The Anthropocene and the History of Now

Not wishing to worry anyone unduly, what with all this Brexit 'driving the country off the edge of a cliff' stuff going on. But have you heard about the anthropocene? I certainly hadn't until I went to a history lecture early in December. I'd heard a threatening sounding song on Nick Cave's last album called [...]

Learning the Craft

Some more words and reflections on how things are going with my work, my imagination and this learning. Today is a structure day for the final essay in what I think I'll look back on as 'the first three'. The three I'll have written over these three weeks or so while Christmas and the New [...]

New Year’s Eve at the End of the Earth

For our New Year's Eve day out Sarah and I have been to Sunderland. Not that one, but a much smaller one up near Heysham in a little bit of England neither of us had ever been to before. Now the name 'Sunderland' means 'separated land' and the place we're going is indeed cut off [...]

Kitty’s Launderette: My Favourite Idea

It's been a while since I mentioned Kitty's Launderette in Liverpool on here. But because they've just issued their end of year Newsletter and because I think they're a brilliant idea, I thought a general update on how things are going as they get ready to open would be a generally good idea. Particularly for [...]

All is calm, all is dark: December thoughts

I'm writing this down so I'll remember how quiet it was, when the maytime comes, the days are bright and LFC are once again in the final of the Champions League. And when, in the light of the same springtime, unexpectedly principled political leadership has pulled us out of the social and economic abyss David [...]

Spring is here: A journal

Saturday, early afternoon. Tired is tired. Tired is a Saturday morning when my alarm wasn't set and I didn't wake up until it was nearly Saturday afternoon. Woken only by Sarah opening the curtains and saying 'It won't be long until the light starts to go.' I must have been tired. So, food for the [...]