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The Devil’s Testicle – A ...

The Devil's Testicle
A strange sight greets the walker in Craiglockhart Dell… A strange sight greets the walker in Craiglockhart Dell. A rounded boulder stands alone beside the path, incongruous amongst the bushes. I’ve passed it many times whilst walking Rosa, but it was only during my research on Professor MacIntyre that I discovered its origin, a [...]

Interstellar – Impressions

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Interstellar. A phenomenon of a film. I was nailed to my seat by the sheer force of the scope of the story; the images of a dust-dry Earth; and the awe-soaked imagery of a warped space and time. Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack swirling around the cinema was as much a character in the film as anything on two legs, and drew us in as strongly as [...]

Stone Owl on the Shore – The tr...

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And here’s a video trailer for the new album:

Stone Owl on the Shore

Stone Owl on the Shore
Another reason why I’ve neglected my words over the last few months is this: I’ve been busy recording and mixing my band’s new album, Stone Owl on the Shore. This is finally being released on 7th November 2014 as a  download from all the usual places, plus as a real, skim across the room, CD from the band’s website. T [...]

Mulling over the Independence of Scot...

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I’ve set up an alternative blog on my reasons for and thoughts on my decision to vote ‘Yes’ in the Scottish Referendum. It’s at: Indy Mullings

When Snow Falls at Night

When snow falls at night, There’s a hush in the darkness The peace that you feel is the breath of the Earth. Catch the air cold and crisp, taste the flakes falling on your tongue, Your warmth beside me is more than I deserve, More than I deserve,  Chorus Slow down take it easy, take your time there’s no hurry Stop. Look around, e [...]

The Owl Overlord

The Owl Overlord
I see that I have neglected my own website recently, what with all my other goings on going on. My two slim volumes of Edinburgh Tales are selling slowly, but steadily, and I have just put the second one, The Great Al Fresco!, through the Amazon All You Can Eat programme where you can download it for free. If you’re quick, you can get [...]

Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars
Walking through the city streets Late at night Silence hanging thinly, like a veil Roads wet reflecting yellow Streaks of light The clouds are gone but stars are barely seen Frowning I return home to live a dream…   Walking on a pebble beach At twilight Waves crashing, salt spray cold and sharp Along the coast a lighthouse shines A warming si [...]

Are You Curious about So Near Yet So ...

And after months of planning, my other project is now open for business. I’m also the partner in The New Curiosity Shop  which up ’til now has focused on online courses. We are now becoming an indie publisher, and we are looking to add non-fiction books to our catalogue. Short e books of around 15,000 words, books to catch the im [...]

Are you Curious about So Near Yet So ...

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It’s been a busy time with two projects budding simultaneously. Painted Ocean So Near Yet So Far is the first song to be released under the new name for the band. We are now Painted Ocean; a better fitting monicker for the kind or music we are making. We have seven songs in various states of readiness which make up our next album Stone [...]

The Great Al Fresco! Volume 2 of New Myths and Legends of Edinburgh is available for Kindle from AmazonFind out more about the tales  here. . .

Professor MacIntyre is Missing!” New Myths and Legends of Edinburgh volume 1 is available for Kindle from Amazonfor Apple iThings from the Apple iBookstoreand from Smashwords in all ebook formats. Find out more about the tales  here. . .

Stone Owl on the Shore

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