comet [COMET]

My son Andrew was born under the glow of Hale Bopp. I have been fascinated with passing comets ever since. Their forever fading tails [tales] seem as wonderful to me as … Continue reading comet [COMET]

Iconic film score composer

It was sad to hear of the death of Ennio Morricone after breaking his leg: In April 2017 we had a family hoilday in Andalucia, and whilst there, we visited … Continue reading Iconic film score composer

Waking up in Venice

This short film is based on a stay in Venice in June 2018. We stayed in Casa san Boldo, the ancient Venetian townhouse of Signora Pasti. The house has its … Continue reading Waking up in Venice

Drookit

The ‘five-mile limit’ was lifted today:

Apollo’s Temple

25 February 2019: Peter and Sian wandered the grounds of Taymouth Castle. It was the first day of a wonderful short break. We were looking for ‘Apollo’s Temple’. We came … Continue reading Apollo’s Temple

Dracula Salad

In the late 1980s, I visited Slains Castle, Cruden Bay, with my closest medical school friends. We did so on several occasions as it gave us a guid excuse to … Continue reading Dracula Salad

wilder and more memorable

Opening voice: Alastair McIntosh [BBC Radio Scotland ‘Thought for the day’, 15 August 2018 Closing voice: Professor Philip Davis, Director Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society, University of … Continue reading wilder and more memorable

‘Get your new colour brochure now!’

I started as a medical student in Aberdeen in late summer of 1985, and for the next 3 years (until my father bought me an old car), I used STAGECOACH … Continue reading ‘Get your new colour brochure now!’

By the river Teith

Yesterday, we had a lovely picnic on a small pebble beach by the river Teith. This curve in the river Teith is very near the abandoned, and now most ruinous … Continue reading By the river Teith

The sparkling Tay is there!

The heron, made of iron, had aged rusty, quite beautifully so. The heron’s vital long toes, always a little ungainly, left more so by weather and time. The  heron, fallen … Continue reading The sparkling Tay is there!

Days of the Bagnold summer

Last night, Rachel set up her projector in our living room, and we watched this delightful film on a Mossgrove wall. It is a beautifully understated film and quite touching. … Continue reading Days of the Bagnold summer

Eleanor Rigby

As a family in ‘lockdown’ we recently watched the film ‘Y E S T E R D A Y’. What a lovely film. If only Andrew could have been with … Continue reading Eleanor Rigby