Neighbourhoods walked


The Foxes of West Kilburn

My desk overlooks the West Coast Main Line as it approaches Euston station through London’s inner suburbs of West Kilburn, between Kensal Green and Queen’s Park. Every evening, as the light begins to fade and photography gets difficult, the fox family emerge from their den, hidden in the scruffy overgrown […]


Rouge on a corpse: Salford Chapel Street

[fimg id=7686943798] Three years ago I was passing through Manchester on the way from Edinburgh to Snowdonia. Took an evening stroll down Salford’s Chapel Street: the main A6 road from Salford Central to the rest of the borough. [fimg id=7686934180 size=Medium][fimg id=7686955464 size=Medium] They had just completed a Kensington High […]


Uncanny Valley

[fimg id=7898931946] On a small wooded peninsula where there estuaries of the Dwyryd and Glaslyn meet at Penrhyndeudraeth south of Porthmadog in the foothills of Snowdonia in the kingdom of Gwynedd, you can find the Uncanny Valley. [fimg id=8109810684 size=Small320][fimg id=7898932690 size=Small320][fimg id=7433038250 size=Small320] [fimg id=7898931022 size=Small320][fimg id=7537408250 size=Small320][fimg id=7898932146 […]


The dismal town of Yeovil

[fimg id=5199427355] It’s difficult to find a nice thing to say about Yeovil, the nearest proper town to where I grew up. [fimg id=4812836025 size=Medium][fimg id=5109934983 size=Medium] But I could go on at length about the awfulness of it. The miserable generic shopping precincts with a skin of decaying and […]


Boston, six years ago

[fimg id=178034202] I was at a conference in Boston, Massachusetts, when the East Coast of the United States flooded in June 2006. [fimg id=360684535 size=Medium][fimg id=178035141 size=Medium] Boston wasn’t badly hit with flooding, but it did spend a few days covered in fog and puddles. [fimg id=178040310] I’d only just […]


White Christmas

[fimg id=5350191026] At Christmas it snowed in Dorset. It doesn’t often snow in Dorset. When it does, everyone gets out to use it while it lasts. [fimg id=5356543295] Goes sledging in the steep sheep fields. [fimg id=5388189111 size=Medium][fimg id=5439069445 secret=124b68df5c size=Medium] Flattening the snow on the paths through the woods. […]