‘such an ivory-tower bunch’

But there is another way to learning, as Patrick Geddes has shown:                                     … Continue reading ‘such an ivory-tower bunch’

Keepsake

Alexander McCall Smith introducing me to Richard, Duke of Buccleuch at the Borders Book Festival on Saturday 15th June 2019: Alexander McCall Smith had invited me to film the rehearsals … Continue reading Keepsake

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:

The forgotten village

Almost nothing of the village of Binn remains. It lives on in memory alone. This film is for Ella Rae. Ella’s voice opens this film. Ella would have loved Ashley … Continue reading The forgotten village

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

Girgenti

Girgenti followed Paestum in a blue sky summer that was not little. Beneath this sky two girls sang. It was a beautiful summer.

Thesis 1389

Thesis 1389, and that of Dr Iain Smith give an account of Girgenti following the death of Captain John Cheape:  

the Captain died

Captain John Cheape died in 1850. Unmarried and with no children, he left Girgenti to six Scottish hospitals. Girgenti was then sold and re-sold. Summer was giving way to autumn.

after the Napoleonic wars

After serving as a Captain in the Napoleonic wars Captain John Cheape “retired” to the Girgenti of his imagination:  

at Girgenti: I heard two girls sing

it was a beautiful summer

This is a family film from summer 2018. I disagree with those who may argue that to be a professional, academic or scientist that it is better for us to … Continue reading it was a beautiful summer

with a blue sky day

Summer followed Paestum with a blue sky day: