Profiting from shame – the tragic case of Daniel Perry

Daniel Perry, befriended online by someone he thought was a young woman in the US, shared sexual images of himself with her.  Threatened by the prospect of exposure to his family and friends Daniel, aged 17 years from Fife, jumped to his death from the Forth Bridge.   Daniel’s mother said, “Knowing him [Daniel] as I …

Book Review: Sheila Stewart – A Traveller’s Life

If we were a’ sensible, there would be nae fools Traveller’s Life – The Autobiography of Sheila Stewart Published April 2011 Birlinn £9.99 Maybe this book is not like other people’s biographies.  But it has to be different…because a travellers’ life is different from anyone else’s.’   And so it is.  A Traveller’s Life by Sheila …

A perfect summer racket! Summer on Tiree

If it’s a summer’s day of peace and quiet you’re after, you won’t find the latter on the outermost of the innermost of the Hebrides.  You can’t escape the racket.  Best heard from your bicycle on a summer day bowling along the low-rise contours of Tiree, this innermost of the Atlantic’s easternmost islands. Tubby, almost-grown …

The Return of the Crone?

“They say you walk  about in that caravan naked.”  So says smiling Willie from the palatial static in the row along from mine, the one known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’.  I am incredulous. Some facts:  my 1970s towing caravan, newly pitched on the site in Argyll this summer, is 12ft long from its back lights to its …

12345678 Qwerty Crescent – From Scottish Review 13 August 2013

                                                                                           123456789 Qwerty Crescent,                                                                                            Letterland.                                                                                            13 August 2013                                                                                                                                            Scottish Review Readers The Scottish Review Prestwick.   Dear Scottish Review Reader, I know this may come as a shock.  Receiving a typed letter could catapult you into a time warp if you are of a certain age.  In this …