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May 2021 First Sunday

Dear friends and fellow loiterers

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and so time for some #psychogeography and also May Day celebrations. After a lovely diversion with asynchronicity we are drifting back into a live, shared walk connecting via whats app.

I will start at 2pm GMT on Sunday 2nd May and will share a series of prompts for you to interpret wherever you are, indoors or outside.

You are very welcome to join the live private chat group on whatsapp. This is where I will be and its a place to share pictures, sounds and words in real time. To take part please send me a text or whatsapp message to 079 749 29589 or email mlrose@thelrm.org Please include your name and number, including international code if you are outside the UK.

Alternatively the prompts will be shared by me on twitter @thelrm  #LoiterMay and in the facebook group. If you need any more information or have any questions please get in touch. Don't forget to take care of yourself, and each other, whilst exploring.

I am hoping we will be able to meet in person again later this year, perhaps in August – I’m really keen to try and combine this with retaining the new virtual connections we have made so would be very glad to hear from you if you have any suggestions for the directions we could take

Take care and walk well

Love
Morag

PS I would be very grateful if you could please share your experiences of walking during the pandemic with the #WalkCreate team – there’s a survey here https://forms.office.com/r/ujiZ2f8kcb for anyone and everyone and also if you are an artist that uses walking a place to share your work here https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=KVxybjp2UE-B8i4lTwEzyJK1Lyde_adFr-ILxwjuxdBUQlZGVUJCWjBNUlpLV1UwVjRPT0w0NzlNRy4u

April 2021 First Sunday

Dear friends and Springtime loiterers

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and so time to wander and wonder together again. It’s also the Easter holiday and there is a slow unfurling of many things so I’m sharing an asynchronous set of prompts. This means you can do them whenever, wherever you like. There won’t be a live whatsapp group  but you can of course share your walk with me – I always love to see where you are and what you discover. For those who would like a convivial chat I’ve organised a zoom catch up – using a bit of creative time keeping I’ve shifted it to Tuesday 6th April at 8pm and all are welcome.

Here’s the prompts

Start wherever you want to and follow each of these instructions for as long as you wish. As you walk remember to take care of yourself, others and your environment. Please stay safe.

Look for the colour yellow, how many kinds of yellow can you spot?
Look up – what is happening on rooftops, in the sky, above your usual sightline
Look down. What do you notice? What patterns or portals or traces can you find?
Follow the non-human. Where does paying attention to lichen, flowers, birds, insects or animals lead you? What can they teach you?
Listen, focus on what you can hear and follow a sound
Smell, follow your nose and map the scents you notice
Feel the ground beneath you, find different textures to walk on

To share your walk, or for questions, comments and ideas about future events please get in touch by email mlrose@thelrm.org
twitter @thelrm
facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”
phone / text / whatsapp 07974929589

Here’s a link to the zoom meeting on Tuesday

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/96635734136?pwd=K3MyTkZqRUtDaVZJek5xVFg4elZEUT09

Meeting ID: 966 3573 4136

Passcode: U#3@QAxj

I hope to walk with you soon, together alone or in person

with love and cherry blossoms

Morag xx

March 2021 First Sunday

Apologies for a retrospective post; for some reason I could not access the website last week. As ever, please email mlrose@thelrm.org text/ whatsapp 07974929589 or check twitter @thelrm if news does not appear here. And if anyone fancies helping sort this website out please do let me know
 

Dear friends, lovers and loiterers
Its First Sunday, this Sunday, 7th March.
It’s also a year since the last time we walked together in the physical world and gosh how I have missed that sensation. However, we are still able to walk together, alone, and the distance means we can build connections across wider areas. I hope we can retain some of this when we are able to be together again in Manchester, of course I can not say when that will be, time plays tricks, but I keep everything crossed it will be soon.
 
This weekend will be another experiment, inspired by feedback from those who prefer asynchronous walks or feel a bit overwhelmed by whatsapp. This means the instructions are here for you now and you can use them whenever, wherever, however you like.
 
For those who want to share and have a chat there will be a zoom meeting at 3pm this Sunday, 7th March, where we can discuss your walks and anything else you fancy talking about.
 
Here is the script to follow, please interpret however you wish but remember to take care of yourself, others and the environment you walk through.
Start wherever you like and head in the opposite direction to the one you would usually choose.
Try to head in the straightest line you can, until you can’t or you fancy a change of direction.
Look for the following things whilst you are wandering:
Something shiny
Something strange
Something ancient
Something new
Something that makes you think of someone you love
Something precious
Something you don’t like
Something that gives you hope for the future
 
After your walk, sit down, have a drink and make a map of where you went. It could be a map made of words or drawings or photos or artefacts or feelings or something else. It would be splendid if you shared it (email mlrose@thelrm.org / tweet @thelrm / text or whatsapp 07974929589 / facebook “the loiterers resistance movement”) but of course you are welcome regardless.
 
Wherever you are may you go well and find wonderful moments in these dark times
Love and solidarity
Morag xxx

February 2021 First Sunday

Dear Friends, lovers and loiterers,
First Sunday This Sunday so time for a wander
I hope you are finding some ways to get through. I've been delighted to see snowdrops and daffodils emerging out of the gloom. If you fancy connecting with others and exploring creative walking at your own pace and in your own way you would be very welcome to join us as we walk together, alone this Sunday.
I will start at 2pm GMT on Sunday 5th February and will share a series of prompts for you to interpret wherever you are, indoors or outside.
You are very welcome to join the live private chat group on whatsapp. This is where I will be and its a place to share pictures, sounds and words in real time. To take part please send me a text or whatsapp message to 079 749 29589 or email mlrose@thelrm.org Please include your name and number, including international code if you are outside the UK.
Alternatively the prompts will be shared by me on twitter @thelrm #LoiterFeb and in the facebook group. If you need any more information or have any questions please get in touch. Don't forget to take care of yourself, and each other, whilst exploring.
Ideas for future walks are always welcome, and I hope the time when we can meet in the real world is not too far away. The LRM are 15 this year and it would be splendid to celebrate in some way
I hope to walk with you somehow soon,
love and golden apples
Morag xx

First First Sunday of 2021

Dear friends and fellow wanderers

I hope you are continuing to find glimmers of magic and moments of joy in these dark times and that the festive period has been what you needed, if not what you wanted. I won’t add to the acres of analysis about this year but I will say thank you for being part of The LRM and helping sustain this psychogeographicalish journey into our 15th year.

We will carry on and this weekend the first First Sunday of 2021 provides another opportunity to walk together, alone and connect through more than physical means. As ever all are welcome, we ask only that you take care of yourself and all those you encounter. Here in Manchester that means wandering solo or inbubbles, keeping safe distances, wearing a mask and – as ever – not being an arse. Staying away remains an act of care but that does not mean we can not walk creatively and make new connections. I don’t know yet when we will actually meet and walk in the same place again yet but when we do I will try and retain the best bits of the digital adaption. For me this means being able to share with loiterers from anywhere and everywhere, whether inside or outside and remaining open to being as accessible as possible. New ideas always gratefully received.

My wander will begin at 2pm GMT on Sunday 3rd January. The prompt is simple but contains multitudes and you can of course use it at a time and in a way that suits you.

Look for signs of hope and unity and creativity and possibility. What do you want for 2021 and beyond?  If you are unsure which direction to head pause and be silent, then walk towards the faintest sound you here.

There are several ways to join in:

  1. There will be a live chat group on whatsapp set up for this walk only and it will be active between 2pm-4pm this Sunday. It’s a place to share words, thoughts, images and discoveries. To join please email me (mlrose@thelrm.org) or send a text or whatsapp message to 079 749 29589 before 12 noon on Sunday 3rd
     
  2. You can also share via twitter @thelrm #Loiter2021 or facebook “the loiterers resistance movement” and these will be picked up later
     
  3. The post walk zoom chat at 3.30pm on the 3rd – it’s open to anyone interested in loitering – share discoveries made on this walk or any other, suggestions for directions for future LRM activities or just have a blether about something interesting. Here’s the link:

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/95667612930?pwd=czBMUCs5T3htQXppOENwNDY0cGprUT09

Meeting ID: 956 6761 2930  Passcode: n0$R.cDj

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact me, it would be splendid to walk with you

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

Instructions For December 2020 First Sunday

December 2020s First Sunday is an experiment in expansion, micro exploration and paying close attention to the spectacular in our everyday worlds. So nothing original perhaps, but as with every month something different to consider. We like contradiction, conversation and conviviality, unwrapping the multiple meanings in space. And, of course, like everyone we have had to adapt and learn to wander with Covid and so we are still wandering together alone.

Instead of a new instruction every 10 minutes there is just one script for you to interpret as you wish.

Find 23 things worthy of note on your walk(s). It’s up to you to decide what is interesting but try to ensure at least some of the things you choose are new to you. Perhaps you have noticed something beautiful or symbolic or out of place or promising or ugly or invisible or….  There isn’t a right or wrong way to this walk, go at your own pace wherever and however you wish. If in doubt about which direction to go head towards the light.

Please remember to take care as you loiter and to be respectful of others. Wearing a mask (if you can) and keeping distant is an act of care for our communities. We have two mottos “the streets belong to everyone” and “never be an arse” – whilst both remain aspirational we all do the best to try and make them a reality.

Perhaps some of your treasures can’t be recorded but if you take pictures, recording or make notes we would love to see them. There’s no pressure to complete today, or at all, but if you want to share and can’t join us for our live whatsapp we will have a virtual gathering to celebrate the solstice on December 21st (details to follow).

I’m going to start walking at 2pm BST today (Sunday 6th December) and will be sharing live via a whatsapp chat. If you want to join that conversation please send a whatsapp message to 07974929589. You can also share twitter #LoiterDec and the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

It would be wonderful to walk with you

with love and golden apples

Morag

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

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