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Walking to The Egg

Walking to The Egg - 10A work meeting for 11:30 in the morning is called off because someone’s sick (get well soon Ann Marie x). So what to do? Shall I fill in the time before my next appointment at 2 in the afternoon with other work or shall I go for a walk in the early spring sunshine? Easy choice, I put my boots on and set off.

My eventual destination will be The Egg in Newington.

My eventual destination will be The Egg in Newington.

So I walk in that general direction, with detours.

Days and sudden spare time like this don’t occur so often that they can be ignored. Living, as I still do, with the attitude of what would I choose to do if I had a year left to live? For all of 2014 I wrote a series of blog posts about this and it quietly changed my life. Read my main conclusions here if you like.

These tiny narcissi in the corner of Greenbank Park only visit for a short time around about now each year.

These tiny narcissi in the corner of Greenbank Park only visit for a short time around about now each year.

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Great bus journeys of the world: A sampler

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Any excuse. The best sampler ever made.

You’ll remember sampler albums of course, especially if you’re of a certain age. Budget priced LPs which gathered together the best of a label’s acts, one track apiece. Well this post is like all of them ‘You can all join in’ and ‘Rock machine turns you on’ sort of albums. Except it’s a sampler of bus journeys.

I said a week ago I intend to use my new bus pass for a series of blog posts about journeys around Greater Liverpool. In imitation of, and in homage to ‘The End’ magazine which did the same thing, using the same title, about Liverpool in the early 1980s. So today I decide to get it all started with a few sample journeys to give us all a taste of the delights to come. And also to sharpen my taking photographs from moving buses skills.

Let's go then. Round the corner to Smithdown Place at the top of Penny Lane to catch the 68.

Let’s go then. Round the corner to Smithdown Place at the top of Penny Lane to catch the 68.

Now the 68 is one of Liverpool’s great round the city routes, running from Aigburth Vale in the south, round to Bootle in the far north. But we won’t be covering all of that today. This is a sampler remember. Continue reading

The view from Grand Central

Today’s post appearing here and also as a guest post on SevenStreets.

Following last week’s worrying news that the owners of Renshaw Street’s Grand Central Hall, the O’Brien Group, have submitted a planning application “To change use to create 41 bed student accommodation on 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors” rumours of the demise of the building’s shops and workshop spaces have been calmed.Grand Central01

Martin Womack, co-owner of the ‘Hippy Hole’ at Grand Central tells me:

“We’ve had discussions now with the O’Brien Group, and they’ve made it clear that the planning permission they’re seeking is mainly about the upper floors of the building. The ground floor and basement, where most of the shops are, will not be affected by the plans and on the first floor the plans are for an area that’s currently offices, not the shops. So we feel mostly ok now.

Obviously we know things can change in the future, but equally we’re all supportive of the fact that something’s got to be done about the upper floors and the fabric of the building, which are in dire need of help.”

So, fears generally calmed then. Though feelings left a little bruised by the fact that the owners, who people generally seem to get on with, left them to find out about the planning application through SevenStreets, rather than tell them directly. Another shop and workshop owner complains:

“Even in this one week I’ve had schools ringing me about whether we’ll now be going ahead with projects we’ve got planned for their pupils? You know, worries like that are not good for business.”

Which, along with downright curiosity, is one of the reasons I’m here. Continue reading