We’re all at the Open University now

My Uncle Danny was the first obviously clever adult I knew. Which doesn’t imply that the others were stupid, not at all. But while they all got on with the way life was in the 1950s and 60s Danny was always restless. A dreaming sort of human wanting something else from his life that he …

The Art of Sociology?

Some fieldnotes left here for me to think more about later. The sort of thing I’d always intended to use the academic section of the website for but haven’t much got around to so far. Linked to some thoughts about literature and good writing in the previous post on here. I’ve been thinking about sociology …

Reading “The Versions of Us”

Let’s nor split hairs, beat around the bush or dance on the head of a pin here, as if we would, but this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. This being “The Versions of Us” by Laura Barnett. A triptych of a book that plays with time and reality in three versions …

A Year on the Allotment

A year ago now, as 2020 was arriving, Sarah and I had spent most of our Christmas working on her allotment. Digging out, restructuring and getting her plot of Liverpool land ready for a productive year. Taking advantage of the short amount of time when hardly anything is growing to get various pieces of work …

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 …

The Art of Conversation: Series One

Sustainable and Resilient Cities, Liverpool: The complete Series One In a year of precious few unexpected joys this has been an unexpected joy. The making of a whole series of podcasts with my friend Abi O’Connor that we’ve both enjoyed working on so much that we’ve already started Series Two. Which will begin soon. But …