Looking For Utopia: A Beginning

A presentation of early progress in my PhD research, given at the University of Liverpool on the 19th May 2019. In which telling the story like an actual story becomes my thing. “The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into out hearts and our brains.” Paul Simon: “Train in the Distance” I want […]

Rhubarb, rhubarb!

It began early this morning on Twitter, with a story from over the weekend by Ruth Ibegbuna, about a tussle she witnessed and then joined in with over discounted food, in a supermarket in Batley. And it included a particularly determined scrap over some Rhubarb Crumble, which led to this blog post, in the way […]

On a Saturday Morning

I’m going to add this one to my university ‘Fieldnotes’ collection of blog posts. Not because it deals with anything particularly academic, but because it’s about taking time off. Something that’s turning out to be more essential to this new learning phase of my life than I thought it was going to be. I’d known […]

The Waters of Mars: Seeing Like a Rover

Talking about Janet Vertesi’s book, in a travelling across the solar system and going into orbit around the Red Planet kind of way. I’ve always been fascinated by Mars. Not quite for as long as I can remember, but nearly. About seven years old I had a book about the Solar System, which I would […]

These Early Mornings

I love these early mornings,Before the rest of the world wakes upAnd the sun’s still thinking about it.I think more freely and don’t worry at all,It’s still too early you see?In this free time, while no one’s watching. I love this early thinkingBefore an idea settles down,When it might yet go anywhereAnd the morning’s still […]

Learning the Craft

Some more words and reflections on how things are going with my work, my imagination and this learning. Today is a structure day for the final essay in what I think I’ll look back on as ‘the first three’. The three I’ll have written over these three weeks or so while Christmas and the New […]