Siberia

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading Siberia

P O R S O L T

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading P O R S O L T

I mistook myself for a scientific label

Perhaps it was just me, but I somehow mistook myself for a scientific label! [I wrote this poem many years ago but it still seems relevant]

Artificial light

At the end of last year the sodium street lamps in our street were updated and the light changed from sodium yellow to electric white. As odd as this may … Continue reading Artificial light

This day of the week

Filmed at Lanrick Home farm – between November rain: Audio: Radio 4 – Only Artists, 14 Nov 2018: Poet Don Paterson meets composer Thomas Adès. Music credit: ‘John my beloved‘ … Continue reading This day of the week

Med älven

The title of this post comes from a P.S. note in a letter from the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer to his American friend Robert Bly. It returned my mind to … Continue reading Med älven

The road, not the signs

Today I travelled through to Edinburgh to meet with someone who had a professional interest in my medical writings. The above poem, inscribed in steel is to be found by … Continue reading The road, not the signs

The temple of health and the temple of books were neighbours

The title of this post is taken from a piece of writing by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. I was reminded of it in reading a recent perspective of Dr Margaret McCartney: … Continue reading The temple of health and the temple of books were neighbours