Nurse recruitment open day at Southport hospital
Cancer support group helped John on the road to recovery

About The Formby Blog

Live-Blog-ImageThis blog started in 2006 and over the years there have been many stories published here. In this the latest iteration I'm experimenting with telling 'serial' stories. I still publish short single topic news items and the headlines appear in the column to the right. But the emphasis is now on writing a multi-part story around a theme over the passage of several days.

I hope you like this new approach, it's a form of 'slow live-blogging', I'm a fan of all things 'slow', food, travel, radio, film and video.

This form also opens up the possibilities for a prolonged conversation between me and the reader. It's a form of an interactive magazine. Let me know what you think. Use the comment link at the foot of the story. 

About me.

I am a retired Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education. I became interested in 'New Media' while I was a student at St Mary's College, Twickenham, where I studied Drama alongside Pete Postlethwaite and others.

I have maintained an interest in 'New Media' throughout my personal and professional life. I like photography, video and audio production, designing websites, local politics and crown green bowling.

I am particularly interested in the development of 'hyperlocal' blog sites. I have a long history of involvement in public affairs. I first stood for election in 1979. I was eventually elected to serve as a ward councillor for Linacre ward, Sefton MBC in 1980. I served until I retired from Sefton in 1987.

For several years afterwards, I was a Green party Member and served very briefly as Co-Chair. I stood for Parliament 3 times since 1979. Then I became a member of Formby Parish Council(2003-2011) and Little Altcar Parish Council(1995-2004 and November 2012 - May 2015). I was Chair of the 10 Parish Councils for Sefton for a number of years and also represented them as a member of Sefton MBC's Local Strategic Partnership.