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A Strange Definition of Mental Illness

I remember hearing an article on Radio 4's "All in the Mind" programme about how the definitions of mental illness were changing due to the re-writing of a single book which is generally used to define all mental illnesses. A psychiatrist who disagreed with the new definitions pointed out,



"most people in the west do not consider themselves to be fundamentally happy... because the majority of the population do not consider themselves to be happy, we could say that anyone…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 22, 2015 at 11:53am — No Comments

Disagreeing With TS Eliot...

... I find February to be by far the cruellest month and the raw, icy blasts this year have not done anything to make me change my mind.

Light Snow



Lots of odd things to report on since my last post, including a box of "gingerbread gimps"…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on February 11, 2015 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Here's Tae Us, And Wha's Like Us? A Perverse Post For Burns' Night!

Alasdair Gray Art Walk - 1



So I am not going to write about Robert Burns at all. I don't mind Robert Burns, but rather like too many things we were given in school, I have a limited tolerance for him and, as with Shakespeare, I regret the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Time Flies

Sad Snowman



Somehow it is approaching the end of January and looking at my last blog post, Christmas and New Year seem so far away. I've been incredibly busy working on lots of small projects - largely re-stocking after pre-Christmas sales both…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 23, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Belated "Happy New Year"

Burning the Clocks - 12



SO, it is 2015 and I've not made a post for almost a month, which is most remiss. First of all, I wish everyone a happy and successful 2015 and hope that we can overcome what has not, generally, been a particularly…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on January 11, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Wish You A Merry...

Christmas Tat



The last few weeks have been busy but ultimately I've not really achieved very much. The photograph above just about sums up my current attitude to Christmas and the plasti-tat landfill festival it has come to represent, not much…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 24, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Festive Frenzy

Edinburgh Christmas - 5



A busy week in the run up to the festive season.



Kicked off with the pleasing completion of a watch-chain for my friend and colleague,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on December 6, 2014 at 4:55am — No Comments

Long Winter Nights

Brooch By Dorothy Hogg



An eventful week which included my 50th birthday!



I've been in Edinburgh again for a couple of events, taking in the current show of work by the Northern Irish family of Silversmiths "The McCrory Family" as well as…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 23, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Masters of Modern Jewellery

Beetles & Huxley

A busy week! I spent all day in London on Thursday, first of all visiting a private breakfast view of the superb "Masters of Modern Jewellery" exhibition at…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on November 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Hallowe'en Post

Oooooo!



Last day of October and spooky hallowe'en is here again. I've never much bothered with the festival as I'm not much of a horror fan but this year I've been paying a bit more attention and have been finding it quite funny, especially…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 31, 2014 at 2:32pm — 2 Comments

Texas!

Texas Roadhouse



I've just got back from almost a week in the Lone Star State which I was visiting on the invitation of my friends and colleagues, James Thurman and Umut Demirguc Thurman. What a trip!



Based in Denton, Dallas, the main…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 21, 2014 at 2:27pm — 5 Comments

Gordon Millar, Dorothy Hogg and Melanie Eddy

The Gathering V - Dundee - 6



Gordon Millar, organiser of the "Scot Street Style" events.



What a whirlwind of a week!

It all kicked off on Saturday night with a visit to…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 9, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

London and the South/Dundee and the North

Kate Bush "Before The Dawn" - 4



Since my last post, I've been on the south coast of England, variously in London, Folkestone and Brighton. What should have been a very relaxing weekend proved to be anything but, albeit in a good way. Very…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on October 1, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Post-Referendum

Polling Place Way In - 2



I feel really deflated after all the stress leading up to the referendum and although my sleeping patterns are back to normal - for the four or five days prior to the event, I was getting about 2 hours a night! - I'm still…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 25, 2014 at 1:34am — No Comments

Ife Head and Collar

Ko si Iruufin - WIP - 33

I've been in the workshop a lot over the last week - not all of which has been to bury my head in the sand away from the increasingly nasty pro- and anti-independence campaigns in Scotland (which is also why I've not been so…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 13, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Clark Sisters and More

The Clark Sisters - 1

Today I headed off to Edinburgh with one aim: to see the show of work by the wonderful Judy Clark and her twin sister, Christine. I've written of Judy before - commissioning a…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Back in the Workshop

The Pen Room - 8

After the travels and entertaining of the summer, I am back to a very autumnal Glasgow and my new students. As the dust settles on the new term, it has been good to be able to grab some time in the workshop to actually make…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on August 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

And Breathe... Back to Positivity

Lyme Regis Harbour



After that last blast of negativity in the previous post, I am back to my more usual, balanced, self!



Over the summer, Dingo and I spent a long time in the West Country, visiting Devon and Dorset and spending one…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on August 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Liar And A Cheat and Why You Should Close Your Paypal Account

Fencing With Fulco Verdura - 12



This is a long, somewhat involved and ultimately negative blog-post but I think it contains information of interest to many makers who use the PayPal payments service.



Some of you who follow my blog or who…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on August 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

Midsummer

Brighton Beach Scene

As usual, I've relocated to the South Coast for the summer and have been doing very little to do with work. Since my last post, I've had my friend and fellow-jeweller,…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on July 21, 2014 at 5:48am — No Comments

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