Of Time and the Season

A question from a friend and then writing all this brings me to the realisation that I’m perfectly fine with Christmas. A harmless old tradition that brings people together around sparkly lights and a warm fire. It’s the shopping I can’t and won’t abide. This morning my friend Barry threw a question out to the […]

In Liverpool: Along Park Road

A brisk, bright but very cold day for a walk into town to do some record shopping. ‘The temperature will feel like zero’ Sarah helpfully tells me. Passing on the information from her phone which often gives her comedy weather forecasts seemingly gathered by someone looking out of a window. Undeterred I go out anyway. Not […]

In Liverpool: On National Libraries Day

Well where else would I go on such a day? I’ve spent the last couple of Saturdays working in my local library. I love to go there when I want to really concentrate on writing something. I love too the serendipity of finding what I didn’t even know I was looking for when accidentally sat […]

Great bus journeys of the world: A sampler

You’ll remember sampler albums of course, especially if you’re of a certain age. Budget priced LPs which gathered together the best of a label’s acts, one track apiece. Well this post is like all of them ‘You can all join in’ and ‘Rock machine turns you on’ sort of albums. Except it’s a sampler of […]

A Liverpool gem, Princes Road Synagogue

Liverpool is packed with architectural interest. But one particular gem I’d never been to until relatively recently is one of our finest. The Princes Road Synagogue in Liverpool 8. You last saw pictures of it in the fog last week. Today, we’re going inside this magnificent gothic basilica. It was designed by Edinburgh architect brothers, […]