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Good-night, Sweet Prince

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Prince Rogers Nelson.

We had a meeting yesterday, Friday, the Granby ‘legal team’ of Tracey Gore and me, in her office at Steve Biko Housing. And did eventually get to talk about organising the sale of some of the Community Land Trust houses as we’d planned.DSC02399

But not at first and not for a while. While waiting for others to arrive, for a good while we talked about Prince. Of all the times Tracey has seen him and of how lucky we’ve both been to be alive as his glorious music and uncompromising career have enriched our days and lives.

Walking away later I surprised myself by thinking of these lines from Hamlet:

“Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

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Unveiling the Black Poppies

In remembrance of what happened.

In remembrance of what happened.

This year and last year, at the Tower of London and now at St George’s Hall in Liverpool we have been remembering those who fought in the Great War of 1914 to 1918.

At the Weeping Windows exhibition.

At the Weeping Windows exhibition.

Today in Liverpool I went to the unveiling of another exhibition that’s a part of Weeping Windows here and tells a story of those years and their aftermath that doesn’t often get told at all.

I have been to the Unveiling of the Black Poppies.

I have been to the Unveiling of the Black Poppies.

The main story tellers at this are Writing On The Wall, who you’ve met on here before working alongside us gathering the stories of Granby. Here’s what this story is about: Continue reading

Getting Ready: In Granby 4 Streets

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Yes, there will be donkeys again!

It’s the August Street Market, yes August already, this Saturday. And in Granby we’re getting ready.

Old friends...

Old friends…

Like Homebaked...

Like Homebaked…

And Diane Jensen will be there.

And Diane Jensen will be there.

Plus new ones, arriving all the time these days.

Like Fritto Street Food, who were such a hit at the July Market.

Like Fritto Street Food, who were such a hit at the July Market.

A newcomer promised for this time is Bettylicious Cooks, promising Creole Soul Food. So for these and our other food suppliers sake, don’t have a very big breakfast before you arrive! Continue reading

The May Market: Rain and Inspiration on Ducie Street

After yesterday’s preparations, time for the Street Market itself.
Ducie Street - 1And yes, it was a ‘making your own fun’ kind of a day. “May Bank Holiday weekend? Oh, you’ll want that to be cold and rainy then?” Ah well, we enjoyed it anyway, here on the corner of Granby Street and Ducie Street in Liverpool 8.

Granby 4 Streets Market, this morning on Ducie Street.

Granby 4 Streets Market, this morning on Ducie Street.

Bustling.

Bustling, busy.

And full of curious characters.

And full of curious characters.

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L8 Unseen

Joe Farrag from Granby.

Joe Farrag from Granby by Othello De Souza Hartley.

If I were to count up all of the photographs on this blog, and I’m not about to, I suspect that not far short of half of them would be of Liverpool 8. The last week alone has seen three posts about the work we’re all doing in Granby, and I’m forever writing about the walking and working I’ve been doing in and around L8 these last forty years.

Which is why I so wanted to see this exhibition. A friend had told me about it during the 4 Streets Market on Saturday, and as it happened my ‘aimless walk’ the day after led me to the Pier Head to see the Dazzle Ship and then into the Museum of Liverpool to see ‘L8 Unseen.’L8 Unseen02The exhibition is a mix of historic photos by L8 residents and new work by Othello De Souza Hartley. So nothing you’re seeing here – apart from the obvious ones of the museum – is a photo by me. Continue reading

All will be well

All will be well01It’s a Street Market morning, first one of the year. Winter has passed, the light has returned and all feels well with the world as I set off for Granby. Though the days of darkness have been hard for many our once every five years go at proper democracy is only a month away. And dull though the election campaign has been so far, it does lift the heart to know that the current custodians of austerity politics may well be gone soon, despite the barking and howling of their lap dog and attack dog media.

Along Smithdown.

Along Smithdown.

And Ullet Road, a perfect Spring morning.

And Ullet Road, a perfect Spring morning.

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