Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jacob and Esau

where to begin / Jacob I loved, Esau I hated / those who talk about the love of God / who say / as if it were axiomatic / that God loves them / I guess / that they simply ignore / wherever in the bible / this uncomfortable phrase / is to be found ...

Saturday, December 06, 2014

those old demons

I guess that you learn whom you can trust. And I know that I can trust Kirsty mcGee - her recent album, Contraband sustained me through a difficult year. And so I eagerly anticipated the new album, Those Old Demons. And it does not disappoint.

My response to music is personal, and you'll have to look elsewhere for a considered review. What I would like to ( try to ) say is this. In this world there is darkness. All kinds of darkness - you don't need me to tell you that. Even, as we look inwards, we see darkness ( some light, hopefully, but we can't deny the patches of shadow ). And I value music that takes on the darkness.

A personal observation. My first thought, on hearing the first song in this album was: this reminds of me of westerns ( the movie genre ). I'm not expert enough to know if this thought was valid, but it's a good enough starting point. You don't defeat the baddies by staying aloof. You get in there. Of course, as a cowboy, eventually, you start shooting. But you have to rub shoulders.

So. We're into advent. Whatever your perspective, this is the time of year when it looks like the darkness is winning. Of course, we know that Christmas is coming. The tide will turn, and the days will start to lengthen, again. Till then, you could do far worse than to buy this album, and find a companion who knows the terrain, and how to roll with the punches ...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

again, hope

another rainbow:

Saturday, October 11, 2014


during this week / I've read the story of Noah / and the ark, and his family, and the animals / which is usually perceived / as hopeful: a fresh start, for a damaged world / although the events described / were catastrophic ...

to-day / two colleagues are getting married / for everyone / a sign of hope / of a bright future ...

and / on my way home, yesterday, I saw:

Saturday, October 04, 2014


autumnal / somehow / trying / to keep the show on the road ...

Saturday, September 20, 2014


everyone is involved, now / but I've never liked politics / why can't people just try to work out / what's best for everyone / instead of / arguing / being selfish / lying ...

Scotland remains part of the UK / which must, in some ways, be a good thing / especially for someone with both Scottish and English parents / let's just leave it at that, for now ...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

the wrong way round

the plan was to find somewhere to park the car in East Linton / and then to walk along the riverside path to Hailes Castle / where we would eat our (packed) lunches, have a look round / and then return // but we drove through East Linton / then found ourselves on the road to Hailes Castle / where we parked (the car) / and set off towards East Linton ...

the positive outcome of this inversion was that we had ice creams in East Linton / and still managed to have a look round the castle when we returned to where we had parked (the car) / there were swans in the river, by the castle: