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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, February 23, 2009
    Joe Moran's blog
    I was starting to wonder what Joe Moran had been up to lately. A writer notable for his sympathetic explorations of the mundane and everyday, who has featured prominently on these pages in the past, and with whom I enjoyed some good cups of tea and conversations in city centre cafes either side of my M62 walk, Joe's New Statesman contributions seemed to have slowed right down and I was starting to get worried he'd lost his quotidian vision and gone over to Bella or Nuts.

    Well, it seems that after finishing his latest book On Roads: A Hidden History (due out in June) he's not only back in the NS but also now breaking out online. No surprise that (after due consideration, I'm sure) Joe has chosen to name his blog Joe Moran's blog.

    On my first skim through this already rich archive, I noted with glee that in one entry Joe sampled one of my Common Prayers and called me his 'favourite lefty vicar'. Filtered through his observations on topics as diverse as the work of Tom Phillips, the slow death of the phone box, tax returns, i-Spy books and traffic cones. Enjoyed Joe's silly limericks, and appreciated his occasional Mundane quotes for the day, including this, from Alain de Botton: ‘Rather than always being a chance to escape reality, perhaps holidays should offer us a chance to make ourselves more at home in the world we actually live in, even down to its half-terrifying, half-sublime motorway systems.’

    Joe Moran's blog - favourited already.