The months drifted by, and to complete my plan to walk the Mersey from source to the sea I still had the section from Warrington down to Widnes to do. On what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far, four of us set out on a walk through 250 years of … Continue reading Walking the Mersey: Along Sankey Brook to Widnes
Photographs of anonymous female workers at Tredegar iron works in the 1860s From this foul drain the greatest stream of human industry flows out to fertilise the whole world. From this filthy sewer pure gold flows. Here humanity attains its most complete development and its most brutish; here civilisation works its miracles, and civilised man is … Continue reading All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: ‘from this filthy sewer pure gold flows’
This leg of the walk along the Mersey from its source to the sea was a pleasant surprise. For here the river winds its way through one of the densest stretches of conurbation in Britain – a tangle of suburban housing, power lines, industrial estates, pullulating arterial roads and motorways, and railway lines. Walking here, … Continue reading Walking the Mersey: from Stockport to Sale
I enjoyed Danny Boyle’s ‘Isles of Wonder’ Olympic opening ceremony, pleasantly surprised to see a vision of Britain as a social democratic, caring, inclusive and tolerant place, the result of struggles by trade unions, suffragettes, CND protestors and those who campaigned for a welfare state smuggled in under the noses of corporate sponsors and a … Continue reading Danny Boyle’s Isles of Wonder: Paradise Lost?