Sunday With Tulips

I had all kinds of walking and photographing planned for today, this Sunday of my birthday and so the kind of day that asks to be celebrated. Which in the event it has been, but not by very much going outside. I did get out early on to buy some bread but on the way [...]

“Are You Somebody?”

I'm all grown up now. Walking abroad this January Saturday "in a shower of all my days". As all grown up as I will probably ever be, which is enough for me. Happy walking about here in my own skin, on this day before a birthday. It certainly isn't "my thirtieth year to heaven" as [...]

The Anthropocene and the History of Now

Not wishing to worry anyone unduly, what with all this Brexit 'driving the country off the edge of a cliff' stuff going on. But have you heard about the anthropocene? I certainly hadn't until I went to a history lecture early in December. I'd heard a threatening sounding song on Nick Cave's last album called [...]

Learning the Craft

Some more words and reflections on how things are going with my work, my imagination and this learning. Today is a structure day for the final essay in what I think I'll look back on as 'the first three'. The three I'll have written over these three weeks or so while Christmas and the New [...]

New Year’s Eve at the End of the Earth

For our New Year's Eve day out Sarah and I have been to Sunderland. Not that one, but a much smaller one up near Heysham in a little bit of England neither of us had ever been to before. Now the name 'Sunderland' means 'separated land' and the place we're going is indeed cut off [...]

Kitty’s Launderette: My Favourite Idea

It's been a while since I mentioned Kitty's Launderette in Liverpool on here. But because they've just issued their end of year Newsletter and because I think they're a brilliant idea, I thought a general update on how things are going as they get ready to open would be a generally good idea. Particularly for [...]