Places and life-stories
Angus has been absorbed by the relationship between place and individual life-stories, his own and other peoples’. He has chosen to call this geo-story and include links to some of them here. It makes sense that places influence what people become, but tuning-in to one’s places is altogether more pro-active and engaging. It’s also about curating a representation of your own life to share with others.
is the family memoir by Alice Ascoli, Angus’s great aunt, who wrote in 1962, “It is my fervent hope that this generation determine that many things in the world their ancestors knew shall never return and the legacies we have left them of struggles unconquered, and problems unsolved, they may realise are “the birth pangs of a new age” (Mark 13 New Testament) and in enthusiastic resolve and imagination seek their solution.”
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is a collection of memories and photographs from school-friends about our time together at Friends’ School, Saffron Walden. It was initiated in 2002 in anticipation of a year-group reunion. It was further built up after another school reunion held in 2005 when most of us reached the age of 50. It still receives occasional comments and additions. I hope that one day another photo-collection will come to light.
See www.pannage.com/fssw73 [opens in a new window]
Atlantic Airmail: Mum and Son 1973-74
records the letters from home, and Angus’s replies, while he was working in New York City. There is also travelogue of the time he spent travelling by Greyhound Bus across the United States. Both countries experience their own changes just as Angus’s own life is further influenced by the places he saw.
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“I told you I would take you places“
is a heavily ironic phrase I use with Margaret when we get into a spot of difficulty or discomfort somewhere. The collection of photographs was inititiated for our silver wedding anniversary.
See www.pannage.com/places/ [opens in a new window]
‘We need stories myths and folktales as well as true accounts, to
help us hold the beginnings, middles and ends of our lives together.
Without them we shall not have hope: yes, to lose stories is to lose hope,
but conversely to construct and cherish stories is to maintain hope’
Richardson, Robin (1996: 101) Fortunes and Fables: Education for hope in troubled times,
Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books
The Pannage blog
has ‘place’ as a main theme set in Angus’s current interests and experiences.
Community geography, expressive life and learning in a digital, connected world.
Angus Willson shares a view or two.
See www.pannage.blogspot.com [opens in a new window]
The word cloud below is based on the Pannage blog.
New for 2012: My Place – East Kent.
A personal account of where Angus has lived.
Also new for 2012: Family.
Curating some photographs from the 1960s and 1970s.