For a dedicated urban walker Christmas Day offers just about the best chance of the year to walk around the city centre, in daylight, while most of it is shut, and be almost alone too.
Along Hope Street I see the only party hats of the day. Three women in the restaurant at the Liverpool Carriage Works having what looked like an intensely serious discussion with Christmas Cracker hats on their heads. No, I don’t risk a photograph.
The streets are not quite empty but I think the few people I pass are visitors strolling around the streets from their hotels. I hear many languages but little English.
“Our mission is to be the world’s leading overwater Marine Drilling Contractor, providing geotechnical services and specialist foundation solutions for the marine construction, renewables, oil, gas and mining industries worldwide.
Specialising in large diameter drilling services, we always seek to expand the parameters of drilling technology. In completing a 6.5m diameter shaft in 2009, we have created the largest drilled marine socket in the world.”
So now you know. What one of their drilling platforms was doing being parked at the Pier Head, well, there was no one around to ask.
Peace on Earth and good will to all of us, all of us. As the City sleeps and for a few sacred hours capitalism is turned off.