My notebook will be better than a doctor

Filmed on the bridge of Advie, the bridge of Abernethy, the brig o’ Boat and the Logierait Viaduct. Thanks to Yann Martel, E M Forster, T S Eliot, O G … Continue reading My notebook will be better than a doctor

Behind the graph lie a million stories

This film is for Raymond Tallis, Eric Matthews and Patrick Geddes. This is a short film that considers the so-called “two culture” divide between the Arts and the Sciences. The … Continue reading Behind the graph lie a million stories

The Rebel Antiquary

I write and make films in my study or sanctum sanctorum. This is the comfy domain of ‘The Antiquary’. This film is inspired by others and by their wonder. It … Continue reading The Rebel Antiquary

A beacon of light

I recently read a fellow healthcare professional describe Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, as a “beacon of light”. I have always loved light and collect … Continue reading A beacon of light

‘The Inflamed Mind’

This is the title of a recently published book by Professor Ed Bullmore of the University of Cambridge. This book gained generally uncritical reviews, such as this : Almost a … Continue reading ‘The Inflamed Mind’

Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Mavisbank: Hatton House: Gladney House: Temple of Decision: Gartincaber: Rossie Castle: Auchtavan, Glen Fearder: Barnbarroch House: Meigle steading: Jerah: Straid, Comrie: Bishopfauld, Comrie: Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh: Amisfield Estate: Kennetpans: The … Continue reading Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Free Expression Wall (#1)

What would you write on the “Free Expression Wall”? At the time that I found this wall, outside Edinburgh’s Student Union, it was blank.    

Antiquary Gardens

Alexander McCall Smith sent me some of his poems earlier this year and this was how the envelope was addressed: Alexander McCall Smith is aware of my fascination with Walter … Continue reading Antiquary Gardens

A whole Gothic world had come to an end

Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield, Arbroath, had this mortuary chapel and mausoleum built as a memorial to his wife Elizabeth following her death in 1873. I visited it with my wife … Continue reading A whole Gothic world had come to an end

‘No Holds Barred’

This is the last “No Holds Barred” column by Dr Margaret McCartney: Screening is only for people with no symptoms. If you have symptoms it’s not screening. Screening is often … Continue reading ‘No Holds Barred’

Filling the world with meaning

Yesterday, a friend of mine shared this poem by Norman MacCaig. My friend, a healthcare professional, articulated concern that professionalism, with all the current and growing dictats, protocols, and algorithms that … Continue reading Filling the world with meaning