With The Caledonia threatened with closure, we asked seven people what the pub means to them and why it deserves to stay.
Jane Jacobs is a bit of a hero of ours. An urban living champion, she was a passionate advocate of the urban cityscape as a liveable ecosystem, where bricks and mortar and flesh and bone met in perfect harmony. She’s being celebrated in a series of walks in our city (to mark the anniversary of [...]
“It’s a hard city to ride in. Taxi drivers. One-way streets. ARGH! Liverpool is not a fun city.” Adam Jones, AKA Chickn, is letting off steam. But, really, we don’t believe a word of it. Nah, he loves it. You can tell. The mean streets of L1, the cobbles of William Brown Street, the alleyways [...]
We love it when we discover totally new corners of the city. Those hidden, previously off-limits places that remind us of how much more of the city we have to discover. Who know, for example, there’s a green space tucked behind Hope Street, with ivy clad walls, picnic tables and beatific statues of Jesus? We [...]
Bill Drummond had an idea. Recorded music had run its course. The future of music, he believed, was freedom. Of internal choirs belting out oratorios as you speed along the motorway. Of nation singing to nation. Of music that related specifically to a time, and to a place. “Once,” he says, “all music celebrated time, [...]
It’s always satisfying when the right man wins. And, at last Friday’s excellent GIT Awards ceremony, that’s exactly the way things turned out. Sure, the night was confirmation that the big winner was the city itself – the diversity and maturity of the musical talent on show was gobsmacking. So much so that the stand [...]
When the Arts Council announced that they’d pulled the plug on Anthony MacCall’s column of steam yesterday, we guess the only real surprise was that it took them so long to come to their decision. So much time, and so much money. We kind of figured that it wasn’t going to work when the Cultural [...]
What would they be doing now? Raising kids? Turning over the garden after the winter? Planning their retirement? Wondering what next year’s Premiership season will bring? We can only imagine. And their families can only dream. Because the Hillsborough Tragedy isn’t really about then. It’s not about 3:06pm, or 3.15pm. It’s about now. It’s not [...]
Banning music is what Putin does to Pussy Riot. Is what the Taliban does to, well, music. It’s not something we do here. We keep on rockin’ in the free world. Until, that is, when the BBC has these sudden, blinding revelations that it knows what’s good for us. This weekend, as it wades in [...]
So, she’s dead. It’s fair to say that only a tiny percentage of Liverpool and the north will be mourning Margaret Thatcher’s departure, and if Twitter reports are to be believed we’re actually more likely to be holding impromptu street parties and setting of fireworks to celebrate. During Thatcher’s reign in the 80s, the frustration [...]
In Liverpool, Margaret Thatcher made an enemy for life. We shouldn’t be surprised at the response to her death.
We were courted by Channel 4 the other week. They were in town to film their TV advert. Horses bolting through the city streets: Liverpool and the Grand National: city and horse race. Blood brothers. “We’d like to offer you an exclusive”, purred Hannah Walker Senior Publicity Manager, Racing, suggesting we hotfooted it down to [...]
It’s been a turbulent couple of years for The Masque, firstly unexpectedly shutting its doors in November 2011, then the guys behind Chibuku/Circus doing a valiant caretaking effort to keep it ticking over before the welcome news late last year that the MAMA Group were coming on board to give the venue a much required [...]
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: [...]
Waxxx fair, Thursday You like fairs? And you like clubbing? Oh, that’s handy. Because Waxxx are putting on both at the same time. The rather mental sounding Waxxx Fair sees DJs like Boddika, Levon Vincent and Loefah do their thing at the Baltic Triangle’s HAUS space while punters can enjoy a mini funfair. See you [...]
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