“Bloody great crabs as big as tortoises”


Modern day floods in the UK seem to be mostly occurring and publicised from inland areas such as the Somerset Levels or from river flood plain land after heavy rain. Rarely do we see coastal towns flooded despite the TV images of huge waves battering Blackpool promenade when a storm hits us. This was not … Continue reading “Bloody great crabs as big as tortoises”

Carbide bombs, bee orchids and rabbits


The picture above is of the view from the back of the house where I was born, and continued to be the view until 1968. Then, the view changed to what you see below with an iron ore mine employing hundreds of villagers being replaced with a caravan park and a jet ski lake employing … Continue reading Carbide bombs, bee orchids and rabbits

The death of a Cumbrian community.


It was largely elemental work -with fire, water and earth and [this author’s perception is that] it tended to shape the characters of those who undertook it -and lots of blast furnace workers were more than a little alarming to encounter at first meeting, but few were anything but totally transparent, moral, straightforward and, above-all, … Continue reading The death of a Cumbrian community.

Cumbria:A nuclear poem from Norman Nicholson


In May this year it will be 30 years since the death of Norman Nicholson the Cumbrian poet from Millom and I wonder if his life and works will be celebrated as they should be, even locally? I was born and grew up only a mile away from Norman's home but never met him and … Continue reading Cumbria:A nuclear poem from Norman Nicholson