Grids

Have you ever looked at the grids in your street, really looked at them? Thought not, so we’ve had a look for you. At least we have if you happen to live in any of four roads in New Brighton or a few more back over in Liverpool. And what’s more our inspection was carried […]

Walking Through Time

Each morning, early, I would leave the place where I was staying and walk through time, all day. All of the days of the late summertime coming into autumn. I had work to do and the work got done, writing work that required so much walking, thinking and asking for help. “What was this like […]

Evensong in Autumn

Time in Holy Cross Church on the Woodchurch Estate and Flaybrick Memorial Gardens, Birkenhead, on National Heritage Weekend. The practice of Evensong is apparently something early Christians derived from the Jewish faith, where prayers are offered for particular times of the day. I know this because Sarah and I spent our late Sunday afternoon this […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’m Not Reading Enough: A Confession

I’m not reading enough. Early on a Friday evening I’m sat here at home in the room where I mostly write these blog posts, writing happily. Joni Mitchell’s singing over in the corner. I’d call it ‘in the background’ except it isn’t. Joni’s singing good and loud: ‘The guy at the gas pumps he’s got […]