I’m Mark, and with personal passions for an eclectic mix of subjects, I try to find the time for writing about them here:
— Photography and art (I’m a photographer, often commissioned professionally as part of my job)
— Medicine and science (I’m an editor, writer, science communicator – especially for health and medical topics)
These interests do not make me a Jack of all trades. In fact they’re only three trades, and I’m a master of each if I say so myself.
Health, medical, science
My professional work, mostly in the world of medical information, is rigorous when it comes to editing and publishing, and often needs to be unbiased when I’m writing. That’s brilliant, but it means I’m seeking a field day for opinion here.
My job is with this team at Green Ink. Also see my career in medical and health publishing from my CV at LinkedIn, with a number of editorial positions on national weeklies and monthlies and a fair bit of experience as launch editor of major health and medical information websites. I’ve written a large body of medical information articles for medicalnewstoday.com, too.
I was awarded a distinction in 2017 for a PgCert on an MSc programme in science communication and engagement at the University of Edinburgh. Way back in the 1990s, I studied biomedical science.
Taking pictures wasn’t my first love, but it might be my last.
Everyone has something to say about driving, often incorrect or heavily misguided by opinion.
I love cars (the best ones anyway) and I love driving (except in bad cars, bad traffic or a bad mood). I worked part-time as a driving instructor during a self-employed stint in my editorial career. Scoring 98% under one of my ‘standards checks’ while giving training (that’s quite a rare level of pass!), I still occasionally help people with their knowledge and abilities behind the wheel.
I might one day like to drive a bus or juggernaut (why not?) and I’d love to throw a rally car round some empty mountain tracks. I’d never like to ride a motorbike in any setting other than a race track. I’ve ridden a moped round Cyprus and found the cornering ability lacking, and I’ve ridden pillion on a fast bike, and that was all the thrill I’ll ever need. I’ve also been on the back of a bike through Marrakesh, and that was all the trust in fate I’ll ever want to expend.
Part of my drive (sorry) to write these entries is to keep my creative scribbling muscle in shape, but I also aim to get some sense into talk about driving. I’ll be heavily guided by my opinions, but I hope not misguided.
While you’re here
A little plug for my Dad’s textile art – Neil MacGillivray textiles: neilmacgillivray.co.uk
The little picture at the top of this site is of me in my favourite shade of gorse waiting for a coffee and cake, captured by a friend’s friend in September 2019 – thanks, Sylvia
© Roses & Lavender photography – see her work at roseslavender.com
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