Youngest sister of Rabbie Burns

Reverend Charles Roger, Bridge of Allan, met the youngest sister of Rabbie Burns.  In his 1853 book “The Modern Scottish Minstrel” Roger’s records: “Having selected the Minstrels to be introduced, I … Continue reading Youngest sister of Rabbie Burns

I know you now

This lovely poem by Richard Munro was recently ‘Poem of the Week’ in the Scotsman. When ever I am in Edinburgh city centre I eat my sandwich lunch on the … Continue reading I know you now

‘A vast telescope will create a movie of the universe’

On the night before Sian’s mother died we were talking with her about all sorts of stuff. I brought into the conversation Catherine Heymans who had recently been appointed as … Continue reading ‘A vast telescope will create a movie of the universe’

Told with an evident truth as unflinching as it is tender

I recently read Father and Son by the writer and poet  Edmund Gosse. This ‘memoir’ was written in 1907 and subtitled ‘a study of two temperaments.’ I was reminded of … Continue reading Told with an evident truth as unflinching as it is tender