To Granby: On a Utopian Morning

This was a utopian morningPast the housing place I worked in all that time ago,Walking with my university friends,Strikers all.Across where the M62 didn’t arrive in LiverpoolYet blighted what it didn’t touch.Daffodils in the shiny winter rainLighting up the reciting of the ancient words of Shelter,Words like trouble and disaster.But this was not disaster, not […]

L8 Weekend: The Beginning of Spring

Springtime isn’t necessarily a journey to the countryside, it might be just around the corner from wherever you are. The first weekend of February, here in Northern Britain, isn’t when you’d leap to the thought that springtime has begun. But in it’s own many thousands of small ways it has. And over a weekend of […]

Granby 4 Streets: We Are The Future

Sitting here looking at the photographs I’ve taken of Granby Street Market today, colour intensified like my memories, I’m struck by how ordinary this can all seem now it happens every month. But also how it’s definitely not ordinary at all. Every month now, more or less, I come here for the social life. Not […]

The Green They Only Get Around About Now

I seem to be feeling more than a bit reflective today, helped by the springtime. The trees turning that green they only get around about now, but which does happen each year. The reassurance of the new. That spring will come, whatever else we do, spring will come. And this spring day was a particular […]

One Day in Three Places

This first day of ┬áDecember, one day in three places, began wet but not quite raining as I left the house to go to Granby. After many years as one of my main working places Granby is now purely social for me, though no less loved. On the first Saturday of most months I go […]

Living, Thinking, Looking: A day to myself

In Granby Street by now The gazebos will be rising Like smiles to meet the day I’m up and out early looking forward to a day to myself, a day with no appointments of any kind to do exactly and only what I feel like. Mostly walking and reading then, but also calling in on […]