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.

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.

Birkenhead Nutters

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Birkenhead’s Tranny On A Bike, on the right.

The other day, Chimpton and I were chatting away – as we do on the odd evening – when the subject of local nutters came up. The other week Andrea told us about Liverpool Nutters and this started us chatting about Birkenhead Nutters we have encountered over the years. Many of them are not really nutters but more like eccentrics or local characters and are quite harmless. Others should really be mental patients but unfortunately we have a thing these days known as care in the community which usually involves the community looking and running the other way.

The Toilets Of The Wirral #5

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Today we are continuing 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 a very few and far between. So today, we are continuing our feature where we introduce you to the wonderful toiletry arrangements offered by the Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

The Toilets Of The Wirral #4

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Today we are continuing 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 a very few and far between. So today, we are continuing our feature where we introduce you to the wonderful toiletry arrangements offered by the Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council…