Tra-la-la-la-la-la

    Tra-la-la-la-la-la

    Read my review of Liverpool FC 2013/14 Season In Review: Poetry In Motion “Once Suarez had been secured by John W. Henry cutting through the haze and taking a piss in Arsenal’s bong-water, the club presented a united, ambitious front. The owners, manager and players all talked up their chances of success.”

    Oi, Labour – leave those LEPs alone!

    Oi, Labour – leave those LEPs alone!

    Read my critique of the Smith Institute’s proposals for local economic development Mess equals waste, the report argues. Yet governments waste a hell of a lot more cash and money in pursuit of an illusory order and perfect organisational tessellation. Image taken by me in Bromley by Bow. Mess equals waste, the report argues. Yet [...]

    Chewing over urban art

    Chewing over urban art

    Read my latest blog for New Start magazine “A tiny piece of art, rendered from rubbish. Temporary graffiti that in a few weeks will have been washed away by the rain or eaten by a philistine pigeon, unaware it is feasting on a work of micro-genius. And yet it opened my eyes to the craft [...]

    Red or Dead re-read

    Red or Dead re-read

    Read my review of David Peace’s epic novel about Bill Shankly for The Tomkins Times “Peace’s style becomes a red machine, working to full effect. “There was no shelter from the word”, Peace says, describing the impact of the sound created by the Kop on the opposition.” Lots of smart comments and thoughtful reflections from [...]

    Why is Margate under-selling itself?

    Why is Margate under-selling itself?

    Read my article for the Thanet Gazette on why Margate needs to make visitors feel more welcome Arriving in Margate recently, I was reminded of how terribly the town under-sells all the great things it has to offer. It’s like a shop full of beautiful artefacts that you can’t see for the dust and peeling [...]

    Who killed neighbourhood renewal?

    Who killed neighbourhood renewal?

    Read my blog for New Start: ‘Who killed neighbourhood renewal in England?’ “In this, as in so much else, Gordon Brown’s spell at Number 10 was a grim fandango of trampling arrogance and stumbling ineptitude.” Photo by Gethyn Williams at George Orwell’s home on the isle of Jura

    Is this Anfield?

    Is this Anfield?

    Read my piece for The Anfield Wrap on the Anfield regeneration proposals The club and the council are trying to do something very ambitious at a time when people’s faith in regeneration has been tested to destruction. In places like Anfield, ‘regeneration’ isn’t a promise: it’s a threat. Photo taken by me in Liverpool  

     Playing into the populists’ hands

    Playing into the populists’ hands

    Read my piece for New Start on opposition to the cuts “Accepting their premise, that people on benefits are hopelessly dependent on the state and have no resourcefulness or resilience of their own, does a deep disservice to people living in poverty.” Photo taken by me under Devons Road rail bridge

    London: From Punk to Blair

    London: From Punk to Blair

    Read my review of London: From Punk to Blair for 3:AM Magazine ” London pigeons, like their human counterparts, are often accused by pigeons from elsewhere in the country of thinking the world begins and ends in the capital. The London pigeons don’t care. They know the other pigeons are really just jealous.”  

    Tra-la-la-la-la-la
    Tra-la-la-la-la-la

    Read my review of Liverpool FC 2013/14 Season In Review: Poetry In Motion “Once Suarez had been secured by John W. Henry cutting through the haze and taking a piss in Arsenal’s bong-water, the club presented a united, ambitious front. The owners, manager and players all talked up their chances of success.”

    Oi, Labour – leave those LEPs alone!
    Oi, Labour – leave those LEPs alone!

    Read my critique of the Smith Institute’s proposals for local economic development Mess equals waste, the report argues. Yet governments waste a hell of a lot more cash and money in pursuit of an illusory order and perfect organisational tessellation. Image taken by me in Bromley by Bow. Mess equals waste, the report argues. Yet [...]

    Chewing over urban art
    Chewing over urban art

    Read my latest blog for New Start magazine “A tiny piece of art, rendered from rubbish. Temporary graffiti that in a few weeks will have been washed away by the rain or eaten by a philistine pigeon, unaware it is feasting on a work of micro-genius. And yet it opened my eyes to the craft [...]

    Red or Dead re-read
    Red or Dead re-read

    Read my review of David Peace’s epic novel about Bill Shankly for The Tomkins Times “Peace’s style becomes a red machine, working to full effect. “There was no shelter from the word”, Peace says, describing the impact of the sound created by the Kop on the opposition.” Lots of smart comments and thoughtful reflections from [...]

    Why is Margate under-selling itself?
    Why is Margate under-selling itself?

    Read my article for the Thanet Gazette on why Margate needs to make visitors feel more welcome Arriving in Margate recently, I was reminded of how terribly the town under-sells all the great things it has to offer. It’s like a shop full of beautiful artefacts that you can’t see for the dust and peeling [...]

    Who killed neighbourhood renewal?
    Who killed neighbourhood renewal?

    Read my blog for New Start: ‘Who killed neighbourhood renewal in England?’ “In this, as in so much else, Gordon Brown’s spell at Number 10 was a grim fandango of trampling arrogance and stumbling ineptitude.” Photo by Gethyn Williams at George Orwell’s home on the isle of Jura

    Is this Anfield?
    Is this Anfield?

    Read my piece for The Anfield Wrap on the Anfield regeneration proposals The club and the council are trying to do something very ambitious at a time when people’s faith in regeneration has been tested to destruction. In places like Anfield, ‘regeneration’ isn’t a promise: it’s a threat. Photo taken by me in Liverpool  

    Playing into the populists’ hands
     Playing into the populists’ hands

    Read my piece for New Start on opposition to the cuts “Accepting their premise, that people on benefits are hopelessly dependent on the state and have no resourcefulness or resilience of their own, does a deep disservice to people living in poverty.” Photo taken by me under Devons Road rail bridge

    London: From Punk to Blair
    London: From Punk to Blair

    Read my review of London: From Punk to Blair for 3:AM Magazine ” London pigeons, like their human counterparts, are often accused by pigeons from elsewhere in the country of thinking the world begins and ends in the capital. The London pigeons don’t care. They know the other pigeons are really just jealous.”  

    What legacy for East London?
    What legacy for East London?

    Read my New Start blog on how to build a positive Olympic legacy for East London The blog was based on an interview with regeneration expert and placemaker Ian Freshwater (@theaquafresca), and was part of New Start’s special focus on East London You can also download Tom Smith’s (@_datasmith) thought-provoking opening prezi here Thanks to [...]

    Language, love and ski slopes
    Language, love and ski slopes

    Read my piece for New Start on ‘Love, urbanism and a deadly ski slope’ Why hasn’t the British urbanism moveent captured people’s imagination? Maybe it’s because we don’t talk enough about people’s feelings. The image is the ‘Bridge of Locks’ in Paris, taken by me

    Co-op neighbourhoods
    Co-op neighbourhoods

    Download my contribution (PDF) to the Co-op Council Network’s pamphlet Towards co-operative councils: empowering people to change their lives This is my contribution to a collection of essays, edited by Kitty Ussher and Steve Reed MP with a preface from Ed Miliband.