On the day that I retired from the NHS, after more than 25 years as a doctor, our postwoman delivered a present. It was from Alexander McCall Smith and included … Continue reading Pianos and Flowers
I made the ‘Edwin Morgan steps’ the best part of 15 years ago. Last week I repainted the inscribed words. On the steps I also carved this: This was how … Continue reading Edwin Morgan steps
The village of Bridge of Allan is rallying around to support one another in this troubled time: When walking to the local shop from our house we first pass the … Continue reading We will get through this
I have been reading ‘Piano & Flowers‘ by Alexander McCall Smith in my garden. This is an imaginative ‘sort-of’ review of this wonderful collection of romantic short stories: My love … Continue reading on a cross-bar
Blackadder Walled Garden, Berwickshire. Music credit: King Creosote, live, Glasgow Concert Hall, 12 March 2020.
A film about Blackadder in the Borders. This film is for my mother, mother-in-law, my wife, and my daughter. It is also for Ella, Ena and Alice [Mrs Picken] Music … Continue reading Language is leaving me
Last night we were in the audience of the Glasgow Concert Hall to hear live the music and soundtrack of the acclaimed film: ‘From Scotland with Love’. It really was … Continue reading From Scotland with Love
Neuromarket ‘Street drugs’, desire and despair, have a new market. Neuromarket Individually, we are somewhere beyond 80 billion neurons [a number that out-distances all the stars in the universe] Neuromarket … Continue reading Neuromarket
TEXT book. Evidence contained within is empirical and ‘disinterested’ providing science at its most objective. TEXT book. Has a “target on its back [cover]” – because “real” science needs defending! TEXT … Continue reading TEXT book (a poem)
Sited at the side of the Crow Road going over the Campsie Fells is this fine well dedicated to Jamie Wright, a Campsie burn fisherman and finder of the spring, … Continue reading That the poet’s first book should have been his last
home where hearty fireplaces hold up walls that are not needed; where windows unseen invite the world in.
Loch Eilt is a freshwater loch in the West Highlands of Scotland, and separates the traditional districts of Morar, to the north, and Moidart, to the south. Loch Eilt [loch … Continue reading ‘House island’