a layer in the background

When young, I always felt in the background. I was painfully shy. Summer 1987: My uncle John helped me buy a flat that overlooked the Beechgrove gardens. From my window … Continue reading a layer in the background

I am incredibly shy

I keep seeking a language [that might begin to explain] a feeling that lives on in me.

‘Herd instinct’

An extract from: Peter J. Gordon, (2012),”Window tax“, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 4 pp. 181 – 187

On the other side of the fence

We have an old stone wall that sweeps around our garden. In the twenty years that we have lived in Mossgrove, this wall has had a wooden fence above it. … Continue reading On the other side of the fence

do more than spell the word

I have been reading ‘Understanding a Photograph’ by John Berger. When I read this sentence I found myself considering the approach currently taken, at least in much of the Western … Continue reading do more than spell the word

“Absolutely spot on !!!!”

The 2019 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has won Best Conference Development at the Association Awards UK. Naturally there was much sharing of the news of this … Continue reading “Absolutely spot on !!!!”

“Immoral Police”

Following my post of yesterday in which I shared concerns that have been expressed in relation to professional conduct on social media by some members of the Royal College of … Continue reading “Immoral Police”

My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries

‘borrowed words’

I have recently taken a most difficult decision: I have decided to retire as a doctor from the beginning of next year (2020). I really will miss being a doctor … Continue reading ‘borrowed words’

twenty-five years

I shared my decision to take early retirement with the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Yesterday, I received a one-line reply “I am sorry to hear this but … Continue reading twenty-five years

l a b e l s

In 1930 Evelyn Waugh published a travel book that he called “Labels”: Twenty years later Evelyn Waugh had a three week period of psychosis and hallucinations which today might have … Continue reading l a b e l s

Vintage Cervantes

I have recently read Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes. It is a wonderful book and has, like all good books, a lot to ‘say’ for today. I am going … Continue reading Vintage Cervantes