We’re so easily called away: Appreciating Ram

When Paul and Linda McCartney’s ‘Ram’ album came out in May 1971 I was seventeen years old and had hardly any money. But my Saturday job in a supermarket meant I’d have just enough to get the bus to town and go up to Probe Records in Clarence Street to buy it the morning it […]

Good Day Sunshine

“I need to laugh and when the sun is out I’ve got something I can laugh about” My last post on here was no laughing matter. ‘Shadow Days’ was written at the beginning of what turned out to be the best part of a week of fairly deep depression. A depression that has now lifted […]

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. […]

The pleasures of walking aimlessly

Leaving the house today with my walking boots on I don’t, as so often, know where I’m going. But walking down the road I decide I’ll get on the first bus that comes, get off it as soon as I see something interesting, and start meandering round from there. I’m in luck, the bus is […]

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 […]

And here I’ll stay

My post the other day on ’10 things I’ve learned from ‘A year to live’ carried the unsurprising news, to anyone who knows me and/or reads this blog, that I’ll be living in Liverpool for the rest of my life. “I am happy where I am. I know I will never go to Machu Picchu, […]