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2016: A year in 30 photographs

A selection from the several thousand photographs I’ve taken this year for this blog. Taken all together they tell one story of the year. Not a definitive one, more of a meander as you might expect.

In a year that’s been turbulent in so many ways it’s been good to have this blog to come home to. A quiet place to reflect and to tell some stories. Stories of ordinary days and determined people, trying to make our part of the world a better and fairer place.

A frame round the sky. At Rotunda in Kirkdale

A frame round the sky. At Rotunda in Kirkdale

The new stand at Anfield rising in the January fog.

The new stand at Anfield rising in the January fog.

Reflection of the new Royal.

Reflection of the new Royal.

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Walking in Liverpool: Early Autumn

Now the heat of high summer has gently cooled these are perfect days for me, walking in early Autumn.

Walking down to The Florrie.

Walking down to The Florrie.

One of the best views in Liverpool. From The Florrie, across the river to New Ferry, then across Wirral and the Dee to the hills of Wales. Beautiful.

And inside The Florrie?

And inside The Florrie?

There's a Jamie Reid exhibition on.

There’s a Jamie Reid exhibition on.

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St George’s Hall, Liverpool – what’s it for?

Well, what exactly is St George’s Hall for? Hardly an urgent issue but something I ask myself now and then.

As I walk along Lime Street.

As I walk towards it along Lime Street.

Liverpool's most respected building by Pevsner and the like.

Liverpool’s most respected building by Pevsner and the like.

Here standing between the brutal vulgarity of the St John's market car park and the elegant grace of Lime Street Station.

Here standing between the brutal vulgarity of the St John’s market car park wrap-around screen and the elegant grace of Lime Street Station.

Well it just is, isn't it? Just there.

Well it just is, isn’t it? Just there.

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Our heritage? The Friday Walk

Isn’t ‘Heritage’ a peculiar word and concept? How come some things are ‘Heritage’ and others merely ‘ordinary.’ And who decides anyway? Being ‘National Heritage Weekend’ when you can get into approved places you might not always be able to, I decided to walk round the neighbourhood here and have a think.

Starting at the heart of things.

Starting at the heart of things.

Granby 4 Streets of course. Where I spent most of yesterday and much of the last week. This week we’ve started handing out the keys to the first Community Land Trust houses to come off site. This week they’ve started turning into homes. Heritage or just places where people live?

Off out walking on Friday morning.

Off out walking on Friday morning.

Forever fixing the roads that are too much travelled on?

Forever fixing the roads that are too much travelled on. Heritage or utilities?

Past the Unitarian Church. Heritge and open this weekend.

Past the Unitarian Church, Ullet Road. Official Heritge, William Roscoe and all, and open this weekend.

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Now With Added Bollards!

Added Bollards - 66The Bollards of Liverpool 8: Part Two

The day dawns sunny, unlike the deluges of yesterday’s post and it’s nearly time to set out on Part Two of our weather interrupted tour of Liverpool 8’s bollards. This one walking through Lodge Lane to Granby and Canning.

Before we do, a couple of clarifications in response to discussions over the past day or so on Twitter. Firstly I don’t for a minute think that ridding Liverpool 8 of its bollards is the most important issue facing society or even Liverpool 8 today. Of course it isn’t. But I am pointing out that there are rather a lot of these bollards, most of them have been here a long time, and I think we should consider getting rid of most of them as they are producing arid and blocked off neighbourhoods. Blocked off for reasons of authoritarian convenience, bordering on social control as I pointed out yesterday.

Secondly, I certainly do not want to turn the bollards into any kind of art project or even any kind of campaign. After what I’m about to write I will have had my full say on Liverpool 8’s bollards, and I’ll move on to other things. So let’s get going.

today's walk begins on Hartington Road, another of Liverpool 8's borders.

Today’s walk begins on Hartington Road, another of Liverpool 8’s borders.

Now you may remember from yesterday’s post, which was mainly around the Dingle and the Welsh Streets, the beginnings of a theory that there are bollards around the borders of Liverpool 8. But can this be true here too? Continue reading

The Bollards of Liverpool 8

Bollards of L8 - 34Yes, it sounds like a learned historical essay such as ‘The Lollards of Pre-Reformation England’ doesn’t it? But it isn’t. Part One here of a two part quest to find out why Liverpool 8 has so many bollards.

The other day someone contacted me through my friend Marianne who’s an architect, and asked me this intriguing question:

“Why are there so many bollards in Liverpool 8?”

Well why are there? Do you know?

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Great bus journeys of the world: the 27

Now the light nights are here and summer’s arriving the tourist buses are busy ferrying visitors around. But not many of those visitors probably know that the best of the tourist buses runs all day, every ten minutes, and can take them to the places most tourists want to go – but also to the real Liverpool that the rest of us treasure. Welcome to another great bus journey. Let’s go and get on the 27.

It's Saturday morning, a blue sky day.

It’s Saturday morning, a blue sky day.

As we leave the house on what will turn out to be the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far.

Off to Lodge Lane to catch the 27 on another 'Great bus journeys of the world' adventure.

Off to Lodge Lane to catch the 27 on another ‘Great bus journeys of the world’ adventure.

But before we get on the bus we have a look around Lodge Lane.

Feeling like we're on our holidays in a bustling marketplace.

Feeling like we’re on our holidays in a bustling marketplace.

On our holidays in Liverpool 8.

On our holidays in Liverpool 8.

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