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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:45 pm    Post subject: Liverpool  Reply with quote

All the times ive been to Anfield, Goodison and more recently Tranmere ive never actually been to the city centre. Always thought what the point is. The grounds are this side of the city and vans, coaches and cars have always been the way. Anyway just before new year we took a two night break there and was quite impressed. Not at all the hell hole its sometimes portrayed as.

First obviously thing are the incredible old buildings. Some in neglect but most seem to have enjoyed a recent face lift possibly with Euro money along with the city of culture 2008 tag. Then there’s the Albert Docks with the immaculate red bricked facades just a shame that so many are occupied by hideous corporates like Costa Coffee who may know the costa coffee but certainly know nothing of taste and value.

We spent a lot of time in the pubs and why not when there are such gems as Dr Duncans, Crown, The Railway, Philarmonic and the ship and Mitre across from the hotel. Fantastic pubs and all well patronised. Went into one by the station called the Punch and Judy and it was rammed full on a Monday Tea Time.

Loads of things to do and see as well. A fine museum, a great exhibition about Liverpool pop music, the Tate. The two cathedrals and a big shopping area that i am informed is as good as Leeds but i know nothing of these things. Some decent guitar shops though

Scousers get a bad press don’t they but i reckon they are like Tetley bitter, yanks and cheap French Wine, fine in their own place but don’t travel well. One thing that struck me was the variations in the scouse twang, there seems to be four variations. The Ringo whine, the high pitched *alright  La, calm down calm down”, the rough arse phlemy one and the posher brouguey rolling one.

We’ll be sure to pay another visits when we get back to the Prem, might be the next time it gets the city of culture award  by then though.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liverpool is indeed a fantastic city, spent many a night trolleyed there as well as indulging in the more refined pastime of shopping and dining.

Used to park up in Seacombe on the Wirrall and get the ferry over, an absolutely fantastic manner to arrive in the city, worth doing the ferry across the Mersey if not only for the fact that it is the ferry across the mersey and back.  Takes about 50 minutes for the round journey, jibbed it with my mum once and did 2 circuits, fucking quality.

The architecture leading from the Pier Head to the centre is interesting too, crane your neck upwards and you'll see the odd sculpture of negro slaves that testify to the reason for Liverpools wealth a few centuries ago.

Last time I was there was for the Bunnymen gig in November, found a few watering holes rammed at 4 in the afternoon with cardboard cut out scousers, friendly as fuck, down to earth people, cant knock them.

Fucking hell, this has just brought memories of a night I had in Cream when I encountered a Jag full of doormen in Birkenhead, I'd stopped for more petrol.  One of the meatheads shouted over as I was filling my tank, he was a bit abusive so I got my zippo out and pointed it in their general direction.

They fucked off sharpish.

Good old days.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

take em away from the football rivalries and so long as they dont think youve got anything worth robbing they are lovely friendly people secure in their own city   (boris strike me down)

was before the decline of the 1970s one of the most grandiose and wealthy cities of the British Empire - hence all the great civic buildings and museums

not been since the capital of culture thing last year - i expect from that and what you are saying its even better than i remember
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The taxi drivers are funny.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The taxi drivers are funny.


They are funny, or they think are funny?

If the latter, they share this misconception with 99.973% of their fellow Scousers. The remainder of the Scousers are too modest to boast just how funny they think they really are.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Liverpool, some great architechture, as Jones says, the ferry across the Mersey is a must, especially on a cold blustery day, Ace.

Re: Football, I always felt really safe going to watch Leeds at Anfield. Goodison was a bit iffy, but all in all, good lads.

I don't think the city as a whole has capitalised half as much as they should have on the fact that that The Beatles came from there. The Beatles story at the Albert dock is proper shit, but the guided Magical Mystery Tour, that takes in Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, all their childhood homes, is worth doing.

Liverpool Tate is worth a gander as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love going to Liverpool and have no problem with scousers either, I have invariably got on well with them.

Not sure about the shopping centre rivalling Leeds though.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I love going to Liverpool and have no problem with scousers either, I have invariably got on well with them.

Not sure about the shopping centre rivalling Leeds though.



Or Ponte          
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I love going to Liverpool and have no problem with scousers either, I have invariably got on well with them.

Not sure about the shopping centre rivalling Leeds though.



Or Ponte          


Or Fev.

The very centre where the shops are is a bit grim, but the rest of it is alright la.

A good book: The La's - 'A Secret Liverpool' is a good read. Focuses on the elusive Lee Mavers, and is written by a fan of the band who's never written anything before.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

12.50 per person that Beatles story at the Albert Docks, needles to say it remains unseen. Same with all that shite on Mathew street, what a corny con that is. The Mersey Beat exhibition was ace though and free.

Leeds ? Did I say Leeds I meant Manchester, Mrs Ds says its better than Manchester, if she had said Leeds i'd have had to get tough with her and give her my most disapproving stare. Ill take her word for it but I can vouch that the whole place had a better feel than Manchester. Never had the pleasure of a shopping trip in Ponte or Fev for some reason.

Same here haddock. Anfield has always been a great trip with no handbags ever. I think youd get it if you went looking but ive seen nothing in about a dozen trips. Goodison was always a place where you didn’t want to be caught on your own whether you were looking for it or not. That side of scouseland was always the nastiest but never saw em at ER Ever. Not even that night game in 85 ish when they were top dogs. Funnily enough I saw loads more blue shirts about than red ones while over there. Shamefully never got the ferry, it was too cold, blooming perishing.

At the risk of appearing a bit daft Jones why would they run away from you cos you pointed a ciggy lighter at  them, or is zippo some slang word for summat else.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ace, ta B.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Berry wrote:
lebowski wrote:
I love going to Liverpool and have no problem with scousers either, I have invariably got on well with them.

Not sure about the shopping centre rivalling Leeds though.


First time I ever arrived at Lime Street on route to Anfield (81), turned one corner and then they appeared, all scouse mouth and intent, had a watch swiped off my wrist whilst on the floor.....saw the worst block of flats in history that day too...


Was it beneath a blue suburban sky?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Off for the day by me sen next Wednesday, want to try the fantastically named pub: The Philharmonic Dining Rooms. Had a look at some pics, looks great. Whats the beer like? LD?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ace pub, loads of Quality ale Dock, you cant go wrong. Have a wander in to Dr Duncans or the Crown as well, or all three
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

surely Dock you should be walking there via the Leeds Liverpool Canal?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jesus this is getting silly
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

grunt wrote:
Jesus this is getting silly


Sorry I'm in totally the wrong thread  
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

grunt wrote:
grunt wrote:
Jesus this is getting silly


Sorry I'm in totally the wrong thread  


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Ace pub, loads of Quality ale Dock, you cant go wrong. Have a wander in to Dr Duncans or the Crown as well, or all three


Cheers LD, I think I'll go with the 'all three' option. Are they all near each other like?  
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ace, will be off to this. Football and music under one roof. Ace!  

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