Eleanor Rathbone of Liverpool

1872-1946 For all of my life, though she died before I was born, Eleanor Rathbone has been around me. When I got my first proper job working in Everton for the Liverpool City Housing Department, I would pass the Victoria Settlement on my way to work every day. Still going then, it had been Liverpool’s […]

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival? No

I wrote this back in 2013. Three years later, despite my opposition, the Festival’s going from strength to strength. Loathsome, élitist and in all ways objectionable. Can we all collectively just make it stop? ✹ As anyone who’s read this blog for any amount of time will know, I love Sefton Park. I run through it […]

Seeing Deaf School

At the Liverpool International Music Festival this week I saw an astonishing performance from one of the best bands I’ve ever seen in my life, Deaf School. And was surprised to realise I’ve been going to see Deaf School, with many a long gap, for the best part of 40 years. The first time we […]

Chester: To Let

I haven’t been to Chester for years, and I wasn’t going to go there today either. But when we got to the Dee Estuary for our planned walk Sarah was too tired, from being so busy with her funeral celebrant work this week. So we decided to drive up to the head of the Estuary and […]

Buying LPs again

A memory from August 2013 It’s started. After a 23 year gap I’m buying LPs again. Not that I’ve got a turntable mind. That won’t come ’til next week. But it’s ordered. For months, possibly years, I’ve been magnetically pulled towards any turntables I’d happen to see when we’ve been in town shopping. Or rather […]

Lost Liverpool: A history of here

Walking with Sarah in late August 2018 and remembering the same walk with Wirral historian and teacher Stephen Roberts in 2013, following our winter day out from February that year. Places visited many times over these years, none more so than the Orangery. ✹ No snow today as I showed Stephen a part of Liverpool […]