listed in World Top 10
THE world renowned Mersey
Ferries have been listed by National Geographic as one of the 10 Ten
city boat trips in the world, alongside such iconic ferries as the
Staten Island Ferry in New York City and Brisbane’s celebrated
CityCat. The National Geographic
website lists the famous red
and black ferries of Liverpool as the oldest ferry service in
Europe, dating back to the 12th century.
Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel said:- "I’m
delighted that Mersey Ferries have been recognised by National
Geographic as one of the Top 10 city boat trips in the World. They
are an iconic symbol of Merseyside, an important part of our rich
maritime history and draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from
both the United Kingdom and from all over the world to Merseyside
This is the 2nd prestigious recognition in as many years. In 2011
the River Mersey ferry crossing was named in the list of the world’s
1,000 definitive sights, published in the
Lonely Planet's World's 1000
The journey on the world famous Mersey Ferry featured in the top 10
most spectacular river sights, together with others including the
Shotover River by speedboat in Queenstown, New Zealand and the River
Amazon’s raft race.
If you want to know more about the Ferry and for ticket prices visit
Mersey Travels website via:-
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Roger McGough to open art
installation at Museum of Liverpool
POETRY Society President
Roger McGough brings to the new Museum of Liverpool a unique art
installation combining his poetic skills and love of his home city.
The Liverpool Doors exhibition will feature doors from across the
city, donated to Roger and book artist Mark Cockram, who have
created the installation along with students from Liverpool John
Moores University’s (LJMU) School of Art and Design. Opening on 24
February 2012, this will be the 1st new exhibition to be staged at
the Museum of Liverpool since it was fully opened to the public by
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in December 2011.
Bill Longshaw, Curator of Community History said:- "About 12
months ago, we invited Roger to contribute something special to our
displays and he came back to us with a great idea for an exhibition,
which demonstrated exactly what the Museum of Liverpool was about.
Roger and Mark engaged with the local community to explore the
history of the city through stories and memories symbolised by these
doors. They were collected following a public appeal. People and
businesses from across the city responded so you will find all
manner of places represented, with a sprinkling of Roger’s wonderful
poetry to top it off."
The exhibition features over 25 doors including those from the
original Everyman Theatre and Bistro, Strawberry Fields Children’s
Home, Liverpool sculptor Arthur Dooley’s studio, the Trophy Room
door from Liverpool Football Club and a turnstile door from
Everton’s Goodison Park.
Roger said:- "It has been a hugely rewarding experience to
work alongside Mark and a group of enthusiastic and talented art
students, and the project has provided me with the opportunity to be
playful and present poetry in a vibrant and visual way."
LJMU’s Art and Design students have used the doors as canvasses for
extracts from Roger’s poems, using creative designs for the words
themselves as well as imagery and objects to illustrate the poems,
such as model cars, football socks and photographs. They have been
supported by Roger and Mark throughout the artistic process, which
began in November last year.
Professor Juan Cruz, Acting Director of LJMU’s School of Art and
Design said:- "This has been a fantastic opportunity for the
students. We were delighted when Roger and Mark approached us to say
they would like to work with the University. In addition to creating
a lasting legacy which will be viewed and admired by many people for
years to come, the students have gained invaluable insight into
creating an installation for a national museum, developing real
world skills which are essential in a time where competition for
jobs is increasingly fierce."
Also featured within the exhibition, will be a bound copy of the
entire Liverpool Saga: an 800 line poem written by people from
across Merseyside to celebrate Liverpool’s 800th birthday. Roger
wrote the opening and closing verses of the Saga, which specialist
book artist Mark Cockram has bound specifically to accompany the
Liverpool Doors exhibition. For more information visit:-
Art goes ‘on
THE winning entries from
the Merseytravel Art on the Network competition 2011 have now been
revealed. Each of the 3 pieces were reproduced as a run of 50
limited edition timetables and have been distributed alongside
standard issue timetables throughout Merseytravel Travel Centres
across Merseyside. David Williams’ work ‘Discover Liverpool’
is used on the C1-C5 bus timetable, the 82A/82B bus timetable
features ‘Hale Village 82A’ by Lawrence Langton and
City Line Train Times Book 1 features ‘Connecting people’
by Daniel Lindsay.
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel said:-
"This is the first time we have produced timetables featuring our
competition winners’ work on the covers. There are only 50 of each
design and they’ve been sent out to our Travel Centres, so if you
find one hang on to it, it might be worth something in the future!"
The 2012 Art on the Network competition will be
launched in April with further details will be available at:-
Public invited to Come and Sing at
MEMBERS of the public are
being invited to take part in a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion
at Liverpool Cathedral on 31 March 2012.
The event is designed to give amateur singers the
opportunity to perform under the direction of experienced conductors
and musicians at venues where local choirs would not normally have
Singers will be
under the direction of Daniel Bishop, Cathedral Associate Organist,
and singers will be accompanied on the organ by David Poulter,
Director of Music.
will be a rehearsal for all singers at 6pm on 31 March 2012 before
the actual performance at 8pm.
To take part, please visit the cathedral
website for an application form
and music guide. Registration costs Ł5 per singer.