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Against the Stream

Against the Stream

Spending the last year stuck at homes would have been much more difficult with the comfort of our televisions. Escaping into the worlds on our screens has been a welcome reprieve from the doom and gloom of Covid-19, and streaming services have no doubt been a crucial...

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Universally Speaking

Universally Speaking

"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by...

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Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy

I’m occasionally asked why – having left Scotland for Japan – I chose to return. Many seem confused that, having “escaped” the clutches of Fife for a new life abroad, I’d want to make it back to somewhere so bland and “normal” as Kirkcaldy. That question overlooks a...

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Still Dreaming

Still Dreaming

At the start of the year, I made a commitment to cut back a little. My bookshelves are overflowing, my DVD collection is filled with unwatched classics, and I could no longer ignore the gathering dust on my shelves; filled with media untouched and overlooked....

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Selling Ourselves

Selling Ourselves

If you’d told me in January that this year would see most of the world trapped behind closed doors, hiding from a global pandemic… Lockdown has given us all plenty of time to think. Our everyday comforts have rapidly been stripped away. You can’t pop down to Starbucks...

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Against the Stream

Spending the last year stuck at homes would have been much more difficult with the comfort of our televisions. Escaping into the worlds on our screens has been a welcome reprieve from the doom and gloom of Covid-19, and streaming services have no doubt been a crucial...

Universally Speaking

"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by...

Kirkcaldy

I’m occasionally asked why – having left Scotland for Japan – I chose to return. Many seem confused that, having “escaped” the clutches of Fife for a new life abroad, I’d want to make it back to somewhere so bland and “normal” as Kirkcaldy. That question overlooks a...

Still Dreaming

At the start of the year, I made a commitment to cut back a little. My bookshelves are overflowing, my DVD collection is filled with unwatched classics, and I could no longer ignore the gathering dust on my shelves; filled with media untouched and overlooked....

Selling Ourselves

If you’d told me in January that this year would see most of the world trapped behind closed doors, hiding from a global pandemic… Lockdown has given us all plenty of time to think. Our everyday comforts have rapidly been stripped away. You can’t pop down to Starbucks...