You may have noticed that Rochdale has been in the media for not so salubrious reasons. Yesterday saw a scattering of (suspiciously) similar news articles released about Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council’s proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). These articles focused on a favourite moral panic: swearing. Here’s a selection if you missed it: The Guardian: Flocking hell: council plans to ban … More In the headlines: fines for swearing? WTF?!
Text to accompany poster for IALE UK 2016 conference. … More Does everywhere have stories? Does everywhere have “character”?
Last week, I gave a workshop on ‘Mapping Our Place’. This blog post reflects on the session and there are a few exercises that you may wish to try. The icebreaker did not quite go as well as planned; there was a bit of confusion as to passing on the meaning – this may have been to … More Mapping Our Place – writing exercises
Every time I visit Rochdale, or hear about Rochdale, or read about Rochdale, I learn more about the town. This could be a physical learning – the feel of the ground beneath my feet as I discover a new short cut to nip across town. (And that “oh right” moment when you realise that the … More Place-making, place making, placemaking: to hyphenate or not to hyphenate, that is the question?
The Match – the socio-spatial arrangement of a grass pitch (the stage), the terraces (seats for the audience in the round), an arrangement for the players to battle it out. The audience throw the name of the striker, defender, keeper and manager from their lips with spit and admiration. His name may be interchangeable over … More “Up the Dale!” – chanting for Rochdale