All My Quiet Places

I'm finding writing without walking impossible. I haven't written a word for years that didn't get walked first. Now, in these weeks of lockdown, I'm finding that short permitted walks can produce enough for occasional blog posts, but not for the sustained logical academic writing of my utopian PhD. The work I've taken on and [...]

Home Life During a Pandemic#2

How are you doing? Nearly two weeks into the British version of a lockdown and maybe longer where you are, how are you getting on? Hoping but not presuming you're well, here's another hello from me here in Liverpool. This is the second of these Home Life reports and, as with the first, I'm starting [...]

Home Life During a Pandemic

How are you doing? Aside from all the very big questions about whether you've got a home anyway, and sufficient income to keep you and it together for we don't know how long, how are you doing? Also assuming you and whoever might be locked down with you are well, what's life like for you [...]

Ordinary Magic: And how to do it

I've been learning how to do magic for the last few days. Not tricks you understand, but ordinary magic. By which I mean magic without hidden pockets, distractions, annoying patter or rabbits being pulled out of top hats. The sort of magic we can all do without years of training and mainly by believing we [...]

Other Things We've Survived: Reflections from an allotment

As the 'just in time' supply system of the major supermarkets, together with a mass change in shopping habits, has left empty spaces on supermarket shelves lately, there's been a good deal of 'so you think this is bad' talk from those of a certain age on social media. Like a Monty Python sketch but [...]

The Shining Shore: Just Because

Sarah and I have been doing this walk for years and I've written about it many times on here. But today we needed to go across to Thurstaston and simply do the walk again. For the ritual of it, the outdoors-ness of it, the joy and, yes, the comfort of it. It's a Friday Walk, [...]