Notes and Tales

Another ‘remembrance day’

11.11.2012 | 22:29 | Read article

I bought my poppy last night from a decorated old soldier in the shop where I bought my cabbage and peppers on the way home…

Fencing boobs

10.11.2012 | 23:28 | Read article

It’s strange how a half-forgotten name, or just a song, can trigger a set of old memories. Sometimes melancholy, other times humorous. This one is…

The more, the merrier

6.8.2012 | 17:58 | Read article

Among my earliest memories of my father, a quiet, hard-working, decent man, is going down with him to the vegetable patch he worked and cultivated,…

Shoe polishing with Flash

29.1.2012 | 23:00 | Read article

I was Second Porter in the old Grand Hotel in Glasgow’s Charing Cross, in 1968. My brother Neil was page boy, and our mutual friend…

Miss Potter’s Flick

6.9.2010 | 23:23 | Read article

Now here’s a thing you need to know about fencing, though it shouldn’t put you off. Sometimes – not often, thankfully, but sometimes – you take…

Maggie’s house

24.5.2007 | 12:26 | Read article

Last month, Maggie’s house burned down. “Have you got a few minutes to talk?” she said on the phone. I’ve always got time to talk…

Lawrence Winfield

31.12.2004 | 12:02 | Read article

Lawrence, 1950 – 1998 Every year my brothers and sister and I make a point of having at least one get-together in Glasgow, travelling from…

Retribution and a name

17.7.2004 | 12:08 | Read article

This is a story about my brother’s name. It will mean nothing to anybody except myself and a few others, but I’m going to tell…

What not to tell teacher

15.4.1997 | 12:10 | Read article

Ali was a little late getting home from school. He’d just come back from visiting William, with whom he’d been playing snooker. William was convalescing…

On (not) doing it yourself

30.1.1996 | 12:12 | Read article

Chaos Theory predicts that startling events may result from insignificant beginnings. I have read Structural Stability and Morphogenesis from start to finish, and nowhere is…