One day: A portrait of Wavertree

Just agreed with Damien John Kelly House on Wavertree High Street, there will be another one of these Stories of Wavertree walks on Wednesday 30th June. It’s specially for them but, like this one was, all are welcome. ❄︎ This was a Strikeout Walk for the University College Union, currently in dispute with Liverpool University …

A local miracle

While the news keeps coming in from India of the dire situation there, with new virus diagnoses running at well over 300,000 a day and where deaths have passed 200,000, I got up this morning and walked to our local version of a miracle, just to get things in perspective. Out to a large hall …

Nearly done, from Gargrave to Bingley: Section 13

This was lovely. Several days together, walking along our canal again, through the sun and rain and Yorkshire, in perfect peace. To get to here in Bingley Sarah and I have walked a hundred and eleven miles along this canal together, and we’re nearly done. Another sixteen miles will take us all the way into …

On being a Social Scientist: In public

It’s very early on a Saturday morning here in Liverpool and I’m listening to Elizabeth Alker on Radio 3 like I always do. She’s on gloriously peaceful early morning form and has already played a jazz version of Nick Drake’s ‘River Man’ that would charm any passing angels. So all’s well and idyllic here except …

Peeling Back the Busyness

Some thoughts about afterwards, for when we get there. Not that I think this is over, not for a minute, but I keep thinking about ‘afterwards’ and what could make it better than before. It’s kind of my job, as someone who spends so much of his time these days studying sociology, to talk about …

Something is Happening Here…

And you don’t know what it is, do you Mr Old Style Economy? When Bob Dylan wrote the song I’m clearly riffing around to get this short article going, his inserted name was a ‘Mr Jones.’ A fictional catch-all for everyone standing in the way of the youth revolution that looked like it might be …