Reading Differently

I haven’t written much on this blog in these last few weeks, though I have done a lot of writing of the PhD I’m working on. That’s where I’ve been. Long and early mornings of writing in the polytunnel where I mostly work, followed by afternoons of walking, thinking and reading. Sometimes academic kinds of …

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 …

From Peloton: An Agile book delivery

I’m having a gap in time that’s so far lasted the whole of a morning in the backyard of our house in Wavertree, the house we’re not leaving. It’s a Monday, it turns out, and a bank holiday too. Which I’d not been expecting as it’s only two weeks since the banks last had a …

Home Life During a Pandemic

22nd May – Week 9 This morning, like most Fridays since Lockdown was imposed, I began a vague kind of background thinking about what I might write for Saturday’s weekly virus report. It would be the ninth in the series and so as I sat down with my notebook out on our back step, I …

Welcome to Bold Street

A few short weeks ago I wrote an imaginary blog post about a wished for day when public transport in our wider Liverpool works better than it does now and our city is no longer dominated by cars. While I’m still waiting for most of what I wrote about to come true, a small part …

Sky Blue Black Vinyl Day

The sort of perfect day when no self respecting camera should be left in its bag. Fully charged up we go¬†out, to a feast of colour and record shops. But then all visits to Granby these last five years and more have been social visits. Where our conversations with each other have created the future. …