The Great Silence

It all started a hundred years ago this summer, so we'll be hearing a great deal about the Great War this year. Which may be what drew me to this book. Or maybe it's the fact that it's a book about mortality and death, things I've been thinking of during this Year to Live I've …

The promise

My partner Sarah has been gardening on her allotment for 13 happy years now. These days it's as essential to her as ever, providing solace and contemplation during weeks when she's busy with her work as an independent funeral celebrant. Now spring is arriving Sarah shows us around. --- Sunday. The 9th of March. Time …

Places matter: Ormr’s Kirk

As Liverpool City does its best to mess up Great Homer Street Market, we visit somewhere not very far away that's been successfully organising itself around its own street market for nearly 730 years. About fifteen miles away from home, north of us on the Lancashire plain, is Ormskirk. Our destination for today's day out, …

A Liverpool Odyssey: Walking home from Norris Green

Getting off the 62 bus at the junction of Muirhead Avenue and Lorenzo Drive I'm close to where Norris Green got started. There used to be a mansion house in here called Norris Green, owned by the Norris family (members of which you might have come across before on here slave trading and owning Speke …

A year to live: Tuesday afternoon

As I write this early in the evening I can hear the lovely sound of children playing outside in the street. Here in Northern England the winter ended at the weekend and spring is suddenly with us. One more spring. And today I gave myself the gift of a spring afternoon. Finding a work meeting …

Housewarming

After thousands of us came to see the new Everyman lighting up for the first time last night, today we were all invited back to come inside for the housewarming. And it seemed like the entire city took up the invitation. Because pretty much everyone loves The Everyman. Which must have made today a nervy …