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July 2024 First Sunday

Dear friends, loiterers and lovers of drifting

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and time for change….

I’m delighted we have a guest loiterer facilitating our wanders this month. I met Bella through the excellent Narrow Margins project (https://www.bcu.ac.uk/research/research-projects-list/narrow-margins) and by happy coincidence she’s visiting Manchester this week. Here’s what she has to say about her plans….

Hi LRM folks,
I research trespass in my job and practice mental sketch mapping, a form of critical/creative cartography. In both I aim to unlearn property logics. This is needed in order to build property and memory cultures that are engaged with ongoing dispossession in Britain, whilst remaining in conversation with settler colonial and imperial projects the British state has conducted elsewhere.
To this end I have been mapping trespass and access signs everywhere I walk. This Sunday I invite you to join me in mapping signs in Manchester. This will be followed by a mental sketch mapping exercise (I'll lead you through what this means when I facilitate) — please bring plain paper / plain notebooks and a pencil/pen for this. Very much looking forward to being part of the LRM for a day!
Thanks, Bella


Please join us 2pm at the No Loitering Sign opposite the Salisbury Pub on James Leigh Street (its just off Oxford Road behind Grand Central, near the steps up to the railway station). We don’t know where the signs will be taking us so do try to get there on time so you can find us!  If we haven’t met before I’m short with pink hair so usually easy to spot.

As ever the direction and pace of our wanders will be decided collectively by the group, and we will follow The LRM code: take care of yourself, each other and the environment and don’t be an arse.  After about 90 – 120 minutes we will find somewhere for refreshments, map making and story swapping.

We always welcome ideas for loiters whether from new faces or more familiar friends, so please do get in touch with any places or themes you think we could explore.
If you have any questions, comments, access needs or just want to meet before the start on Sunday you can contact The LRM any of these ways:
email mlrose@thelrm.org
x/twitter @thelrm
facebook “the loiterers resistance movement”
text or whatsapp 07974929589
 
We really hope to see you on the streets soon
 
With love and golden apples
 
Morag xx

June 2024 First Sunday

Dear friends, comrades and lovely loiterers

Wow – its First Sunday again this Sunday, time really does seem to be whizzing by at the moment.

We’ve had requests for more water, more tram stops and  an exploration of the developments around the Etihad campus and so this First Sunday we will combine them all…

Lets meet 2pm Sunday 2nd June at New Islington Tram Stop. We’ll follow the canal towpath up to the Co-op Live building and then see where the drift takes us….  There aren’t any major sporting events scheduled but loiterers are warned Coldplay are in the vicinity.

As ever the direction and pace will be set collectively (if folk aren’t feeling it we can wander away from the canal). Wherever we go will will walk for around 90-120 minutes and then find somewhere for a drink and a chat.

All are very welcome to join us, because these streets belong to everyone and we believe in the power of walking them together.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions, comments or ideas for future First Sundays. Email mlrose@thelrm.orgtext/whatsapp 07974929589 x @thelrm or comment on the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

I hope to loiter with you soon

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

PS Manchester Histories Festival is back 6-9thJune and as ever lots of interesting stuff. Thanks to spooky loiterer par excellence Julian I’ll be part of a panel on paranormal Manchester on Saturday afternoon: https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/events/day-3-saturday-8-june-2024-intangible-sounds-daytime-events/please do share other highlights here too.

May 2024 First Sunday Full Details

Dear friends and loiterers

As promised, here’s the information about May’s First Sunday. It is being facilitated by walking artist extraordinaire Blake Morris at The Walk Exchange. Find out more about Blake here: https://thisisnotaslog.com/British-Summer-Time-Sunrise-Walks and The Walk Exchange here: https://thewalkexchange.com/

Here’s the invitation from them (UK folk: it’s a 3pm start this month)

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Manchester and NYC: A Walk in two Quays        

This Sunday, The Walk Exchange will join the Loiterer’s Resistance Movement (LRM), the UK’s longest running group dedicated to psychogeography, for a simultaneous wander in New York City and Manchester England. Since 2006, The LRM has been gathering the first Sunday of every month for “some kind of communal wander, public dérive, or drift”; in May we will join them. Starting at two different quays, Salford Quays and Quay Tower in Brooklyn Heights, the walks will explore the different riverfronts, while looking to “uncover hidden histories and discover the extraordinary in the mundane” and engage with pertinent questions about urban development, rights of access and ways of changing our engagement with the urban landscape. Connected through a shared WhatsApp Group, the walk will consider the things that connect us at a distance while also digging in to the particularities of our local walking experience.

The walk is free and open to all. We will be deciding the route together and will work as a collective to make the walk accessible to everyone who joins.

Date: 5 May

Start time: 10AM EDT // 3PM BST

Starting Location USA: Quay Tower, Brooklyn Heights, New York City (50 Bridge Park Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11201) Time: 10 AM EDT

Starting Location UK: Broadway Metrolink Stop, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Time: 3PM BST

Online / remote participation by whatsapp: please message 07974929589 or email mlrose@thelrm.org by 10am BST on Sunday 5th May to be added to the private group chat. Please remember to share your name and country code when you get in touch

Length: 90-120 minutes.

Cost: Free

For More Information: blakemwalks@gmail.com

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Thanks so much to Blake, and please remember we are always open to collaboration, comments and ideas for future wanders, please get in touch with The LRM via X @thelrm, our facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement” email mlrose@thelrm or text/whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

PS we think Blake is right to say we are the longest running psychogeography group, but if anyone knows different please holler (and yes we like the oxymoron of running loiterers)

PPS UK Folks: please note the 3pm start time

May 2024 First Sunday

Hello lovelies

as you know the Thursday before First Sunday is when we share the meeting time and place.... this is basically a hold on notice as full details will be shared tomorrow (Friday) but it will be worth the wait... we will be wandering with the fabulous Blake Morris who will be in New York.... so you can also join us anywhere via whatsapp if you like. If you prefer in person we will start at THREE PM (3pm) BST so an hour later than usual at Broadway Tram Stop Salford Quays. More soon. The whatsapp number to join the group that way is 07974929589 or as ever you can email morangopop@gmail.com

with love and golden apples 

Morag xx

April 2024 First Sunday

Dear friends, loiterers and random Spring bloomers

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and time for a colourful wander….

Meet 2pm outside Manchester Art Gallery on Mosely Street this Sunday 7th April. Together we we explore the city, make new connections and search for wonder on the streets.

As ever the pace and direction will be set by all who participate, and we will follow only our rules: take care of yourself, each other and the environment. And don’t be an arse.

Afterwards – around 4pm - we will find somewhere to convene for a beverage and a blether.

If you have any questions or specific access requirements or just want to know a bit more about The LRM please don’t hesitate to contact The LRM:

Email mlrose@thelrm.org
Facebook “the loiterers resistance movement”
Twitter / X @thelrm
Text/Call/Whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

 

PS we are always open to collaborations, invitations and suggestions for future walks so please do get in touch if you have any ideas.

March 2024 First Sunday

Dear friends and fellow loiterers

I hope you have found something delightful this leap year day. I’ve been enjoying the first Spring flowers which bring joy and comfort; all things shall pass

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and of course that means its time for us to gather for a communal wander. I missed loitering together last month, huge thanks to Peter for helping out as I was called away.

This month we are in for a treat as Matthew is facilitating an exploration starting at the wonderful William Mitchell totems which were discussed a couple of months ago.

The themes guiding us will include (amongst other things) some questions that have haunted our perambulations for many years:
what’s in a name?
what is “authentic” (and does it matter?)
what is worth unknowing, saving, discarding or treasuring in the landscape?
and how does the rational mingle with the unknowable on our streets?

Of course we may go off on tangents that mean these mysteries remain unvoiced, let alone discussed or (whisper it) resolved.

Please join us 2pm this Sunday 2nd March at the sculptures outside the Allerton Building, Frederick Street, Salford M6 6PU.

It is appreciated if you can be on time as the route is largely unplanned and I cant promise you will find us if you are late. As ever the pace and direction will be decided collectively but I strongly suspect we may derive unusally for us venturing both inside and underground at some points. We will probably finish at The New Oxford around 4pm.

All welcome and as ever its free for all and we all look out for each other as we walk.

If you need more information or have any questions or feel a bit unsure and want to meet beforehand please do get in touch:

Comment on the facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”
X / twitter @thelrm
email mlrose@thelrm.org
text/ whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples

Morag x

February update

Hello everyone

Its First Sunday, This Sunday and time to wander together again.

I’m sorry to be late getting the details out this month but this has been a tumultuous week and I wasn’t sure what to do. The answer, of course, is to keep going and seek new directions….

Lets gather at one of The LRMs favourite spots, beneath the tiled map in Victoria Station 2pm on Sunday February 4th

Here’s the plan;

Let your heart or soul or instinct or what-ever-you-call-it guide you, if you need an extra nudge head towards a light.

As you go collect words from signs, names, litter, whatever you find

Use them to write a poem of the streets, it can be on paper, in pictures or just in your footsteps.

Share it if you like or just let it glow inside you, both are fine

I won’t be there in Manchester this Sunday, but I know others will be and as ever all are welcome. As ever the only rule is: take care of yourself, each other and the streets. And don’t be an arse

If you would like to connect remotely from wherever you are I’ll be on whatsapp so feel free to share with me on 07974929589

Any questions or comments please share on facebook “the loiterers resistance movement” twitter @thelrm email morangopop@gmail.com or text/whatsapp 07974929589

Thank you to all loiterers for the curiosity, care and fabulousness you bring to the streets.

With love and golden apples

Morag xx

PS next month we will be at exploring the magic of mitchells totems in Salford as discussed last time xx

February 2024 First Sunday

Dear friends and lovers of loitering

It's First Sunday, This Sunday and so we shall be wandering, but I am afraid circumstances beyond my control mean I cant share details quite yet. Tech stuff also means I may not be able to update the website in time so if you want to know what we are doing and this message is all you can see please get in touch for updates through one of these means:

facebook "the loiterers resistance movement"
twitter @thelrm
sms/ text / whatsapp 07974929589

This makes it all sound a bit more mysterious and glamorous than it is, but dont worry - nothing will stop us loitering xx

January 2024 First First Sunday

 Dear friends in loitering

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and so time for a wander to welcome in 2024 together. We’ll be meeting 2pm Sunday January 7th at Stevenson Square – we’ll be near the disused toilets on the traffic island near Fred Aldous. The direction and speed will be divined by us collectively following some new year inspired prompts. After 90-120 minutes we will find somewhere for a drink and a blether.  As ever our drifts are free and open to all who wish to explore with us. The only rules as ever are: don’t be arse and take care of yourself, each other and the places we bimble through.

If you need anymore information, or have questions, comments or ideas for future events please don’t hesitate to get in touch: email mlrose@thelrm.org twitter @thelrm facebook “the loiterers resistance movement” or text/whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples

Morag x

PS thank you so much to everyone who made our 2023 loiters so inspiring, it is very much appreciated x

December 2023 A Wander with Words from Phil Smith

Dear friends and beloved loiterers

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday, and our final communal drift of 2023. To see the year out in style we will be guided by the words of the Loiterers friend and inspiration Phil Smith. Phil is an exemplary mythogeographer, writer, artist and occasional crabman: https://www.mythogeography.com/more-about-the-author.html

Phil has kindly sent us his latest book “The Silversnake Project.” It’s an eco-gothic exploration which seeks to “give voice to some of the growing fears and deepest feelings we have about an environment…. An eeriness that is often hiding from us in plain sight” We will use the toolkit contained in its covers to guide our walk together. Afterward we will weave together our findings and share back with Phil.

Meet us 2pm on Sunday 3rd December at the glacial erratic on Ardwick Green. This is one of Manchester’s psychogeographical foci and I am excited to return after so long. As ever the direction, pace and conversation depends on the group. We follow the loiterers lore: All are welcome because the streets belong to everyone. Take care of yourself, each other, the environment and don’t be an arse.

If you would like to learn more or have any questions or comments please do get in touch
email mlrose@thelrm.org
x @thelrm
facebook “the loiterers resistance movement”
text / whatsapp 07974929589

with love and golden apples

Morag xx        

PS Another break with tradition sending information out early – usually we share locations on the Thursday before a wander – if you prefer more notice please let us know

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