The story of A Sense of Place 3: And then we get married

Continuing the story of us. We've just left our jobs. It's November 1996 and we feel like we've just done the bravest thing we will ever do. And we also feel like we're kind of 'in recovery' from having been employed by others for so long. Some mornings this feels exhilarating, but others our new [...]

Granby 4 Streets, the May Market

Glorious sunshine for a street market day. Ronnie walks us round. Today was perfect for a street market. And from early morning Cairns Street in Granby, Liverpool 8 got itself ready for a perfect day. Gazebos set up, stalls filled, music turned on. and soon the people started to arrive, knowing it's the last Saturday [...]

The story of A Sense of Place 2: Expecting to fly

Continuing the story of us. So, we roll into 1996 feeling like we're on the way. We've been paid for our first gig, at Trafford Hall back in November. We've also learned our first lesson. Because we hadn't said expenses would be extra when we agreed the price, we've actually made no money from the [...]

Granby 4 Streets, the market’s back

Update: The post below is from 2012. For this year, 2013, the Granby 4 Streets Market will be on the FIRST Saturday of each month from now to September. Saturdays 6th April, 4th May, 1st June, 6th July, 3rd August, 7th September. Saturday, 28th April 2012, Ronnie was in Granby. He explains why. As you [...]

The story of A Sense of Place 1: The idea

Beginning the story of the business Sarah Horton and I ran together from 1995, which later became the title of this blog. It's 1993 and Sarah and I have recently started living together in Liverpool. Each day she drives off to her job in Manchester, while I just go a couple of miles down the [...]

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

As of April 2018 I've been writing this blog for six years. This is one of my first posts from back then, about Jeanette Winterson's memoir. I bought this book for Sarah late last year. She was having what we hope will be her final post breast cancer surgery, and I knew she'd need something [...]