Sourdough is science in action. Water plus flour making life. Microscopic yeast cells bubbling their gassy farts through to the surface, like the sulphuric ponds of Yellowstone park. A warm, primordial soup. Take this acrid-smelling gunge, divide, feed with fresh flour and water – and something magical happens. You’ve created the stuff of life itself: [...]
We’ve got yellow duck ones, fab four ones and scary ghost ones. But SevenStreets has devised a tour that really gets to the soul of our city. You want to know where we’re at, right now? It’s inside a Tesco Express, mulling over a ready meal. We take to the trail of the Ten Tescos [...]
A middle aged biker, a couple in their 60s and a young student pass SevenStreets by as we squeeze our way up the narrow wooden staircase to H.Coleman Ladies and Gents Tailors. Whether any, or all of them had just been for a fitting with Ken Ellis, the sole remaining tailor at the 24 Newington [...]
We’ve been around for two and a bit years now. Plenty of time, you’d think, to get it right. To hone the perfect algorithm for hit-hungry stats and zeitgeist-totin’ content. We pour every waking hour into this site. Stay up til stupid o’clock writing well turned phrases, persuasive arguments, and longform opinion pieces. We really [...]
Independent wine trader Devin Stewart has a new shop in Liverpool. He tells us about R&H Fine Wines, Queen Avenue and why he thinks organic is best.
Is it just us or is there a great stigma attached to comic books? People can’t seem to separate the content from the form, it’s like hating movies just because you watched one once and it happened to be Sex in the City 2. Comics aren’t all just filled with superheroes in bright tights fulfilling [...]
What is the sound of a music store moving across the city? With Dawsons, we imagine it’ll be the sound of a thousand guitars, a nice percussive backbeat and some spine tingling synth washes. Maybe even a trumpet voluntary. It’s a wild stab, but we bet it sounds better than a hardware store stalking across [...]
Saturday morning, 1st April 1989. Thousands of children have just missed Sarah Greene and Five Star being sworn at on Going Live! because their Mum had been dragging the vacuum cleaner back and forth in front of the telly. For the millions of other mothers who had just bore witness to Eliot Fletcher’s “fucking crap” [...]
Elbow. They’ve got a lot to answer for. It’s not enough that that song is used for every mildly stirring sporting occasion, now they’ve made a move on the handbag charts too. Look at the lovely Rebecca Ferguson leaving the average San Carlos yesterday. Look at her furry hat, and nude wedges. Lovely. Look at [...]
We really can’t get enough of this fab new book from Caroline and Phil Bunford: Liverpool Ghost Signs (History Press), an illustrated trawl through our city’s gable ends, avenues and alleyways, searing out the ghostly remains of painted-on adverts. The palimpsest of a mercantile city. Oh and talking of tiles (sort of), who knew Liverpool [...]
We’re seriously impressed with the new Lush Spa on Whitechapel. Yes, this city’s got a surfeit of spas, but none quite like this. The Spa harnesses the bizarre effects of synaesthesia – Mark Constantine, Lush founder, has ‘scent/shape synaesthesia’, where he perceives everything he smells as having a definite shape. He commissioned music by Simon [...]
We’ve talked about the wonders of DoES and Liverpool’s maker community before. But talk is cheap. Making stuff is far more interesting. So we’re chuffed to see John McKerrell’s much mooted project, WhereDial, finally developed and ready to ship after a year’s tinkering down Hanover Street way. Ah, the Internet of Things – whether you [...]
We love the work of Made Here, the local crafts champion – but there’s more to them than fancy-pants baubles. They’re working with Lodge Lane’s Tiber Project Chairty on a young apprentice-style challenge, involving two groups of 14-18 year olds being given Christmas merchandise, designing a business, marketing, repackaging/designing and then selling the products in [...]
There are, we know, hundreds of talented makers and artists, kitchen-table producers and independent businesses in and around Liverpool. We simply can’t do them all justice in one feature. So, instead, we’ve tried to give a good overview of the best for you to browse. From beer to bangles, make-up to mugs, we think we’ve [...]
Fetch out your old parka from the cupboard and donate it to charity this Winter. You’ll help vulnerable women keep the cold out – and get a nice warm feeling yourself.
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