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 […]

Tram Lines

The trams of the Edinburgh Corporation Tramways ceased running in 1956, and the trams of the Glasgow Corporation Tramways in 1962. What happened, then, to the person, or people, who used to travel on the trams reading the works of Sir Walter Scott, the tram ticket being pressed into service as a bookmark? I have […]

The Fishing Hotel

I think the fishing hotel I remember actually staying in was in Harris. There were big shabby rooms, and it was quiet. I was not fishing – I have never been fishing, except perhaps off piers in Stromness when I was of tender years – but I was travelling by bicycle. The next night we […]