‘The garden was looking glorious on a damp Summer’s day’

I was delighted to see this photograph of Little Sparta inSaturday’s Scotsman. I met Ian Hamilton Findlay at Little Sparta in 1992. As an artist and poet few other Scots … Continue reading ‘The garden was looking glorious on a damp Summer’s day’

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

Which novel has sold most?

This question was asked in last week’s Sunday TIMES: Of course there is no complete data to refer to but it is thought that Don Quixote tops the list. It … Continue reading Which novel has sold most?

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’