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

May 3, 2013 in Blog

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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).

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