Outside medicine he was a keen gardener

A few years ago I spent a week exploring Scottish gardens that had been tended by a namesake – Peter Gordon, ‘Jobbing Gardener, Forres’. I had considered that, despite having … Continue reading Outside medicine he was a keen gardener

Umbrellas in Glasgow

The Book of Scottish Anecdote also shares this: I collect quotes on umbrellas from books that I have read. I once wrote this poem about the umbrella makers who lived … Continue reading Umbrellas in Glasgow

‘A lesson from Nature’

This is from the Scottish Book of Anecdote. I grew up on a housing estate in Bonaly.

Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

In Chapter Two of  Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’ by Evelyn Waugh, the prison Governor asks  ‘D.4.12’ [Paul Pennyfeather]:  ‘I wonder whether you have narcissistic tendencies? Did you lead … Continue reading Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’