‘Love among the ruins’

This is a photograph of a young Alistair Hugh Graham: He was studying at the University of Oxford at the same time as Evelyn Waugh and they became lovers. Alistair … Continue reading ‘Love among the ruins’

Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Last night, at the University of Glasgow, I attended the book launch of “Oor Big Braw Cosmos”. It was written by John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and Rab … Continue reading Oor Big Braw Cosmos

The oval walled garden

At the beginning of the week I visited an estate near Newport in Fife that has just been sold. The faux-Tudor-Italianate House is dilapidated, and to my eyes, not attractive. … Continue reading The oval walled garden

Stravaiging need not be lonely

On Monday I was driving nowhere in particular [it is often better than driving somewhere]. Hale Bopp was with me: stravaiging need not be lonely. We came across this gate … Continue reading Stravaiging need not be lonely

an umbilical cord

We all try our wee best. Objectivity is a shared determination to reach towards distant skies. This is why exploring minds will always matter! Hole Ousia  cannot offer an overarching “understanding” … Continue reading an umbilical cord

Wander into the woods [reserved for teddy bears etc . . .]

Duncryne hill, by Gartocharn is known locally as the Dumpling, is a tiny hill of only 465 feet above sea level: “However the very short ascent gives a reward out … Continue reading Wander into the woods [reserved for teddy bears etc . . .]

‘The audacity of hope’

The teddy bear that often features in my films belongs to my son Andrew. The bear is called Hale Bopp, and is named after the comet that was trailing a … Continue reading ‘The audacity of hope’