From Wavertree to Walton: via Granby?

This might very well have never once occurred to you. But say you wanted to get from Wavertree, just by the Mystery, to a meeting in Granby and then to Walton to meet a friend, and you’d decided to walk all the way, how would you do it? Well as I say, it might never …

We Live Here: A Portrait of Liverpool

It feels like ages since I’ve done this. Spent a whole day walking round Liverpool for the sheer love, joy and appreciation of doing it. Visiting some favourite places, seeing some favourite people and, all in all, having one perfect day. With occasional observations. Let’s go. I was with a friend who’s recently come to …

Walking Into Stanley Park

This is my baby park, the place that first defined the word ‘park’ for me. I was born across the road in Diana Street, on the Walton side of the park and I’m often here still. Walking round, reading, meeting people and just being. The park’s in good shape, much used and loved these days …

Home as a Human Right: Ten Thoughts

On believing in everyone having a secure home as a human right.  This is roughly the text of my talk to the Liverpool Walton Constituency Labour Party on the evening of 22nd May 2018. ✹ From a lifetime working in and around housing and communities and at the request of the Walton Constituency Labour Party …

Walking Home: A meditation

In a troubled world the freedom to walk home & know it will be there is not to be taken lightly. It will soon be Christmas Day and many people are thinking of home. Walking home, sailing home, even flying home. Getting home come what may. So I’d already decided that for my Sunday walk …

A halcyon summer’s day in Stanley Park

An idyllic Sunday afternoon this in one of Liverpool’s loveliest places. When I was little Stanley Park was just ‘the park’ as we lived right next to the Walton side of it. And this past year I’ve been happy to renew my acquaintance with it as I’ve been spending so much time in North Liverpool. …