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

Girgenti followed Paestum

It might have been the other way around: Paestum may have followed Girgenti. Nabokov once said that he “did not believe in time”. What follows is Girgenti [in the form … Continue reading Girgenti followed Paestum

It stopped me

Last week I came across the above gravestone in Stewarton Churchyard and it stopped me. Mrs Picken was an elderly widow, who day after day, year after year, left an … Continue reading It stopped me

Mrs Picken

Mrs Picken was an elderly widow, who day after day, year after year, left an apple on her window-sill for me as I delivered her daily paper. I have never … Continue reading Mrs Picken

And I felt glorious

A storyteller magically reached out to me: and I felt glorious. That kindly reach, the shared feel of all my Carmichaels, Camlets and Bardies. Scotland’s bonnie tapestry: where charm is … Continue reading And I felt glorious

‘No Holds Barred’

This is the last “No Holds Barred” column by Dr Margaret McCartney: Screening is only for people with no symptoms. If you have symptoms it’s not screening. Screening is often … Continue reading ‘No Holds Barred’

“Sink”

In a previous post I have written about the decision by NICE to re-consult on depression guidelines. This late stage development followed on from a briefing from a group of experts … Continue reading “Sink”

The President’s Medal Winners

Two months ago I received an e-mail from my College that stated that the President “does not wish to be contacted by you any further”. This request was signed “HR Department”. … Continue reading The President’s Medal Winners

Let us be kind to one another even when views may differ

A few days ago I shared this post with the President of the College I have been a member of for over 20 years. Today I received this e-mail, marked … Continue reading Let us be kind to one another even when views may differ