The sad tale of the decline of Glasgow’s Egyptian Halls, a city centre listed building designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson.
Behind a ramshackled row of abandoned buildings lie a warren of cavernous chambers and galleries of graffiti art.
The river of lost footprints. The road to Mandalay. The river that brings blessings to the people. If nothing else the Ayeyarwady (or Irrawaddy) River is evoked by a great line, and Kipling’s poem of nostalgia and longing.
Dr James Graham was a sex therapist, an 18th century showman, a gentleman of the Enlightenment and an “emperor of quacks”. He was also the inventor of an extraordinary fertility sex aid: the Grand State Celestial Bed.
This stretch of the River Clyde’s waterfront is a shiny chrome new world that has displaced a crumbling concrete old one.
The word throbs from the crowds crammed between the statues representing an order once unshakeable, now in serious peril. “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Blue is the colour in the Saltire flags and signs featuring a thousand different ways to sculpture, print, handcraft, paint and wear the word yes.
The Scots have had had a remarkable impact on American history. Less well-known is the Scot who burned down the White House and inadvertently helped inspire the American national anthem, a “mad, romantic, money-getting” Cochrane.
The final part of the Stones and the Torment mixing medical horror, psychogeography, myth and history.