Thursday, 2 April 2015

Windows: Dr Peter J Gordon [reblog]

'Windows': 
Dr Peter J Gordon, Hole Ousia website:

"On Tuesday I attended Parliament to observe the further consideration by the Petitions Committee of my request that Scotland considers introducing a statutory Sunshine Act. This post is to thank the Committee for opening a window.


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I share John Betjeman’s disapproval of bureaucracy. However I reckon that we all share a love of sunshine: 

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This post is a pattern of images of windows that I observed as I walked from Waverley station to the Scottish Parliament. It was Alexander McCall Smith who wrote to me suggesting I read this book:

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Candia McWilliams is another acclaimed Edinburgh writer:

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Candia McWilliam’s book, What to look for in winter, is about her functional blindness. It is a book full of light:

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Candia McWilliams invited me lunch at her home. I was dazzled by the light she brought. I made a film about this (as I tend to do). Candia McWilliams opened windows for me. 

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I left Bridge of Allan station reading the Herald. I noticed this cartoon. I wondered if this cartoon window might be indicative of my day?

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I arrived at Waverley Station the glass roof, following refurbishment, appeared clearer to me than ever before:

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At Carubber’s Close this half-clouded window caught my eye. Carubber’s Close always turns my mind’s eye to Richard Holloway, another acclaimed Edinburgh writer. I make films (as I may have mentioned already) and made a film about Richard Holloway’s wonderful narrative “leaving Alexandria”:

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Reaching the Royal Mile. I wonder how many windows to the world do we have? 

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Through a gap I spotted St Andrew’s House and the windows of the Scottish Government:

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Impossible to miss these spiked piers, similar to Roseberry, but here with a window behind reflecting the passing world in the ripple of old rolled-glass:

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Next door, the whisky shop protects its wares with mesh-reinforcement to the glass window:

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I always stop at the Poetry Library. As Andrew Greig (another acclaimed Edinburgh writer) has described in his novel “In Another Light”:  “Poems appeal to the engineer in me – such great size to power output ratio, wondrous wee gleaming machines, the best of them inexhaustible.” 

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Opposite the poetry library we have arguably Edinburgh’s finest poet. Robert Fergusson often poked fun at establishment and medical pedagogy:

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Robert Fergusson brightened my spirits. But perhaps I was (again) risking being too metaphorical, so I stopped to show that I had not yet been locked up!

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At least the policeman outside parliament saw no immediate need:



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The Scottish Parliament is a wonderful building with windows of all shapes. As I observed the Petitions Committee from the inside much light came in through these windows."

Petition for sunshine, 31 March 2015


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