Final Goodbye From The Giants

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It has been a weekend and a half on Merseyside as an estimated 1.5million people made their way to the banks of the Mersey to catch a glimpse of the Giant, Little Boy Giant and Xolo ahead of their journey home. The Giants took over Liverpool and Wirral for their spectacular adventure. Then yesterday, crowds in Liverpool were even treated to a special appearance from the Little Girl Giant, who holds a place in the heart of Scousers.

Old Wirral Pictures #8

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Today we are continuing a series of posts featuring old pictures of the Wirral. As most of you know, Razzi and I travel around the Wirral all week and it is amazing how quickly something can change. Suddenly the demolition crews move in and within a couple of months an old building disappears and a new building or houses replace it – another Wirral landmark becomes a memory. So starting today we are going to remind you of what old Wirral used to look like or, if you have never visited the Wirral, show you an old photograph and its modern equivalent – where we can

Birkenhead Workhouse

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Iwas sitting in our doctor’s surgery waiting room last week when I remembered the old building which was knocked down a few years ago. The new building is a very swanky, modern building on the site of the old one – a vast difference from the old-fashioned Victorian building it replaced. Doctor’s don’t hurry, so as I was sitting waiting I was reminiscing about the old building and wondered why it was so large. Similar old hospital buildings on the Wirral are much smaller – along the lines of cottage hospitals – whereas St Catherine’s old building was huge. I decided to have a little internet search when I got home to see what the story was.

Boaty McBoatface Ready For Launch Today

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Britain’s new polar research ship Boaty McBoatface RRS Sir David Attenborough is ready to go into the water today. The newly assembled hull of the ship is now standing on the slipway at Cammell Laird’s shipyard here in Birkenhead, awaiting its launch at lunch time. Weather and tide permitting, the £200m vessel should slide gracefully into the River Mersey at around noon. Although the ship has been named after Sir David Attenborough – who we love and admire – to us here at Jammy Toast she will always be “Boaty McBoatface” which was going to be her name following an online poll. Then ministers stepped in to choose what they referred to as “a more appropriate name”. However, on a serious note, she represents the largest commercial ship built in Britain for three decades.

Old Wirral Pictures #7

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Today we are continuing a series of posts featuring old pictures of the Wirral. As most of you know, Razzi and I travel around the Wirral all week and it is amazing how quickly something can change. Suddenly the demolition crews move in and within a couple of months an old building disappears and a new building or houses replace it – another Wirral landmark becomes a memory. So starting today we are going to remind you of what old Wirral used to look like or, if you have never visited the Wirral, show you an old photograph and its modern equivalent – where we can

Old Wirral Pictures #6

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Today we are continuing a series of posts featuring old pictures of the Wirral. As most of you know, Razzi and I travel around the Wirral all week and it is amazing how quickly something can change. Suddenly the demolition crews move in and within a couple of months an old building disappears and a new building or houses replace it – another Wirral landmark becomes a memory. So starting today we are going to remind you of what old Wirral used to look like or, if you have never visited the Wirral, show you an old photograph and its modern equivalent – where we can

The One-Eyed City

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Birkenhead Town Hall, which is now a museum.

Ihave lived in Birkenhead all my life and have heard it called the “One-Eyed City” more times than I can remember; but I have never known why. I have asked people in the past and been told a multitude of reasons but none of them really ring true. If you are in Liverpool and look over the water towards Birkenhead, you can only see one face of the Town Hall clock so Scousers started calling it the one-eyed city. The old Birkenhead Trams only had one headlight on the front was another reason given. I have also heard so many jokes about it but have never been given a definitive answer.

The Toilets Of The Wirral #6

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Today we are concluding our highly entertaining (and hilarious for some) feature which I feel must go down as one of the most exhilarating series we have ever posted here on Jammy Toast. I think we had just better warn anyone who has a heart condition, or who is easily excitable, to just take this slowly and do not read/view this post all at once. Over-excitement could result if you consume this little post too quickly – I would also recommend sitting down. Now, as many of you know, Razzi and I teach people to drive around the Wirral and one of the draw-backs to this is when we need an emergency wee-wee. Public Toilets around the Wirral are very few and far between. So today, we are concluding our feature where we introduce you to the wonderful toiletry arrangements offered by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council…

RIP Jackson Nesbitt – A Liverpool Legend.

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Back in January, Andreaa wrote a post for us about Liverpool Nutters. It was an affectionate look back at some of the eccentric people who have frequented Liverpool over the years. One of the “Nuttas” she remembered was Jackson ‘Jacko’ Nesbitt, Liverpool’s very own Cardboard Guitar Man. Jacko was famous in Liverpool for busking in and around Williamson Square and outside the theatres with his cardboard guitar. Many people called him ‘Plinketti Plink’ because that was the noise he used to make to imitate the sound of his guitar.

Old Wirral Pictures #5

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Today we are continuing a series of posts featuring old pictures of the Wirral. As most of you know, Razzi and I travel around the Wirral all week and it is amazing how quickly something can change. Suddenly the demolition crews move in and within a couple of months an old building disappears and a new building or houses replace it – another Wirral landmark becomes a memory. So starting today we are going to remind you of what old Wirral used to look like or, if you have never visited the Wirral, show you an old photograph and its modern equivalent – where we can