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Sunday, March 02, 2008
  Queue for the Beatles Story

Queue for the Beatles Story, originally uploaded by new folder.

Don't think I've ever seen a queue here before, I think Liverpool's going to be heaving in the summer.


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'.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007
  Lights Out Liverpool, 1 November 2007

Lights Out Liverpool this Thursday sees major city buildings turning their lighting off for an hour to promote energy efficiency. Great idea, it'd be good to see them commit to doing it one day every week.


Friday, October 12, 2007
  Goal post, Stanley Park, Liverpool


Sunday, August 05, 2007
  new folder (15): - directory of Liverpool websites updated daily.

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Saturday, August 04, 2007
  Defiance in Madryn Street

Defiance ..., originally uploaded by The Renaissance.

I've been taking a series of photographs in Toxteth recently. I'm really enjoying it and I hope to continue for the next few weeks. This great photo was posted on Flickr today, a house in one of the 'welsh streets', Madryn Street, destined for demolition under the government's notorious new heartlands scheme.

The photo's fantastic, beautifully lit and composed, whilst also documenting a wonderful act of hopeless defiance.

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Friday, August 03, 2007
  Product not found: Mathew Street Festival 2007 (and maybe 2008?)
This morning's Daily Post coment (sic) says it all, 'The only explanation is unmitigated incompetence'.

Obviously, the first thing that crossed my mind was how would you react if you were editing one of the promoter's websites? Firstly, I'd add a news story on the front page of my site, both Liverpool08 and Visit Liverpool did this. Secondly, and more importantly, I'd make sure that the existing pages are edited to carry a clear announcement.

Or maybe I'd just delete all information and hope it quietly goes away....

Here's the Visit Liverpool Mathew Street Festival event page:

Visit Liverpool Mathew St Festival

How about a search for Mathew Street on

Liverpool 08 and Mathew Street

OK, the Mathew Street festival website then, (with the great user-friendly homepage page title MSF index!). Click logo to enter and:

Mathew Street Festival website

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
  Shady's Place, Granby Street, Liverpool

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Monday, July 16, 2007
  Andy Sunley's Hub Festival photos

METRO MANILA AIDE circle, originally uploaded by andy_sunley.

I worked on the first Hub Festival a few years ago and I haven't been to it since. It didn't seem too sure what it was trying to be, but judging from Andy Sunley's great set of photos from this year's festival this weekend, they seem to have developed a pretty well defined audience.

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Friday, July 13, 2007
  Another July afternoon in Williamson Square

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Friday, July 06, 2007
  Grot Spot II: Las Vegas

Following on from the covering up of the Norton for Scrap sign, this photo shows the latest success story for the Grot Spots campaign. The former Las Vegas Amusements arcade outside Lime Street has had its Las Vegas sign removed and now looks much more cultured. £1 for a bottle of larger.

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  Mark McNulty and Pop Cultured
Pop Cultured
Can't keep up with Mark McNulty. He's only just launched his photoblog and now he's teamed up with another couple of Liverpool photographers to launch Pop Cultured.

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Friday, June 29, 2007
  Voss Motor Company, Demolition In Progress

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  Simon O'Brien quits Radio Merseyside
How-Do has an mp3 recording of Simon O'Brien's mistakenly broadcast advert that forced his resignation from Radio Merseyside. I've no idea whether he was a good presenter, I haven't listened to Radio Merseyside in years, but it seems a bit harsh to lose your job over this. Interesting to notice on the recording the sound of Saint Roger Phillips laughing heartily at Simon's comments, wonder if he was ever in any danger of losing his job.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007
  Breakfast Liverpool

b IMG_0826, originally uploaded by Fred Chan Photography.

It was great to see one of my favourite blogs, Breakfast Liverpool, getting a mention in this Saturday's Guardian Guide. I can't stand cooked english breakfasts, so I'm not sure why I enjoy it so much. I think it's probably the commitment and attention to detail.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007
  Norton for Scrap hidden for 2008

DSC01345, originally uploaded by new folder.

I noticed that this much-loved sign had been covered over a few months ago. According to today's Liverpool Echo the sign was removed and new adverts put in its place as part of the cleanup for 2008.

The 'Look Of The City' project targeted 10 sites to make the city more 'presentable'. Also included in the project is the removal of the Las Vegas sign from the property by Lime Street.

Update (6 July 2007): Las Vegas improvement - the £1 larger bar

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
  Business reviews on Google Maps
Google are trying to incorporate review technology into Google Maps but they're doing it in a really haphazard way. Have a look at the entry for Liverpool's Everyman Theatre below:
Everyman Theatre on Google Maps

The Everyman is given a review of 0.5 out of 5, pretty damning. Click on the link 'one review' and you are taken to this bland tourist information page on Enjoy England. It's not a review in the conventional sense and it certainly isn't negative.

Interestingly, there's also an option to write your own review. To write a review you need to sign in using your Google Account and write at least 100 characters. These user-generated reviews may become increasingly important for businesses and cultural organisations in the near future.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
  Doctor on Call

Doctor on Call, originally uploaded by new folder.

Pilgrim Street, Liverpool

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Thursday, June 07, 2007
  Lloyds bar, Concert Square
LLoyds Bar, Concert Square
Lloyds bar, Concert Square, originally uploaded by new folder.

You really have given up any attempt at pretending to care about your brand when you do this to the main entrance of your bar.

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Friday, June 01, 2007
  'Our House', 'Four Corners'

Washing line, 'Our House', originally uploaded by new folder.

'Our House' is a temporary exhibition installed in derelict housing on Great George Street, Liverpool. It's a part of 'Four Corners' - a 'celebration of partnerships across the city'. It involves and is funded by a host of arts and communities organisations including Bluecoats Arts Centre, Arts in Regeneration, ICDC and Everyman Playhouse.

'Our House', Four Corners

The exhibition is great. The exterior of the building is clad in doors from derelict buildings, all painted red. Inside, the rooms of two ground floor flats have been converted by artists and organisations producing work on a broad theme of community and regeneration.

The strongest installation was the room below, showcasing work collected as part of the iamhere project.

'I am here', 'Four Corners'

It's a real shame that the exhibition is only on for three days, apparently for budgetary reasons. A small exhibition, it's overstaffed with security and more front of house staff than visitors. When was the last time you saw a portaloo cabin for an exhibition this size? It's easy to see where money could have been saved.

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  East Village, Liverpool v. East Village, NY

Which would you rather live in?

East Village, Liverpool:
Private Estate
No access for vehicles
No cyling
No skateboarding
These premises are under CCTV surveillance
Children must be accompanied by an adult
No dogs
No ball games

East Village, NY (from Wikipedia):
Over the last 100 years, the East Village/Lower East Side neighborhood has been considered one of the strongest contributors to American arts and culture in New York. During the great wave of immigration (Germans, Ukrainians, Polish) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, countless families found their new homes in this area. The East Village has also been the home of cultural icons and movements from the American gangster to the Warhol Superstars, folk music to punk rock, anti-folk to hip-hop, advanced education to organized activism, experimental theater to the Beat Generation. Club 57, on St. Mark's Place, was an important incubator for performance and visual art in the late 1970s and early 1980s, followed by 8BC as, during the 1980s, the East Village art gallery scene helped to galvanize modern art in America, with such artists as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons exhibiting.

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Monday, May 28, 2007
  Cilla Black on walk of fame

Cilla Black on walk of fame, originally uploaded by new folder.

If you're going to create a walk of fame you need a plan for how to maintain it.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007
  Public urinal

Please piss here, originally uploaded by new folder.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007
  Break in the clouds

Break in the clouds, originally uploaded by new folder.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007
  Vauxhall Road pubs
Experiment using slideshow from Slide.

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  Breathtaking advertising

Watching the advertising task on The Apprentice last night reminded me of this advert for Liverpool's Capital of Culture year. The more I look at the advert the less I understand what the copy is trying to say.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007
  Flickr and Yahoo maps improve Liverpool photography
Liverpool city centre

Not sure if this is just Liverpool or the UK/Europe as a whole but Yahoo maps has added much greater photography detail for Liverpool. Yahoo maps is used by Flickr for geolocation and the previous lack of detail has been frustrating. There is now photography to the greatest zoom level, where previously it stopped at level 4/5.

It's also interesting that, in view of Liverpool Vision's misguided whingeing about Google Earth images being out of date, the new Yahoo photography looks very recent. The image above shows the Liverpool One development, including the recently completed car park. Just out of picture above is the sunken ferry landing stage...

The map view has also been improved, although it still shows a non-existent park off Liverpool's Hope Street.

Rodney Park, Liverpool

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
  Knight Street, Liverpool

Knight Street, Liverpool, originally uploaded by new folder.

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Monday, May 14, 2007
  'Silicon Remembers Carbon', David Rokeby, FACT
'Silicon Remembers Carbon', David Rokeby
Oblivious, originally uploaded by new folder.

The current exhibition at FACT is 'Silicon Remembers Carbon' from David Rokeby.

Gallery one, 'Seen' - four video screens showing the same shot of the Piazza San Marco in Venice in four different ways. The moving elements of the main shot are removed and layered into the three other screens - excellent.

Gallery one, 'n-Cha(n)t - a dark room with hanging video screens showing ears. Speak into the microphones and the ears appear to hear you and respond with some nonsense - couldn't work it out.

Gallery two, 'Giver of Names' - stick random objects (the usual colourful toys, etc) in front of a camera which then applies words to them - dull

Gallery two, 'Taken' - split screen showing footage of gallery visitors, sometimes the camera picks one person out and applies random word to them. Actions are looped out of synch on the other screen - fun.

Media lounge, 'Very nervous system' - one of those installations where you move around and set off sounds.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007
  The Italian Club, Bold Street, Liverpool

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Sunday, February 18, 2007
  National Lottery victim, Mount Pleasant Liverpool

Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, originally uploaded by new folder.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
  Midnight in January

Wirral02, originally uploaded by The Wirral Bells.

Long exposure shot by The Wirral Bells from behind Wallasey Town Hall.

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Monday, January 08, 2007
  Centre-circle to centre-circle - 0.587 miles
Map of Anfield and Goodison Park
Dead simple, the Google Maps Distance Calculator lets you work out the distance between two locations. Measuring centre-circle to centre-circle, Goodison Park and Anfield are 0.587miles apart.

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  Liverpool Wheel, Williamson Square

DSC02070, originally uploaded by new folder.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007
  Berry Street, Liverpool

DSC02068, originally uploaded by new folder.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
  Skelhorne Street Bus Station

Ribble_Bus_Station 002, originally uploaded by philipgmayer.

I was looking round here the other day wondering which building used to be the bus station. Philip's set of photos reminded this morning that the building's gone now.

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Monday, January 01, 2007
  The Vines ballroom, Lime Street, Liverpool

DSC02046, originally uploaded by new folder.

Last photo taken with mobile phone in 2006.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006
  the perching swan

the perching swan, originally uploaded by Maddie Digital.

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  Skyline from Everton Park

Liverpool city, originally uploaded by gazcook.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
  Xmas Dinner

Xmas Dinner, originally uploaded by Phil Sherry.

Phil Sherry's xmas dinner - Butternut squash & leek loaf, mashed carrot & turnip, roasted potatoes, roasted parsnip, yorkshire pudding, boiled sprouts, roasted sprouts, red wine & onion gravy. See Phil's food and drink flickr set.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006
  Locals at The Derby

Locals at The Derby, originally uploaded by ijob.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
  Sunrise on a foggy day, Liverpool

Great photo of this morning's sunrise from Richard Carter on Flickr. Gustav Adolfus Kyrka in foreground, St James (I think) to its right and St Vincent de Paul on the left.

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  Fog in Dale Street, Liverpool

DSC01975, originally uploaded by new folder.

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Monday, December 18, 2006
  Moscow's Santa Parade
Santa Parade in Moscow
I've never seen Liverpool's Santa Dash, but these photos from Moscow suggest the claims of it being the biggest in the world might be a bit far fetched.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006
  Accident in black

DSC01955, originally uploaded by new folder.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006
  Free wi-fi for Leicester Square and Manchester
Leicester Square got free wi-fi a couple of days ago, now there are plans for the whole of Manchester.

Not sure if Liverpool's cloud exists yet, but it isn't/won't be free.

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Friday, December 01, 2006
  The Pizza Co, Hardman Street, Liverpool

DSC01913, originally uploaded by new folder.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006
  Colour by numbers
Colour by Numbers in Stockholm allows the public to use their mobile phone to change the colours of the windows in the Telefonplan tower.

We put this forward for St John's Beacon in Liverpool a couple of years ago but the idea never got off the ground. The lights on the beacon are already programmed to respond to mobile phone directions, the Culture Company would be onto an easy moneyspinner charging people to change the lighting of the beacon to the colour of their choice.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

DSC01686, originally uploaded by new folder.

Ryanstock at the Symphony
2pm - 2am
This sunday, 15 October 2006

Edgar Jones
The Rain Dogs
Mojave Collective

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  Catherine Street sunset

IMG_0282, originally uploaded by new folder.

Test post from Flickr account, sunset, Catharine Street

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
  Liverpool Biennial 2006 Map
Another googlemap experiment, the Liverpool Biennial 2006 map. Things to note:

The map draws together listings information from various sources. There are certainly mistakes and holes in these sources that will be repeated on this map.

The map will also contain its own mistakes.

The map is unofficial.

The map is not associated with any particular strand of the Biennial.

The map has not been tested for cross-browser compatibility.

The map is not comprehensive.

The map works like any other google map, you can zoom in and out, drag the map around, switch to satellite (photo) view or a hybrid.

I'm off on holiday for the next week, so no fixes for 7 days...

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