Scotland

Sep 262012
 
ACCIDENTAL EXPERIMENT WITH HOMELESSNESS

There is a point in every day where the tide of human affairs recedes, when streets empty, stores close and people retreat, as light itself withdraws from the world. It is the point where once-mothers sit alone in big houses, that ought to be filled with the voices of children demanding dinner and needing baths, [read more …]

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Aug 282012
 
HIGHLAND HOMECOMING:  ACROSS THE NORTH

It took a wee while to settle last night around the stern folk of John O’Groats, who were pleasant enough when they thought money was coming their way but soon turned sour when they realised it was not. There were signs everywhere proclaiming no overnighters and the hotel carpark was packed, so I parked up [read more …]

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Aug 212012
 
HIGHLAND HOMECOMING:  HOUPMAN

Scotland’s north-east is a series of jagged headlands and broken bays. I sit in the car at Burghead, on a promontory of the Moray Firth, staring at a stretch of distant houses on a long finger of land pointing into the sea; the water all around is a deep blue, rare in a world so [read more …]