Category Archives: Writings

An invitation

Originally posted on Virtual Camino:
‘Would you like to walk the Camino Primitivo with me?’ A question I was not expecting nine weeks in to lockdown. I live in one of the most densely populated parts of my city, with…

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Virtual Travels

I fell out of love with writing last year. I just couldn’t find the motivation. My posting had become sporadic, each new blog entry started with an apology for absence. I became distracted by the easy gratification of Instagram, then … Continue reading

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Persevere: A Leith Love Song

This is not a David and Goliath story. It is not about left versus right, big business versus small, rich versus poor; it is not about rot versus regeneration, stasis versus change, history versus the future, although some will say … Continue reading

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Back to school: a journey in to adult education

New posts from me have been woefully lacking this year.  Part of the reason for this, I must admit, is my addiction to the evil, easy, gratification of Instagram (read more about my guilty pleasure here).  Part is the result of … Continue reading

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The mask-maker of Bangkok

Twelve years ago, the back streets of Bangkok.  We are somewhere near the river taxi dock for Wat Phra Kaew, and very far from home.  It is early but already the heat and the humidity are high.  I feel a … Continue reading

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Virtual Travels – journeys through the weird world of Instagram

After a summer of relative regularity, my posting activity became a little sparse.  One reason for this is that, towards the end of July, I dipped my toe for the first time in to the inviting waters of Instagram.  I … Continue reading

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Good bye to all that

What can be said about 2016? I suspect much will be written now, at the turning of the year, and much will be written in the future. It feels odd to know that the time in which you are living … Continue reading

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How I learnt that I wasn’t Titania or a thank you to Mrs Doyle

In a change from the usual travel posts, an article I read this week resonated with me, reminding me of one of the many influential people who have crossed my path along the way and helped to make me who I … Continue reading

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The Forest

The forest had been on the horizon for some time. It wasn’t always visible but it was always there. If she looked at her feet, and concentrated on each step, the present could momentarily mask the future, but it could … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Word Hoard

It is in August, more than at any other time, that Edinburgh lives up to Robert Louis Stevenson’s description, and the name of this blog.  Any city dweller suffering from sensory overload, induced by too many stilt wearing, opera singing, juggling, … Continue reading

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