- Mar 6, 2017
- 4 min
The ‘Good Old Days’ - Growing Up Before Clean Air
The aerial image shows my old neighborhood in Scotstoun, Glasgow in March of 1950. I was born the month before this image was captured....
- Feb 16, 2017
- 6 min
Roasting Coffee - The Power of An Aroma
I spent my childhood years during the 1950s in working class neighborhoods in Glasgow, Scotland. In those days, when any money went to...
- Aug 3, 2016
- 5 min
My Life in a Glasgow Housing Scheme - Drumchapel in the 1950s and 60s
In "My life in a Glasgow tenement in the 1950s" I described what it was like to be a child in a Scotstoun tenement. In 1957 we moved to...
- Jul 27, 2016
- 5 min
My life in a Glasgow tenement in the 1950s
In my novel Roses of Winter set in World War 2, the characters live in tenement apartments in Scotstoun and Maryhill, neighborhoods of...
- Dec 30, 2015
- 2 min
A Child's New Year in Scotland
I hear that the old traditional ways of celebrating New Year are in decline. During my younger years, New Year was a very important...