In The Gallery

Today has been my birthday, kind of. Which is to say it won’t be my real birthday for two days yet. But who wants a birthday on a Monday in January? Not me for a kick-off. So Sarah and I celebrated it today with a day out in a gallery, the Lady Lever in Port […]

Outside, after all of that

“Work as if you live in the earlier days of a better nation” Alasdair Grey All the way through a sunny day’s walking those words rumbled round my head. Quoted earlier on in one of many tweets regretting the death of the great Scottish author and artist. “In the earlier days of a better nation” […]

Farewell Eleanor

A post mainly of interest to anyone who’s ever been one of the humans connected to the Eleanor Rathbone Building at the University of Liverpool over the past fifty years or so. Probably quite a lot of us then? Also, a suggestion for what the new building most of us are moving into might be […]

Both Sides of the River

Today was the sort of early morning that looked like it would turn into a bright cold day. The kind of day that would be good for taking photographs. So I decided to make this record of my day, a day on both sides of the river. I left the house about 7:10 and the […]

Life After Life: The writing of fiction

During the late summertime of this year I wrote the first fiction I have ever written and submitted it as my dissertation for the MA in sociology I was then completing. Now, in early November, I’ve found this quote at the end of the novel I’ve just finished reading which would have inspired me had […]

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 […]