Reflections (on a birthday)

"I'm vey happy" I caught myself thinking just now,Taken by surprise by something so simpleThat has taken me most of my life to find,Or at least recognise.And now it's here is not a fact to be too much questioned,Reflected on, or worried about.Certainly not worried about.I'm very happy and that is very much that.At this [...]

In The Gallery

Today has been my birthday, kind of. Which is to say it won't be my real birthday for two days yet. But who wants a birthday on a Monday in January? Not me for a kick-off. So Sarah and I celebrated it today with a day out in a gallery, the Lady Lever in Port [...]

Reading Deborah Levy

I don't know Deborah Levy but I've been spending the weekend in the company of her words and considering writing some of them down in here. Because they're memorable but also so I'll remember them, memory being a coming and going kind of ability sometimes. The weekend began early, sometime in the week, with a [...]

This Woman's Work

It's more than a bit of an honour this, you know. Sarah asking me to write these introductions to her glorious sea kayaking articles. Particularly this one, summing up all of her learning and courageous adventuring over these last several years. Careful, detailed, technical bravery. Done in her own time and her own way. With [...]

Outside, after all of that

"Work as if you live in the earlier days of a better nation" Alasdair Grey All the way through a sunny day's walking those words rumbled round my head. Quoted earlier on in one of many tweets regretting the death of the great Scottish author and artist. "In the earlier days of a better nation" [...]

Eleanor's House

Over the last couple of years I've been watching Eleanor's House. Taking photographs occasionally as I've passed, on my way to Sarah's allotment on Greenbank Lane or just out, walking in Liverpool. The house means a lot to me as it's where my political and social inspiration, Eleanor Rathbone, used to live. But the house [...]