Full of Energy

Patrick Geddes, a long dead gardener, geographer and philosopher has been a guide for me in approaching the world. This film is for Patrick Geddes. Music credit: ‘Cosmic Love’ by … Continue reading Full of Energy

In the middle of the Yew

My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.  

The Past in the Present

Sir Arthur Mitchell (1826 – 1909) was a Scottish doctor involved in the study and care of patients with mental illness. He served on several public commissions, and wrote widely … Continue reading The Past in the Present

A social maverick

Last Friday I met, for the first time, Dr Evgeny Legedin who is a junior doctor working in psychiatry. Evgeny offers this description of himself on social media: “daring to … Continue reading A social maverick

Cosmic light and skeletons

John Herschel, 1792 – 1871, was an English polymath, mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, and experimental photographer. Herschel’s Preliminary Discourse (1831), which advocated an inductive approach to scientific experiment and theory-building, … Continue reading Cosmic light and skeletons

1998

‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W. G. Sebald was considered by critics to be “one of the most remarkable books of the year”

herring and silk: loss, light

I was very fortunate to have been commissioned by Alexander McCall Smith to make short films of two of the songs from ‘These are our Hands’. One of those films … Continue reading herring and silk: loss, light

apples on the sill of the window

A quote from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald. This is for Mrs Picken.

Quite beyond my reach

Quotes about gates (one of my fascinations) from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

The circular Yew hedge

The circular Yew hedge in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

The Somerleyton Yew

There is a haunting account of the Somerleyton Yew maze in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

“then outstanding in the Hippocratic science”

W G Sebald begins ‘The Rings of Saturn’  with his search for the Skull of Dr Thomas Browne (1605-1682):