‘I was there’ – My time on the Docks, Part 2

The second guest post from blog reader John Viggars today. A few weeks ago when photographer Tricia Porter graciously let me publish her 1970s ‘South Docks’ collection on here, one of the first comments on Twitter came from regular blog reader John Viggars who immediately said that most magical of all historical story phrases ‘I was there.’ He [...]

On knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing

  Thoughts from 2015. Who knows where these sayings come from? Anyway, Sarah and I are getting on with our now twenty years long and rising conversation about life and the living of it, when I come out with more or less the title of this piece. "The trouble is, they seem to know the price [...]

Like a friend dropping in?

Hoping the final edition of Yellow Pages hasn't just been delivered. It was never their slogan of course, it was the Manchester Evening News, but Yellow Pages arriving every year did used to feel like a friend dropping in. Welcome news about which plumbers were operating around here, who we could ring to unblock the [...]

‘I was there’ – My time on the Docks, Part 1

A guest post from blog reader John Viggars today. A couple of weeks ago when photographer Tricia Porter graciously let me publish her 1970s 'South Docks' collection on here, one of the first comments on Twitter came from regular blog reader John Viggars who immediately said that most magical of all historical story phrases 'I [...]

In Liverpool: Along Park Road

A brisk, bright but very cold day for a walk into town to do some record shopping. 'The temperature will feel like zero' Sarah helpfully tells me. Passing on the information from her phone which often gives her comedy weather forecasts seemingly gathered by someone looking out of a window. Undeterred I go out anyway. Not [...]

A day out in England

Living as we do in the semi-independent city state of Liverpool, Sarah and I enjoy the occasional day out in England. Having been some time since we visited the grand nob house of Chatsworth for Sarah's birthday today we motored through Cheshire and, just, into Staffordshire to visit the gardens at Biddulph Grange, between Congleton [...]