Knowing this was likely to be an interestingly varied Wednesday, I decided I’d photograph my way around Liverpool and record what happened and who I met, on one day late in April in 2016.
The previous day, after a 27 year wait, we’ve had the findings of the Hillsborough Inquests into the deaths of the 96. And through the day we’ll all talk about how tense we felt, how the whole city seemed to hold its breath waiting for the judgements.
Breathing out only as the unlawful killing verdict in particular came through. Today we have all woken to a world where we are in no way to blame and we know who is. Yet we’re all feeling emotionally washed out really, that justice took so long. That the cover up and smearing by the English Establishment continued even through the agonising drawing out of these Inquests. More than usually, today Liverpool doesn’t really feel quite part of their England.
Let’s walk on, never alone.
It’s date of 1866 is ten years after the Toxteth Park Cemetery here was opened. I must have walked past it a thousand times, but never noticed it ’til today as I walked along, for once, with my head down.
You’ve met Tracey plenty of times on here before, one of the whole community of us friends who’ve been working on Granby 4 Streets for several years now. Rebecca has only been with us a week though, the Community Land Trust’s first full time appointment. Here being partly inducted into her new job and, as you’d probably expect to hear, being thrown vigorously into the deep end of sorting some issues out!
Anyway, you’re very very welcome Rebecca. With you and Michael we’ve now got a team and it feels like we’re growing up into a real community business.
I’ve never made anything like an official policy of it, but in fact all my Liverpool work at the moment is within easy reach of the circular 26/27 bus route. And I kind of like it that way.
This particular day as I’m standing up to get off the bus at Everton Valley, two men in running gear are passing the bus.
“It’s Jamie!” says everyone on the bus in unison.
And indeed one of the running men is our Jamie. As if knowing my ‘typical day in Liverpool’ blog post would need him the very great and much loved Jamie Carragher has just run up Everton Valley past the 27 bus. No photo I’m afraid, it all happened too quickly. But he still looked like he could turn out for the LFC first team if necessary.
Crossing Everton Valley I change on to a 21 bus along Walton and County Roads to get to where I’m going next.
Early in the day for a drink I know, but I’m just here to meet someone.
Terry calls this Bernie’s Bar now, in memory of his dad. In fact Terry and his family have been a big part, lately, of restoring the County Road area to what he proudly calls ‘it’s former glory.’
We talk for a couple of hours, in a coffee shop they also run just along the road, of our mutual love and knowledge of along here – and about our Beautiful Ideas. We’re both part of the LaunchPad programme I’m often telling you about, and we talk a lot about ‘Coming Home’ which I wrote about on here the other day. How Terry and all his contacts in the building trade might be able to help us out on some of our empty homes jobs.
Terry’s Beautiful Idea is about locally based care to help older people carry on living in their homes with local help. And I’ll be telling you more about that too as it moves towards happening.
I’m loving all the North Liverpool planning, talking and even trading we’re now starting to do with each other at the moment. And so decide on a celebratory North Liverpool walk to where I’m going next, another Beautiful Idea.
And sorry Maxine, Emma and Ann-Marie, no time to call in as its still a fair walk to get where I’m going in time. But see you soon!
Did that used to be the B.A? British American Tobacco? Anyway, looks like its flats now.
Which we’ll be seeing again further along the walk. But I’ll also be back here soon for a special walk along these first few miles of the canal. For an article I’ll be writing for my friends Marie and Emma from Leeds, who are working on celebrating both ends of the great meandering waterway that links up so much of the north-west.
I’d like to do something about that.
And not named after a place, as I always thought when young, but after the merchant who was then the chairman of the docks committee.
Which I notice with pleasure is also now a Greek Taverna.
This is also our second sighting of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal today. As the gap at the far end of the picture there is where the Canal enters the Liverpool Docks system.
As I said, back for a longer look some day soon.
When we ran the event here about re-inventing the economy of North Liverpool, from the ground up. I’m happy to say that Kirsten, Liam and Alex have asked me to be a Trustee of Make Liverpool, so you’ll be seeing a lot more of them and here from now on.
Today we’re welcoming some visitors arriving as a direct result of that event. There we’d invited a good number of the Labour Councillors, who’ve been strongly behind what The Beautiful Ideas Co are up to. Along with a couple of Green Party councillors who, as the official opposition in Liverpool, we thought might well be interested?
Here in North Liverpool. With The Beautiful Ideas Co, Make Liverpool, Kazimier, Pao, Coming Home – and all the other ideas. I ‘out’ myself as a Labour Party member and it’s a good discussion about all we’re doing and learning from other maker spaces Natalie is familiar with.
Then after a short while at home, its back out for something that’s in the planning. So not ready to talk about it yet.
A long day by the time I get home at 8:00. But more than interesting.
One day in Liverpool.