Monthly Archives: January 2016

Spotlight – a review

  Some readers might remember a wonderful little film years ago called The Station Agent, (2003) a film that ought to have won an Oscar for the maker’s débute, but it never got a wide release in cinemas, and mass popularity … Continue reading

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The Power and the ‘Cringe’

  We are not worthy With an endless torrent of ridicule from unionists and neo-colonials piped hot or cold by the media every day is it any wonder Scots are prone to a poor self image? Collectively, the ever-spiralling upwards … Continue reading

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Jumping the Snark

Or, how to recognise trolls, snark, and bat crazy sociopaths on the Internet. Preface The idea for this subject, trolls and snark and internet abuse, issues from an unsolicited Twitter encounter with someone calling his or herself ‘History Woman’, claiming to … Continue reading

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An Interesting Man

An essay in an occasional series on great Scots unjustly ignored or forgotten. The dark days I think it prescient to discuss teacher and dominie [headmaster] A.S. Neill at a time politicians are jumping all over the Scottish Education system for … Continue reading

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The Fire Hydrant

  My first automobile related essays. You have seen them in countless films, and probably parked close to one if visiting a city in the States. They sit on the sidewalk, humble though its duty is great, a silent sentinel. … Continue reading

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The Revenant – a review

  I got an  unsettling feeling when I saw Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman last year. Did the director really think scenes he had devised worked? Did no one advise him? The narrative was highly imaginative if over-wrought, but I didn’t believe … Continue reading

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Two Years of Age

  The essay site is two years old today. I began it as a personal exercise, never meant for public consumption. It was my intellectual discipline. Months before it began I’d gotten into a discussion with some right-wing friends and found … Continue reading

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