Our Granny’s behaviour is getting more and more erratic as the weeks and months go by. I will be the first to admit that she is not getting any younger, so I suppose it is to be expected. The list of things to include in these Granny updates is getting longer and longer. The other week, I pointed out to her an article in the Daily Mirror stating that people who have an active sex life are less likely to get dementia. You could see Granny’s mind working overtime on this one because, Granny being a single lady, she does not get much chance to indulge in the Kama Sutra.
When you drive along the waterfront in Liverpool you can’t help but be amaze at the architecture. There is a vast array of old classical buildings along with the modern buildings that have been added over the past decade. Now a newly-opened show at the National Architecture Centre in the city is to display designs for Liverpool that were never built. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) centre is housed in the Broadway Malyan-designed Mann Island on the waterfront RIBA North has a gallery “at its heart”, showing the city’s architectural past, present and future. Mayor Joe Anderson says it will bring “new tools and innovations”.
We would like to thank Radio City Talk’s Pete Price for this picture taken from the top of the Radio City Tower over in Liverpool. It was taken during his talk-show on the radio station last night and we thought we would reproduce it here just to show you the kind of view you get from the top of the tower. It has been many years since I was up the tower, back in the days when it was a revolving restaurant. Thanks Pete!
It is easy to throw insults at your local council. Every day you can see evidence of work that needs doing around the local community. However, sometimes it is the people in government who are to blame and the local council are fighting an ongoing battle with funding. A couple of years ago Davidd and I used to work around Newsham Park in Liverpool where we would sometimes stop off to eat our lunch. It is a little piece of tranquillity in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Liverpool. There is over 120 acres of grass, children’s play area and a large lake where people often fish and swans and ducks busy themselves swimming to and fro. Where we sit next to the lake is even below the level of the lake and often it appears that the lake is going to overflow its banks onto the roadway such is the level of the water. It really is a lovely park hidden away behind old battered buildings and a meat market.
Purple Acky, aka Akinwale Arobieke, is a convicted criminal from Liverpool who has been arrested on numerous occasions and charged with touching young boy’s muscles. He is said to be a 6ft 5in tall bodybuilder who weighs about 22 stone. His criminal activities are sexually motivated, a fact which was recognised in 2006 by Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, when Merseyside Police successfully applied to them for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO). He has tormented young males all over Merseyside for years and now has been spotted on a Merseyrail train!
It seems difficult to believe today but thirty years ago Liverpool was that opposed to the conservative government of Margaret Thatcher that they attempted to break away from central government and go it alone. Left-wingers hated Thatcher and everything she attempted to do to Liverpool and wanted to go their own way. Once the great port of the British Empire, Liverpool lost 80,000 jobs between 1972 and 1982 as the docks closed and its manufacturing sector shrank by half.
This month sees the 75th Anniversary of the Liverpool Blitz. Many people died during this month in 1941 as the Germans tried to destroy Liverpool Docks and Cammell Laird ship builders in Birkenhead to remove them from the war effort. There are many stories of bravery from this period of Merseyside history including stories my own Grandfather told me as a child. The following story appeared on the original Jammy Toast website on 9th August 2014…
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