The Long and Winding Road

I keep singing the song quietly, I think, to myself. This week as things change for me and I set off on something new, I keep singing the song. It’s in me like bone, like heart and soul. Like it has been since I first heard it the best part of fifty years ago, and […]

On Penny Lane: In Remembrance

I’ve written on here before about Remembrance. Earlier this year in ‘The Great Silence’ I wrote about how the ideas for the grave of the Unknown Warrior and and the Great Silence were had, not by Generals or Prime Ministers, let alone Royalty, but by ordinary people. In so far as you can ever call […]

High Summer in South Liverpool

From today’s Friday Walk I want to show you somewhere that might surprise you. A land of leafy hidden lanes, shaded woodlands, rolling valleys, ancient houses, charming villages and verdant parkland. We will walk round a large area of a major city and be mostly well away from major roads. Welcome to South Liverpool. Years […]

The story of A Sense of Place 9: Put the message in the box

The wonderful thing that is ‘A Sense of Place’ continues in the writing of this blog and in the work I do. But the story of Sarah and I having the idea, leaving our jobs, getting going and changing our lives comes to its conclusion in this episode of our story. By early 2007 we are busier than […]

A Liverpool Odyssey: Walking home from Norris Green

Getting off the 62 bus at the junction of Muirhead Avenue and Lorenzo Drive I’m close to where Norris Green got started. There used to be a mansion house in here called Norris Green, owned by the Norris family (members of which you might have come across before on here slave trading and owning Speke […]

Great bus journeys of the world: the 62

Public service at its best. One bus that takes you to Wavertree, Old Swan, Tuebrook, West Derby, Norris Green, Croxteth, Fazakerley, Aintree, Walton, Bootle, Seaforth, Litherland, Waterloo and Crosby? That’ll be the 62 then, let’s go! Then along past West Derby and Croxteth Hall, where we went a few Saturdays ago. When I was little […]