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Thursday, February 28, 2008
  Liverpool has no world-class theatres

"One question is, why do we have all these theatres but not one world-class theatre? We need a debate about that, to come up with a site and a plan about what we should do."

An interesting debate, but isn't this a strange question for a member of the Liverpool Culture Company board to be putting forward two months into 2008?

Apparently the board are considering extending the life of the Culture Company beyond 2008 with a remit 'as wide-ranging as the environment and attracting big-money investors'.

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Friday, February 22, 2008
  Leaf at Static, Roscoe Lane, Liverpool

 
Sunday, February 17, 2008
  Kielder Skyspace, James Turrell

Quick experiment in using simpleviewer and flickrviewer to display a Flickr set, in this case photos from a trip up to James Turrell's Skyspace in Kielder a couple of weeks ago.

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  'Another Shadow Fight', David Osbaldeston

'Another Shadow Fight' is the current installation by David Osbaldeston in Bournville's International Project Space.

Manchester-based Osbaldeston is giving an artist's talk in the gallery this Wednesday (23 Jan) at 5pm, before visiting the space it might be best to read up on vorticism, Wyndham Lewis and Modernism, Sidney Nolan's superb Ned Kelly series, Richard Dorment's Telegraph review of Osbaldeston's 2006 installation 'Your Answer is Mine' and (according to the accompanying leaflet) Tim Robbins' 'Bob Roberts'.

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  Shockwave update lets Norton back in
I thought I'd got rid of all of the innumberable Norton programs that came pre-installed with my pc and now I've got a new irritating one called Norton Security Scan with a shortcut on my desktop, operating on Startup, trying to scan the laptop, looking for updates of itself. Googling, it looks as though I've mistakenly accepted as part of the Shockwave update I ran yesterday.

Adobe and Norton fall even further in my estimation and I resolve to watch what I'm clicking on more carefully from now on.
 
  the lime tree restaurant, Renshaw Street, Liverpool

Starting a new business in one of the most competitive industries around? It's probably a good idea to have a website. I'm averaging 20+ visits from Google daily for this photo on flickr - the first and only relevant result if you search for 'lime tree restaurant liverpool'. That's a lot of customers for a new restaurant to be ignoring.

 
Monday, February 11, 2008
  Cultural blackspot, Stirchley, Birmingham

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008
  Henry Bohn Books closing down, Lime Street, Liverpool

via feeling listless, Tom Lubbock in The Independent has decided that Henry Bohn Books closing down on Lime Street is the ultimate metaphor for the arrival of Culture in Liverpool.

It's sad to see it closing but it's not the first time they've moved and they're already set up to move around the corner to London Road this time. The set of shops they're part of in front of Lime Street has always been dismal and I'll be pleased to see them flattened (though I'd keep Concourse House myself).

It might seem obvious that the arrival of Liverpool One later this year is another step in the homogenisation of the city centre, but I think as the big chains all head towards Paradise Street we'll see London Road, Bold Street, Renshaw Street (without Rapid) and maybe even Church Street develop more independently. London Road is already establishing itself as the city centre's most cultural diverse area.

Definitely agree with Lubbock about the banners in town though...

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Sunday, February 03, 2008
  Brighton Foam and dConstruct 2007 podcast

Brighton Foam, Vine Street, originally uploaded by new folder.

dConstruct 2007 in Brighton last September was a great conference. The recordings of the talks have come out in dribs and drabs but they're now all available to download from their website.

While on their website, use the timeline navigation at the top of the page to see how the pre-conference website developed over the course of a few months.

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