The Emperor’s New Clothes?

Or, climate, politics and what really matters. For a long time I’ve been intending t0 write my own version of my favourite story on here, the cautionary tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes, though I’ve never quite got round to that or it’s intended follow-up, my second favourite story, Chicken-Licken. But I’ll often think of […]

The Anthropocene and the History of Now

Not wishing to worry anyone unduly, what with all this Brexit ‘driving the country off the edge of a cliff’ stuff going on. But have you heard about the anthropocene? I certainly hadn’t until I went to a history lecture early in December. I’d heard a threatening sounding song on Nick Cave’s last album called […]

Sunshower on Hope Street

I remember summer rain Warm and temporary, no threat to a summer’s day Sometimes a relief back then A brief cooling with no need for shelter. In fact I remember showers Well enough to appreciate them now Briefly sparkling in the autumn sun On Hope Street between the cathedrals. But these are mostly memories From […]

The Winter Trees

The day before this walk we’d all watched in horror as much of the north of England was flooded after days of the heavy rain we’re becoming used to as our climate changes. Thinking about this and after my standard but understandable rant about our useless govermnent, it’s failures on climate change and its fawning over […]

In the kitchen

It’s been a busy week for me. Much talking in cafés. Partly work, partly friendship and what’s the difference anyway? Much riding round on buses of course. Then yesterday in London talking buses, people and mentoring once again at social enterprise HCT. Then I’m working tomorrow, Saturday too. Doing a conference about housing and health at […]

Half-life?

For the third of this week’s posts about our holiday on Anglesey we’re going on a walk, on a Nature Trail, unlike any walk either of us has been on before.The sunshine of the last two idyllic days of cliff walking, lighthouse climbing and wildflower exploring has gone, so it’s a cloudy Monday morning as […]