i. ii. iii.

Pauly left on the Monday, the start of the residency. He would be returning about 6 weeks later, start of Easter week. He took a photograph of me in the B&B in Ashford on our journey out to Saint-Nazaire and one when he came back to pick…



The car isn’t stolen it’s just nobody bothered to report it as found. The two friendly women who we handed over £200 to were not a pair of sophisticated grifters posing as a polite mother and daughter. I can’t remember exactly how this sorry episode got resolved but…


Ashford in Kent is Toryland, a kind of Thatcherite ground zero. It felt like that to us anyway, as we wandered its streets looking for somewhere to eat, it was a far cry from Shiney Row. Maybe we didn’t leave on Ash Wednesday? I have a vague memory of…

It was maybe 2003 or 2004, I can’t remember exactly, I’ll have to dig out the flyers. Anyway whatever the exact year I had successfully applied for an artist residency with Sunderland City Council. I would spend 6 or 7 weeks in Saint-Nazaire, Sunderland’s French twin town. The residency was…

Brandon Utd vs Willington, Welfare Ground, 25 January 2020

Brandon Utd 0–0 Willington

Ryhope Colliery Welfare 1–2 Newton Aycliffe

In their 1981 Peel Session New Order covered Keith Hudson’s Turn the Heater On. The 1975 original is a real earworm. A catchy and heavy dose of melancholic roots reggae. The New Order version is a cold wave goth dub…

Crook Town vs Ryton & Crawcrook Albion, The Sir Tom Cowie Millfield Ground, 18 January 2020

Crook Town 5–2 Ryton & Crawcrook Albion

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

Carl Jung

My mate sends me this Carl Jung quote. I’m on the X46 Sapphire to Crook in County Durham. Gateway to Weardale. I haven’t properly read any Carl Jung…

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion vs Redcar Athletic, Kingsley Park, 8 January 2020

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 1–1 Redcar Athletic

This isn’t the first time I’ve been to the Ryton & Crawcrook Albion ground. The first time was the night before. Nearly ninety minutes of bus travel from Gateshead, through the astronomical transit routes of Stella, Stargate and Blaydon. …

Consett vs Newcastle Benfield, Belle View Stadium, 28 December 2019

Bedlington Terriers 0–2 Heaton Stannington

Consett 1–1 Newcastle Benfield

Stockton Town 1–0 Thornaby

Whitley Bay 3–2 Ashington

Easington Colliery 5–1 Bedlington Terriers

North Shields 3–2 Consett

West Auckland Town 2–1 Bishop Auckland

25 years ago this week I was lying on a sofa in a terraced house in Fallowfield watching…

Birtley Town vs Heaton Stannington, Birtley Sports Complex, 24th August 2019

Birtley Town 2–0 Heaton Stannington

“You’re a groundhopper then?”

My heart sank as Brian, committee member of Birtley Town FC, asks me midway through his boiled onion and beef burger bap. No amount of 20th Century European philosopher quotes, obscure avant garde cinema references or psychogeographic pretensions will get me…

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