Walking with Municipal Dreams

From LFC to Eldon Grove, talking history, housing and the beauty of hills. I’m on my way to meet John Boughton, renowned blogger as ‘Municipal Dreams’ and his partner Michele Grant, to go walking. They live in London and have done for many years, but Michele grew up here in Liverpool. And all suspecting that as […]

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 […]

In Liverpool: Along Park Road

A brisk, bright but very cold day for a walk into town to do some record shopping. ‘The temperature will feel like zero’ Sarah helpfully tells me. Passing on the information from her phone which often gives her comedy weather forecasts seemingly gathered by someone looking out of a window. Undeterred I go out anyway. Not […]

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, […]

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 […]

‘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 […]