City of light and Dark

The sun is warming the ‘Auld Toon’ of Edinburgh. And so, I sit sweltering for a week amongst its medieval buildings and narrow walkways. For it is the annual conference of my denomination called grandly 'The General Assembly'. Outside its halls’ doors lies the picturesque Royal Mile crammed with tourists, traders and charlatans. There is [...]

Perfect Day?

My uncle worked in India for most of his career. Eventually, he retired to Eaglesfield and the cooler climes of western Scotland. However, as a banker he never lost the thirst to record everything. So, he kept a diary of life's goings on.  What he was planting in the garden, village gossip and trips to [...]

Life a maze?

Many years ago, when I was working in central London, I took a Sunday trip out to Hampton Court. Well, let me tell you, it is indeed a magnificent Tudor building which is well worth the visit. However, towards mid-afternoon, I realised I needed to leave soon to catch my train. For some reason, I [...]