Tales of My Landlady

A Novel by Jedediah Cleishbotham. Discovered in several instalments in May and June 2013. Set in Oxfordshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Orkney. Chapter One It was near the end of the month of May, 20—, when a Scottish gentlewoman, who had just taken leave of absence from her duties in the south, made use of […]

War Starts At Midnight

  Nobody should panic. I spoke metaphorically; my metaphor was drawn from The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. It is not war, it is an expedition, it is not heading for London but in the opposite direction entirely, and it will start not at midnight but at five a.m. However, in the film version I […]

Nor Loch

I have bought a picture. Here it is:  It is a screenprint by Jane Hyslop of the Nor Loch in Edinburgh, seen from the north;the kirk is St Cuthbert’s and the other shape seems to be a small harbour-cum-orchard. In my enquiries about the picture I have learned about a scheme called Own Art, whereby instead […]

An Italian Alphabet in Twelve Days and Twenty-One Trains: O-S

O is for Off. I am off. Off duty, off abroad. I am in St Pancras, nearly foreign. Back at home the computer is off and the infant broad beans are unsupervised. I struck the board, and cried, No more! I will abroad. When I have caught five more trains – two already this morning […]