Music to Write By

I've done a lot of writing this year and only some of it on here and whilst at home. Much more often my writing gets done in and around the University of Liverpool in libraries and some other writing spaces I've found (finding that I do my best writing if I move around now and [...]

The Lifeblood of a City: This Liverpool

A perfect public transport system? Run by and for the people? Some ideas. That was was good. Yesterday evening, sat talking down at Baltic Creative about the future of our city, this Liverpool. About good ideas, failed initiatives, big data, people and time. And as is my usual these days, what with studying its history [...]

Walking to Kitty’s Launderette

This was always going to be a good day, so I wanted to make sure I enjoyed it as much as possible. This day in May 2019 when Kitty's Launderette opened. The day Kitty's opened. Sorting the photographs. After three years of having their idea, raising investments, designing and art, social and testing it out [...]

Looking For Utopia: A Beginning

A presentation of early progress in my PhD research, given at the University of Liverpool on the 19th May 2019. In which telling the story like an actual story becomes my thing. “The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into out hearts and our brains.” Paul Simon: “Train in the Distance” I want [...]

On A Halcyon Day

I've always loved that word. Happiness, golden, idyllic it means. A perfect remembrance of times past, even if the times were only yesterday. This was my yesterday. A day off from working in a time of quite hard work, enjoyable though it's mostly turning out to be, this University life. But stretching my brain all [...]

Are We Approaching the End of Cash?

If we're coming towards the end of cash, how are some of us going to be able to pay for things? A few times this past week I've given some people some money, like so many of us do. A few pound coins usually or, less usually, a note where I judge a note might [...]