Taking Tea with the Lord Mayor

It’s not every year that your allotment neighbour is the Lord Mayor of Liverpool. But this past year that has been so. And Sarah and I were delighted to get an invitation to come into our Town Hall and visit our friend Erica as she nears the end of her term of office. Sarah’s never […]

Remembering the Garden Festival

Another guest post with newly discovered photographs today from John Viggars.This time John takes on a┬ásubject 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 […]

Days of blue and grey

I love these February days like today when the sky here in Northern Britain is blue and it’s clear spring is on its way. Though we’re not through all of the grey winter days yet. And, cute wildlife alert: Since publishing Dave Sinclair’s beautiful photographs of Liverpool in the 1980s on here the other week, […]

‘Liverpool in the 1980s’

  Dave Sinclair’s photographs make it look like a war zone. And Dave Sinclair’s photographs tell the truth. Liverpool in the 1980s felt like the front line of a war zone, a class war where a working class city stood up to a manifestly unfair and provocative Conservative government and fought for its survival. This […]