‘An artist devoted to challenging injustice’

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is currently showing an exhibition of the work of Paula Rego. I am hoping to go next week.

‘A dollop of Caledonian Antisyzygy’

This was how Alex Bell began his Opinion Piece in The Courier of the 5th December 2019. Caledonian Antisyzygy may be a term that is not much heard but I … Continue reading ‘A dollop of Caledonian Antisyzygy’

“F—ing mad ballistic he was a man needing a lobotomy”

This is my latest short film:

Old Monkland Lunatics’ Society

In the centre of Scotland, major motorway improvements to the M8, M73 and M74 have recently been completed. As a result, a lowland glen, and the historic estate once known … Continue reading Old Monkland Lunatics’ Society

Douglas Support

In the centre of Scotland, major motorway improvements to the M8, M73 and M74 have recently been completed. As a result, a lowland glen, and the historic estate once known … Continue reading Douglas Support

Great Bicycle Races at Cambridge

I recently came across the above portrait in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. It is a portrait that stopped me, I think because of the young man’s vivid … Continue reading Great Bicycle Races at Cambridge

Flight of ideas

The following is a widely accepted medical definition of ‘flight of ideas‘ as a sign of ‘major mental illness’: “a rapid shifting of ideas with only superficial associative connections between … Continue reading Flight of ideas

‘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’

The private journal of a wandering Antiquary

Alexander Ormiston Curle (1866–1955) despite training as a lawyer his interests quickly changed to archaeology and antiquarianism.  From August 1908 until February 1909 he set out to record all of … Continue reading The private journal of a wandering Antiquary

Cleikum Inn

The Cleikum Inn, near Auchentiber, is marked on the 1860 Ordinance Survey map on the right hand side of the road near Bentfauld farm. The 1895 does not name it … Continue reading Cleikum Inn

Dunbuy

Dunbuy rock, with its distinctive natural arch, is to be found just beyond Cruden Bay on a promontory reaching out into the North Sea. As a medical student, after visiting … Continue reading Dunbuy

I dinner’d wi’ a Lord

A film about Nether Catrine Hoose, Ayrshire. Music Credit: Chasing the sun – by James Ross Poem: by Rabbie Burns, recited by Brian Cox (for BBC Scotland)