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December 2020 First Sunday

Dear friends, loiterers and precious wanderers
Its First Sunday this Sunday and so time for our final First Sunday of the year. To be honest this one has taken me a bit by surprise so apologies the notice is a little later than usual. I’m sure its not just me who has found time elastic and a bit warped during the pandemic.
We are, for all the obvious reasons, still walking together alone and connecting digitally. This month we will be sharing some creative walking prompts you can use wherever (and whenever) you are inside and out. Please remember to take care of yourself and everyone else whilst we explore.
I will start walking at 2.00pm BST on December 6th for about 90 minutes. Please do join me by whichever method you prefer:
1) Join the live chat on whatsapp where I will set up a group just for sharing words, pictures and sounds during the walk. All welcome, but please let me know you want to join us by 10am BST on Sunday by messaging / whatsapping 079 749 29589 or sending me an email
2) We will also post the prompts on twitter @thelrm #LoiterDec
3) There will also be a thread on the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”
We are always open to new ideas, new technologies, new wanderers and ways of exploring space so do please get in touch if you have any questions, comments, daydreams or epiphanies to share.
There will be one more LRM event this year so watch this space for details…
In the meantime thanks as always for your support and I wish you and yours wonderful wanders
With love and golden apples
 
Morag Rose

November 2020 First Sunday

Dear friends and fellow loiterers

It’s first Sunday, this Sunday and so time for some psychogeography. This month our shenanigans also coincide with other celebrations too….Hallowe’en, Samhain, gothmas, Allhallowtide, whatever you call it we think there is a special weekend coming up, despite (because of?) all those times our everyday clothes were confused with fancy dress.

Therefore I think it’s time for an experiment…. A walk in your own time and then a coming together to share what we discover. Maybe this won’t work, and that’s OK, but I wanted to figure out something that included folk who can’t access the whatsapp conversation. We are still walking together alone, connecting through technology, and it still ain’t perfect but here is something which I hope all loiterers can enjoy whether you are  anti-social and enjoying hermitude or, like me, feeling a bit diminished and missing blether, revelations and the time to talk to each other.

Between now and whenever you like wander using this short script as your guide. Use it wherever you fancy, inside or out, but please remember to take care, observing your local Covid advice and respecting the space you are in as well as whoever you are sharing it with.

“Be still and pause for a moment. Now, focus on finding the magic in your everyday. Follow your nose or your heart or your imagination as you seek signs of enchantment and wonder. Interpret this as you will, whether you seek evidence of fairies, hauntings, alchemy or trickery it is up to you. How does the supernatural or unexplained permeate our world?”  

For those who want to share a spell of sociability through a screen there’s a zoom chat on Sunday 1st at 3pm and all are welcome. Please bring your own beverages, familiars, tricks or treats. Here’s the zoom link:

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/98374211621?pwd=R2w0dnhBNzgwbkx1MUVoMU5sNUxPQT09

Meeting ID: 983 7421 1621  Passcode: =z1bNGER

Please make sure your screen name is recognisable or drop me a line to say you are coming so you don’t loiter in waiting room purgatory

Please do let me know if you go for a wander, even if you don’t want to join the zoom. Questions, comments and collaborations for future First Sundays are always gratefully received too. You can get in touch with me by email mlrose@thelrm.org or twitter @thelrm or at the facebook group.

With love and golden apples

Morag

October 2020 First Sunday

 Dear friends, loves and loiterers

I hope you are finding some comfort and magick in the glorious Autumn light. Things can feel so overwhelming at the moment but I continue to find inspiration in the kindness, community, resistance and strength I see around me. It feels strange sometimes to keep walking together, alone, but it feels important too. It is something; another small step into the future together, a sharing of stories, a keeping connected and making new maps. Of course it isnt enough and I know everyone who wanders with us does a myriad of other things too but loitering is something. And it feels precious to many I know and so we will keep going.

This month, October, will be another new experiment as we adapt an old favourite LRM game for these new circumstances. John will be playing cards to direct us; more will be revealed on Sunday but as usual all are welcome to wander with us. You can be indoors or out, anywhere and at your own pace. We just ask that you take care of yourself, your environment and anyone else in your vicinity and please remember to respect your local Covid related rules.

I will start walking at 2pm BST Sunday 4th October for those who want a synchronised wander. There will be live conversation and photo sharing via whatsapp. A private group will be created just for this event so if you want to be part of it please email mlrose@thelrm.org with your number or send an SMS or whatsapp message to 07974929589 by 10am Sunday. Please don’t forget the international code if you are outside the UK.

The derive instructions will also be posted live on our facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement” on the blog at thelrm.org and twitter @thelrm #LRM1020 for you to adapt and interpret the instructions as you wish.  Please do share walk reports and reflections with us as I always love to see where you have gone and whats been discovered.

Thanks to John for facilitating this months walk. I'd love to know if anyone has any ideas about how we could evolve in the coming months. My heart yearns to gather in the real world but there have been so really lovely benefits of virtual walking, not least being joined by loiterers from outside Manchester, connecting with new ideas and improving access in unexpected ways. If you want to suggest prompts, facilitate a walk or suggest a new way to share space and discuss matters vaguely psychogeographical please do get in touch. We don’t really have any rules except First Sunday should be interesting, inclusive, and free (so no super spendy tech needed).

It would be wonderful to wander with you

Take care

Love and golden apples

Morag x

PS its We Shall Overcome Weekend this weekend and as many of you will know we love WSO. It’s a raised fist and a helping hand in hard times and a celebration of community, solidarity, culture and resistance. There’s always a lot of good music involved too. Loads going on – info here https://www.facebook.com/groups/weshallweekend/ https://weshallovercomeweekend.com/ and here https://twitter.com/WeShallWeekend

September 2020 First Sunday

Hello everyone

It’s first Sunday, this Sunday and so time for some creative walking and convivial psychogeography. In Manchester local lockdown means a number of restrictions and I don’t want to limit or endanger the lovelies I can walk with. Therefore let’s continue to experiment with ways we can walk together, alone through technology.

This month we will be walking the future, or at least thinking, dreaming and wondering what it may be like. The walking prompts to guide our drift have been crowdsourced so thanks to everyone who has contributed (still room for more if you want to share a question, vision or way to walk). As everyone, all are welcome to join in, inside or outside. Here’s how:

I will start walking at 2pm BST Sunday 6th September for those who want a synchronised wander.

The whatsapp group will be the place for sharing as we walk at the same time with photographs and live chat, it’s a private group just for this event so if you want to be part of it please email mlrose@thelrm.org with your number or send me an SMS or Whatsapp message to 07974929589 by 10am on Sunday

I’ll also post the derive instructions in other ways for you to adapt as you wish. They will be on facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement” and twitter @thelrm as well as the blog www.thelrm.org Derive reports can also be shared on facebook or twitter @thelrm #LRMfutures, I always love to see where everyone has gone and what you have discovered. If you have alternative tech needs please get in touch and I will do my best to accommodate.

This weekend’s wander coincides with the annual Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography. One of the positives of walking together alone is we are able to link up with friends and comrades all over the place and so I am delighted to be part of their programme (lots of other interesting, free walks talks films and art here https://www.4wcop.org/). I’m also taking part in their plenary session on zoom at 5.30 on Sunday if you fancy a chat

Heartfelt thanks as ever to all who walk the future with me however and wherever you are. May our desire lines become a path to better days

With love and golden apples

Morag x

August 2020 Walking Today

 
The general theme for today's walk is our relationship with the “natural” landscape. We’ll be thinking about flora, fauna, greenspace amidst our everyday environment and as ever you are welcome to interpret the instructions however, and wherever you choose. Please do remember to be respectful of what ever else is happening in the space you explore. Please be safe and take care of yourself and others, this includes following whatever your local guidelines around Covid19 are
 
I’ll start wandering in Manchester at 2pm and there will be a new prompt shared every 10 minutes or so for the next ninety minutes. Think of these as conversation starters with the space you are in, whether its inside or out, some of them will overlap with each other, some may not work as well in your environment but have a think about them all. Be as creative or as literal as you fancy, but please do share what you find in some way.
 
Prompts will be posted in the following ways:
 
1) In a private whatsapp group, this is where there will be most live chat and sharing of photographs etc. Its free and open to all, to join please send me a whatsapp or text message before 1.30pm to 079 749 29589
 
2) On twitter, in a thread by @thelrm with hashtag #LRMAugust
 
3) As comments to a post on the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”
 
4) On THIS blogpost to www.thelrm.org (hopefully, as you may be aware we do sometimes have issues accessing the site - if we cant comment they may appear as a post instead. please bare with us!) 
 
Thanks to John who will be staying at a screen to manage facebook, twitter and the blog whilst I am on whatsapp
Looking forward to wandering and wondering with you and seeing what we find, as ever more details from mlrose@thelrm.org or the places mentioned above 
 
With love and golden apples
 
Morag

August 2020 First Sunday

Hello everyone

It’s first Sunday, this Sunday and so time to walk together again. As I explained last month we will continue with the physically disconnected methods for now so everyone who wants to can join in, wherever they are, inside or out.

I’ll post the derive instructions on Sunday morning for you to adapt as you wish. They will be on facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement” and twitter @thelrm as well as the blog www.thelrm.org

I will be walking at 2pm in Manchester for those who want a synchronised wander.

The whatsapp group will be the place for sharing as we walk at the same time with photographs and live chat, it’s a private group just for this event so if you want to be part of it please email mlrose@thelrm.org with your number or send me an SMS or Whatsapp message to 07974929589 by 12 noon on Sunday

Derive reports can also be shared on facebook or twitter @thelrm #LRMAugust later, I always love to see where everyone has gone and what you have discovered.

The general theme for the walk will be our relationship to the environment, flora, fauna and greenspace and we will seek out “the natural” in our everyday landscapes

It would be brilliant to have you wandering along with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, comments or ideas for future events

Love and golden apples

Morag

July 2020 First Sunday Walk

Dear friends 

It’s first Sunday, This Sunday and so time for some creative walking experiments and psychogeography in action. 

You can join in anywhere, anytime, from 2pm BST on Sunday 5th July when we will revisit an old favourite by sharing new clues in the metaphysical treasure hunt. 

Despite the partial easing of lockdown this will still be an experiment in walking together, alone. You can be part of the live, synchronous conversation via whatsapp and, for the first time, we will also update twitter live. Of course you can also choose to use the prompts whenever and wherever you fancy. They work inside and out and we hope are suitable for any terrain.

The decision to not yet meet in person has not been undertaken lightly. I miss our monthly meanders terribly and it is true nothing quite compares to the poetry and enchantment we can find on the streets together. We are, all, finally flaneurs and, despite my boredom with that archetype, I truly believe it for the best right now. The collective was borne out of a radical utopian dream  - although of course I realise most of you do not share my politics - but key to our walks is a critical engagement with issues of power and an inherent distrust of marketing. In these times of fake news and gaslighting this matters now more than ever. Creating a space to come together for conversation across various divides is one of the things I am most delighted to have emerged from The LRM.  We can make new spaces to do this. Another, equally important part of my politics, and something else integral to the evolution of The LRM, is a sense of communality and a deep duty of care. That means I don’t want anyone to feel excluded or at risk, no matter how much fun we may have. We walk together. There’s pragmatic reasons too. We’ve never limited numbers on LRM Derives or required advance notice for First Sundays. I don’t want that to change but it would have to if we complied with current guidelines.  I’m also mindful of blocking pavements and taking up space as a group when others need to social distance. There are also logistical issues with transport to and from our meeting place. (This is why my non-LRM tours and performances are also paused for now)

More positively, I have loved being able to welcome loiterers from across the UK, and the world, to walk with us. Its been a joy, and this accessibility to those unable to physically join us is something I want to build on even when we can be together in Manchester again. I’ve also loved friends and fellow walking artists being able to facilitate walks – thanks to Blake Morris https://thisisnotaslog.com/ and Sonia Overall, http://www.soniaoverall.net/events/distance-drifts/ both of whom also organise their own regular walks which welcome everyone  

If you have an idea for a future distance walk please do get in touch and I will try and make it happen – would love to find new ways of walking together across space

In the meantime here is how to join with me on Sunday 5th July 2020 2pm BST

Whatsapp please let me have your phone number by noon on Sunday and I will add you to the group chat (I wont share the invite link on social media for spam / security reasons). You can email your number to mlrose@thelrm.org or text/SMS/whatsapp it to me 07974929589 Please don’t forget your country code if you are outside the UK

Twitter instructions will be shared by @thelrm using #LRMJuly approximately every 10 minutes from 2pm BST for approx. 90minutes

Zoom If you want to have a chat about the walk (or anything else) we will have a brew and blether on zoom at 4pm, meeting details here Meeting ID: 972 0550 8272 Password: 2B@0K8Ri

Please do share what you find on your wanders someway as its always lovely to know how, and where, loiterers are. You can use the methods above or the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

Whatever you are doing please take care, stay curious and remember we can help create the future we want by the ways we choose to travel

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

21st June Social

Hello everyone

As people have been asking lets have a virtual brew / beer and blether for any Loiterers who fancy it this Sunday, 21st June, 2pm via zoom. If you have been reading the city or just wandering through lockdown in your head be lovely to have a catch up. As ever I have no idea how this will work, and I realise every kind of technology excludes someone but heres another new (for us) experiment

Join Zoom Meeting

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/99764369950…

Meeting ID: 997 6436 9950

Password: 6Z=qZwiV

All welcome x

June 2020 First Sunday: reading and writing space

TL;DR First Sunday tomorrow aims to read and rewrite the city. And, of course, as ever Black Lives Matter

Hello dear friends and fellow loiterers

Its First Sunday this Sunday (tomorrow!) and so once again there will some experiments in creative walking. Apologies that details come to you very late this time. I’m sure some of you will have also been experiencing the elasticity of time and assorted pressures from other areas that can make it hard to focus and I am sorry I veered off track a little, but I cherish First Sunday walks and I have an idea to make this one a little different….

But first, and importantly, I want to be clear I, and The LRM, stand with Black Lives Matter. When we say The Streets Belong to Everyone we mean this and pledge to do all we can to make justice and equality more than just words. I’m particularly mindful of how psychogeography and so many of the foundational texts we use have deeply troubling roots and I want to reiterate my commitment to being open to ways I, we, can do better. Our greatest power is often at the local level and a key reason The LRM began was to trouble and complicate the official, essentialising narratives of Manchester. This work seems more vital now than ever. We must be alert to tokenism and PR spin; most crucially do not let the myth of “radical Manchester” erase structural racism and the work we must all do to dismantle it. Yes, it’s true there has always been radicals and resistance and we must celebrate it but don’t allow it to smooth over complexities. Our city was not united against slavery and we sold weapons to both sides in the Civil War. Our Lincoln statue was a cast off and, most importantly, inequality and discrimination persists. Never forget our red brick bleeds and was built on exploitation and as with so much else Manchester is particular but not exceptional in this respect of course.

Regarding First Sunday, I realise in the UK some restrictions are easing but for many reasons I am not suggesting we meet in person in any way yet. The risks feel too high and much evidence supports this, so let’s try another experiment with multiple strands. One of the small joys emerging from these difficult times has been that walking together, alone, has enabled people from outside Manchester to join First Sunday and connect with us in new ways. I want to learn from this too and continue sharing across time and space. So….

Lets read the streets (or our rooms or gardens or ginnels or wherever). This month I invite you wherever, and whenever you are to find scraps of texts. Writing on walls, fragments of rubbish, slogans on t-shirts or placards or billboards, shop fronts and flyers…. Whatever you can find. Take a picture or make a note and if you feel like doing so call it poetry. Its a way to begin to rewrite the city by taking what it says to us and rearranging in new ways. Detournement of trash and textual treasures. Please do share what you discover – here’s how:

I will start walking to find words at 2pm BST Sunday 7th June and you can join me via whatsapp. To be part of this group please send your phone number (with country code if you are outside the UK) before 12noon tomorrow. You can text or whatsapp it to me on 079 749 29589 or email mlrose@thelrm.org If you prefer you can share via twitter, please include @thelrm or add to our facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement” The actual walk I take will be around 90 minutes long, obviously you can go at a pace and in a direction of your own choosing, but please remember to take care, comply with local restrictions and don’t be an arse. We share our paths with others and need to be consider and careful of our impact.

Several people have been in touch (thank you) to say how much they miss the social aspect of First Sundays, specifically being able to share stories and make connections afterwards when we have a brew and blether. I miss that too terribly and there isn’t a perfect solution but I would like to create a space to discuss this walk and share the street wisdom we stumble upon. I’m aware that it’s a little late for tomorrow so I propose a virtual social on the solstice, June 21st. I’ll set up a zoom and anyone that wants to can pop in, this also means potentially this will be our longest ever derive as we have a fortnight to collect texts for it. I’ll share the meeting link soon.

In the meantime I really hope we can walk together, alone, tomorrow and that you and yours go well and that we can use our wanders to contribute to creating wonderful new ways

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

May First Sunday: #DistanceDrift with Sonia Overall

Dear friends, lovers and fellow loiterers
TL;DR 10am Sunday we will walk together with Sonia Overall
How are you feeling today?
 
It feels really hard to start conversations with you at the moment, not a problem I often encounter, but to say I hope this finds you well sounds trite and all the lines I usually cherish just seem trite. I wonder how you are feeling. I’ve been oscillating between all the emotions it seems; today I yearned for people and places, felt deep sorrow at viral devastation, rage at political lies, self-pity I'm not home, terror at news images, joy at sunshine and sparrows, wonder at rediscovering lost photos, guilt I'm not more useful, luck at my circumstances, love for so many dear ones, hope we can make a more equitable and sustainable future and sorrow I’ve missed the first flourishing of goslings on the canal and that moment when the Paulownia trees in St Peters Square look as beautiful as their promise (did I say day? that's just the last hour....)
 
I’m sharing this because at the heart of psychogeography is emotion, and space, and connecting dots to find hidden truths and tell new stories. This is something we can still do wherever we are, inside or out, using windows or feet or wheels or beds or books. We’ve always strived to make loitering as accessible, diverse and welcoming as we can, and there’s still lots to learn, but we will find a (contradictory and doubtless winding) path through. The places we love are still there, waiting, holding, making space. When we find them they will be changed of course but so too are we.
 
I am glad its First Sunday and so, as we always do, those that fancy a bit of psychogeography will wander and wonder together. Of course we are still walking together alone but the advantage is that means loiterers beyond Manchester can join us – last month was fantastic and wide roaming – and so the experiments continue. One of the few bright spots in the gloom is how remote walking means we are able to join with friends who are not able to join us in Manchester on a First Sunday, and this increased connection to our cybermembers will I hope be a lasting legacy. For May I am delighted our expedition will be facilitated by Sonia Overall, one of my favourite walking artists and writers (some of you may recall we have used her beautiful drift deck to guide us in the past). Sonia has been organising a #DistanceDrift on twitter every Sunday at 10am for a while and I am looking forward to learning what she will share with us. To join in here is what you need to do:
 
1) Be ready to drift, however and wherever you are able, at 10am BST this Sunday 3rdMay
 
2) The prompt will be shared at 10am by the following means and you are warmly invited to share what you see, hear, smell and dream on your walk with us by whichever of the channels you choose:

twitter @SoniaOverall and @TheLRM
#DistanceDrift

whatsapp (this is where I will mostly be) to join the group conversation please let me have a number, including international code, if you are outside the UK by emailing mlrose@thelrm.org or texting 07974929589 or dm me on facebook before 9.30 Sunday

facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”
NB I will not have access to update the website at 10am, if you struggle or refuse to access other methods please email or text me and I will do my best to find a way
 
3) Asynchronised walkers are of course welcome too as are secret and anonymous drifters, but we really do appreciate it when you share your experience
 
Please do remember to take care and keep safe. Most importantly of course this means social distancing and walking alone or with household members – the flaneur never existed but we are all flaneurs now.
Forgive me repeating myself but this is crucial: The LRM still firmly believe that “The Streets Belong to Everyone” although we can’t share them physically right now. Our withdrawal is an act of care and communality so please do not be an arse on Sunday or any day. We send love and strength to everybody who is working outside caring, caretaking, providing for us and doing other essential work, I know this includes many excellent loiterers. Thank you. Those of us able to do so fully recognise our privilege in being able to make a tactical retreat inside”.
 
If anyone has any thoughts or ideas for future walks together please get in touch, ideas for different tech always welcome too. This month I am also started a new postal project as well so if you fancy loitering by your letterbox you are luck. More soon
 
Take care
Love and golden apples
Morag

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