NORTHERN SPIRIT

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“You’re suddenly in the second most visited national park in the world.” Matt on Sheffield.

May 10, 2013 in Blog

matt-hartley-photoMatt Hartley wrote the Sheffield story in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 Sheffield experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

The gateway to the peaks, ten miles from the centre and you’re suddenly in the second most visited national park in the world.

Getting called luv/ duck when buying anything/ talking to anyone.

Honesty.

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Sheffield?

Sheffield United.
Constantly evolving views/ design of buildings.
Sheffield Cemetery.

Sheffield is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Passionate.
Generous.
Rugged.

What your three favourite Sheffield phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Havin a ‘sup’
Alreet duck/ luv.
Gi’or.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Sheffield soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

‘Beginners’ by Slow Club
‘Tonight the streets are ours’ by Richard Hawley
‘City of Lights’ by The Crookes

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

That’s it’s grey and drab.
That it’s reliant on the south for handouts.
That we’re all beer swilling wife beaters with outside toilets.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Sheffield?

Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield Wednesday.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Sheffield. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Richard Hawley / Sean Bean / Jessica Ennis

“‘Now then’ as a greeting.” Josh Hayes on Sheffield.

May 9, 2013 in A WONDROUS SPACE

Josh-Hayes-733b576c069911e29e6f22000a1e8b8a_5Josh Hayes is an actor in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 Sheffield experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Spending summer afternoons in Forge Dame park by the stream
Having a pint in the Hillsborough club before a Wednesday match, hearing ‘Hi-Ho Sheffield Wednesday’ at kick off, then having a Bovril and a Pie at half time. Perfect Saturday afternoon.
Being able to go out into the Peak District, which is absolutely beautiful all year round, but also having a vibrant city centre, where there’s great pubs, bars, theatres, cinemas, galleries, and sporting events.

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Sheffield?

The people. Obviously family and friends because they’re the number one thing that I associate with Sheffield. But, also, the accent, the colloquialisms and the way people speak.
The Peak District being on our doorstep.
The culture. We’re lucky to have top theatres like the Lyceum and the Crucible. Having a huge cinema at Centertainment but also having a brilliant independent cinema like the Showroom. Being able to go and see huge stand up acts at the Arena, or going to small comedy nights at the Lescar or Town Hall.

Sheffield is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.
Grounded
Direct
Proud

What your three favourite Sheffield phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?
‘Now then’ as a greeting. Also, the way our accent changes ‘Alright?’ to ‘Alreyt?’.
‘Mardy Bum’. Noun. For a Sheffielder who is sulking or in a bad mood. ‘He’s got mardy’s on’. (mar-dee bum)
How nicknames sound in our accent. ‘pal’, ‘cock’, ‘lad’, ‘luv’, ‘kid’, ‘duck’, ‘mate’.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Sheffield soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.
I know it’s cheating but i don’t care because it’s my favourite album of all time. ‘Whatever people say i am, that’s what i am not.’ By Arctic Monkeys. The whole album.
‘Hi-Ho Sheffield Wednesday’ sung by 25,000 Wednsedayites at Hillsborough.
‘Disco 2000’ by Pulp

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?
It’s grim up north
We’re all working class miners or labourers who wear flat caps and walk with a whippet.
It’s grim up north

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Sheffield?

Sheffield United are better than Wednesday. Please.
It’s not as good as other Northern cities like Leeds. You try making your way round their one way system…
It’s rough. Who started that rumour?? It’s, actually, the safest city in the UK for violent crime. So there, you great puffter.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Sheffield. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

My Mum and Dad, because they are the first two people i text when i set off up the M1 to come home.
David Hirst. Because he’s a Wednesday hero.
Sean Bean. Because he might be RADA trained but he still sounds like he never left. And it took them 3 arrows to take him down in Lord of the Rings. Ray Winstone would have never stayed up that long…

“stop, even just for a moment, and have a look across. It seems rude not to.” Alison on Newcastle.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

AlisonCarr picAlison Carr wrote the Newcastle story in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 Newcastle experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

The view from (and of) the bridges. Personally, when I walk across the Millennium Bridge I can’t help but stop, even just for a moment, and have a look across. It seems rude not to.

Watching a film at the Tyneside Cinema. A beautiful cinema, and the only one where you miss a little of the dialogue every time a Metro train rumbles underneath the building.

That you’re never far from whatever surroundings you’re in the mood for – city life, urban, shopping; or a bracing stroll along the coast; or a walk in the countryside.

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Newcastle?

My family. I am born and raised in the region, this is where most of my family live.

Jesmond Dene. Green and trees, a stone’s throw from my house. Ideal for a walk or a sit on sunny days or just a quiet place to retreat to when I need a bit of a break from my desk/computer.

Look North. Its presenters Colin Briggs, Carol Malia, Jeff Brown – legends all. I wish we were friends.

Newcastle is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Loyal
Warm-hearted
Resilient

What your three favourite Newcastle phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Claggy 
Spelk
Gadgie

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Newcastle soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

I’m rubbish with music. Everyone I asked said Fog on the Tyne. Not sure if they were joking or not.

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

That we’re all thick, binge-drinking, orange-tanned, football fanatics who are rarely without a Greggs pasty hanging from our gobs.

That we all struggle down cobblestones wearing cloth caps, with our whippets on a length of string.

That we must be living up here under duress or as a stop-gap before moving down South, not because we want/choose to live here. God forbid.

What are your Top 3 things that you are tired of hearing about Newcastle?

What was (coalmining, shipbuilding, decline).

That we are unable to determine the appropriate weather conditions in which a coat is required.

My ears are tired of people trying to do the accent.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Newcastle. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

There are already two people with North East connections on the original cover:
Stan Laurel – lived in North Shields during his childhood.
Albert Stubbins – born in Wallsend, first played for Newcastle United in 1937.

If I had to pick one more person – Bobby Robson. I don’t particularly follow the football, but he was so a well-loved and respected in the region beyond the sport.

I haven’t named any women for the cover. Oh dear. Erm … Sarah Millican, she’s popular?

“A Luddite in a dress.” Andrew on Huddersfield.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

Andrew WilsonAndrew worked on the online parts of Wondrous Place.

Top 3 Huddersfield experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Really well kept real ale and very tasty pizza at 3am in a lovingly recreated Moroccan style bar.
Cycling over the Pennines from Lancashire in the dark – very spooky, even at 8pm
A truly unexpected, independent and unique radical political group.

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most?

The hills – great for cycling and running up.
Its position, right between Leeds and Manchester. Very handy.
Few degrees of separation – because it’s quite small, if you meet smart people, they will quickly suggest you talk to the smart people they know.

Huddersfield is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Independent
sceptical
dour

What are your top three favourite phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

women in shops calling you luv – it’s like getting a hug from a stranger.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Small Town England – New Model Army
Black Mask – Nope
I was a King – Misko
Gotov Zam – Fuzia

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

everyone is a unemployed and a drug addict
everyone has a sense of humour
London is different from the rest of the Britain.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating your city. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Peter Sansom
Jeremy from Coffee Evolution
A luddite in a dress

“the Geordie equivalent of ‘aligning your chakras’ ” Kathryn on Newcastle.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

Kathryn-Beaumont-photo2Kathryn Beaumont is an actor in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 Newcastle experiences that you can’t get anywhere else.

Walking along the quayside from under the Tyne Bridge to the Eye on a Sunday, ambling through the market stalls (99 with a flake is optional), to check out the exhibitions at the Baltic FOR FREE.

Home game at St James’ park – cheek by jowl with the most loyal and vocal fans in the premiership, if you’re in a black and white shirt, you’re one of them.

Dog walking at Tynemouth beach, the velvet palette of blues and oranges, purples and azure and proper fish and chips at the hut!

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Newcastle?

Marrowfat/mushy peas.
The craic (me family!) (sense of community on buses, trains, doctors’ offices. People ask you if you’re alreet, and they wait for an answer).
The bridges. Seeing the bridges is the Geordie equivalent of ‘aligning your chakras’ : you stand in line with those structures spanning eras and the Tyne, and you feel in tune with something, plugged in, in direct contact with the line of bygone geordies who were here before you and the line of geordies yet to come.

Newcastle is a person – choose three words to describe their personality.

I feel Newcastle has undergone a transformation in my lifetime.
He was a grizzly, sentimental, calloused old man – honest and quick witted man in heavy work boots.
Calloused, sentimental, witty
Of late she’s a glammed up young woman, who knows her worth and how to handle herself, so divvent start something you canna finish pet!
Glamorous, witty, canny

What your three favourite phrases or words that you won’t hear anywhere else?

Splodging throo the clarts
Toon Toon, Black & White Army
Wey, eeeeh – non verbal fillers

What tunes should be on the ultimate Newcastle soundtrack? 3 – include title and artist.

Blaydon Races – Tim Healy, Jimmy Nail, Kevin Whateley
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals
Big River – Jimmy Nail with Mark Knopfler
That’s Livin Alright – Joe Fagin
Romeo & Juliet/Local Hero – Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler
Message in a Bottle/Let your Soul Be Your Pilot – Sting
Lets Get Ready to Rumble – Ant & Dec

What three cliché’s about the North of England piss you off the most.

That we’re somehow backward or behind the times
That we’re less intelligent/accent as barometer of intellect
That it’s too far away to bother with

What are your Top 3 things that you are tired of hearing about Newcastle?
That everything’s closing down due to cuts
The implied assumption that the mass unemployment is because we’re work shy
**Lazy sexism directed at all Geordie lasses – doesn’t help when it’s perpetuated by high profile geordies…

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Newcastle. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present- should be on the cover?
Bobby Robson
Lee Hall
Charles Grey (of monument fame) – passing of great reform Act of 1832

“It feels like a very creative place.” Sally Hodgkiss on Manchester.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

sally-photoSally Hodgkiss is an actor in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 Manchester experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Canal Street. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay straight bi trans – everyone is welcome there. You can have lunch in the sun next to the canal, a quiet pint in a pub or sing karaoke in your best frock; whatever you end up doing it’s a bloody laugh! When I was a teenager me and my 2 best mates were obsessed with Queer As Folk and thought we were EXACTLY like the 3 main characters, so each week we’d watch the episode then go down to the bars and clubs the characters did and pretend we were them. Proper saddos!

Afflecks Palace – an alternative shopping centre. You have to start at the top with a milkshake then work your way down through the vintage shops, barbers, piercing studios, retro toy shops, fancy dress shops and don’t forget Rubber Plantation for all your flavoured condom needs!

The Temple (Temple of Convenience) which is a little bar that used to be a public toilet. It’s got a great drinks selection and lively atmosphere and is tiny so you end up chatting to everybody.

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Manchester?

The people. Everyone is so friendly, it’s nice to walk down a street and have people smile and talk to you. They’re also really honest which is refreshing.

The architecture. I love that you can find an old industrial warehouse, a beautiful Tudor pub or a sleek modern structure within feet of one another. And I can’t forget the canal!

The Northern Quarter. This is probably my favourite part of town and I feel very nostalgic about it having spent most of my weekends there and at Piccadilly Gardens as a teenager. I love the eclectic array of shops and cafes, and the great local artwork you can find in the galleries there. It feels like a very creative place.

Manchester is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Unafraid. Accepting. Eccentric.

What your three favourite Manchester phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Off yer ‘ed. Sorted. Buzzin. Safe.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Manchester soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Badly Drawn Boy – Disillusion
Smiths – There is a light
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Elbow – One Day like this
Joy Division – Love will tear us apart
Oasis – Don’t look back in anger

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

That we are simple folk that are behind the times.
That we are unsophisticated and that we contribute little to arts and culture.
That our accents are for some reason hilarious and that we sound stupid.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Manchester?

That it rains all day every day.
That Mancunians are always up for a fight.
That all Manchester is is broken industries and that there is nothing beautiful about it and the surrounding area.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Manchester. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Emmeline Pankhurst. Shelagh Delaney. John Cooper Clarke.

“an amazing place with a bouncy dancefloor” Sarah on Manchester

May 9, 2013 in Blog

Sarah McDonald-Hughes headshotSarah McDonald Hughes wrote Wondrous Place’s Manchester story.

Top 3 Manchester experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Go to the top of Hartshead Pike, in Ashton, views for miles and a real sense of wonder.

Get the 42 bus from Piccadilly and stay on til Didsbury – in one short journey on the busiest bus route in Europe (I think?!) you’ll see so many different people, buildings, cultures.

Go to a gig at the Ritz – a beautiful old ballroom that was the scene of my teenage years, an amazing place with a bouncy dancefloor.

Manchester is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Resilient, Revolutionary, Romantic

What your three favourite Manchester phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Buzzing, Skriking, ‘Ere-ya’ (it’s a cliché but I do say it all the time)

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Manchester soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Pounding – Doves
Some Might Say – Oasis
This is the One – Stone Roses

I hate that these are all male. But if I’m honest these are the ones (see what I did there).

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

That people here are stupid and backward. They aren’t.
That people are workshy – couldn’t be further from the truth.
That it’s bleak. It isn’t. It’s wondrous.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Manchester?

Rain – yes it rains. But it rains in London too. And the rain here is better

Football. I like football. But it doesn’t define Manchester.

That it’s gang and crime ridden. Obviously in any city there are problems with crime. But so much work has been done in Manchester – by ordinary people – to address problems with gang violence and places that were previously seen as ‘no go’ areas are now brilliant places to live and work. And crime – obviously there is some, but it might surprise you. When I lived in Moss Side I left my car key in my car door all night and it was still there in the morning.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Manchester. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Joan Littlewood – not strictly Mancunian but made here her home and upheld that brilliant Mancunian work ethic – a real grafter
Emmeline Pankhurst – leader of the suffragette movement and proud Moss Sider
Danny Boyle – a true Mancunian ambassador – he should make the album cover for his NHS-celebrating Olympic opening ceremony alone

“spending all night giving hair cuts after the clubs have shut” Kate on Manchester.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

kate-j-bwcroppedKate Jessop created Wondrous Place’s animation.

Top 3 experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Being part of a basement band – living in houses so big someone always a basement with a drum kit where you can go and jam and form a band on a Sunday afternoon

Making friends with strangers. Going on a night out and making friends with someone who owns a hair salon and spending all night carrying on drinking and giving hair cuts after the clubs have shut.

Being within a 10 centimetre radius of creativity wherever you are – always knowing a designer, musician or writer you can collaborate with wherever you are.

Your city is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Vibrant, resourceful, dry

What are your top three favourite phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Chip barm
Brewing up

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

808 state – pacific state.
New order – temptation.
Happy Mondays – hallelujah.

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

The only artistic value it brings is the music scene.
It’s violent and crime ridden.
It’s depressing.

“Unicorn foodstore, cloud 23, Jodrell Bank.” Caro on Manchester.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

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Caro C created Wondrous Place’s original music and sound design.

Top 3 Manchester experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Unicorn foodstore, cloud 23, jodrell bank

Manchester is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Ballsy, resourceful, a do-er.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Manchester soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Gideon Conn – Need you around for this melody
Mr Scruff – Get a move on
Janet Wolstenholme – Monkey town

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?
Everyone’s dumb.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Manchester?
Scary, always raining, gun crime

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Manchester. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?
Emily Pankhurst, Morrisey, Peter Kay

Boss, Boss and Boss. Luke Barnes on Liverpool

May 9, 2013 in Blog

LukeBarnesLuke Barnes wrote the Liverpool story in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

The People, Anfield and Shorrocks Hill Night Club.

Your city is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Caring, ruthless and honest.

What are your top three favourite phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Boss, Boss and Boss.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

A Heart as Big as Liverpool, In My Life and He Aint Heavey

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

Everyone’s sad, every house is on a cobbled street, there’s always a broken down family within 3.5 meters of any given spot.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about your city?

Self-pity, Luis Suarez and Calm Down Calm Down

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating your city. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Bill Shankly, Anne Williams and Ricky Tomlinson

“Creative, complex, networked, innovative, realistic.” Sam Meech on the North

May 9, 2013 in Blog

sam_10_webSam Meech designed all the film and projection for Wondrous Place.

Top 3 experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Ship n Mitre pub
Statue of Queen Victoria with a penis
IBS Office furniture warehouse

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most?

Everything is pretty concentrated in Liverpool – so much stuff in a small space. I’d miss that ease of walking to where-ever.

Ken Martin and the View Two Gallery on Matthew St – great bloke and lovely gallery space

My studio, and the other freelancers I work with.

Your city is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

imaginative
narky
open

What are your top three favourite phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

There used to be a website called Overheard in Liverpool which was brilliant, lots of absurd things people come out with, but sadly its no longer around.
In its absence, some choice word’s would be “beastin’” or “la”. But really you’re as likely to hear 20 different languages.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Nothing by the Beatles. I used to love them but I’m fed up of them now.

I’m going for artists still based in Liverpool:

Wave Machines – Punk Spirit
John Smith – Watch Her Die
Lizzie Nunnery – Englands Loves a Poor Boy With a Gun

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

for Liverpool:

the self-inflicted reductive branding of the city skyline, as if all it is is two cathedrals, a radio tower and a lamb-banana
the self-inflicted reductive branding of culture as just the beatles and two football teams

for the North

it being ‘grim’. Its not ‘grim’. its not removed. Its extremely creative, complex, networked, innovative, realistic.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about your city?

The Beatles
Liverpool FC
Everton FC

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating your city. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

No one, I’m not doing Sgt Pepper, for the reasons above.

“The whole city at sunrise from The View in Everton Park” Natasia on Liverpool.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

Natasia HodgeNatasia Hodge is Wondrous Place’s Assistant Stage Manager.

Top 3 Liverpool experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Sitting on the docks watching the river roll in and all your worries wash out.
Looking out over the whole city at sunset/sunrise at The View in Everton Park – breath taking.
Becoming best mates with anyone and everyone you meet! Be it the pub, the street or in a queue!

You’ve got to immigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Liverpool?

Scouse sense of humour – everyone is a comedian!
Hope Street! Two theatres, two Cathedrals, the best bars and restaurants in the city, 1 dance studio, a yoga centre…but to name a few!
Pan of scouse and unlimited crusty cobs!

Liverpool is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Funny
Creative
Loyal

What your three favourite Liverpool phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Yer ma – insult
Boss- complement
I’m telling ya – in agreement

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Liverpool soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

You’ll Never Walk Alone – Once Rodger and Hammerstein now 100% LFC fans
Penny Lane – The Beatles
Tell me it’s Not True – Blood Brothers

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

The North is grim and run down – Liverpool has the second largest growing economy in the UK, second to London.
It always rains up North. Yes it rains, but that’s Britain not just up North!
We’re all working class up North. We just work hard! (whatever working class means anyway, we’re all human at the end of the day!)

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Liverpool?

We’ll rob your watch, and anything else we can find – Liverpool is statistically the safest city to live in the UK with the lowest crime rate after Newcastle. (good on ya Newcastle too!)
Any upset or lies regarding and surrounding our football fans.
Impressions of the scouse accent in general and sterotyping our ladies to be all dumb (Desperate Scousewives did not help mind!)

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Liverpool. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Ken Dodd
Ricky Tomlinson
John Lennon

“I live here, in this magnificent place, and I am proud.” Elise Avery on Liverpool

May 9, 2013 in Blog

Elise AveryElise Avery is Wondrous Place’s Deputy Stage Manager.

Top 3 Liverpool experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Arriving into Lime street station any time of the day or night and within 5 minutes having someone make you laugh or smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside, normally without even knowing it. That’s when I know I’m home.

A pint in a plastic cup from The Cambridge sitting in the sun in Abercrombie Square. (A throwback to my uni days) Come to think of it, a decent pint in any of the great pubs- Ye Cracke, The Grapes, The Pilgrim, The Fly in the Loaf…

Standing anywhere at the docks, or in any of the churches or in any of the parks or museums or anywhere else, in fact, and watching tourists and visitors ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ and thinking ‘yes. I live here, in this magnificent place, and I am proud. This is my special place.’

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Liverpool?

The huge variety in the accent and local antics
The incredible skyline, particularly at night
The purple wheelie bins
The sound of the all season ice cream van, the one you hear but never see, and apparently sells ‘special sprinkles’

Liverpool is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Bold
engulfing
LOUD

What your three favourite Liverpool phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Eh/alreet Laaaa
Our kid/ Kidda or our (insert name)
Boss

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Liverpool soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

I detest the Wombats but the opening line of ‘lets dance to joy division’ –‘I’m back in Liverpool and everything seems the same’ pops into my head every time I return home after being away for a period of time.
You’ll never walk alone- Gerry and the Pacemakers
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother- Justice collective. (For the sentiment, and because people I know were involved in recording it)

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

Everyone is poor, on benefits, just out for what they can get.
All the women are cheap or easy.
All meals consist of pie, chips and gravy.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Liverpool?

It’s not as good as Manchester!
They have horrible accents
That your car will be on blocks if you leave it unattended for 5 minutes or other associated crime based comments. Compared to living in London I feel incredibly safe here, almost like the city scoops me up and carries me home late of a night.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Liverpool. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

John Lennon, Bill Kenwright, John Bishop

“Boss”, “Is right”, “Sound”. Adam Search’s favourite Liverpool words.

May 3, 2013 in Blog

Adam-photoAdam Search is an actor in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

. A game at Anfield
. Singing Beatles on karaoke in the city it’s from, in the street they played
. Scouse family christening/wake/party
 
 
You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most?

Comedy
Frankness/honesty
Guile/streetsmarts

Your city is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Witty
Tough
Clued up

What are your top three favourite phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Boss
Is right
Sound

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Within you without you – Beatles
YNWA – Gerry and the pacemakers
Hey Jude – Beatles
There she goes – The La’s

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

Uneducated
Uncultured
Classless

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about your city?

Thieves
Bitter
Uncooperative

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating your city. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Stevie G
Lenoard Rossiter
Rex Harrison

“The kilt-wearing organist rises from the stage floor.” Lois Maskell on Liverpool

May 3, 2013 in Blog

Lois Maskell Photo
Lois Maskell is the Wondrous Place designer.

Top 3 Liverpool experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Friday night fish and chips at Boundary Farm in L26.

Watching a film at The Philharmonic. as the kilt-wearing organist (Dave Nicholas) accompanies the art deco screen rising from the stage floor!

Any night of the week, any day of the year in Ye Olde Cracke (The Crack).

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Liverpool?

The pubs. Specifically, being surrounded by the most beautiful craftsmanship and feeling that you part own it. The Philharmonic, Dr. Duncan’s tiles, The crown’s ceiling…

Smithdown Independents: Dafna’s Cheesecake Factory (the Carrot Cake) and The Horse’s Head D.I.Y (where you can buy a single nail if you want – and they’d still wrap it in brown paper for you).

Its vistas. Something about the slope/rise above sea levels, the light from the water and the magnificent architecture makes them endlessly inspiring.

Liverpool is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Pioneering. Conscientious. Charming.

What are your three favourite Liverpool phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Aal – as in Aal’fella, as in Old Man, as in Father.
Alright (as a greeting, not a question).
Gobshite/Divvie.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Liverpool soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

In the Morning – The Coral
She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles
The Cutter – Echo And The Bunnymen

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

That there is no work (that everyone is on benefits).

That its people are inherently warmer and friendlier (there is difference up North too).

Martin Parr over Tom Wood.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Liverpool?

Jokes about theft.

That ‘the accent’ grates on people (which one specifically? The accent can depend on any number of factors – postcode, parentage, ethnicity).

The chip on the shoulder cliché. Having an opinion and voicing injustice and discrimination is not bitterness or self-pity.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Liverpool. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Eleanor Rathbone
Peter Ellis
George Harrison