Remembering Robert


For a precious time, we were inseparable.

Our hair grew as the months went by, full of dreams and hope.

Pale moonlight would filter through those dusty velvet curtains, as we listened reverentially to Dark Star, while outside, Edinburgh awaited it’s damp nocturnal embrace.

Sometimes I’d squeeze some notes from the upright piano, deliciously out of tune, while you strummed magic chords from that battered guitar.

And if John or Jim were there, they’d bang on something, anything, to round out the melodies that wandered, as they wished, between raga and blues.

Then somewhere between three and four in the morning, hunger would overtake us, and we’d pay a visit to the bakery down the road and cajole them to part with a few warm rolls, fresh from the oven.

Those were the best of times.

Rest in Peace.

I left home in the late sixties to seek adventure in Scotland where I met some amazing people. We had extraordinary experiences together that shaped a lot more than our tastes in music.

A Photo a Day : Eros



This is the last of my London photos for now. I’m sure you’ve recognised this statue of Eros from London’s Piccadilly Circus.

I’ve discovered that in actual fact the statue is modelled on Eros’s brother Anteros and the monument is called the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. You can follow the link above to learn more.

A Visit to The National Gallery

Some months back my wife and I saw a documentary on the American artist Georgia O’Keefe and learnt that the Tate Modern Gallery in London would be holding an exhibition. On a whim, we decided to travel to London by train to visit the gallery and purchased tickets for the day after our arrival.

After lunch, we went to the National Gallery and were amazed at the paintings on display, most of which we had only seen images in magazines or on the web.

I’d just received my new iPhone 7 and as there were no restrictions for taking photographs for most of the paintings on display I decided to use both lenses to try to obtain some details. I’m very happy with the results.

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Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame

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Bathers at Asnières

I was very pleased with my visit and would love to go back and spend more time visiting the gallery.