Hame

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”:

flight of ideas

“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

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

Paestum followed

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

That small place in the whole of time

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

That moment [3rd from left, back row]

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]

the art of departing from

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  

Mrs Crudelius

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