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Issue Date:- 24 December 2007


THE 202 page publication, which charts the city’s year-long programme, is available for £5 at Liverpool's tourist information centres as well as Marks and Spencer’s outlets across the North West of England. It will also be stocked at St George's Heritage Centre and the official Liverpool FC store in Liverpool city centre.

More than 350 events including many World, European and UK premieres are highlighted in the guide, complete with listings information, maps and a detailed five-page calendar.

The guide takes a thematic and chronological approach to ‘08 with sections on Music, Literature, Art, Streets, Stage, Participation, Conversation, Sport and Exploring. There is also a section on the cultural offer of Merseyside and North West in 2008.

Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council and Deputy Chairman of Liverpool Culture Company, said:- "Liverpool’s year as the UK’s European Capital of Culture is of a scale that has never been attempted before. To see it all in one publication makes for a terrific read and should fill everyone involved with pride."

Bryan Gray, Chairman of Liverpool Culture Company, said:- "The guide to Liverpool ’08 is easy to read and provides everything you would wish to know about what, when and where the city has in store. The creativity of the city shines out of every page and underlines the partnerships and sheer hard work among thousands of people to deliver this amazing programme."

Phil Redmond, Creative Director and Deputy Chairman of Liverpool Culture Company, said:- "This guide is the perfect way for people to navigate 2008 and is a great memento of what will be a momentous year. It also illustrates the ambition of Liverpool’s cultural offer – including what the city already does on annual basis. As its says at the start, Liverpool ‘08 will be a year like no other."

The official guide to the European Capital of Culture 2008, which was designed by Liverpool company Finch, is part of a family of publications. The Liverpool Culture Company is also producing free, four seasonal guides.

Formby Range High School Carol Concert
By C. Trollope

IT was on a cold December night,  on Tuesday 20 December 2007, that I had the pleasure to attend, once more, the Formby Range High School's Annual Carol Concert. The school has a very high reputation for its concerts and the ability of its pupils. The evening was the usual exciting and entertaining venue at what many would call professional in standard; I would definitely fully agree with those sentiments. It took place, with the kind permission of the vicar, Reverent Jones, in Holy Trinity Church. It is the largest one in Formby, and it was packed. No one was disappointed. The Music Staff in conjunction with the RE Department were mainly in control of the proceedings, which had been jointly planned by the Religious and Music Departments of the School. As St Luke's Church, which is the parish in which the school is situated, is in an inter-regnum, a Reader, Ann Dixon, led the prayers. The well balanced choirs, which were enormous, sang clearly, with expression, some very taxing carol arrangements accompanied by the school's orchestra, a piano or a guitar. The readings were excellently and clearly executed by pupils, staff and a governor. The Service of Christmas worship flowed freely without any announcements after an introduction by the Headteacher, Mrs Mo Miller.

One of the many exciting points about the concert was the fact that there were boys singing in the choirs in addition to the well balanced religious theme which was running through the whole of the proceedings.

The evening's worship concluded with the congregation singing the much loved carol "O Come All Ye Faithful" after the prayers and blessing.

It was an inspiring evening of worship with a good mix of participation for everyone. Well done the Pupils, and Staff.


LIVERPOOL'S Pizza Express restaurant on Victoria Street, on 18 December 2007 had been invaded by sculptures of the Coliseum, the Pope and the Spanish Steps, created by experimental artist Prudence Emma Staite.

The models where made of enough dough to cook 500 PizzaExpress Romana pizzas. If you can not think of how big that is, that is a third of a tonne of dough! They where all baked and moulded by hand and fixed together using cheese as cement. The restaurant’s latest additions where on display to the public up to 21 December 2007.

A spokesperson at Pizza Express, said:- “To launch our new Roman menu, PizzaExpress wanted something unique and innovative to get the customers excited.”

The detailed creations took Prudence almost 300 hours to construct, using the dough, much like a potter shapes clay. The sculpture of The Pope was a life-sized embodiment, the bust standing three feet high. The Coliseum followed a floor plan of the famous Roman tourist hotspot and included the exact number of dough arches as the original. The Spanish Steps included reproductions of each of the landmark’s 138 steps.

Prudence, one of only a handful of food artists worldwide, and the only one whose studio is in the middle of a working farm, explains:- “Everyone thinks I’ve gone utterly bonkers – even the animals are giving me dodgy looks! O

ne minute I was enjoying a meal at my local PizzaExpress, the next, I was asking the manager to pack up my pizza so I could take it home to play with.

And boy how I enjoyed it! Maybe it’s too much country air, but from nowhere I’d acquired a true taste for all things Rome – so what better way to feed my new found addiction by combining the two things l love most, art and food.”

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