melt the bear

Castellated gallery of white, iron-cast pavilions – one atop another, shine bright on a Scottish spring afternoon. Clocks, rockets, asteroids, mummies and totem poles; fish circle the children, pennies circle … Continue reading melt the bear

The private journal of a wandering Antiquary

Alexander Ormiston Curle (1866–1955) despite training as a lawyer his interests quickly changed to archaeology and antiquarianism.  From August 1908 until February 1909 he set out to record all of … Continue reading The private journal of a wandering Antiquary

The Rebus

Bill Douglas (1934–1991) was a Scottish film director best known for the trilogy of films about his early life.

I dinner’d wi’ a Lord

A film about Nether Catrine Hoose, Ayrshire. Music Credit: Chasing the sun – by James Ross Poem: by Rabbie Burns, recited by Brian Cox (for BBC Scotland)

‘A life revisited’

What follows are a few extracts from ‘A Life Revisited’ by Philip Eade, which is a marvellous account of the life of Evelyn Waugh:    

“He responded that his profession was being a humanist”

In what follows I have selected some of my favourite quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes and imaginatively/adventurously/romantically ‘linked’ them with some of my creative work:   

Celebrating 25 years

The current edition of INSIGHT, the magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, celebrates 25 years since the College opened its doors in Scotland. This anniversary spans the same period … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years

‘Finding hope in an age of anxiety’

I recently made this film [below] – but had no idea until I read a review in Scotland on Sunday – that Constitution Street in Leith is the subject of … Continue reading ‘Finding hope in an age of anxiety’

Cammo Estate

It was guid to see Cammo Estate as “walk of the week” in today’s Scotland on Sunday. I have made a few films on Cammo.

“Good to have a Government that listens!”

Remarked the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists after being greeted by name by reception staff as he arrived at St Andrew’s House. Unfortunately I … Continue reading “Good to have a Government that listens!”

Mavisbank

I wrote this book about Mavisbank over a decade ago. My book was a good effort but needed a better ending: Opening Chapter of ‘Repeats its Love’ Ventures into our … Continue reading Mavisbank

“Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

Last Sunday we were in Edinburgh to meet a cousin of my mother’s but having arrived early had some time to wander. Twenty five years earlier, one of my first … Continue reading “Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “