Remembering the Garden Festival

Another guest post with newly discovered photographs today from John Viggars.This time John takes on a subject that, even thirty years after the fact, can still cause arguments when two or more Liverpudlians are gathered together. It’s the early 1980s. We’ve had riots, mass unemployment, factories closing down by the day, you’ve seen how it is […]

A day out in England

Living as we do in the semi-independent city state of Liverpool, Sarah and I enjoy the occasional day out in England. Having been some time since we visited the grand nob house of Chatsworth for Sarah’s birthday today we motored through Cheshire and, just, into Staffordshire to visit the gardens at Biddulph Grange, between Congleton […]

I remember you: For Rachel

Today a very personal post from my partner Sarah about her best friend Rachel, who died three years ago. When Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer eight years ago now, she fairly soon wanted to find her sisters. Other women who’d shared some of her experiences and ‘been in some of the same rooms’ as […]

Where do the children play?

The day begins with breakfast. Not at home, as it does usually, but out somewhere. Get me, modern as well as urban. I’d been supposed to meet a friend but as she isn’t well enough this morning to come out to play I decide to go out anyway. It’s going to be a long cold […]

Walking with a camera

Walking with a camera is different from just walking. Me and Sarah found this many years ago when we’d run it as an exercise on the ‘Creativity’ courses we’d run back then. People would notice things they might normally miss and find beauty in unexpected places. Well I’ve carried on with this ‘exercise’ until it’s […]

Lister Steps: Walking into the future? Part Two

Returning to Lister Drive and the possible future of its near derelict library building. In Part One of our exploration of Lister Drive, between Old Swan and Tuebrook, we found that it once had three buildings by Liverpool’s most celebrated municipal architect, Thomas Shelmerdine, a library, a school and a swimming baths. The home, for […]