Scottish Gardener

With the Covid-19 pandemic and ‘lock down’ I have been retreating into the garden where I need not distance myself from the emerging green shoots of life. I have recently … Continue reading Scottish Gardener

A social maverick

Last Friday I met, for the first time, Dr Evgeny Legedin who is a junior doctor working in psychiatry. Evgeny offers this description of himself on social media: “daring to … Continue reading A social maverick

Backwards and forwards learning

Backwards and forwards learning contributes to who I am. Neither the microscope nor the telescope quite help me in the focus with which I wish to see. Backwards and forwards learning contributes … Continue reading Backwards and forwards learning

The Temple

W. G. Sebald in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ gives a wonderful account of Thomas Abrams of Chestnut Tree Farm, East Anglia. Thomas Abrams, a farmer, lived in an ancient moated … Continue reading The Temple

“He responded that his profession was being a humanist”

In what follows I have selected some of my favourite quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes and imaginatively/adventurously/romantically ‘linked’ them with some of my creative work:   

How is he, that gentle gardener?

   

‘An energetic and brilliant (if quirky) polymath’

The following account of Dr Arthur Brock (1879-1947) is from this paper by David Cantor:

‘The Psychology of the Medical Profession’

I recently came across this letter published in the BMJ 81 years ago. As far as I know it has not been read again since the summer of 1938. Dr … Continue reading ‘The Psychology of the Medical Profession’

‘such an ivory-tower bunch’

But there is another way to learning, as Patrick Geddes has shown:                                     … Continue reading ‘such an ivory-tower bunch’

Hints

I would suggest that these hints matter today as much as any time in history: