18th May 2011 There and Back Again

I’m chat­ting to the ticket seller and the train dri­ver at a sta­tion with one plat­form. The driver’s done Lon­don and back this morn­ing, and now he’s on the third of seven trips between the same two sta­tions. The jour­ney is seven min­utes each way, round the back of the allot­ments, across a cou­ple of…

12th May 2011 Calculating Care

Car­ers UK have just released new fig­ures cal­cu­lat­ing the value of the work of unpaid car­ers. Some time ago I wrote about being a carer, and these lat­est fig­ures do noth­ing to chal­lenge the argu­ment in that piece to take care seri­ously. Car­ers UK/University of Leeds cal­cu­late the eco­nomic value of car­ing as £119 billion…

9th May 2011 Dreams at Work

On the 13th Feb­ru­ary, 2011, I pho­tographed my work­place at night, as part of a project on dreams. Sound artist Will Mont­gomery was with me, record­ing the uni­ver­sity breath­ing. Click on the pre­sen­ta­tion to hear how the boiler room hums and the air­con­di­tion­ing units buzz. A silent, dream­less night is an illu­sion. Dreams The photographs…