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

Have you climbed a MUNRO?

Have you climbed a MUNRO? Hugh MUNRO of Lindertis, 1856-1919, was a Scottish mountaineer best known for his list of mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet (914.4 m), known as … Continue reading Have you climbed a MUNRO?

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’

‘Small talk of the week’

At the beginning of a new century, Marble Hill by the Thames, was to find itself the “small talk of the week”: At the beginning of last week, Marble Hill … Continue reading ‘Small talk of the week’