, composed by Tom Cunningham with words by Alexander McCall Smith, took place online as part of the Wigtown Book Festival. ‘Bravo both. It is … Continue reading Ninian’s Gift

Full of Energy

Patrick Geddes, a long dead gardener, geographer and philosopher has been a guide for me in approaching the world. This film is for Patrick Geddes. Music credit: ‘Cosmic Love’ by … Continue reading Full of Energy

‘Thanks, friend’

Gone Fishing with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, along with the Undertones, John Peel, Gabriel García Márquez , Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Mice and men. This film is for my … Continue reading ‘Thanks, friend’