Smithdown Social Club

Introducing New Ideas Your help needed to turn a former Conservative Club into something a good deal better. For all the time I’ve lived where I do, which is getting on close to thirty years now, there’s been an old conservative club just across Smithdown, at the top end of Crawford Avenue. I don’t think […]

On Smithdown: Walking Home

Sometimes you just want to walk. After a day’s thinking, conversation and writing, you just want to walk. It’s dark now, like it’s mostly dark. The street lights not long turned off as I walked into university this morning. And now, I’d guess, they’ve been back on at least a couple of hours. ‘The darkling’ […]

On Smithdown: Off the buses

Since last writing on Monday I’ve walked in all week now and it’s been great. Forty minutes from home at the Penny Lane end then all the way along Smithdown Road’s ups and downs into the university. I got the bus one particularly early cold and wet morning, I’m not stupid, but other than that […]

In Liverpool: Those Three Sunny Days in April

If these were the only three sunny days we get they were great weren’t they? So I thought I’d write them down so I can remember them, later on. When the weather goes back to seeming like it’s colder than it used to be and it rains most days. It’s Saturday evening as I’m writing, […]

For the Love of Record Shops: Defend Vinyl

As Record Store Day 2018 approaches this weekend, an appreciation. I’m keen on high streets, as you may have noticed, reasoning they’re not only essential  for the well-being of our neighbourhoods but also in defining who we are and where we’re from. As in: ‘I’m Ronnie Hughes, I live just off Smithdown Road in Liverpool, […]

The High Street: How’s it doing, really?

A closely observed walk along a local hight street here in Liverpool, with statistics, to see and feel how it’s doing. Our high streets are in trouble. Some blame austerity politics, others supermarkets and more still the passage of time, saying we shop differently now. What’s in less doubt than these various causes is the […]