The High Street: How’s it doing, really?

A closely observed walk along a local hight street here in Liverpool, with statistics, to see and feel how it’s doing. Our high streets are in trouble. Some blame austerity politics, others supermarkets and more still the passage of time, saying we shop differently now. What’s in less doubt than these various causes is the […]

On Lodge Lane: The L8 Superstore

A post from just before Christmas 2014. Now in May 2015 comes the news that Lodge Lane’s L8 Superstore has won the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards for 2015 as ‘Food Retailer of the Year.’ The BBC used these photos of mine in a film they put together for the Awards show. Well done L8! As the joint and malign forces […]

Food in the 1970s: What went wrong?

Time has moved on and the two greedy young scamps from the 60s, Ronnie Hughes and Barry Ward are now teenagers about to experience the gastronomic sophistications of the 70s. Or are they? Food in the 1960s, as long-time readers of the blog might remember, was nowhere near as bad as our memories might have […]