My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries

‘borrowed words’

I have recently taken a most difficult decision: I have decided to retire as a doctor from the beginning of next year (2020). I really will miss being a doctor … Continue reading ‘borrowed words’

local and deep

a child I waded into ocean shallows trembling with excitement the season did not matter: I could not feel the cold! Older now, I recall more vividly than then – … Continue reading local and deep

Oor big braw cosmos

I am so looking forward to this book! It featured in today’s Scotland on Sunday and below I share some extracts from the article. Rab Wilson is a little Spartan … Continue reading Oor big braw cosmos

The Rebel Antiquary

I write and make films in my study or sanctum sanctorum. This is the comfy domain of ‘The Antiquary’. This film is inspired by others and by their wonder. It … Continue reading The Rebel Antiquary

Silent as light

Peter and Sian visited the Rembrandt exhibition in Edinburgh, on Saturday 13th October 2018. Music credit to: Choriosum  ‘Borrowed words’: Edwin Morgan, Dylan Thomas, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Julian Barnes, Deborah levy, … Continue reading Silent as light

[Writes in his notebook.]

I noted an unnamed but inhabited place marked by a dot on the first Ordinance Survey map of Strathearn. It had a wall round it and tracks to it, but … Continue reading [Writes in his notebook.]

Then it’s years later . . .

This was my desk when I was a medical student in Aberdeen, sometime around 1990. I used to draw musical artists from album covers. Here is Annie Lennox and David … Continue reading Then it’s years later . . .

‘Flight of Ideas’

One of the current clinical definitions of “flight of ideas” is: “a rapid flow of thought, manifested by accelerated speech with abrupt changes from topic to topic: a symptom of some … Continue reading ‘Flight of Ideas’

Can you unfeel that?

Belle & Sebastian at Perth Concert Hall, Friday 23rd March 2018. The following quotes have been used as idents: Mukul Kesavan – “I would step into the real world of … Continue reading Can you unfeel that?