Category: Reportage

  • Just another book review … (contains spoilers)

    Just another book review … (contains spoilers)

    I recently read “High-Rise” by J G Ballard and thought I’d review it on …

  • Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall

    Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall

    Drawn by the first-ever lighting of the 70-mile monument from end to end, thousands of visitors filled every local car park, lay-by and footpath, while helicopters and a NASA satellite recorded the necklace of beacons from above. I played my part!

  • In the park

    In the park

    I had an appointment to get my laptop battery fixed. But before the appointment I ate a sandwich in Preston’s attractive, undulating Winckley Square park, within a square containing some fine original buildings. I recorded a few observations on my phone, transcribed below and now I can delete my recordings. As you read the few…

  • CAC and Centre Pompidou Màlaga

    CAC and Centre Pompidou Màlaga

    In December 2018 on a day when I was starting with “man ’flu“, I revisited CAC Màlaga for the Hernan Bas exhibition, and also ventured into Centre Pompidou Màlaga, for the first time. I’d been looking forward to that for a while. The last time I’d been to CAC was to see Vik Muniz’s “Wasteland” exhibition.…

  • Treasure Hunting

    Treasure Hunting

    I wrote this in 2013, when I was working in Alderley Edge. I was interested in geocaching [an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world…thanks Wikipedia!]…

  • Librivox


    How I learned to volunteer my voice on LibriVox the free audiobook provider for books in the Public Domain

  • I Feel Fine

    I Feel Fine

    A long time ago when I lived in the Midlands,  Mum and Dad used to go to a country club that was so posh it had its own hairdressers! And even more incredible to me… inside the hairdressers was a jukebox! The salon owner would give Dad the discarded singles whenever he put new ones into…

  • The Rolling Stones, Manchester 2018

    The Rolling Stones, Manchester 2018

    The Rolling Stones, truly legendary rock musicians, played a gig on 5 June 2018 and I was there in a humungous crowd. This is my review of a tumultuous event. Getting into the stadium … we had two and half hours to people-watch, until support act Richard Ashcroft came onstage with his band at 6:45pm.…

  • Borrow Box

    Borrow Box

    If your library closed in the recent council budget cuts you can still borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your library service online or via an app on your phone

  • Book review: “Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint’s Trunk”

    Book review: “Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint’s Trunk”

    You might enjoy my appreciation of Christina Hardyment’s book, “Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint’s Trunk” on But then you mightn’t. Well, you know what you’re like…