#BurnsNight

I dropped by the Albany statue for Robert Burns to pay my respects on his birthday. My friend Terry tells me after Columbus and Queen Victoria, he’s the figure with the most statues in his honour. He’s a lot more palatable than those two, too. The panels around the sides include a rendition of Tam…

V&A Dundee

It’s true I mostly hibernated over the break — some days I never even left the house — but I did finally make it down to the V&A to experience the much-anticipated glory inside it. The outside, I already knew, was gorgeous. I mean really just lovely. But inside, too, many wonders awaited. Lots more…

Dundee

I realise I have not updated the blog since I got here: there was the flurry of grading and then my birthday and all kinds of weird stuff called relaxing that was happening. So here are some random snapshots of the toon that you may have glimpsed if you follow me on social media: More to…

Smiles of a Summer Night (and Day)

I am back in Dundee so life has improved immensely. Yes, still busy (week two of a three-week online intensive, one review written and sent, a couple of deadlines looming) but I have played with the Executive Princess, slept soundly, finished a book I’ve been reading in bits, and started watching the final series of Bron/Broen/The…

From Alba to Albany

By the time this posts, I should be on my way via planes, trains and automobiles (not to mention the bus to the airport in Edinburgh). It’s hard to believe my fantastic year has drawn to a close. Needless to say, I have no wish to leave Scotland and already have my ticket back. My…

Keeping Abreast of the Fabulous

All right, even I am having difficulty at times keeping up with all the news, so if I repeat something here, it just means you’re paying attention, well done, here’s a cookie! Soon I have to leave the glories of Alba for the um, gories? of Albany. Alas. Which means I have to figure out…

The Maltman

Happy birthday to my big brother, Steve! Wandering the Howff again, trolling for material I suppose as always. That’s what I do all the time. You know that by now, don’t you? That’s what writers do: absorb everything and turn it sideways and fit it into stories. You have to turn it slant, as Emily…

Dundee Law

It’s not legal 😉 but the plug of a volcano which provides a wonderful landmark from which to enjoy the city. Settling in and having fun: saw the Cundeez on Friday night! Lots of writing to do, too: the days are just packed. See more pictures here.

Jam, Jute and Journalism

Hello from sunny Dundee, land of jute, jam and journalism: well, it is at the moment. Sort of. Oodles to catch up on, so I will avoid rehashing the harrowing journey and just give you a couple of news items. It wasn’t that harrowing after all. I am beyond grateful for the help from Maura…

Jellyfish

Unexpected theme of yesterday’s wander: jellyfish. I’d never seen so many here. Maybe they’re spawning like grunion. See more photos here. If I had more time, I might look it up, but I don’t. I’m trying not to get overwhelmed by packing (not like last year!). At least I don’t have much stuff. I have…