“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.


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)

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