Caught by the River


26th April 2015

whitby-pots Pots, Whitby Harbour by Graham Vasey

With a phrase unearthed by Robert Macfarlane in mind, photographer Graham Vasey beautifully captures a Whitby harbour tumult on what remains of his favourite black and white paper.

12onnature3-articleLarge A view of Wicken Fen by Helen Macdonald

In the flashes of wildlife seen at Wicken Fen, Helen Macdonald muses on how we observe nature as this marshland slowly undergoes an ambitious 100-year rewilding project to return to its former wetland state. The Living Beauty of Wicken Fen.

In this programme for BBC Radio 4, Robert Macfarlane visits the people and places that inspired Landmarks.

Jake-with-Rev-John-Wilkins Jake with Rev. John Wilkins

Jake Xerxes Fussell – whose self titled record has been a constant in the office these past few months – takes us through some of the music past and present that’s left its mark.

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During Lou’s teenage years, it became obvious that he was becoming increasingly anxious, avoidant and resistant to most socializing, unless it was on his terms. In social situations he withdrew, locking himself in his room, refusing to meet people. At times, he would hide under his desk. Panic attacks and social phobias beset him. He possessed a fragile temperament. His hyper-focus on the things he liked led him to music and it was there that he found himself.

Merrill Reed Weiner’s tender portrait of family life and her brother Lou’s teenage behaviour that tragically led to rash and short sited psychiatric diagnosis.


With the release of Sherwood At The Controls Volume 1: 1979-1984 comes two insights into this maverick’s output: Dummy have put together some selections and words on his post-punk work and there’s a great interview with Adrian at Test Pressing.

And whilst we’re in the neighbourhood a visit to this Punk Reggae Party – The story of The Slits’ “New Town” is a must. Tayo 3000 talks about this crucial moment in musical alchemy with producer Dennis ‘Bluebeard’ Bovell and former Slit (and now author of note) Viv Albertine. Irie.