Here’s a list of some policy ideas I had for Scotland as nothing seems to ever get done.

1. Public Transport – improve and integrate it. Including direct links from central Scotland to the coast in summer.

2. Housebuilding – good quality, affordable homes.

3. Bridge or tunnel to Northern Ireland – to improve relations and mixing between the two territories.

4. Visa Agreement between Scotland and the US, allowing young people to live and work in the States, similar to Eire.

I don’t expect any of this to take place, or for anyone to heed the ideas but I put them forward anyway, in the pursuit of a comprehensive notion on inclusion.


New Invention Idea – Polythene Bags

Instead of charging us extra for polly bags, why not innovate? Before that charge came into place I had long thought it would be a good idea if we could invent a bag that dissolved when submerged in water. Take your shopping home, unload it, fill the sink and hey presto – your bag is gone!

Surely this would be possible.

Just another idea.

Band Mission. Hamburg. The Beatles. Beatles v. Stones.

Just seen a set from a band from Hamburg. They did a rock base with acoustic set-up. Lots of graphic lyrics with saucy undertones. I suppose this is where the Beatles got some of their inspiration – a place like Hamburg. I see how it taught them the rock sound. They then rebelled against this sort of stereotyping – of course they would. They went to grow up and flower in the public eye, i see that now.

Then they just blew up or drifted maybe. Who knows?

Art Park Scotland

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So, this stems from formula art which is a concept I came up with where you work according to a mechanism or formula. What is important here is the process by which the artist arrives at the result. The punchbag is a dynamic result of the interaction of the artist with the material. The left hook and right hook are actual punches into the sculpting material which are retained by the indentations in the material itself. The punchbag also implied motion and from this point of view the viewer will want to move the sculpture to bring it to life once again. He will soon realise that it has long since become static and only remembers the actions of the one artist. Perhaps, the viewer will be jealous, perhaps proud. It is a dynamic, connecting piece of work designed to hold it’s own without being imposing.

It would be cast from metal, and could be quite easily formed from the model of a real punchbag with metal cast around it. Any suggestions are of course, welcome.


Ok, so to be clear what I am saying here, I think it’s best to state the case in two phases.

First of all, I am looking at the environment surrounding the park area. In the background are the railway station and the historic Wallace monument. When you look into the story and legend of Wallace, you are left always with a number of questions whatever angle or perspective you take. Was Wallace a freedom fighter? Well, some say he was supporting the cause of John Balliol. Was he a noble? Well, some say he was a minor noble, not really of the highest rank (whatever that means) and that this makes his fight an ever more valiant one. Was he a patriot? Some say he was a traitor etc. etc. There is no real substance – so, all you can say in the face of all this ‘human nature’ is; here is a man; nothing more, nothing less, he stands, makes decisions, has hopes and dreams, he makes a stand where he is. This is what the sculpture is supposed to represent. I thought of including, mounds of brightly coloured clay or small cairns signifying his achievements, dreams, that day at work when he was better than his boss, when he invented something – that kind of thing.
Secondly, in some ways on reflection I am echoing Rabbie Burns in that ‘A Man’s A Man for aw that’. I arrived at this from a different strain of thought though.

The sculpture could be made cheaply and quickly and would have an air of absolute permanence so it has this going for it.

Wavy Man

This piece is more conceptual in nature and is really a look at how irregular and indefinable we are as people. How little we stick to one thing. In some ways, we are fluttering in the wind. Even a material like burnished metal is subject to flux and indecision. Perhaps the more nervous amongst us will see it as an outward reflection of the inner self. A kind of paranoid android. It is certainly meant to be more of a form than a detailed representation and from that point of view may be seen as an abstract work.
I hope you like it.

Further ideas: Architecture. What do you think? Natty


1. A penthouse floor of an office block. ‘The Chieftans Suite’. It will be set out in a symmetric pattern, so that a decision can be considered and made from one position, perhaps contemplating a view. Then, the alternative hypothesis or approach can be looked at from an equal but opposite point of view. By actually physically moving to an opposite environment, viewpoint, shape and surroundings, the other view can be considered. Later, a balanced, third view, a decision can be made in the neutrality of a boardroom type setting.

I will submit an example drawing of the floorplan for you to have a look at.

2. A work environment with cubby holes where people can ‘discover’ items of interest in interesting locations. For example, an abacus, and they can go on a journey discovering the significance and history of the item, relating it to their place and method of work. They can progress in this way.

3. An underground, ‘v’ shaped, glass walled, reverse skyscraper. With a circular performance space at the base. Again, I should really try to draw this.