The ‘wayther’ was too strong! Recently, the 1930s infrastructure around this part of the world was just not up to it. In the battle between Yorkshire weather and ageing pipework, there was only ever going to be one victor. Hyperbole aside, over the last few days the neighbourhood has had sporadic water / no water … More Rain stopped play… #RochdaleStoryTrail
My dad is a radio engineer. He is an old school valve prodder, soldering master, and motherboard fixer. In the early 1990s my dad managed a small CB Radio maintenance company located somewhere along the M6. This was in the dying days of Citizens Band radio, just around the time when the recession was at its worst. … More From “Five by Five” to “Muggles”: the language of geocaching #RochdaleStoryTrail #ThursdayThoughtsDay
Fragments, Fault Lines: “Thought Shrapnel”* When you’re young you’re bombarded by: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. Aged ten, I was torn between a vet (All Creatures Great and Small the TV show that had multiple demographic appeal in the 1980s being a major influence here) and a geologist. It was the … More Rock, dale.
I went to a brilliant conference at the beginning of September. (The write up of which is saved in Blog drafts.) It reinforced that what I’m doing complements other ways of considering the ecology of places, landscapes, water courses, conservation, humans and wild spaces. I was, and am, inspired. But then I got home to … More Week in, week out. Breathe in. Out.
On Tuesday I travelled to the University of York for the Arts and Humanities Research Council‘s first Common Ground Event. As you will see from the link, it was an exceptionally ambitious and dynamic programme, which could have been spread across a Glastonbury Festival‘s worth of days (but without the mud, dubious dancing, and Coldplay). While … More “A common treasury for all”: reflections on the AHRC Common Ground Event
Last night I was honoured to be invited to watch young people who live in and around the Rochdale borough. These young people had some incredible stories to share. They were children seeking asylum, foster children, and young people who may struggle with mental health distress. They told their tales through music, song, comic strip, Powerpoint … More ‘The Stories We Could Tell’ – using art to share, to heal, to change