Outside Number 10

The above image is of Larry the cat taken recently outside Number 10 Downing Street.  The words come from ‘A Far Cry from Kensington’ by Muriel Spark. This was one … Continue reading Outside Number 10

“Excessive claims by drug firms”

You may read this title and wonder who said it? If you have come across my blog before it would be reasonable to consider that it was said by me! … Continue reading “Excessive claims by drug firms”

‘Battle for the Mind’

Dr William Sargant (1907-1988) was a British psychiatrist who is remembered for the evangelical zeal with which he promoted physical methods of treatments in psychiatry. The text book he co-wrote … Continue reading ‘Battle for the Mind’

wallpaper

I have been part of several generations to consider our latest wallpaper as the “height of fashion”. I have also lived long enough to find later generations to consider ‘our’ … Continue reading wallpaper

several screws are missing

[photographed opposite Balgreen, Edinburgh, Friday 14th June 2019]

“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

the fairm-toun sang

A special person has given me the opportunity to hear a Borders fairm-toun sing. I am going to take my mum with me as the singing begins on the day … Continue reading the fairm-toun sang

Bloody Scotland

Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival will take place in Stirling between the 20th and 22nd September 2019. Alexander McCall Smith is attending and will be interviewed by Alex Gray:

Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Last night, at the University of Glasgow, I attended the book launch of “Oor Big Braw Cosmos”. It was written by John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and Rab … Continue reading Oor Big Braw Cosmos

“It’s an outrage!”

It is now more than 3 years since I heard the above presentation at this Continuing Medical Education (CME) event: Dr Christmas considered the over- and under- prescribing of antidepressants … Continue reading “It’s an outrage!”