Walking Home: A meditation

In a troubled world the freedom to walk home & know it will be there is not to be taken lightly. It will soon be Christmas Day and many people are thinking of home. Walking home, sailing home, even flying home. Getting home come what may. So I’d already decided that for my Sunday walk […]

It’s Liverpool 1969: Growing Up In Granby

A while back something precious arrived in the post in Granby from Nick Hedges. A CD full of photographs he’d taken in 1969 and soon after of life in Granby and around Liverpool 8 in those years. He said we could make whatever use of them we thought best, so I’m going to use a […]

Liverpool Pubs: A Personal Selection

Now in late August 2015 comes the news that the very seriously great Roscoe Head, featured below is in some danger. Therefore the people of Liverpool, including me of course, are gearing up to get it declared a community asset and then move towards some sort of buyout, along with the family who’ve ben running […]

The kindness of public librarians

I’ve often written about public libraries but not for some time. I have been spending a lot of time in them though lately, as I’ve been writing a book. It’s a book on the 50 year history of Liverpool Housing Trust, one of theĀ ‘Cathy Come Home’ era housing associations and a place where I first […]

Opera for Chinatown and Bold Street

This is hardly news. It’s all been there since last year, but I only noticed it yesterday as my south-end bus was diverted up Duke Street.Getting off the bus you don’t see it yet. This is ‘The Opera for Chinatown.’ It has been put together by ‘The Sound Agents’ and was part of a group […]

When the South Docks were dying

I am fascinated by Liverpool’s docks. As well I might be, since there would be no Liverpool without them. The idea of a commercial wet dock controlled by floodgates was invented here in 1715 after all, and all of our subsequent prosperity, for good and ill, flowed from that. As a boy, growing up in […]