147 Tower Gardens, The House That Silenced The City

22 April 2016 // Miscellany //Music

Words and pictures: Luke Turner How few buildings respond to our echoes. We trace patterns across the layers of the city, scattering energy from our interactions among trails of microscopic particles, hair and skin cells, a slipstream for forensics. Much as we might ascribe memories or sentiment to place, few can dissolve from brick and […]

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Smala og Slátur – ‘The Gathering and The Slaughter’

12 April 2016 // Miscellany

Sarah Thomas is currently writing a memoir about the time she spent living in remote northwest Iceland, where she was involved with a family of sheep farmers. In the following extract, she recounts her participation in the annual round up and slaughter. The summer has been silenced. Outside the sheep house the snow is deep […]

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The Last Blacksmith

8 April 2016 // Miscellany

Part 4: Future and Past Dad working on a horseshoe, circa 1980s Words and pictures: Ron Hewit Sometimes I imagine how life would have turned out if I’d taken over from my dad and become the village blacksmith and farrier, carrying on the family tradition, the sixth generation of Hewits to work with hot metal […]

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The Last Blacksmith

14 March 2016 // Miscellany

Part 3: Rise and Fall Words and pictures: Ron Hewit J. Hewit & Son, Blacksmiths went out of business in 1986 when Dad finally conceded that he was losing money rather than making it, a catastrophic turnaround from a few decades earlier when the business was expanding. In the early 1930s my grandad installed petrol […]

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St. Peter’s Cardross

2 March 2016 // Miscellany

Words and pictures: Alister Wedderburn Driving westwards out of Glasgow, it started to snow. The world was white by the time we arrived in Cardross, about twenty-five miles down the north bank of the Clyde, and we emerged out of the car into the muted hush that always accompanies snowfall. We had come to see […]

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