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War, Remembering, Grandfathers

A simple, moving live memorial at Piccadilly this morning

by Steve Dearden

Manchester — Unlike all the usual ceremonies of remembrance - the marching, the trumpets, men with medals, sombre suited dignitaries laying wreaths - this touched me, and stayed with me all day and since. Unexpected, modest, quiet, simple, whenever I recall the experience or try to tell people how moved I was on Piccadilly Station the emotion wells up, still packed inside me. Maybe because I thought of my gr...

Railways, Railway stations, writing

Touch the Line

by Steve Dearden

Manchester — Welcome to a small start for a much bigger ongoing project from The Writing Squad. A start of a start, a whistle for a journey, the beginning of an exploration of the lines that we travel all the tim...

Coincidence, Memory, Cycling

Breaking memories, breaking windows

by Steve Dearden

Manchester — As a man once sent for a fertility test by a new doctor called Cockshoot, I should never be surprised by coincidence. I’m riding around south Manchester at the moment, piecing together a geography I ...

Today's office, new New journalism, writing

Today's new new office

by Steve Dearden

Manchester — This is the nearest the Writing Squad gets to an office, an airy annexe in The Cornerhouse Manchester hired for the day. The rest of the time we work from home, on trains, meet in coffee shops, a boo...

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