‘Better a friendly Scotland self-reliant than an angry one coerced’ Grouse Beater
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This is a personal essay site on Scotland present, past, and future.
The opinion, observations, polemic, satire, and topics chosen are those of a secular humanist, and something of an anarchist. Essays are not always hard politics, they cover film reviews and the car industry, car companies one of the biggest lobbyists of government in the world, subjects chosen because they relate to Scotland in some way.
Extensive experience in the arts in Scotland, England, and abroad, particularly the USA, has given me a perspective of Scotland’s political and social deficiencies. And they are legion. Scotland is too long a colonised country. My career spans theatre production, radio, television, film and journalism. At one time I had a franchised column in US magazines. Most recent books are published by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Two more books are works in progress.
Raising finance for the arts in Scotland accrued over £5 million pounds, and work for talented individuals.
Chronologically: I am from what used to be called a ‘broken home’. I ran away a lot. Now I am described as a polymath and a ‘self-made man’. There’s a cliché for everybody and everything. My background is Edinburgh-born and educated, Catholic and Jewish. I am half-Sicilian, half-Irish. My vocation began as a student of theatre, (and philosophy), teacher in Glasgow and then lecturer in drama, (Distinction) in Edinburgh, broadcaster for BBC and commercial radio, to founder-artistic director of a national theatre still flourishing, a few years an unhappy BBC television executive producer, London, Northern Ireland and Scotland, most recently producer-writer-doctor of filmed drama, and lately an obsessive essayist and political blogger. For relaxation I design gardens and help plant them, currently a Roman garden on Roman archaeological ground.
I write essays, not daily blogs. The essay form offers space to develop ideas. Essays on politics and film reviews appear at weekends.
House Rules – Okay
The site is open to comments and the exchange of ideas. Opposing arguments are welcome but not disputes. No trolling or libel. I allow access to those who I adjudge genuine. Keep in mind it’s my website. If you don’t like it create your own.
As a professional author, essays are copyrighted. Now and then I publish other people’s articlesif relevant topically or worthy of note, I may draw attention to them in texts and on my Twitter site. I also like to promote good photographers. Feel free to quote passages but do not reprint entire essays for commercial gain without my expressed permission. I always sue!
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