‘More than three times the circumference of the globe’

I came across this death notice by chance whilst researching what is recorded of the life of ‘Dr William Brodum’. I reckon that Charlotte Skinner never once required any of … Continue reading ‘More than three times the circumference of the globe’

‘A fresh supply of PATENT MEDICINES’

This is an extraordinary story. It is historical. It is true. It could never happen today? [open question] Click on ‘Dr Brodum’s’ portait to read this extraorinary story

‘A Guide to Old Age or A Cure for the Indiscretions of Youth’

Mimi Matthews in this blog describes how patent medicines were everywhere in he 18th and 19th century: “These various powders, potions, elixirs, and cordials were primarily peddled by quacks, some … Continue reading ‘A Guide to Old Age or A Cure for the Indiscretions of Youth’

The Sisters’ Garden

This photograph makes me smile. The Matron looks fierce but the Sisters’ as bonny as the flowers that they are tending! The exact location of the Sisters’ Garden has been … Continue reading The Sisters’ Garden

Hats, Hats, Hats!

During this Coronavirus pandemic, as my once daily local exercise, I have visited early in the morning, our local churchyard at Logie. It is where my Grandfather and Granny are … Continue reading Hats, Hats, Hats!

Pianos and Flowers

On the day that I retired from the NHS, after more than 25 years as a doctor, our postwoman delivered a present. It was from Alexander McCall Smith and included … Continue reading Pianos and Flowers

“Absolutely spot on !!!!”

The 2019 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has won Best Conference Development at the Association Awards UK. Naturally there was much sharing of the news of this … Continue reading “Absolutely spot on !!!!”

Mulberry tree

When as a family we first came to Bridge of Allan, almost twenty years ago now, I planted a Mulberry Tree in our front garden. I have always been fond … Continue reading Mulberry tree

A chance selection of iambic incidents.

This 10 minute film is a muse, based on our short stay in London to meet with Andrew, our son, and to go to Wimbledon. Above the Tate Modern it … Continue reading A chance selection of iambic incidents.

‘Construct Your Own Concrete Capital’

A few photographs from London:

“reintegrate into daily life”

This photograph was shared on social media by a trainee psychiatrist who is attending the 2019 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists [#RCPsychIC] The trainee psychiatrist added this … Continue reading “reintegrate into daily life”