The Carlisle-McEwan Affair

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"Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die". This is a quote often attributed to the Buddha, but more likely comes from the annals of Alcoholics Anonymous's literature on their famous 12-Step Process. It's a quote that's stuck in my head for a while, and it's what inspired this thread.

The art world in Scotland is relatively small, but during the early 1980s, a grudge would erupt in Edinburgh that would result in slander, libel, assault, and two of the most mysterious deaths in the history of Edinburgh.

This is a story of a pair of petty but talented men with bloated egos, and the lengths they would go to to stab each other in the back. This is the tale of Alexander Carlisle and Robert McEwan, their friendship, their rivalry, their grudge, and their death.

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Robert McEwan was a half-Pole, half-Scot whose mother came from the continent in the 1940s for obvious reasons.