In 1877, Frank Buckland, Spencer Walpole and Archibald Young were commissioned by H.M. Government to inspect the ‘Scotch’ Herring Fishery. They travelled all around Scotland gathering ‘evidences’ (sic) at various locations. The following year, these evidences were published in full, along with their conclusions, a map of their route, and several appendices. The proper title… Continue reading Mr. Buckland, Mr. Walpole & Mr. Young
It was the name on the door that gave me a jolt. It was always going to be a possibility that I would meet up with my own past, but I wasn’t the slightest bit prepared for it. I knew the address. I’d been there before, albeit a long time ago. It was a shock,… Continue reading Living Memory – A Short Story
'Erin Greengloves and her Big Fight with Gunnar Lokka the Giant' is not quite the inversion of the giant-killer tales of old it might seem. Certainly, the Giant is the invader and Jack, re-imagined as a stubborn, single-minded lass, is the unlikely defender of the community. There is also the episodic description of challenges overcome… Continue reading Erin Greengloves – A Heroine for our Times?
The acronym is the enemy of understanding. One on its own is bad enough, but a whole string of them, beaded haphazardly together, is a recipe for incoherence. Fortunately, I am able to expertly decipher all but the most obscure of initialized titles, monikers, headings and labels. Yet any obstacle to comprehension must be a… Continue reading The Roof of the World is in Need of Repair
Living in the digital age often appears akin to being trapped on board a starship with the controls set firmly for the heart of the sun. The feeling that it will all end badly is inescapable. Now, at the eleventh hour, comes Steffen Mau’s timely book, The Metric Society, sent here to reassure us that… Continue reading Book Review: The Metric Society by Steffen Mau