A Christmas Survival Guide (for Tired Busy People)

So this is Christmas, the time of year for festooning. Festooning things like mantelpieces and best friends and pets. Festooning with tinsel and fairy lights, cake crumbs and mulled wine stains. Tis also the season for stress and forgetfulness. No matter how dutifully I write things in my calendar, by the first week of December… Continue reading A Christmas Survival Guide (for Tired Busy People)

Be the Bear, and Other Mantras to Get You Through Winter

If you could hibernate through winter, would you? Find a nice cave, fill it with biscuits, put on a jumper, and sleep? Sleep lavishly. Slumber in an absolutely unreachable state. I know I would. I’ve written before about my annual sad feelings which always come around just in time for Christmas, and the things that… Continue reading Be the Bear, and Other Mantras to Get You Through Winter

‘Hardly a Season for Daylight’ – Why I Love Lanark by Alasdair Gray

I hated Glasgow for the first four years that I lived here. Before I moved, I’d been warned that it would rain interminably, but ‘the humour’ would make up for it. The city seemed to me (eighteen years old and fresh from the Highlands, as green as you get) just a big brawling mass without… Continue reading ‘Hardly a Season for Daylight’ – Why I Love Lanark by Alasdair Gray