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 […]

The erosion at Thurstaston

The cliffs at Thurstaston are a thing of great beauty. Made of eroding boulder clay, they are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and cannot be protected from erosion – it is the erosion that is important to their status. But the erosion is now proceeding faster than we’ve ever seen because of the extremely […]