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My #notwestminster journey

On Saturday 7th February 2015 I helped to bring around 80 people together in Huddersfield for Local Democracy for Everyone – We’re not in Westminster any more. This blog is about how (and why) I got here… Continue reading

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The Titanic: it’s not the watch, it’s the story

“A good story can prolong itself indefinitely.” [Steven Biel, “Down with the Old Canoe”] RMS Titanic was 882 1/2 feet long and 92 1/2 feet wide. From keel to boat deck she was 97 feet tall, and her enormous bulk … Continue reading

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Saving Newsome Mills (part three): If you’re not on the list…

Most evenings I make the short walk from my family home on Hart Street to the house nearby that I live in now. Tonight, as usual, I walked through the mill yard (which is present day Ruth Street). The clocks … Continue reading

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Saving Newsome Mills (part two): The day the sun came out

On 7th November 2007, I made a pact with Newsome Mill. I promised to keep it standing, in exchange for it not falling down on my head. We would do our best to keep each other safe. It was a … Continue reading

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Saving Newsome Mills (part one): Tenterhooks

On 6th November 2007, the last remaining weaving sheds at Newsome Mills lost their roof. This incident has taken its place in the sad sequence of loss and neglect which forms the modern history of the most prominent building in … Continue reading

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On not giving up (for Lent)

My vegetable love should grow Vaster than empires, and more slow. [“To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell] I spent two whole days this week agitating over my inability to get five bunches of daffodils to open. This was somehow … Continue reading

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Knowing your place

“The second law of Herodotus, pertaining not only to history but also to human life, is that human happiness never remains long in the same place.” [Travels with Herodotus, Ryszard Kapuscinski]  How does a neighbourhood hang on to its happiness? The … Continue reading

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