‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

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’

Cammo Estate

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.

And the artist . . .

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 . . .

In a Name

“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

who died . . .

The pharmacist Gilbert Farie relies upon Dr John Flaxman. Each year, Dr Flaxman chooses a day to celebrate as his “deathday”.  

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

Polarization

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

And the old brass bed they bought together

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

admissions of doubt

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

Sapir-Whorf

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

Silent as light

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

Habitually made marginal comments

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)