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

A friend’s Brexit project

I had the honour of participating in a friend’s Brexit project, featuring portraits of people displaying their distress over Brexit and transcripts of what they have to say. Click on the image below to visit the site (and scroll down … Continue reading

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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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Colourful Copenhagen (24 – 26 July)

We left Halle at 9.15 a.m. and picked up a young Czech couple standing at motorway services near Hanover.  Although their sign indicated they wanted a lift to the ferry port of Lübeck, it turned out they were also going … Continue reading

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An air hostess in the rain-free city of Halle an Der Saale (22 – 24 July)

“It never rains in Halle an Der Saale” scans almost as well as “it never rains in southern California“, but what would one rhyme Saale with?  Impala? Trouble is there are no African antelope in this part of the former … Continue reading

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