Friday, July 12, 2013

'Life goes on day after day'

On board the MV Royal Iris, on a beautiful summer's day!

Liverpool's Royal Liver Building.

A suitable musical accompaniment to these photographs can be found here.

'Life goes on day after day ...'  (Earworm warning!)

One of the two Liver Birds on top of the towers of the Royal Liver Building. According to popular legend (ie Wikipedia and the tannoyed commentary on board the Royal Iris), they are a male and female pair, the female looking out to sea (watching for the seamen to return safely home), whilst the male looks towards the city (making sure the pubs are open). An alternative version says that the male bird is looking in to watch over and protect the families of the seamen. Local legend also holds that the birds face away from each other as, if were they to mate and fly away, the city would cease to exist.

Other traffic on the river, with the Liverpool skyline behind.

You will have gathered that my rail rover ticket took me to Liverpool yesterday, particularly to visit the new Museum of Liverpool.

The museum did not disappoint. My top three choices from the huge amount to see? I was particularly taken by the story of the city's overhead railway (above). Also on display is Chris Boardman's yellow jersey from the 1994 Tour de France. Highlight for me though was the eight-minute AV experience 'The Beatles Show' in a small circular theatre with images projected all around, including clips of the group performing at the Cavern. Magic stuff, and all for free!

Photos © Skip Cottage

1 comment:

  1. Ye Gods Bob - you don't half get about!
    I've read all your posts, but will comment on this because we holidayed in Liverpool last year, and I would say that it is probably one of the finest and friendliest cities I have ever visited.
    You're probably familiar with it, but if not there's a ton of things to do - more than enough for a week (with some left over).
    It hasn't half been transformed in recent years though - I visited it in the early 1990's and it was a very run-down place indeed (though still with a great heart) - and nowadays? Opera on the Docks, tourists from all over the world and an incredible vibe - really recommended as a holiday destination.
    As usual, thanks for all the great posts!
    Phil

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