Category Archives: People I know (not directly connected with my writing)

Visit to Guardia Sanframondi

Introduction I visited Clare Galloway’s Arthouse Guardia in Guardia Sanframondi, Campania, Italy, in September 2012. Clare, an artist originally from Scotland, envisages a community of artists, musicians, writers, gardeners, etc., living simple, sustainable and creative lives in harmony with the local population. … Continue reading

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Protected: Carolyn Lincoln’s old family photographs

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We are National Collective!

Artist and writer Clare Galloway drew my attention to National Collective‘s fun initiative, to get artists and creative types who support Scottish independence to submit photographs of themselves (or images representing themselves), containing the text, ‘I am National Collective’. I … Continue reading

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Dreich, dour and crabbit: does the weather explain Scottish negativity? Climate, posture, mood, empathy, mirror neurons, meditation and education.

This essay was born in meditation One of my New Year’s resolutions was to meditate daily. I simply concentrate on my breathing. Thoughts pop up, and I observe them and let them go. (Here’s an inspiring talk on meditation.   Below … Continue reading

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Europe 2012 travelogue. Part 1: Edinburgh to Paris, 18 September.

Welcome to my wee travelogue! On 18 September I set out on my adventures.  I have taken many pictures on my travels but I have restricted myself to only five pictures in each episode.  It was extremely difficult selecting them, … Continue reading

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Work for many feels like rape/prostitution, but it needn’t be this way! Inspiring talk on employee-ownership.

In a highly entertaining and thought-provoking short talk given at the TEDx event in Glasgow in 2012, which I was privileged to attend, David Erdal championed employee-ownership, pointing out the multiple advantages of this business model. You can watch a … Continue reading

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Guest post: The Salon des Refusés is alive and well and living in Aberdeen

The Salon des Refusés is alive and well and living in Aberdeen [I am delighted that Aberdeen artist, Brian, has contributed this amusing little piece!] Greetings from the Granite City, friends! Here’s what happened when I got the old brushes … Continue reading

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