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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: Remember what ex-president Obama said in 2015?

With yet another mass shooting in America, this time at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, I’m reminded of a speech by the then President Obama in October 2015 following the mass shooting at Umpqua College in Roseburg. Whilst I cannot pretend

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Mapping the Smells of the City!

On looking for some ‘left-field’ geographical articles to read  I came across this article about an academic attempting to create a ‘smellscape’ city map. As the researcher reported during the news article: “We spend most of our time walking around, we

The Scream by Munch. What do you feel?

A figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky … Everyone can look at Munch’s painting ‘The Scream’ (1893) and perhaps feel something? Picture courtesy of edvardmunch.org

The Problem with Plastic Continued …

Whilst taking a walk on a local pier recently, I came across these 2 pieces of artwork which serve as a reminder of the dangers to humankind & our natural world caused by plastic pollution in our seas. As the Sky

Pale Blue Dot Photograph … Our Earth, Our home, That’s us in a pixel.

Just once in a while an image, a music score, or speech holds me absolutely  spell bound … Was just an ordinary Thursday evening & a speculative YouTube search for ‘greatest speeches’ came up with a speech by Carl Sagan.

Going to the Match (1953). L.S. Lowrey Painting.

L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) gained wide public recognition for his paintings of everyday life in the industrial districts around Salford in Manchester. Working full-time as a rent collector, his day job allowed him to witness the ‘everyday’ lives of people living in

5 steps to improve our Mental Wellbeing.

Every once in a while a presentation by a colleague at work makes me sit up & take notice. Focusing in on protecting ‘our own’ mental health, this presentation prompted me to go online & read a little more on

5 easy ways I save money during my daily commute.

Invitation to the City has been running for a couple of years now & I now feel the time has come for my blog to reflect more on the personal, ‘felt intensities’ I experience as I negotiate the many busy

‘County Lines’: Drug Supply, Violence and Exploitation.

Every once in a while in my professional life, I come across a real problem facing local communities. Known as ‘County Lines’ drug trading, or ‘going country’, County lines, involves urban gangs moving class A drugs and cash between inner-city