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First First Sunday of 2022

Hello dear loiterers

I promised more details about the First First Sunday of 2022 didn’t I?

The truth is apart from the starting point I don’t know where we will go or what we will discover because that is the joy and strength of the derive. We wander together and shape the walk collectively. I can tell you from past experiences there will be some fascinating conversations and a close, attentive, connection to the places we walk through. We’ll end somewhere with outside seating for more chats, a drink for those who want one and I hope some plotting about future engagements. All are welcome, and its free to attend because these streets belong to everyone. If anyone feels nervous about coming please get in touch first with any questions or more information. If you have any particular access requirements please be assured we will chose paths all can use, and the pace is set by all loiterers together (this includes sometimes splitting up into smaller groups if there are divergent interests but we come together again later and never leave loiters alone, no flâneurs here please). We don’t live in a world that is equal or just or accessible to all but our ethos is communal and determined to create better spaces if only for a few moments each month.

To join The LRM at 2pm BST on Sunday January 2nd 2022 you can
1) meet me at All Saints Park Manchester. I will be near the Oxford Road entrance
2) join the live whatsapp chat – this is a private group used just for this walk – to join please send your name and number to me via one of the contact methods below
3) look at the comments to this post on facebook group “the loiterers resistance group” or my twitter account @thelrm #Loiter2022

Prompts to guide our wanders will be shared on Sunday, doubtless we will think about the new year, and the old, in these liminal times but I suspect it is too early for our traditional hunt for the most forlorn Christmas tree. Wherever you join us please remember to take care of yourself, each other and your environment. This includes respecting everyone, keeping distance and mask wearing where appropriate; please don’t be an arse.

My contact details are
email mlrose@thelrm.org facebook “the loiterers resistance movement! Twitter @thelrm text/whatsapp 07974929589

The LRM will be 16 in 2022 and we are still curious, still learning, still asking questions and making new paths. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helps make this possible and I wish you all better times in 2022

Love and golden apples

Morag xx

First First Sunday of 2022

First Sunday this Sunday - 2nd January 2022 - and yes we will be walking together on the streets and on line. More details to follow but we will gather at All Saints Park Oxford Road Manchester 2pm BST and on a private whatsapp chat at the same time - to join the online chat please message 07974929589 by noon on Sunday. Please take care and stay safe wherever you are xx

December 2021 night walk script

Here's the script for you to interpret whenever, however and whereever you wish xx

You’re a star so lets keep things simple and follow the light. It’s up to you whether you are guided by twinkles, or choose to move through dark places. If in doubt look for the furthest away light you can see and head towards its luminosity in the straightest line possible. If it dazzles you across the universe enjoy the ride! Remember to take care of yourself, others and your environment and beware of headlights and fake illuminations. Please share images of your favourite fairylights, warmest glows, most interesting shadows and anything else that takes your fancy.

December 2021 First Sunday

Hello everyone

I hope you are keeping warm and finding sparks of inspiration as we head into Winter. It’s such a delight to be able to walk together both in person and remotely; heartfelt thanks to everyone who joins the LRM however you choose to wander.

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and we are going to share one of our occasional time shifting drifts and  we will be switching day to Monday 6th December, 6pm BST. This is because a few people have asked for a night walk, I know weekends this time of year are busy, and perhaps most of all I never want The LRM to be a chore or totally predictable. I also hope maybe this means people who struggle with Sundays can join in synchronously.

There are various ways you can join us:

Meet 6pm at the Engels statue, First Street, Manchester
Join the live whatsapp chat (message 07974929589 by noon on Monday)
Find the prompts on twitter @thelrm #Loiter or facebook “the loiterers resistance movement”

If you are joining me at Engels we will walk between 90-120 minutes and finish by sharing stories and having a drink outside somewhere depending on group consensus. Wherever you are please remember to take care of yourself, your environment and everyone who shares it.

If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future walks please get in touch – you can email mlrose@thelrm.org or find me on twitter, SMS and whatsapp as above.

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

November 2021 First Sunday

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and so time for some more loitering shenanigans. We will be continuing our ongoing experiments using psychogeography and creative wandering to explore our environment.

I’m delighted this month we will be guided by a script inspired by Blake Morris, NYC based Walking Artist, researcher and dear friend to The LRM. Our derive will be part of his #52 More project as we share prompts based on treasures Blake has sent me. You can read more about all of Blake’s work here https://thisisnotaslog.com/

All our welcome to join us and, as ever, LRM events are free because the streets (should) belong to everyone.

Wander together in person in Manchester on 7th November, starting at 2pm GMT in Cutting Room Square Ancoats. We will wander for around 2 hours and then stop to share stories and discoveries made.

You can also take part wherever you are and however you move by joining the private conversation on Whatsapp. To get involved send a message, including your name and number, to mlrose@thelrm.org or 07974929589 by 12 noon GMT on Sunday. Please don’t forget an international code if you are outside the UK. This will be how Blake is communicating with us.

Prompts will also be shared on twitter @thelrm and the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement” but there may be some delay depending on what is happening elsewhere.

However you loiter please remember to take care of yourself and each other

With love and Golden Apples

Morag

Save Access To Our River Irwell

Save Access To Our River Irwell

We are fighting to save the public right of way along the Salford side of River Irwell at Ralli Quays. Access is threatened by the development of new offices and a hotel which will effectively enclose and privatise the path. The alternative route provided is a permissive path through the Ralli Quays development. This has no view of the water and could be removed at any time. We have less than a week to save access to our Irwell.

Reasons to object

We oppose these plans for a number of reasons including (but not limited to)

  • We believe the right to walk along the Irwell is a fundamental right and we assert the value of public space. It should not be sacrificed for private gain.
  • The space is well used and highly valued, for example the benches opposite the People’s History Museum are frequently used by a wide range of people for different reasons including respite, socialising, picnicking and more.
  • The route has a huge amount of potential for improvement and if we loose this stretch we loose the possibility of a walking and cycling path from Manchester city centre to Salford Quays and potentially beyond to Liverpool.
  • The Irwell, and the Irwell and Mersey Navigation, are of huge historic importance to both Manchester and Salford, they are sites of special significance and relevance to the development of our cities. The area is rich in Industrial Archaeology.
  • Concerns around homeless people using the area to sleep is not a valid reasons to remove a right of way, we need a humane and holistic approach to homelessness and social care.
  • The Covid-19 pandemic reinforced how important public space, and access to local amenities for walking, are for people, especially in areas where there are high percentage of flats without private gardens.
  • There is a wealth of research into the physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits of walking and active travel. We should be increasing access and promoting walking, not restricting it.
  • This restriction and removal of a path is counter to a number of local and national policies which promote green and blue space, active travel and pedestrian rights

How to object

We are asking people to send two emails, one to Salford Council to modify the planning application and one to The Department of Transport to oppose the Stopping Up order. We need both because the two applications are interlinked. You must send them before the deadlines stated.

These emails don’t have to be long. Please include the points which matter most to you. It is better if you use your own words.  Please make sure you include your name and address and the correct reference number and let us know when you have sent your emails

  1. To Salford Council to ask for modifications of the planning application. We do not want to scrap the whole development but believe that removing the right of way is not necessary and changes should be made to the design to retain full public access
    Reference Number: 21/78277/FUL Ralli Quays 3 Stanley Street Salford
    email planning.contact@salford.gov.uk details here
    https://tinyurl.com/5x8a2yfd
    You can also comment via the Planning Portal if you are registered.
    Deadline 12 October 2021

     
  2. To the Department of Transport to object to the Stopping Up Order which is the legal power that will be used to remove the right of way
    The Stopping Up Order reference is NATTRAN/NW/S247/4804
    Email nationalcasework@dft.gov.uk
    Deadline 13th October 2021

For more information please contact
Dr Morag Rose email mlrose@thelrm.org twitter @thelrm SMS/Text/Whatsapp 07974929589

Save Access to The River Irwell

Loiterers assemble please and help us save public rights to access the River Irwell. We're asking for 2 short emails to be sent...
Please help save a public right of way. New developments will close the towpath and privatise access, replacing it with permissive route without a waterside view that can be closed to the public at any time. DEADLINE 12 OCT
 
The area impacted may not be big but this space is significant. We stand a good chance of winning if act fast and show strength in numbers: objections to the planning application must be made by 12th October and to the stopping up order by 13th October. Things you might mention….
That we do NOT oppose the whole planning application but do not believe it should include closing a right of way. We call for the plans for this https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/.../lgim-tables-ralli.../ to be modified to continue to allow access to the river for all and we believe this is possible and important because
The Irwell is a public amenity and an integral part of Salford and Manchester’s heritage (The Irwell and Mersey Navigation Towpath dates from 1721 and the area around the former Mark Addy pub has lots of historical interest)
 
Closure contradicts Salford and Manchester commitments to green and blue infrastructure and active travel. The developers have expressed concerns about homeless people sleeping in the area; this is NOT an acceptable or human reason to close an area off
Loosing this section means a loss of potential of a fully connected walking / cycle route along the Irwell and we know now brilliant walking and cycling are. We should be improving and increasing access not loosing it. The seating area opposite Peoples History Museum is well used and well loved and has lots of potential
Please use your own words to send two emails
 
1)The planning application which necessitates the closure is 21/78277/FUL Ralli Quays 3 Stanley Street Salford (You MUST quote that ref) email planning.contact@salford.gov.uk details here https://publicaccess.salford.gov.uk/.../applicationDetail... deadline 12 Oct
 
2) The Stopping Up Order reference is NATTRAN/NW/S247/4804 email nationalcasework@dft.gov.uk Deadline 13th Oct (cant find this online atm) Please let me know you have sent emails and spread the word to anyone who may be interested
 
Don and Gloria have been seeking legal advise and we think there is a very good chance of winning this. The fight has bigger significance than just this piece of land so please send a couple of emails. I'm happy to talk to anyone who wants to know more, the best way to get me is to email mlrose@thelrm.org or text/whatsapp 07974929589

Script to unfollow for October 2021

Its First Sunday today and so here is the whole script/ prompt here for you to use as tool for wandering whenever you fancy.

The theme is Re-enchantment

Look for the magic, marvellous, mythic in your landscape however you interpret them.

What spells are woven across our everyday landscape?

Can a shift in perspective bring a radical awakening?

If you aren’t sure which way to go follow sigils, signs or sparrows or spin a pencil/twig/lucky charm to show you the direction you need to follow

Wherever and wherever and however you walk please remember to take care of yourself, everyone who shares your space and your environment.

I will start walking 2pm from Stockport Plaza, find me there or join the live whatsapp group message by texting or messaging 07974929589 (with your name and international dialing code if needed) or if you explore alone please share your findings on twitter @thelrm #LRM2021 or on our facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

October 2021 First Sunday

Dear friends and fellow loiterers

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in last month’s wander, whether you were with us on the streets or online it felt very special. Its First Sunday again this Sunday and so we shall be gathering again for a derive inspired by the Autumn light, wild brambles and the smell of pencil sharpenings.

The in person meeting point will be in Stockport as requested by various folk, and once again we will experimenting with a walk that is both in person and remote/ virtual, trying to ensure loiterers can stay connected wherever you are, inside or out, together and alone.

I will share a script / prompt here on Sunday for you to interpret as you fancy and you can share your journey in the following ways

  1. Walk with The LRM on Sunday 3rd October, meet 1.45 for a 2pm in Stockport outside the Plaza, Mersey Square, SK1 1SP
  2. Talk with The LRM, join this month’s private whatsapp group to chat and exchange pictures. To be part of this conversation please text/email/whatsapp your number to the contact details below by 12 noon on Sunday
  3. Share with us on  social media whenever you want, we love to learn how you used prompts and what you found where you are. Twitter @thelrm #LRM2021 or facebook “the loiterers resistance movement”

However you choose to loiter please remember to take care of yourself, everyone you share space with and the environment.

Please do get in touch if you need more information, ideas for collaboration and new places and ways to walk are always welcome as are thoughts on how to improve access and any other comments. Email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or sms/whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples

Morag x

 

September 2021 First Sunday, in person online and at the 4th world congress of psychogeography

 Dear friends and fellow loiterers

First Sunday, this Sunday and its time for some more experimental #psychogeography in the (we hope) gorgeous September light. It would be wonderful to explore with you

We’re collaborating with the Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography whose theme this year is “playing out” – you can see their splendid programme of walks, talks and random shenanigans here: https://www.4wcop.org/2021---playing-out.html

There are several ways you can join The LRM on 5th September as we navigate connections in multiple places including cyberspace and city streets and we invite you to join us wherever you are.

In Manchester:

I will be in Piccadilly Gardens, near the memorial tree (Café Nero side of the space) at 1.45 BST ready to start promptly at 2pm. I’m still short with pink hair so hopefully easy to spot!

Online anywhere and everywhere else:

Prompts will be shared from 2pm in the following ways (thanks to John for helping to make this multiplicity possible)

In a private whatsapp group chat, to join this please text or whatsapp 07974929589 or email mlrose@thelrm.org by 12 noon on Sunday. Make sure you include your name and international code if you are not in the UK

On twitter @thelrm #Loiter4WCP

On our facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

On the blog at www.thelrm.org (see below)

Afterwards

The walk will last around 90 minutes and those who wish can join for a beverage in Manchester around 3.30pm. There will also be a zoom call on Tuesday 7th September 8pm BST for anyone who wants to share their walk experiences or find out more about The LRM

https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/97103832873...

ID: 971 0383 2873 Passcode: ^uZ1th*1

However you want to take part you are very welcome. As usual LRM events are free because we believe the streets (and psychogeography) belong to everyone. We only ask that you remember to take care of yourself, those around you and the environment you travel through. This does of course mean respecting others personal space, being Covid safe and not being an arse.

If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future walks, or there are any specific access requirements we can help with to enable you to participate please get in touch - email mlrose@thelrm.org or tweet @thelrm or whatsapp 07974929589

with love and golden apples

Morag x

PS update on September 5th. Here are the prompts for those who cant join in elsewhere

 

1 Collect spheres, marbles, balls and planets

2 Find or make or imagine a line. Follow it

3 Look for golden apples and golden ducks

4 back (or front) of the net. What webs are woven in the street

5 Find game moves beneath your feet: look for instructions and follow them

6 Home run! Find something that makes you feel you belong here

7 Obstacle course – What is stopping you walk where you want to? How might others navigate differently

8 A game of two halves: Find matching pairs or perfect contradications

9 Future prize. Where do you want to be in 5 years? What signs can you find to show you the way

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