The RED Project

Support The Red Project Crowdfunder Corona Virus update from Emma Case added to the end this post, March 18th. I’ve supported Emma Case's Crowdfunder for this because I think it’s a great idea. In tough times I think there’s a tendency for us to focus only on tough things. But actually beautiful things are also [...]

Walking in the Light

I feel as though there could never be enough times in my life when I turn the corner from Catharine Street into Huskisson Street. For decades now this corner of these two streets has been one of my favourite places. A place that lifts my mood even when I'm happy and has performed reliable miracles [...]

Early Morning in the Library

I like it here, early in the morning when there's hardly anybody else around yet, just some librarians and me. Off the early bus, now there's light in the mornings, and up the stairs to my place on the second floor. Which is not really my place, but it always is this early in the [...]

Thinking of Other People

As I get older I worry sometimes about turning into a small-minded self-obsessed miserable old git, who moans all the time about the good old days and picks fault with everything around him. I've seen it happen and thought it might be happening to me when, a few weeks ago, I started taking photographs of [...]

To Granby: On a Utopian Morning

This was a utopian morningPast the housing place I worked in all that time ago,Walking with my university friends,Strikers all.Across where the M62 didn't arrive in LiverpoolYet blighted what it didn't touch.Daffodils in the shiny winter rainLighting up the reciting of the ancient words of Shelter,Words like trouble and disaster.But this was not disaster, not [...]

Another Planet

I've spent this weekend reading Tracey Thorn's 'Another Planet' and it's made me think about my own life. I thought it would, which is why I'd left its reading until a weekend when I knew I'd be on my own for the whole of the time. The book tells her story of growing up in [...]