The Emergence of the Allium

They’re a kind of onion are the allium. So maybe it sounds mundane to say I’ve had my heart lifted here at the allotment this morning by the emergence of a bunch of onions. But that’s the truth. They haven’t suddenly emerged, of course, and have clearly been on their way for a few weeks …

From Granby: In the Winter Garden

It’s a very rainy early Saturday morning here in Liverpool on the kind of day where it looks like the rain’s not going to stop. Which will be good for the allotment garden where I spend so much of my time both writing and gardening these days, though I don’t think I’ll be going there …

Lovely To See You Again

This was such a lovely day doing things that wouldn’t have felt so extraordinary a few months ago, but now feel like the essence of life. The day began like so many now do at the allotment where my friend Gillian arrived for a visit. I hadn’t seen her since February, though she had sent …

Talking Granby 4 Streets

I was just about to do something which I’ve done occasionally for several years now, which is send a friend a link to this film, when I realised I’d never actually posted the film on this blog. So here it is, ‘Talking Granby 4 Streets.’ An essential part of telling the story of Granby that …

Looking For Utopia: A Beginning

A presentation of early progress in my PhD research, given at the University of Liverpool on the 19th May 2019. In which telling the story like an actual story becomes my thing. “The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into out hearts and our brains.” Paul Simon: “Train in the Distance” I want …

On A Halçyon Day

I’ve always loved that word. Happiness, golden, idyllic it means. A perfect remembrance of times past, even if the times were only yesterday. This was my yesterday. A day off from working in a time of quite hard work, enjoyable though it’s mostly turning out to be, this University life. But stretching my brain all …