A year to the day since I was last here, I am back. In the little cottage. Same room. Same view. Same feeling of peace. Just under two hundred miles from Glasgow, but a million miles from the perpetual motion of city life and the the gravitational pull of family. No longer an atom flying … Continue reading Moniack Mhor
Technology is both a blessing and a curse. In this case I'm going with the former. The type of technology that would have cost you tens of thousands of pounds a decade or so ago, comes as standard in your smartphone. I live on a small rise in the land in a suburban enclave in … Continue reading The Beauty of Time
My first ever magazine, or newspaper opinion piece. As good or bad as it is, I'm really pleased it got published. Thank you iScot! Everybody wants to change the world. Well, most of us do. It’s that fundamental human urge to travel ever onwards. A river of life thing, bound with the laws of the … Continue reading iScot Article
It's a relatively rare thing to have snow fall as often as we've had this winter. Turns a grey winter cityscape into something altogether easier on the eye. I used to work in an area of Glasgow riven with multiple deprivation. The only time it ever transcended it's perma-bleakness was on days like this. Snow … Continue reading Snow!!!
A walk home from a night out with old friends always puts you in a reflective mood. Maybe you open up to the world a little. Beer helps. That said, a smartphone camera lens is a poor way to capture a night time scene, but hopefully this gives some sense of the unusual. I am … Continue reading Light
I came across this rare footage of David Gilmour playing an old Richard Thomson song some months back. The Dimming Of The Day. Beautiful version of a wonderful song 🙂 https://youtu.be/EK2N3S0lr4c
So. I did a new thing. Something I'd wanted to do for a long time, but for reasons I won't elaborate on here, could not. It wasn't on a bucket list. I didn't swim with a dolphin. Machu Picchu is as far away as ever and I won't be swimming in the Dead Sea anytime … Continue reading Something New..
In a book I acquired some time ago, a sage advised that the first thing a writer should do, every morning, is download whatever crap is in their head into a journal. That way the scattered junk in your mind can be swept away, along with the torrent of words. Dumped onto a page. Gone. … Continue reading Moniack Mhor
A return to an island I first visited a year ago. The half marathon I'll be running is just an excuse to go there, if such an excuse were really needed. A beautiful place renowned for its coastline and beaches more than anything else. It is remote and if you stand at its western most … Continue reading Tiree
I wrote this for a competition ran by the Hospital Broadcast Service. A fantastic bunch of people made more fabulous by picking my humble tale as it's first ever competition winner in January 2017. The Swan The Swan hissed. It's pink tongue trilled inside an opened beak. A few moments before, it's huge wings had … Continue reading Weegie Wednesday Short Story Winner 2017