‘An energetic and brilliant (if quirky) polymath’

The following account of Dr Arthur Brock (1879-1947) is from this paper by David Cantor:

statues

“Meet you at the statue in an hour” is the closing line of the song ‘Piazza, New York Catcher’ by Belle and Sebastian. This line is repeated twice.     … Continue reading statues

several screws are missing

[photographed opposite Balgreen, Edinburgh, Friday 14th June 2019]

Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Last night, at the University of Glasgow, I attended the book launch of “Oor Big Braw Cosmos”. It was written by John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and Rab … Continue reading Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Girgenti followed Paestum

It might have been the other way around: Paestum may have followed Girgenti. Nabokov once said that he “did not believe in time”. What follows is Girgenti [in the form … Continue reading Girgenti followed Paestum

Girgenti

Girgenti followed Paestum in a blue sky summer that was not little. Beneath this sky two girls sang. It was a beautiful summer.

Thesis 1389

Thesis 1389, and that of Dr Iain Smith give an account of Girgenti following the death of Captain John Cheape:  

the Captain died

Captain John Cheape died in 1850. Unmarried and with no children, he left Girgenti to six Scottish hospitals. Girgenti was then sold and re-sold. Summer was giving way to autumn.

after the Napoleonic wars

After serving as a Captain in the Napoleonic wars Captain John Cheape “retired” to the Girgenti of his imagination: