After I moved away from Scotland in 2015, it was a rare treat to hear another Scottish accent unexpectedly - something warm and familiar about the elongation of the letter R, the use of “Ah” as the pronoun to describe oneself, and the rolling cadence of the Scots tongue. I could hear my Dad’s Maryhill … Continue reading Encounters with the Glaswegian diaspora
Are you familiar with the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? If not, be prepared to see it everywhere in the next few weeks. Also known as the frequency illusion, the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon is a form of cognitive bias whereby, on encountering something either for the first time, or the first time in a while, it suddenly appears everywhere … Continue reading Statues, statues everywhere!
A single object can transform the fate of an entire town, city or even country; the wooden horse of myth and legend, which ended the Trojan war; or the illicitly duplicated Gospels which led to a bloody battle and the ultimate self-imposed exile of St Columba to Iona. For Eyam, nestled in the hills of … Continue reading Eyam: The Plague Village.