This has now evolved into a tradition for me. Not every year, because that would be annoying, but every now and then I like to walk round the centre of Liverpool on the one day in the year when all the shops are shut and there are hardly any people around.
As you’ll know if you read this blog sometimes I feel a considerable amount of responsibility for Liverpool. So looking around it on its quietest day is like me being the curator of an empty gallery or a minister in a great cathedral before the congregation arrive, checking everything’s all right while I have the place more or less to myself. Let’s have a look round then.
My friend Jane MacNeil, Liverpool’s principal street photographer, has recently been commenting on the state of our streets. The rubbish we think we can just throw down and leave behind us along with the shit we leave behind from our dogs. It’s not ok to blame the council, we shouldn’t be letting it happen in the first place. So anyway, it annoys me.
Not the guy on the bike, who keeps on going, but the only other person on the street who comes up behind me screaming and blaming all the rubbish and shit on me. A troubled soul who may have taken too much of something or, perhaps, not enough of something. Whatever, when he screams that he will now ‘crush and annihilate’ me I ditch the planned empathy and walk smartly away.
That’s really not likely to end well is it?
Welcome foreign visitors mostly. The language I hear the least of all day, apart from that incident up Bold Street, is English.
In previous years I’ve been tracked in here by red coated Liverpool One ‘security’ on Christmas Day. Not this year. They’ve probably got more efficient tracking now, maybe a couple of those Maplin’s drones?
Then as promised, if only to myself, up to the great cathedral.
When I passed earlier there was a service on. Now most people here are visitors in Liverpool over Christmas.
So here ends the circular walk and my inspection of the centre of Liverpool on its quietest day. Not as quiet as it’s been other Christmases, and not without things to concern us – like the state of the streets and the number of people being forced to live on them. But great to have so many visitors from other countries with us, long may that continue.
And from Liverpool, for which I’m speaking today as there’s no one else around, to wherever you are, I wish you peace, food, warmth, shelter, love and company.