Playing With Fire: Lawrie Vause

I want to introduce Lawrie Vause here, an artist who lives in Liverpool 8 and who I met on Ducie Street in Granby a few weeks ago when I took the photographs that you see here of his work "Playing With Fire." Lawrie's now set off on a tour of nine English cities with his [...]

Taking the Day Off: In New Brighton

I'm sat here writing at a bench held together by ropes, that was probably made by pirates. It's in Vale Park, just along the river from New Brighton looking across at Liverpool, and I'm perfectly happy. Here on a day off in the middle of the week. That best kind of a day off, on [...]

Holidays are not ‘Annual Leave’

A few weeks ago I posted a well received discussion on here about people with jobs asking the rest of us to do free work. Well those requests have noticeably stopped just for the moment as the people with jobs are on annual leave. Yes it's that time of the year again, when emails bounce [...]

Sea Kayaking: Sarah Returns to The Western Isles

On Thursday evening just gone Sarah returned from what's now become her annual pilgrimage to the outer edges of Scotland. "I am glad to be back home, knowing that the beaches and the strandline are there. For next time." For now though, here's her story of this time. Reflections on solitude, taking life slowly and [...]

Ness Botanic Gardens: In the Wilderness

Sarah's back from what's now become her annual sea kayaking expedition to the Outer Hebrides (blog post on the way), but clearly hasn't had enough of being outside most of the time yet. So today we went to the Wilderness. As you'll see it wasn't really a wilderness, but that's what it called itself on [...]

My Favorite Picture of You

Early morning in a now quiet university library, most of the students gone for the summer, thinking about a Guy Clark song. Not what I'm supposed to be here for but when a song gets into your head what else can you do but go with it? It's called 'My Favorite Picture of You' and [...]