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, […]

Still Bill: On appreciating Bill Withers

I don’t write as much about music on this blog as I’d thought I would when I started it nearly five years ago. But I want to write briefly about it today because lately I’ve been thinking about Bill Withers and listening to a lot of his music. Let’s go back to the last time […]

Walking down to the Royal Infirmary

A blog post from a little over three years ago here, where I looked at how our major hospitals are woven into the life and death fabric of our lives. And wondered whether Carillion would be up to the job. My opinion now is that the people and companies of Liverpool should be finishing the […]

A modest plot of Earth

On Wednesday evening this week we celebrated Sarah’s birthday on her own modest plot of Earth, her allotment that she’s been renting from the City Council for fourteen years or so now. We’ll return to see how the celebrating went later in the post. The next day we set out to continue celebrating Sarah’s birthday […]

Liverpool International Music Festival, 2014

In which our writer, who can barely hear at the moment, goes to a Record Fair and a Music Festival. Confession time, I haven’t been feeling very well for well over two months now. Meaning that some of the larger events from this summer in Liverpool have gone entirely unobserved by this blog. I just […]

The re-entry of vinyl into Bold Street

You can’t celebrate Liverpool’s Bold Street enough, in my opinion. I know I made a fuss of it at the Bold Street Festival last autumn, but really it’s a festival down here every day. Though Sains***y and T***o have opened outposts here in the last couple of years most of the street remains cheerfully chain […]