Lost and Found

A story of a place lost and one about to be found again. Mourning somewhere gone, with photographs found years ago in the Liverpool Central Library, which opens its doors once again, this Friday. The Library closed for major regeneration works three years ago. And since then, its archive of historical photographs has had to be […]


Catching up on things in and around our world, the evolving story of life. Is it another cold Spring, or a late Winter? Hard to tell, but the light’s increasing by the day, so the crocuses are out, the blossoms are beginning, and therefore I think it’s fair to say that, on balance, it’s Spring. […]

And in the morning, afterwards

What a day. Let’s remind ourselves of its significance with the words of David Conn, the Guardian journalist who has waited so long to be able to write this: “Since the Hillsborough independent panel published its report on 12 September, blowing away the myths and police lies about how 96 people died at the FA Cup semi-final […]

The story of A Sense of Place: An interlude

As I thought about and started to write this it was early December 2012. The time of the year when people are starting to think and ask about ‘What have been the best things?’ In fact, someone had just asked. And amongst much else, this has been one of the best things of the year. […]

Housing in Liverpool, and me: 1975-1981

Some more memories of my early days in housing, following my experiences in Liverpool City Council earlier in the 70s. More like a campaign than working. So it’s late 1975 and I’ve finally managed to talk my way into Liverpool Housing Trust. I’m still at University, but my sociology degree isn’t taking up all of my […]

Granby 4 Streets, what’s going on?

And so the news we’ve been expecting for a week now has broken this morning. “LIVERPOOL Council bosses have pulled the plug on a £25m scheme to regenerate derelict housing in the city. Marc Waddington’s article in the Liverpool Echo confirms that the latest possibility in the long struggle for justice and refurbishment of the last […]