It’s not that kind of day

Another full on lockdown has begun then. Overdue and incompetent in its calling and leaving us entirely dependent on the vaccines to ever get us out of it. A country that literally couldn’t organise track and trace to save its own lives now needs to organise a logistical miracle. So it’s a day for not …

Dreaming Like Praying: At the turning of the year

It’s a great big field on a great big hill very close to where we live, and it’s great for sunsets. Especially now the year’s turning. On this day before the shortest day, late on a Sunday afternoon, it’s time for a walk to the park we all call The Mystery round here. For some …

One Song: For love is strong as death

Years ago at this time of year we would vote between us for our favourite things. We being me, Sarah and my daughter Clare. Looking back on the year nearly gone we’d remember and vote on various categories like our “shop of the year, best film, top book and one song.” And I was particularly …

The Year of Living Quietly

An annual tradition is starting to happen. The ‘looking back on the year’ articles in newspapers, on websites and blogs such as this. Which is what has started me writing, sat here in Liverpool early on this Saturday. With Elizabeth Alker on Radio 3 playing me into the morning as she so often has, this …

Deathscapes and the Future

This, the latest in the continuing series of podcasts Abi O’Connor and I are producing is about death, and particularly deathscapes. Those places where we take our dead. Places of remembering and other cultural significances, but also places of political geography as we now know from our interview for this podcast with Cameron Byron. Cameron …

Visiting the Life and Photography of Linda McCartney

This was wonderful and just the right and special sort of thing to be the centrepiece of a longed for summer’s day out. I’d had to book, and my ticket said I could turn up any time at the Walker Art Gallery, as long as it was between 10:00 and 10:29am. So by 9:00 I’d …