Welcome to the garden that is Granby 4 Streets in Liverpool 8.
This is Cairns Street. Its gardeners, ‘That Bloomin’ Green Triangle’ have have just won the Spirit of Merseyside Environmental Impact Award for 2013. So the garden is all around us today. So is the 4 Streets Market, and so are plans and thoughts about what’s happening to the housing at long last.
A few weeks ago I began living as if I have only a year left to live. Not thinking with any certainty that I do, but wanting to value my days and my life and see what differences it makes if I act as if I will soon be no more.
As soon as I made the decision some things changed.
I immediately ditched the ‘Finding the work you love’ course that ‘A year to live’ had been part of, and removed it from this website. Realising that with a year left I’d want to talk with people about their lives, not simply their careers.
I re-started the Friday Walks, the ritual and the rhythm of walking and therefore never working on Fridays. And immediately started to feel calmer, less driven, quieter. Me and my friend Sarah Jones writing about this calming in ‘A quietening down of the rage to succeed.’
Last week I went to the Liverpool X conference here in, well, Liverpool. And enjoyed myself. As I would, taking the luxury of a day to think and talk about Liverpool and its possible futures. Other than a few Tweets I didn’t write about it though, as I had nothing in particular to say. But I do now.
And that’s because yesterday The Double Negative published their review of Liverpool X, written by fellow attendee Jon Davies, and which I largely agreed with. The day was interesting though not very representative and it was hard to see where the ideas people were having were going to go. Nevertheless, a good thing on the whole and something to build on.
My problem was with the sub-editing of the review, the first of 3 bold headlines within the review being this:
“Architect Stephen Bayley claimed that Liverpool was the first city in the UK to have died. Continue reading →