Spent a lot of time in Liverpool early 90's, going out with a bunch of local women was interesting, good atmosphere out and about.
Also played there a lot during the 80's and always found the Liverpudlians an extremely good audience.
Unfortunately, I have absolutely nothing to say about the city at this moment in time, so reading this was perhaps a complete waste of time.
Also, I could waste your time a little longer by posting more irrelevant shite but I shant do that as it would be remiss of me. Or should I? No, I won't, you've spent long enough reading this bollocks, or have you? Only you can know for sure - have you more time to waste?
You've been saved from me stealing more of your precious time by my eldest kicking me off the computer, good bye. _________________ +
From the committee of the wise, the directorate of the witty and the society of weird willies.
Well had another ace two days last weekend. 50th birthday pressie from MrsD. Two tickets to see James at the Liverpool university, train tickets and a nights Hotel. Very ace
Was it Clacks who posted about the Beatles tour? Well we went on it and it was fab. Two hours flew by. Started off at the Albert Docks with its red brick magnificence illuminated perfectly by the sun and water.
Up to Toxteth to see Ringos family locale, then to Georges little two bed terrace where 6 of em lived. The guide who apparently played Lennons mate in one of the latest films was a good egg with a nice little line in understated scouse pattoir.
Down on Penny Lane (she loved it yeah yeah yeah *doesn’t apply for tour guide vacancy*)
Then up to the more salubrious areas of Lennons Aunties abode and Maccas place. Saw Strawberry Fields gate which although tatty and nondescript was quite evocative in its simple untreated stance.
Bit of a potential crisis as the night club next to the Philarmonic pub burnt down but the Philly was untouched. Other pubs were the ace Dr Duncans where I witnessed the final misery of the Gillingham game coming through. Much talk amongst the locals though about cclleeeeiidsss (attempted scouse)
An old Polish church converted to a pub called the Alma de Cuba was interesting in a WAGGY way. Had it recommended by a scouse mate, a bit pricey so only had one there but enjoyed it
Then a Greek meal before onto the James which is most definitely worthy of a thread on its own _________________ I guess all songs is folk songs. I never heard no horse sing 'em
You must have gone on the national trust tour then TG where you get to go inside the houses (the NT own the houses now). We didn't manage that (next time though)
We did manage to stand under a statue exceedingly bare but fortunately did not have to dive under a dustbin for deceased rodent fortitude _________________ I guess all songs is folk songs. I never heard no horse sing 'em
Just found this. First song, Tim started off the gig in the balcony with this accoustic version of sit down. We are literally right next to him in the balcony as he moved along about 1.40 in. Magical _________________ I guess all songs is folk songs. I never heard no horse sing 'em
This was just brilliant. Sometimes, first encore then into Laid. about 1 min 20 onward into it and for a few minutes on the crowd response was as good as i've ever heard in 35 years gig going. not an ace vid but brings it back to me. it was great
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Aye always had a good Leeds Following as well. LUFC was scrawled all over the condensation in the mirrors going downstairs _________________ I guess all songs is folk songs. I never heard no horse sing 'em
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?
Trip postponed, as my company have paid me my holiday pay on my last wage, so no days left to take until I finish on the 30th. The useless fucks. Oh, well. I'll go when I'm dole scum. Ace!
At the time of my last post, I had quite a lot on my mind so I put this trip off, but thought it would round off this latest chapter of my life nicely to treat myself to the day out on Merseyside that I never got around to last year.
For purely econonomic reasons (£13.50 return) I chose to travel with National Express coaches. It's been a while since my last trip on one of these but I was pleasantly surprised. Very comfortable, plenty of air con, and punctual to the minute. I set off from Leeds at 7.05am, and arrived in Liverpool for 9.30am. The coach stopped in the Manchester terminus for twenty minutes (long enough for a bacon roll and to pick up a copy of last nights Manchester Evening News for Leb).
Driving into Liverpool we went through the area of Kensington, immortalised in the Shack song 'Streets of Kenny'. An infamous area, and one that for years was associated with having a chronic heroin problem and extreme poverty. Even though there are many very grand Georgian town houses in this area, there are still row upon row of victorian terraces all steel shuttered up, with the legend 'Elec off, gas off' sprayed on the front of each property, but it does look like they are going to develop the derelict houses into a new housing initiative, as there were a lot of the steel shutters covered with Liverpool Heritage Project posters. Fingers crossed!
The coach station is right at the side of one of my favorite squares in the world. In every direction you look there is a piece of astounding Architecture. The Walker Art Gallery, The Empire Theatre, The County Sessions House, The Liverpool Uni's North Western Building, and last but not least St. Georges Hall, which in my opinion is one of the grandest buildings in the North of England. Just around the corner is Lime Street station which they've tarted up a bit since my last visit and it looks excellent, retaining its famous arched entrance, with some new steps down the front. Very similar to what they've done at Sheffield station.
It was time to catch the ferry, so off I trotted down the excellently named Canada Boulevard past the impressive Port of Liverpool Building and the Cunard Building to the Pierhead. I don't remember it costing £6.50, but as I said before on this thread, for me the mersey ferry is a must on a day out in Liverpool. First time I've ever done the crossing on a red hot day, and the vastness of the sky was even more, er, vaster, than usual due to the it being a clear blue with not a cloud in sight. Great views of the city, and a new edition to the skyline in the shape of seven massve wind turbines, which only added to the uniqueness of the view.
After a cuppa and a choclate muffin (that was comparable in size to a softball *burps*) It was time to hit the trail again. My first stop was The Merseyside Maritime Museum located at the Albert Dock. First time I've been to this, but what a find. Only two floors, with the the International Slavery Museum on the third floor, but it's really informative about just how much of a major port Liverpool was, and some really interesting exhibitions on how much migration and emigration Liverpool has witnessed through history. Some great stuff on the big liners from the last century including the Titanic and the Lusitania, and a very boys own interactive exhibit (Just as well Mrs. D wasn't around) about how many of the Atlantic Convoys from WW2 arrived and set off from Liverpool. Although I'm a fan of the Royal Armories in Leeds, I do find there's a bit too much to get round, but in this place its just the right size, and you're interest doesn't wain as it would in a lot of similar museums.
A quick look in the Tate Liverpool, and was lucky enough to chance upon Francis Bacon's 'Reclining Woman 1961' (I've seen more Bacons this year than a fecking Danepack lorry, the mans haunting me), and Andy Warhol's 'Black Beans'. There was a Picasso exhibit but it was £10, so what with me being a tight Yorkshire bastard awaiting his first pay packet, I made my exit.
A short carouse through the city centre, and then remembering Mr. Clack and Mr. Doors pop shop recommendations I enquired of one of Liverpool Police Department's Finest "Excuse me, can you tell me how to get to The Philharmonic Rooms pub?" He answered with typical scouse friendliness "Yeah mate, just carry on straight a ed, when you get to the bombed out church it's just up on the left hand side". The bombed oput church I noticed was St. Lukes, all the roof gone after a bombing raid in the last big one, but the rest of it was still standing.
The Phil (as tis' locally known) is amazing, it stands on the corner of Hope and Hardman Street opposite the fantastic art-deco Philharmonic Hall (imagine one of thos old Odean cinemas, but three times the size). The most ornate pub I've ever been in, including all those fine example in T'London. A few smaller snug-like rooms, and then one massive room, that looks more like one of those old establisment clubs for gents who went to all the good schools. A great selection of ales, I chose 'Ale to the Zsar' from Fernandes Brewery to wash down a crispy chicken sandwich with spinach and tomato. A good pub, that I will defo be going back in.
On getting back out on the street, the heat was getting unbearable, and it was nearly kick off time for the Brazil V Portugal match. I walked on to find a really old style corner pub originally owned by the Liverpool brewer Cains, called The Dispensary. I noticed a 'CAMRA Pub of the Year 1999' sticker in the window and could hear commentary, so thought this would do for the Dockster. It was the kind of pub you go in and think "Kin' ell, I wish this my local", good beers, and a really friendly bunch of locals from all walks of life, when someone walked in they addressed the barmaid by her first name. I enjoyed watching the best part of the match, and then it was time to get the coach.
Liverpool will always be a great city, and even though it's had some rough times, I really do think it's luck is changing, and I noticed more building work going on in it's outskirts and in the centre than anywhere else I've visited in the last two years. As with Leeds and nearly everywhere else, they've got empty high street shops To Let, but the saddest one for me was as I walked down Renshaw Street, the old Lewis's Department Store was all whitewashed windows and letitng agent signs. For those of you who've never seen this building it's style is reminiscent of a building from Metropolis in a Superman comic, and famous because it's entrance was where a certain Mr. John Lennon used to meet his Girlfriend Cynthia before they'd go a courting and a kanoodling.
Anyway, a great day out in a great city. That is all!
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