Walking to Kitty’s Launderette

This was always going to be a good day, so I wanted to make sure I enjoyed it as much as possible. This day in May 2019 when Kitty's Launderette opened. The day Kitty's opened. Sorting the photographs. After three years of having their idea, raising investments, designing and art, social and testing it out [...]

Looking For Utopia: A Beginning

A presentation of early progress in my PhD research, given at the University of Liverpool on the 19th May 2019. In which telling the story like an actual story becomes my thing. “The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into out hearts and our brains.” Paul Simon: “Train in the Distance” I want [...]

On A Halcyon Day

I've always loved that word. Happiness, golden, idyllic it means. A perfect remembrance of times past, even if the times were only yesterday. This was my yesterday. A day off from working in a time of quite hard work, enjoyable though it's mostly turning out to be, this University life. But stretching my brain all [...]

Are We Approaching the End of Cash?

If we're coming towards the end of cash, how are some of us going to be able to pay for things? A few times this past week I've given some people some money, like so many of us do. A few pound coins usually or, less usually, a note where I judge a note might [...]

We Live Here: A Portrait of Liverpool

It feels like ages since I've done this. Spent a whole day walking round Liverpool for the sheer love, joy and appreciation of doing it. Visiting some favourite places, seeing some favourite people and, all in all, having one perfect day. With occasional observations. Let's go. I was with a friend who's recently come to [...]

Rhubarb, rhubarb!

It began early this morning on Twitter, with a story from over the weekend by Ruth Ibegbuna, about a tussle she witnessed and then joined in with over discounted food, in a supermarket in Batley. And it included a particularly determined scrap over some Rhubarb Crumble, which led to this blog post, in the way [...]