The Scottish Pharmacist

In an antique shop in Grantown in Spey I came across a 1978 edition of ‘The Scottish Pharmacist’. Some of the articles made me laugh out loud but led to … Continue reading The Scottish Pharmacist

The Rebel Antiquary

I write and make films in my study or sanctum sanctorum. This is the comfy domain of ‘The Antiquary’. This film is inspired by others and by their wonder. It … Continue reading The Rebel Antiquary

But all the biosciences yield to biofiction

In my reading I collect ideas as “marginalia“. What follows are the words of others, including: Richard Holloway, Anne Tyler, Will Self, Tomas Tranströmer, Thomas Mann, Albert Camus, Julian Barnes, … Continue reading But all the biosciences yield to biofiction

even emotions

Imagine that our emotions were nothing but even. This is what this film is about. Thanks to: Tomas Tranströmer, Julian Barnes, Ali Smith, Gustave Flaubert, Penelope Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Richard … Continue reading even emotions

admissions of doubt

The words of: A S Byatt, Anne Tyler, Anthony Doerr, Candia McWilliam, Evelyn Waugh, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gabriel García Márquez, Janice Galloway, John Macmurray, Julian Barnes, Margaret Drabble, Penelope Fitzgerald, Raymond … Continue reading admissions of doubt

‘I don’t seem to feel my age’

I am looking forward to more little expeditions in 2018 with my friend Ian. This image was taken at the lost garden of Dunira, Perthshire. The words are from ‘Offshore’ … Continue reading ‘I don’t seem to feel my age’

Silent as light

The Antiquary: “is preoccupied on every level by the relation between past and present.” Mary Midgley: “These doctrines are often bizarrely over-confident and over-simple” George Orwell in Why I Write: … Continue reading Silent as light

Gardens of the Mind

I have put together this post in my appreciation for Geoffrey Jellicoe (1900 -1996). Jellicoe was an architect, landscape architect, historian, traveller, lecturer and author. He has been a lasting … Continue reading Gardens of the Mind