Smithdown Social Club

Introducing New Ideas Your help needed to turn a former Conservative Club into something a good deal better. For all the time I've lived where I do, which is getting on close to thirty years now, there's been an old conservative club just across Smithdown, at the top end of Crawford Avenue. I don't think [...]

Early Morning in the Library #2

Early morning in the libraryTrying to find the rhymes to sayWhy I'm, with my books beside me,Ethno method oli day? 'They're not proper words' you might think,Merely noises on the way,On the way to where they might beEthnomethodology? Yes, its an ethnomethodology day. And that was, sort of, a sociology poem. All's well here - [...]

Introducing: Placed Academy

Latest in the New Ideas series You've heard a good deal about Placed on here before. Working together at Ed's Place last September, then the architecture, planning and design events they've run now for so many young people. And also how they've turned consultation into a good and creative thing throughout the North West, by [...]

Sarah’s Odyssey: ‘It was a great day.’

Sarah Horton returns to the blog for the first time this year to continue her sea kayaking and meaning of life reflections. Most of what's here being, in fact, her second weekend out on the waters of Wales this year. Yes, dear reader, she sea kayaks in January. Because she loves the doing of it so much. As you'll [...]

Raising The Ralla

Introducing: New Ideas It's called all sorts of things on maps and in official documents and council papers. But everyone for miles around the actual place calls it 'The Ralla.' The expanse of land over that long railway wall where Commercial, Stanley and Melrose Roads meet in Kirkdale. An expanse of nature. There are railways [...]

The Waters of Mars: Seeing Like a Rover

Talking about Janet Vertesi's book, in a travelling across the solar system and going into orbit around the Red Planet kind of way. I've always been fascinated by Mars. Not quite for as long as I can remember, but nearly. About seven years old I had a book about the Solar System, which I would [...]