“Brief Lives” & two perfect paragraphs

I’m not sure if you’re supposed to do this really. Include whole paragraphs as quotations on a blog post about a particular book. But they’re such a perfect bookends to everything in between them that I’m going to go ahead and do just that anyway. ✹ Since Kate Rodenhurst and I wrote our joint piece, […]

In Aigburth: Liverpool’s Magdalene Laundry?

  “I lived in that grim old House of Providence for five years and my mother worked in the laundry. I was able to obtain information from Nugent care only to find some of the details were incorrect. Children had to leave at the age of 5. I wasn’t adopted so we had to leave […]

A Sunday Circular Stroll

There will be a glorious sunset later on. But today’s follow up to Saturday’s Smithdown Stroll starts on an ordinary, grey sort of day. One of my favourite kind. So here we go, off out for more aimless & pointless wandering around Liverpool. It’s what I do. Mushrooms and spinach in filo pastry, which I’ll […]

Further Adventures in Aigburth

A (splendid) late breakfast with a friend here, ended with me setting off on another of my random walks down the far south end of Liverpool. Previous Aigburth walks have featured the suspected Magdalene Laundry we didn’t want and the planned Aigburth Docks we never got. Let’s set off up a road I don’t think I’ve […]

Around Lark Lane

Thought I’d be working today but, to my own surprise I got something finished a day earlier than expected, so? It’s Friday, the sky is blue, let’s go! Not a particularly long Friday Walk in terms of miles this one, but it covers nearly 40 years of my life. The terraced house in Wavertree where […]

The Gift

Today I want to show you something exquisite. A gift to us, the people of Liverpool, from early in the 20th Century. As you can see from those opening times, the library is already suffering from austerity politics. No evening opening and closed altogether 3 days a week. But things might be about to get […]