a layer in the background

When young, I always felt in the background. I was painfully shy. Summer 1987: My uncle John helped me buy a flat that overlooked the Beechgrove gardens. From my window … Continue reading a layer in the background

‘Closer to resolution’

For many years I have been part of a widely shared determination to see Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School become a school of Music: I have made several supportive films: … Continue reading ‘Closer to resolution’

Waking up in Venice

This short film is based on a stay in Venice in June 2018. We stayed in Casa san Boldo, the ancient Venetian townhouse of Signora Pasti. The house has its … Continue reading Waking up in Venice

Drookit

The ‘five-mile limit’ was lifted today:

Apollo’s Temple

25 February 2019: Peter and Sian wandered the grounds of Taymouth Castle. It was the first day of a wonderful short break. We were looking for ‘Apollo’s Temple’. We came … Continue reading Apollo’s Temple

Let us turn to our poet’s windows

In the attic of Upper Quoigs I came across a scatter of left-behinds, all plastered with pigeon poo: an album by Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band; Julius Caesar ‘Thinking it over’, … Continue reading Let us turn to our poet’s windows

‘Two inner gates’

16 April 1809, Marieville, Stirling: ‘Got the two inner gates at the back of the house put up. They were made out of part of the Lime trees that grew … Continue reading ‘Two inner gates’

MARIEVILLE

It is likely that you will have never heard of: I had not heard of it either. It once stood tall on Upper Bridge Street, Stirling, and was one of … Continue reading MARIEVILLE

Lacunar Strevelinense

A film that shares the ‘STIRLING HEADS’: ‘Lacunar Strevelinense : A Collection of Heads, etched and engraved after the carved work which formerly decorated the roof of the King’s Room … Continue reading Lacunar Strevelinense

Argaty Photograph Album

Strirling Council Archives have kindly made open to all,  photographs from Argaty estate, that were taken in the 1920s: After a fire in April 2011, Argaty House was left as … Continue reading Argaty Photograph Album

wilder and more memorable

Opening voice: Alastair McIntosh [BBC Radio Scotland ‘Thought for the day’, 15 August 2018 Closing voice: Professor Philip Davis, Director Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society, University of … Continue reading wilder and more memorable

This too shall pass

Covid-19: [At the time of making this film]: for the 2,472 have died in Scotland, and their families