‘The Polaroid Diaries’

This was the ‘Portfolio’ feature in last Sunday’s Herald. It feaured a new book entitled ‘Linda McCartney: The Polaoroid Diaries’. Last year visited High Park, Kintyre and I made this … Continue reading ‘The Polaroid Diaries’

p a r r o t i a p e r s i c a

One of my favorite shrubs does not flower. It is called parrotia persica and each year it gives a wonderful display with every leaf unique in differing colours. The parrotia … Continue reading p a r r o t i a p e r s i c a

‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

Today, I was [again] humbled by [another] happenstance reminder of how little I really know about the world that surrounds me! This reminder happened in the natural course of the … Continue reading ‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

I mistook myself for a scientific label

This is neither fact nor expert advice: I am an artist, poet, and all that may be in-between. This is neither fact nor expert advice: Specialisms are making nonsense of … Continue reading I mistook myself for a scientific label

Part of the conversation

I could never be a leader, I do not want to lead. I just want to be part of the conversation. I don’t want to be labelled, I do not … Continue reading Part of the conversation

Dr Knows Best

‘We have moved on’ said doctor Knows Best: didn’t you notice? Today we have targets, tooled by incentive, and our patients are our numbered ‘partners’. Betjeman has been realised not … Continue reading Dr Knows Best

Glenbardy

Known to none but Peter. Nestles in a hill that carries a name that we forget why it was so called. Our WORLD is here! Natural sciences are ‘backwards free’ … Continue reading Glenbardy

The Aultdrachty rauchle

Naebody mynds Aultdrachty noo, though lood it rattles still. Yet Aultdrachty’s watter wis’nae awas clear, an it hods a muckle saicret. Sae hearken, an hear the feech o’ the packman, … Continue reading The Aultdrachty rauchle

melt the bear

Castellated gallery of white, iron-cast pavilions – one atop another, shine bright on a Scottish spring afternoon. Clocks, rockets, asteroids, mummies and totem poles; fish circle the children, pennies circle … Continue reading melt the bear

Backwards and forwards learning

Backwards and forwards learning contributes to who I am. Neither the microscope nor the telescope quite help me in the focus with which I wish to see. Backwards and forwards learning contributes … Continue reading Backwards and forwards learning

the literature and the science

I have always found the idea of “two cultures” as incredibly silly. We should not need bridges to unite the arts and the sciences. Hole Ousia is an indescribable somewhere … Continue reading the literature and the science