Today, I was [again] humbled by [another] happenstance reminder of how little I really know about the world that surrounds me! This reminder happened in the natural course of the … Continue reading ‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’
It was guid to see Cammo Estate as “walk of the week” in today’s Scotland on Sunday. I have made a few films on Cammo.
Yesterday I met up with a musician in the National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. But first of all I went to say hello to Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson. His bust was … Continue reading And the artist . . .
“So fuck that. Fuck Normal” said one of today’s finest Scottish writers. Another Scottish writer worried “He is partially crazy, yes. He is maybe seventy-six percent crazy” Robert Louis Stevenson … Continue reading In a Name
The pharmacist Gilbert Farie relies upon Dr John Flaxman. Each year, Dr Flaxman chooses a day to celebrate as his “deathday”.
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
The Swedish poet, Tomas Tranströmer, in a Transatlantic letter to his friend Robert Bly, expressed concern about a human failing to always polarise everything into utter good or utter evil: … Continue reading Polarization
This was filmed at Borrowmeadow farm, by the river Forth, near Stirling. I first filmed at Borrowmeadow in May 2015. Yesterday, 22 June 2018, I returned. In time in-between it … Continue reading And the old brass bed they bought together
The words of: A S Byatt, Anne Tyler, Anthony Doerr, Candia McWilliam, Evelyn Waugh, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gabriel García Márquez, Janice Galloway, John Macmurray, Julian Barnes, Margaret Drabble, Penelope Fitzgerald, Raymond … Continue reading admissions of doubt
This film considers language and perception. The film is based in Aberdeen where Peter fell in love with Sian. It was filmed in November 2017 when Peter was attending a … Continue reading Sapir-Whorf
The Antiquary: “is preoccupied on every level by the relation between past and present.” Mary Midgley: “These doctrines are often bizarrely over-confident and over-simple” George Orwell in Why I Write: … Continue reading Silent as light
Filmed at the abandoned farm of Bishopsfaulds, near Comrie. Words: by me and some ‘borrowed’ from Liz Lochhead Music credit: ‘The lost Prince’ – Adrian Johnston (2003)