The wonderfulness of public libraries

So, it's like this. I'd been toying with the idea of doing a post about the wonderfulness of public libraries in general and Allerton Library in Liverpool in particular. Then the other day in Greendays I overheard somebody behind me braying 'What do we need public libraries for anyway, now we've got the internet?' And [...]

Granby 4 Streets, August Market

I was at the Market this morning, doing some filming. For a film we're making with the local women who've made a garden out of the 4 Streets. Here's how Cairns Street was looking today - a high summer garden with a Street Market in the middle of it. If you want to donate any [...]

Housing in Liverpool, and me

The first time I walked along Canning Street I was awestruck. It was 1973 and I'd just started at the University. And one lunch time I went out of the back entrance of the Eleanor Rathbone building where I'd just started going, and crossed Myrtle Street into Liverpool 8. Yards later I was in Canning [...]

Doing that democracy thing

Like anyone, I like a good rant. We all do. About things that annoy us, enrage us and drive us to tears and despair. My rant for the past couple of years has been that we are too controlled. And that we are increasingly being enclosed and controlled, by an economy that thinks we only [...]

The Age of Absurdity

Modern life is not, as Blur once suggested, rubbish. But it's certainly absurd. People are buying less oranges because they can't be bothered to peel them. People feel entitled to have whatever they want, because they endlessly want things and therefore think they 'deserve' them. And people increasingly believe that they can 'positive think' their [...]

The story of A Sense of Place 4: Collaging the future

Continuing the story of us. It's Spring 1997 and we've just got married. And to be honest the local work around Liverpool and Manchester is not forming an orderly queue. We're still running our 'Transform your life' personal programme, but really want to reach greater numbers of people by working with more organisations than we [...]