Autumn 2012 Evening Talks - HIDDEN PLACES: Geophysics Unlocking the Remains of the Past with Richard Bates, St Andrews University
The extraordinary life of Dr Joseph Needham offers us some answers. Polymath, biochemist, historian, radical – Needham put the ‘S’ into UNESCO and wrote a monumental work on the science and civilisation of China.
The V&A Dundee is more than a museum. This illustrated talk will look at the iconic building, the Scottish Design Gallery and the work that the museum is undertaking with communities, families and professionals
I started reading this ‘moving’ memoir and found, rather like a happy restaurant critic, tiny fizz-pops of pleasurable recognition on my metaphorical tongue: a Scottish childhood, sherbet dabs, Colville’s Steelworks, heading out into what passed as country to escape town-ness and so on.
Two books which are in a sense linked as both offer reflections or meditations on aspects of life including loss and suffering, and art features prominently in both.
Edvard, the first person narrator, who has grown up on a remote Norwegian farmstead, sets off on a voyage in search of the truth about what happened to his parents, who died in France when he was three. The backdrop to this voyage embraces different places and times, as the beautifully constructed plot weaves its way across the twentieth century.
A fascinating compendium of fishermen’s tales, losses at sea, wartime exploits, comic anecdotes, family histories and articles and photos of historic buildings, mostly in Pittenweem.