Author Archives: alasdairflett

About alasdairflett

German & English Literature graduate. From Orkney. Interested in alternative and indie music, language, writing and politics.

Finding what I seek

It’s been a good opening month to the year. The first milestone in the diary was my interview with Digby Brown for a traineeship with them next year in their Glasgow office. Omicron meant it had to be online, so … Continue reading

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Better than the last one

I want this end-of-year sum-up to focus on the positive. Let’s start with this: 2021 was better than 2020. A very low bar indeed, but 2021 improved on its predecessor in most ways. It was a bleak start to the … Continue reading

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My top albums 2021

2021 got off to a terrible start with Tier 4 restrictions imposed in Glasgow for the best part of four months. Things began to revive in April and by May I had finally met the people on my course for … Continue reading

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Summer’s End

I’ve spent the summer in a cathedral, talking about cathedrals. But why is it a cathedral when there’s no bishop and it’s a place for him to sit? Yes, you’re right, it’s Presbyterian now. Church of Scotland since 1560, though … Continue reading

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A rose is a rose is a rose

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco is presented to the reader as the text of an authentic medieval manuscript form the fourteenth century. Its author’s love for the time period radiates from every page; beyond passion, beyond fascination, … Continue reading

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Almost two years, and three King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard albums later

I have passed year one of two of my condensed law degree at Strathclyde. That was Wednesday’s news, delivered to the mobile app and received during lunch break at Glasgow Cathedral, with breakdowns of each exam. One annum’s study hasn’t … Continue reading

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One year

We have a date now. 25th September. It’s still very far away and it won’t be a funeral per se. I won’t be at the graveside service tomorrow. I’ve been though. In October, on the eve of England’s second lockdown. … Continue reading

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Dead people die…AND YET!

I’m scrolling through the timeline on sunny afternoon. After an excursion to the library in the morning and a luxurious luncheon in the Botanics my mind was mulling matters of religion. We can circle around other topics, but it always … Continue reading

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A Loving Economy: Alasdair Gray’s ‘Poor Things’

I postponed the boat Glasgowward to two-thirds through the month and made it up a tier from three to four without arrest, though I intelligently left a Kindle on the Megabus as evidence of my transit (recovered a week later … Continue reading

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My top 10 albums of 2020

2020 has been a truly terrible year, but there has been some decent music. On the off chance that anyone was vaguely interested, I thought I’d list off some of my highlights from Anno Corona: 10. The Slow Rush by … Continue reading

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