Happy Days: Games in the 1960s

It’s been a while since me and my boyhood friend Barry Ward jointly penned one of our rambling stories of growing up in the 1960s. But some of those, particularly the ones about food and especially ice cream continue to be read every day and are some of the most popular ever featured on here. […]

Out of Liverpool: Walking to Leeds Section 2

The second section of our walk along the whole of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. 127 miles to Leeds with 119 to go. On this day we cover the 8 miles from Aintree to Downholland Cross, walking out of Liverpool. Quality graffiti here. So today will we be Riders on the Storm who will Break on […]

When we were boys

Shortly after we are born the rationing from World War II and the subsequent austerity finally ends. Sweets rationing has finished a year earlier and now bacon and meat (somehow considered separate items) are the final items whose removal makes ration books redundant. All ready for us to grow up into a world of plenty […]

At last, it’s 1970

At the moment we have a visitor staying with us here in Liverpool and we’re in the middle of showing her the delights of our beloved place. There will, of course, be a blog post about all that. But obviously one of the places we’ve taken her has been our beautifully renewed and restored Liverpool […]

Autographs

It looks like a different world to now. People look more nervous in the photographs, like they’re not used to being in them. And though there is colour in some of the photographs, it’s often tinted in. This is a world that was lived mostly in black and white. On the relatively few televisions. In […]