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What makes the perfect blog post? 

The perfect, faultless text? The jaw-dropping photos? So often I think I don’t have time to post something good enough, and so the inevitable happens, and I end up not posting anything. Or I think I’ve just got too much to say and the prospect is so daunting.

From here on I have resolved to blogging smaller posts that might not be perfect, or even close, but will get it out there!

So, here goes!

Well, I’m still toddling off to uni on a regular basis. An early start and the promise of a fine day.

My current taught module is called Perspectives and we’ve been looking at The Great Thinkers And Theorists and considering how our work as artists relates to the Big Philosphies. For the lecture this day we went on a walk up Everton Brow in Liverpool, just a little way along from my campus. 

It turned out to be one of the wildest weather days ever! Intrepid! Apologies for the fuzzy photos - it was shiveringly cold!

I can’t believe I haven’t been here before. What an amazing view of the city of Liverpool!

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Of course, the sensible thing to do would be to go back on a fine, sunny day. Even so, I could see the arms of the windmill at Bidston Hill and Moel Famau in the distance, the fort at New Brighton and the Irish Sea. I can understand why this is the spot wealthy merchants chose to build their grand houses. Swept away, along with the tenement housing further down the hillside, they were replaced by 60s tower blocks and these have now gone too. Now what remains is a lovely open space.

A monument to the past is the Lock-up, a place where many a drunken scallywag had spent the night. A point for guessing on whose football team crest you might have seen this.

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It wasn’t just a fun, but very cold, walk. We did actually learn something, discussing Lefevbre and Malcolm Miles’s take on gentrification of urban spaces.

Here’s my view of what’s coming up next for Liverpool, the Ten Streets project. I could get political, but that would take too long and I promised a short post! Suffice to say, there are pro and cons as always and nothing is ever straightforward in redevelopment of sites. The most  important thing is that the people who currently inhabit the space are consulted.

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Lefevbre is my latest favouite theorist! (It will change next week!) I like the idea that revolution can come about from using a space in a way that is different from its intended purpose, and that my work is different when it inhabits a different space.

That’s all for now, I’ll be back soon!