Japanese drain covers

COOL THING Manholes. Not the sexiest way to kick off a Weekly Seven. The yucky, blotchy blemishes make our roads even uglier than they normally are – but, it turns out, they’re regularly given a beautiful makeover in Japan. In fact, it’s at such a point that local councils compete against each other to have the loveliest, most ornate ones. First detailed in the ‘Drainspotting’ book back in 2010, there’s now a bulging Flickr group and various blogs dedicated to documenting some of the finest ones. We’d love to see it spread over here.

Shiverpool’s ‘My Bloody Valentine’, 14th February

EVENT Yes, it’s Valentines Day soon, we think. Take a trip down below the city with the Shiverpool guys and ghouls, and explore the subterranean vaults below Derby Square, the site of the original Liverpool Castle, in the company of a corpse bride and groom, before ending your macabre manoeuvres in the rather more romantic surroundings of 62 Castle Street’s restaurant. Find out more.

FACT x Outfit x You = ?

EVENT With music videos, it’s often less about the budget and more about the idea. So to celebrate FACT’s great new The Art Of Pop Video exhibition, they’ve teamed up with local band Outfit to hunt for an idea for one of their tracks. The winning idea gets 500 quid to make the video, and support from the team at FACT. Budding directors, get scribbling. Entries close 14th Feb. More information

Tracey Emin: But Is It Art? at Edge Hill University, 13th February

LECTURE Presentations about art can be dry at the best of times, but this one-off lecture by two of Edge Hill’s professors sounds like a rather interesting evening. Peter Lee dissects Tracey Emin’s brutally honest work and her journey from snotty art upstart to Tory-supporting broadsheet fodder, while Lisa Hannam takes a look at the themes of life and death that spring up across Damien Hirst’s pieces. 3pm – 5pm, Ormskirk Campus. More information email edwardsm@edgehill.ac.uk.

Barberos at HiFi, 14th February

GIG We’re not really one for V-Day. Y’know, love and all that unnecessary faff. If you’re like us, prepare to ditch your romantic date in favour of one of witnessing one of Liverpool’s best bands instead. Barberos – who make wonderfully schitzophrenic synth-splattered noise rock – head up a bill at Seel Street’s HiFi alongside peers Ultra Zook, Stig Noise Soundsystem, and more. A million times more fun than an awkward dinner and some petrol station forecourt flowers. £5, 8pm.

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

BOOK Neuroscientist David Eagleman hit paydirt with ‘Sum’, his book of fanciful tales dealing with the afterlife, but he’s back on more scientific ground with Incognito, revealing that most of what we do, and believe, is generated by parts of of our brain to which we have no access. This is the hidden story of our non-conscious brain – and it’s this that’s in the driving seat. We’re merely just annoying passengers who occasionally try to wrest control of the satnav. More information

RIBA Lecture: Joe Morris of Duggan Morris, 13th February

LECTURE Duggan Morris have just been revealed as one of the architects working on the new BBC TV centre in London, so this RIBA ‘Pushing Boundaries’ lecture by founder Joe Morris is set to be a revealing one. The well-respected practise has been in action since 2004, and they’ve been hoovering up awards across the globe for their forward-thinking, beautiful buildings. Set to be an inspiring, illuminating lecture. Liverpool School of Art & Design, £7. Tickets 0151 703 0107.

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