The Waters of Mars: Seeing Like a Rover

Talking about Janet Vertesi’s book, in a travelling across the solar system and going into orbit around the Red Planet kind of way. I’ve always been fascinated by Mars. Not quite for as long as I can remember, but nearly. About seven years old I had a book about the Solar System, which I would […]

Where do the children play?

The day begins with breakfast. Not at home, as it does usually, but out somewhere. Get me, modern as well as urban. I’d been supposed to meet a friend but as she isn’t well enough this morning to come out to play I decide to go out anyway. It’s going to be a long cold […]

‘Liverpool in the 1980s’

  Dave Sinclair’s photographs make it look like a war zone. And Dave Sinclair’s photographs tell the truth. Liverpool in the 1980s felt like the front line of a war zone, a class war where a working class city stood up to a manifestly unfair and provocative Conservative government and fought for its survival. This […]

Walking with a camera

Walking with a camera is different from just walking. Me and Sarah found this many years ago when we’d run it as an exercise on the ‘Creativity’ courses we’d run back then. People would notice things they might normally miss and find beauty in unexpected places. Well I’ve carried on with this ‘exercise’ until it’s […]

In Liverpool: On my birthday

Due to some oversight at the Meteorological Office my birthday dawns brightly blue, and so the two friends are able to set out on a walk together. Still we’re not complaining. The day of my birth is usually marked by heavy leaden skies and sheets of sideways rain. So this feels almost springlike. There is […]