‘Love among the ruins’

This is a photograph of a young Alistair Hugh Graham: He was studying at the University of Oxford at the same time as Evelyn Waugh and they became lovers. Alistair … Continue reading ‘Love among the ruins’

‘A life revisited’

What follows are a few extracts from ‘A Life Revisited’ by Philip Eade, which is a marvellous account of the life of Evelyn Waugh:    

“Recognised for their inspiration”

On a Wednesday morning I support a young man in developing his working role with StartUp. I feel so fortunate to help at StartUp and all the volunteers are just … Continue reading “Recognised for their inspiration”

Quomodo sedet sola civitas

Barfold House, the home of Alistair Graham. Where Evelyn Waugh fell in love. Music credit: ‘Sebastian’ by Adrian Johnston, BBC Philharmonic, Terry Davies Audio: The narrative voice of “Charles Ryder” … Continue reading Quomodo sedet sola civitas

“He responded that his profession was being a humanist”

In what follows I have selected some of my favourite quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes and imaginatively/adventurously/romantically ‘linked’ them with some of my creative work:   

Vintage Cervantes

I have recently read Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes. It is a wonderful book and has, like all good books, a lot to ‘say’ for today. I am going … Continue reading Vintage Cervantes

in the middle

   in the middle of a few days in G A L L O W A Y an adventure began in which a film could neither begin nor end. … Continue reading in the middle

Learning to love like this

For this adventure, Corsewall Lighthouse was home to Peter and Sian. This short film is carried by a song by Mike Mckenzie. Mike Mckenzie was awarded BBC Radio Scotland Singer-Songwriter … Continue reading Learning to love like this

“Humbug”

The Editor of the Scotland on Sunday, in reference to language used in Parliament in the last week of September 2019, was of the opinion that it was: The Editor … Continue reading “Humbug”

‘Frolic and Detour’

This book of poems, the 13th by Paul Muldoon, is on my wish list, having read a review in Scotland on Sunday: This passage took my mind to two recent … Continue reading ‘Frolic and Detour’

Ancient roots

The above photograph is of the doorway to St Edward’s Church, Stow on Wold. The entrance is flanked by two ancient yew trees. I have followed the “stories” of a … Continue reading Ancient roots