One Day in Liverpool

DSC02490 (1)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.

Cold but sunny, so I decide to walk to my first meeting.

Cold but sunny, so I decide to walk to my first meeting.

All of us are feeling emotionally fragile, I'll find as I travel round the city.

All of us are feeling emotionally fragile, I’ll find as I travel round the city.

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.

What's this? Anyone know?

What’s this? Anyone know?

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.

Just along the road I arrive at Steve Biko Housing.

Just along the road I arrive at Steve Biko Housing.

To meet Rebecca Lawlor and Tracey Gore.

To meet Rebecca Lawlor and Tracey Gore.

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.

Next it's on to my favourite bus, the 27 and round to North Liverpool.

Next it’s on to my favourite bus, the 27 and round to North Liverpool.

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.

The Glebe.

The Glebe.

Early in the day for a drink I know, but I’m just here to meet someone.

Terry May, in one of the two pubs he runs along here.

Terry May, in one of the two pubs he runs along here.

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.

County Road is looking in much better shape than it did not so very long ago.

County Road is looking in much better shape than it did not so very long ago.

Regaining its swagger.

Regaining its swagger.

Its big neighbour still around.

Its big neighbour still around.

Hot Baguette lunch is here, recommended too.

Hot Baguette lunch is here, recommended.

Along Walton Road into Kirkdale.

Along Walton Road into Kirkdale.

Passing my friends at Rotunda.

Passing my friends at Rotunda.

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!

Bluebells, outside Rotunda and not here by accident.

Bluebells, outside Rotunda and not here by accident.

Along Great Mersey Street.

Along Great Mersey Street.

Within sight of the City Centre.

Within sight of the City Centre.

On yo Great Howard Street.

On to Great Howard Street.

Did that used to be the B.A? British American Tobacco? Anyway, looks like its flats now.

First view today of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

First view today of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

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.

Down the hill of Boundary Street towards the river.

Down the hill of Boundary Street towards the river.

Here we are, at the wall anyway.

Here we are, at the wall anyway.

The very long wall that's always separated the city from its dock estate.

The very long wall that’s always separated the city from its dock estate. And us from our river.

I’d like to do something about that.

This particular dock opened in 1948.

This particular dock opened in 1848.

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.

Also lending his name to this pub.

Also lending his name to this pub.

Which I notice with pleasure is also now a Greek Taverna.

A big statement opened along here recently.

A big statement of faith in the future opened along here a little while back.

The Titanic Hotel.

The Titanic Hotel.

With the Stanley Dock behind it.

With the Stanley Dock behind it.

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.

Out into the other docks under the Bascule Bridge here.

Out into the other docks under the Bascule Bridge here.

As I said, back for a longer look some day soon.

The streets along the Dock Road here have lots of interesting looking businesses in them.

The streets along the Dock Road here have lots of interesting looking businesses in them.

Together with a good many vacants, which is why we're here.

Together with a good many vacants, which is why we’ve all arrived here.

At Kazimier's 'Invisible Wind Factory' in the making - one Beautiful Idea.

At Kazimier’s ‘Invisible Wind Factory’ in the making – one Beautiful Idea.

And another - evolving into 'Make Liverpool' of course.

And another – evolving into ‘Make Liverpool’ of course.

Last seen on the blog three weeks ago.

Last seen on the blog three weeks ago.

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?

Well they were and so today have brought the national leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, to visit us.

Well they were and so today have brought the national leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, to visit us. Here welcomed by Liam and Alex.

Sister and brother, and two thirds of Make Liverpool.

Sister and brother, and two thirds of Make Liverpool.

First a tour of the 18,000sq ft space.

First a tour of the 18,000sq ft space.

Then a sit down discussion .

Then a sit down discussion. Lawrence, Tom and Natalie – the Green Party politicians here.

About what we're all up to.

And all of us, about what we’re up to.

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.

Before they go it's back out onto the factory floor for a group photo.

Before they go it’s back out onto the factory floor for a group photo.

Then I walk along to the City Centre.

Then I walk along to the City Centre.

Past the Dock Exit from the Mersey Tunnel.

Past the Dock Exit from the Mersey Tunnel.

To get the bus back home for my final gathering of the day.

To get the bus back home for my final gathering of the day.

Passing preparations for the Hillsborough Vigil that will happen later.

Passing preparations for the Hillsborough Vigil that will happen later.

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.

But at least it takes place in a pub!

But at least it takes place in a pub!

A long day by the time I get home at 8:00. But more than interesting.

One day in Liverpool.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “One Day in Liverpool

  1. Andrew Wright

    Brilliant as ever Ronnie. On the same day as you did this me, my better half and her Mum came to Liverpool, went to pay our respects at St Georges Hall then we went into the museum. We had lunch at the cafe on the top floor which has a fantastic view of St John’s Beacon, featured in one of your shots here.

    I have to say that the architect must be spinning in his grave. Why do they have to have all that rigging on the top, it completely spoiled the smooth outline of what should be an iconic landmark. And do we really have to have Radio City 96.7 emblazoned across the top? Couldn’t we just have Liverpool?

    An opportunity missed I feel!

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  2. jbaird

    A day in the life! I especially liked the picture of the new titanic structure. And relished the memory of screaming girls, myself included, longing to cross the Mersey. Great photos as usual!

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