Into the winter gardens

Amidst the shock and outrage at the fact that it has snowed, in January, in Northern Europe, it's all too easy to miss its beauty. The way it makes everywhere look different. And makes us see everyday objects differently. Especially in the gardens and parks in the few miles round where we live. This piece …

It’s Liverpool, in 1775

A while ago we had a look at Liverpool not long before I was born, and 1953 looked like a strange and long ago place. Today we're going well back before any of us were born, to an apparently idyllic Liverpool of 1775. Where we now have the Cathedral and Upper Duke Street, the harvest …

A Liverpool gem, Princes Road Synagogue

Liverpool is packed with architectural interest. But one particular gem I'd never been to until relatively recently is one of our finest. The Princes Road Synagogue in Liverpool 8. You last saw pictures of it in the fog last week. Today, we're going inside this magnificent gothic basilica. It was designed by Edinburgh architect brothers, …

The erosion at Thurstaston

The cliffs at Thurstaston are a thing of great beauty. Made of eroding boulder clay, they are a designated┬áSite of Special Scientific Interest and cannot be protected from erosion - it is the erosion that is important to their status. But the erosion is now proceeding faster than we've ever seen because of the extremely …

A Foggy Day in Liverpool

In a time of such undoubted climate change, it's a relief when days in deep midwinter behave like they should. So far this year, up on the north west coast of England, all the days have felt like a freakish early springtime. Until the last two. When I got up yesterday morning I was shocked …

Listening to David Bowie

Early Monday morning on 11th January 2016 we get the news the David Bowie has just died. And knowing this will be a day full of memories, here are some from me. A recent one from 2013 and some from 1972, when we were all so confused and so delighted by him, like always, like …