‘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’

About a boy

This film is for Lachlan. All still images are from Avondale House, by Polmont Film credit: ‘My Childhood’ by Bill Douglas Music credit: A cover of “Something to talk about” … Continue reading About a boy

“And still preserve this emblem of a mind”

This temple had eight pillars arranged around it and was built by Colonel William Fullarton on the isthmus at Troon. It had an inscription on it: Baccho laetitiae datori, amacis … Continue reading “And still preserve this emblem of a mind”

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):

an old coat

Two summers ago I left my old coat in the centre of Aberdeen on a gravestone in St Nicholas kirkyard. The coat was old and had first been worn by … Continue reading an old coat

The Temple

W. G. Sebald in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ gives a wonderful account of Thomas Abrams of Chestnut Tree Farm, East Anglia. Thomas Abrams, a farmer, lived in an ancient moated … Continue reading The Temple