Walking to Work: now work's not the main priority

My PhD work is about utopia and its related concepts. One of which, a dystopian time of unknown duration has now begun, and so can’t go without mention here in what might well end up being field notes for an eventual thesis. Written from within what might turn out to be the long now of […]

Early Morning in the Library

I like it here, early in the morning when there’s hardly anybody else around yet, just some librarians and me. Off the early bus, now there’s light in the mornings, and up the stairs to my place on the second floor. Which is not really my place, but it always is this early in the […]

To Granby: On a Utopian Morning

This was a utopian morningPast the housing place I worked in all that time ago,Walking with my university friends,Strikers all.Across where the M62 didn’t arrive in LiverpoolYet blighted what it didn’t touch.Daffodils in the shiny winter rainLighting up the reciting of the ancient words of Shelter,Words like trouble and disaster.But this was not disaster, not […]

On a Train to Utopia: In Manchester

Written as I moved around during the day and published on the evening of the same day, some field notes from utopia. 9:15 – Liverpool, Lime Street I’m on my way to Utopia, or at least some versions of it that are in an exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. Having a Saturday out […]

Outside, after all of that

“Work as if you live in the earlier days of a better nation” Alasdair Grey All the way through a sunny day’s walking those words rumbled round my head. Quoted earlier on in one of many tweets regretting the death of the great Scottish author and artist. “In the earlier days of a better nation” […]

Farewell Eleanor

A post mainly of interest to anyone who’s ever been one of the humans connected to the Eleanor Rathbone Building at the University of Liverpool over the past fifty years or so. Probably quite a lot of us then? Also, a suggestion for what the new building most of us are moving into might be […]