Don't think I've ever seen a queue here before, I think Liverpool's going to be heaving in the summer.
"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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Which would you rather live in?
East Village, Liverpool:
No access for vehicles
These premises are under CCTV surveillance
Children must be accompanied by an adult
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.
If you're going to create a walk of fame you need a plan for how to maintain it.
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.
Long exposure shot by The Wirral Bells from behind Wallasey Town Hall.
Last photo taken with mobile phone in 2006.
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.
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.
Ryanstock at the Symphony
2pm - 2am
This sunday, 15 October 2006
The Rain Dogs
Test post from Flickr account, sunset, Catharine Street