A Girl Called Dusty

She was the first real live pop star I ever actually went to see, was Dusty Springfield. At the height of her magnificence and for my 13th birthday. Here’s the story. ✹ Something about her had always fascinated me when she’d turn up on our black and white television singing with The Springfields. I’d ignore […]

Out of Liverpool: Walking to Leeds Section 2

The second section of our walk along the whole of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. 127 miles to Leeds with 119 to go. On this day we cover the 8 miles from Aintree to Downholland Cross, walking out of Liverpool. Quality graffiti here. So today will we be Riders on the Storm who will Break on […]

For the Beauty of the Leaves

Feeling mildly down for no particualr reason, perhaps the darkening of the year or perhaps not, I decided to take a day completely off from working. It’s a privilege of being self-employed. The work will still get done, just not today. Today I walked around Liverpool. For the comfort and joy that always gives me, […]

Reasons to be cheerful: Right now

I miss Ian Dury like something I don’t have a clever similie for. Never mind a rhyme, which he would have done. I often stand in front of a problem or a situation and think ‘What would Ian think?’ Not that I’m like him. But I am. Not that I ever met him. But I […]

Liverpool 8: From the air

Much of today’s post will take place high up in the air and back in time. The highest peal of ringing bells on all of the Earth, a sign up here tells me. But the Cathedral is not our subject today, it’s merely a vantage point. Neither is our subject the magnificent views of the […]

Seeing Deaf School

At the Liverpool International Music Festival this week I saw an astonishing performance from one of the best bands I’ve ever seen in my life, Deaf School. And was surprised to realise I’ve been going to see Deaf School, with many a long gap, for the best part of 40 years. The first time we […]