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

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

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

Shifting light, changing skies and sudden vistas

On the 11th June 2014 I received the above message from Alexander McCall Smith. You can perhaps imagine how this affected me. The Great Tapestry of Scotland. One of my … Continue reading Shifting light, changing skies and sudden vistas

Gin a body meet a body

Chapter Seven of ‘Repeats its Love’: Gin a body meet a body 1907. This was the year that colour came to Mavisbank Institution for the Nervous. It was the year … Continue reading Gin a body meet a body

Bathwater and the baby

Response to the Editorial: The ‘continuum of psychosis’: scientifically unproven and clinically impractical.The British Journal of Psychiatry (2010) 197, 423-425 This response was published  in the Br J Psychiatry This … Continue reading Bathwater and the baby