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Can’t stop the Rock He’s handsome, talented, officially the hottest star in Hollywood, and has achieved all he set out to do; but if you think Dwayne Johnson is ready to throw in the towel, think again. dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has an indomitable spirit. He's the epitome of the larger-thanlife personality, and a man who tries to lift everyone around him with a combination of power-packed energy and unrelenting optimism. Though given the fact he’s currently riding the crest of a tidal of wave of success, it would be more surprising if he weren’t upbeat and full of enthusiasm.
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Regardless, last year marked a blockbuster trifecta for the handsome star. Having helped drive Fast & Furious 8 to box office success in the spring, he finished the year with hugely popular Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle, and while the Baywatch remake may have failed to live up to expectations (proving that even The Rock isn’t perfect!) he was still ranked by Forbes as the world's highest-paid actor with earnings of $64.5million in 2017 alone. The bottom line? You just can’t keep this former wrestler down. Which begs the question, does the indefatigable Johnson EVER have a bad day? “Of course! We all have bad days but when I
come to work, I try to put my best foot forward. There's a lot of people who depend on me and I feel like a lot of the work that I do, starts with me,” he says. “Inevitably, I am galvanising a lot of people and bringing them together. That, in itself, will give enough motivation to put your best foot forward and try to work with a smile. Also, I think it's in my personality,” explains Johnson, finishing with a flash of those perfect teeth. In many ways, the exuberant 45year-old is the ideal model of what every Hollywood actor aspires to be. His experience as a professional athlete has taught him great discipline both physically and mentally, allowing him to keep calm and focused even in the tumultuous entertainment industry. Taking full responsibly for his actions, you’re unlikely to see the California native throw a hissy fit on set, admitting that if he ever does get hot under the collar, his solution is to take a little time out and ‘find a quiet space’. “I just reset myself and be calm. I’ll do a little meditating, or I’ll try to figure out exactly what the problem is and what is bugging me,” he explains. Having recently announced that he and girlfriend of 12 years, Lauren Hashian, are expecting a baby - to join their two-year-old girl, Jasmine, and Johnson’s 15year-old daughter Simone from his marriage to his ex-wife and childhood sweetheart dany garcia – the high-octane hero is clearly flourishing in both his personal and professional life. Such achievements might make a mere mortal seek a well-earned break, but Johnson is far from
finished. This spring he will star in monster action flick Rampage, for which he is also executive producer, and he has a host of new film projects in the pipeline including a second San Andreas earthquake movie. Clearly, were Johnson not an actor, he could easily earn a living as a motivational speaker, and offers his greatest tip for staying inspired and overcoming adversity: “You've got to find a purpose in life. Whatever it is, go out and work your butt off and don't ever stop. In my case, sports and, later on, bodybuilding, were the things that helped me set goals for myself and build my self-esteem.” despite his impressive career, it’s worth remembering that things could have been very different for the cinema titan, who originally had his heart set on a career in American Football. Hampered by injury, he was forced to find another path, deciding to follow grandfather Peter maivia and father Rocky Johnson into the wresting ring. It is film however, that truly makes his heart sing, and as he reveals why he is more determined than ever, Johnson is visibly buzzing with an almost childlike glee. “I want to bring a lot of joy and entertainment to people who are paying their money and expect their money's worth. I work very hard on my movies and, as a producer, I also try to involve myself in the entire process, ensuring that people who see my movies are going to leave the theatre feeling happy and entertained. “That's what it's all about for me.”
C HIN E SE N E W YE AR CE LEB RAT IO NS IN L IVER P OOL 20 1 8 C E LE B R AT E T H E Y EA R OF T HE DOG , AND TAKE P LAC E F RO M F R I DAY 1 6TH - S UNDAY 18TH FEBRUA RY 2018.
China Dream is made up of 3 Chapters, focusing on different themes and showcasing the groundbreaking art coming from Mainlan China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
projections illuminate the largest Chinese Arch outside of mainland China, as well as the Black E, and the Arch accommodation building. The projections, created by illuminos will tell the story of Jingwei, the ancient and mythical bird in Jingwei; Legacy. The projections be an experience of light and sound, tell a 12 minute story matched with a specially commissioned soundtrack created by Jah Wobble and Pagoda Arts. This will run for 1 hour from 7.30pm until 8.30pm on Saturday on Sunday. Sunday’s celebrations will begin at 11.30am with traditional street theatre parades. One parade will be led by the Lion & dragon, setting off from the Black-E on great george Street. Another led by the Unicorn, will set off from Nelson Street. There will be a fun fair on great george Street as well as craft and food stalls, selling delicious, authentic Chinese cuisine and 8
crafted toys and artefacts. Sunday will also see one 12minute projection show from 6.30pm, and close with a pyrotechnics finale off the BlackE building. 8 February will see the launch of China dream a city-wide celebration, with key iconic buildings in the city including St george’s Hall, Cunard Building, and Town Hall, lighting up in red, symbolising good fortune & joy. There will also be thousands of Chinese lanterns decorating various streets and spaces in the city. Chinese New Year 2018 is also part of China dream: Contemporary Chinese Arts x Liverpool, a 9-month season of Chinese contemporary arts & culture, showcasing new and emerging art from leading Chinese artists, to run alongside the Terracotta Warriors’ residency at the World museum Liverpool, all launching on 8 February, running until October.
Chapter 2 (Jun – August) A celebration of the best of modern Chinese culture, led by leading Shanghai-based artists with a focus on our sister city, Shanghai, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the twinning of cities in 2019.
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Chapter 1 (Feb – Jun) A celebration of the existing relationship between Liverpool and China through the voices of young Chinese people within the city, with a free world-first exhibition at St george’s Hall, a contemporary moving image gallery at FACT (7 & 21 march), an intriguing collection of ‘Everyday Photography’ at Open Eye gallery (6 April – 17 Jun), and a host of special performances by Chinese artists with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (8 & 9 Feb).
Chapter 3 (Sep – Oct) Celebrate the best emerging Chinese artists and musicians, we will see some of the biggest names in Chinese music, come and perform in our UNESCO City of music. Full details of the programme will be revealed soon, go to www.chinadreamliverpool.com for the latest information.
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Liverpool’s China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition will open at the city’s World museum on Friday 9 February. more than 180 spectacular artefacts from museums across
Shaanxi Province in North West China - 5,000 miles from Liverpool - will take part in the landmark exhibition, running for eight months until 28 October 2018. Spanning almost 1,000 years, the exhibition sheds light on the formative years of the Chinese nation, from the bitter struggles of warring states in the 8th century BC to the rise of the Qin State and the unification of China by the First Emperor in 221 BC, concluding with the peace and prosperity of the Han dynasty (206 BC to 220 Ad). david Fleming, director of National museums Liverpool, said: “This is a tremendous coup, not just for Liverpool, but for the whole of the UK. As home to one
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thrillingly daring musicianship will come together again this march. One of the UK’s most exciting, credible and influential British groups, The Stranglers are riding high on the crest of a resurgent wave of popularity. They continue to thrive on the live circuit and their existing large and loyal fan base has swelled in recent years as new converts join the ranks. With record-breaking, sell-out shows and festival appearances throughout the UK and the rest of the world, public demand to hear and see the group has never been so high; true testament to their considerable musical talent and the enduring quality of their songs.
Following the announcement of their UK tour in April 2018, dirty Sanchez’s matt Pritchard and Lee dainton have now added a date at O2 Academy2 Liverpool on Friday 13 April due to massive demand. Pritchard and dainton rose to fame, infamy and notoriety on gross-out TV show dirty Sanchez. Along with pals mike “Pancho” Locke and dan Joyce, the quartet took what US counterparts such as Jackass did and cranked theirdangerous street stunts and wilfully inane pranks up a level and delivered them all with a defiant skate-punk, antiestablishment attitude and inherent Welshness. Now, 15 years on from the original dirty Sanchez series, Pritchard and dainton are hitting the road to share all thebehind the scenes secrets and stories from the most successful and shocking show on air on mTV: They’ll also be screening never before seen footage and taking questions from YOU! 27
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LEISURE AND FITNESS SPECIALISTS REALBUZZ LIVERPOOL SETTLING INTO THEIR NEW HOME IN LIVERPOOL ONE After opening their store in Liverpool ONE shopping centre in October 2017, leading leisure and fitness retailer realbuzz Liverpool are settling in well to their new merseyside surroundings. realbuzz Liverpool marked the sixth store opening for the rapidly-expanding North-Westbased retailer, who now have eight stores across the UK, with plans to open a further 30 locations throughout 2018 and 2019. “The welcome we’ve received from the local leisure and fitness community in Liverpool has been unbelievable,” said Tim Rogers, chairman of The Realbuzz group. “We’re proud to cater to all ability levels, which is evidenced by our eclectic mix of loyal customers. From first time gym-goers to experienced runners, we have a range of products to suit everyone.” realbuzz Liverpool occupies a 1,400 square foot unit on St John Street in Liverpool ONE, next to Apple and John Lewis. The store stocks a range of leisure and fitness footwear, 30
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True to their word, realbuzz Liverpool offers storewide discounts to members of local gyms and running clubs. One of Liverpool’s biggest running clubs, dockside Runners, now calls realbuzz Liverpool their home, with dozens of runners setting off for twice-weekly from the store. “Working with the guys from dockside Runners has been great,” said Paul. “Their passion for running encapsulates everything we’re about as a brand, so it’s an honour to support them.”
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RADIO & TV PRESENTER, SASSY MUM & SOCIALITE CLAIRE SIMMO Wow – where did January go? Before I know it I’ll be on sleep countdown for Christmas 2018… although to be fair – that normally starts for me in may! So Panto is over and done with for another year (Oh yes it is!) – I can honestly say despite the gruelling schedule of 52 shows in 3 weeks – I have never worked with such an amazing cast and crew – loved being in the heart of town at The Epstein – and to finally work with my good friend Lee Kelly for the first time – and I’m quite sure it won’t be the last! It’s an amazing theatre – in fact where I trained at Elliott Clarke when it was The Neptune and despite rumours over Christmas – the theatre is still very much up and running with a number of exciting shows there this year – including LHK Productions Jack & the Beanstalk at Easter with Ray Quinn then Snow White & the 7 dwarfs at Christmas! I have often compared myself to the Catherine Tate character, amazingly called “Claire” .. who is often approached to do a number of things like being a foreign interpreter, or entering herself into a tennis tournament when she’s never lifted a racquet, her
famous phrase is “I can do that” then just throws herself into it… well, I’ve had another one of those moments! As well as running LHK Productions Lee Kelly also had LHK Entertainments which is absolutely overflowing with talented youngsters – some of whom were in Peter Pan at Christmas. I was asked to go and do a guest class at one of the theatre workshops, which I loved doing – I qualified to teach drama whilst at Elliott Clarke and taught on a Saturday morning for many years – I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it and loved every second! As a result – I have now found myself directing their shows at The Epstein … mamma mia/Shrek in march and Sister Act/matilda in July. Really looking forward to this new challenge! As well as this new project … I have actually found the love of my life already this year … in the form of … Hugh Jackman! If you haven’t seen The greatest Showman with Hugh’s portrayal of Barnum – then I suggest you go and see it immediately! At the time of print I have already been the cinema 3 times to see it … and no doubt that will have quadrupled before the end of the month. It is one of the best soundtracks I have heard in a long time – with “This is me” rightly winning a golden globe for Best Original Song. I teamed up with my old partner in Crime Jay Hynd on Blue monday for an evening for Alder Hey at Fazenda ... where the Chefs from the hospital had a “cook off” with the Surgeons! It was a fabulous evening with over £17000 raised … plus the lovely Shirley Ballas from Strictly, Beth Tweddle and many Hollyoaks stars were there to help on the evening ... Shirley even kindly donated a dress and tickets to next year’s Strictly to the Auction. I was stunned and rather humbled to receive a nomination for the 2nd year running for a Liverpool Lifestyle Award for Social media Influencer of the year and would like to thank everyone who nominated me and who have voted so far. I am also delighted to
announce that I will be hosting the event on Saturday 3rd march at The Liner Hotel which I am really looking forward to – I have attended many of the Lifestyle awards over the years and to be asked by Amanda to compere the evening is an absolute privilege. There are so many local businesses that often go unnoticed or unrecognised and the Lifestyle Awards change all that. However one of my best friends dale Roberts is in the same category as me so that has been causing some friendly rivalry on social media in itself! For those who know me, I am not really a “foodie” or one of those people who raves about going out for meals… however … last month changed all of that! I was invited to a taster evening at the brand new Hickory’s Smokehouse in Southport . They kindly invited my family and I – and when I say I have never seen so much food on a table in my life I’m not exaggerating! Even as a vegetarian – the choices were endless and the different flavoured lemonades and milkshakes (Even had dairy free ones!) … I will definitely be going back – and certainly trying the breakfast menu too. So that’s been the start to my year so far and we’re already in February, wow, I know that this looks like another exciting year ahead!
BEING POSITIVE, NOT PERFECT
WARNING! I am addicted to being up beat so…. deep breath….. and smile and be happier.
It’s February, we are in the throws
of winter, the skies are grey, cold rain hits our faces as we exit our homes to battle our way through howling winds to get to destinations we really do not want to go to! Well maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But it is a gloomy month. We are recovering financially and physically after our over indulgences over our favourite time Christmas, where happiness starts blooming around October and stays with us until that final hangover around the 2nd Of January. We’ve recovered from dry January and say smugly that everything will be fine. Are you keeping up your resolutions? Are you still motivated and keeping fit? Are you keeping up with your plan to drop the two stone that has just appeared over the festive season? It’s funny how we we can convince ourselves that forgetting the Slimming World Syns is actually allowed. We give ourselves “Barley”, a fabulous Liverpool expression of giving yourself exemption from “being good” ,because it’s a self allowance. Yeah, we give ourselves 34
Oh the joy of Christmas, the time of goodwill to all men and women, except after a skin full of Stella turns you into a violent, nasty person. Until that last bottle of Prosecco assisted you, in losing your phone and your self respect as you stumble back home at 4 am, or worse doing the walk of shame later the following day… Ahhh the walk of shame, hey no one is judging here, we judge ourselves well enough without, moi, the new column writer joining in. (That’s for next month ha!☺). I’m no spring chicken, I am 57 in April this year, I have lived a bit too but I would like to share some of my older and wiser wisdom with you in this column as the months go on. It will be a read for every age group and gender. And if you have met me you will know that I am all about embracing positivity and happiness. I am going to show you how you love yourself a little bit more. So let’s raise a glass of … green blended juice to February and thank goodness we have lost a stone in January albeit due to Aussie Flu rather than our resolutions and dry and Vegan January. Here’s to the daffodils and spring flowers, now peeping
through our flower beds. Here’s to being healthier and happier and thinking good thoughts. It’s time that we knew a secret.. and that is that to feel happier in life we need to raise our energy levels all year round because it’s not what we do in winter that makes us feel fatter, unfit and unhealthy, but it is the choices we make all year round. So bin resolutions and let’s get into a better lifestyle all the time. We can flip our thoughts right the way round and start believing in ourselves, we can know that we make good choices with food and drinks, we can get ourselves into better habits of exercise and we can take out negativity and replace it with a more vibrant, summery positive mental attitude. So get your last years resolution juicer or nutribullet out of the cupboard and get some spinach in your system. drop the sugar (It’s so addictive) and cut down on the school night drinking. make some small changes. get Active. move it. Walking is the easiest way to start your fitness level improvement. Or join the gym and get doing some weights.
permission to be over indulge to the point of passing out because it’s winter and cold nights need to be rewarded with something to uplift our spirits. my burning question is how come we are allowed to break the rules (self imposed as they are) and how come we manage to take rule breaking to a new level, a pretty low level at that. Why do we think it’s ok to have the hangover from hell, in the office most days? We can play pass the paracetamols, because everyone else has broken the rules also.
So bin resolutions and let’s get into a better lifestyle all the time
Next month I’m going to talk more about Healthy mind, Healthy Body and give a few tips on how to tran sform your boring old negative thinking into new up beat Positive high vibe good mindset. Have a great month – think good thoughts. gill Fell…….Positive Not Perfect gillfell.com
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Her Benny is an emotive tale of a young boy’s struggle to survive the harsh streets of Liverpool during the cruelty and injustice o the Victorian era. The story centres on the life and times of Benny Bates and his waif like sister Nell. With a drunkard for a father and a brutish stepmother, the young pair are forced to earn a crust by selling matches and carrying bags for the rich of the 1880’s on the Liverpool docks. Fleeing the violence of their broken home they are taken in by kindly nightwatchman Joe Wragg and his wife Sally and for a while live like a proper family. Although happy for a time, tragedy strikes when little Nell falls ill and Benny is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. It’s not all serious though, far from it. There are lots of laughs along the way as well as some high energy dance numbers, catchy sing along tunes and pacy numbers mixed in with the more stirring ballads. The cast includes John mcgrellis who has appeared in several productions in the city’s theatres and more recently starred as dI martin Leahy in the widely acclaimed series ‘Little Boy Blue’ and the
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ED BYRNE SPOILER ALERT TOUR E d Byrne has been an acclaimed
stand-up for 20 years now. As he prepares to launch himself upon the nation with another touring show, the Irish comic is firmly of a belief that the current breed of parents spoil their kids rotten whether it’s to do with the ever-increasing size of garden trampolines, or his own kids’ demand for elderflower cordial. “my dad wasn’t a bad dad, he was just a 1970s dad. If I could never see my children ever again from this moment on, and I’ve already done more parenting then he did in my entire life. But, of course, I made a conscious decision that I was going to be an awesome dad. my wife will come back with tales from her friends of how awful their husbands are and she’ll see me smiling and say ‘alright, stop congratulating yourself just because such and such can’t be left alone with their children for two minutes’.” In his new touring show, the perfectly-titled Spoiler Alert, Ed compares and contrasts the oldschool child-rearing days with 21st century methods and suggests that there are different ways to learn how to be a mum or dad. “I grew up in what I would call an aspirational
household in that my parents bettered themselves over the course of my childhood. my mother was a radiographer and ended up a lecturer in radiography, while my dad was a sheet metal worker and went up to a supervisory role. I’d still say that you are expected to do a lot more parenting than our parents did and that’s a weird thing because you tend to think that your parents are where you learned parenting from. But you don’t, really, it’s more that you look around you to see what’s going on with other parents.” For the show Ed extends his analysis on the culture of entitlement to look at areas where we could perhaps do with being spoiled a little bit more. “Where I think we’re not acting spoiled enough is in the political arena. We have a tendency to accept what’s happening and that’s where we should be acting more entitled: we are literally entitled to the government we want. We’re spoiled in all these little ways, but not spoiled enough.”
being a typical liberal elite Remoaner.” Spoiler Alert also continues a theme that he’s tackled in previous shows, that of his gradual shift from being a working-class dubliner to a fully paid-up rural-residing member of the middle classes. Where once he would do routines slating 4x4 owners, he is now the proud(ish) owner of such a vehicle. And in the poster for his tour, he brandishes other signifiers of social mobility: a bowtie and chainsaw. “It’s one of two I own: that one is the smaller of the two,” Ed remarks of his chainsaw rather than his neckwear. “I use it for firewood, both for my wood burning stove and also for the barbecue. The first time I used one I was fine, though I think it worried my parents that I had bought a chainsaw.”
Ed Byrne will appear on Sat 3rd March at the Auditorium, Liverpool
As well as stories about his two young sons, Ed weaves in routines about running out of petrol in the most awkward place imaginable, helping rescue an injured man in the Cairngorms, and the nationdividing campaign and result of the EU referendum. His way of tackling Brexit is to draw an analogy with the time his son was determined to touch an electric fence with his dad trying to warn him of the dangers. “I was telling the story of the electric fence for a while, and then suddenly it struck me that it was Brexit in microcosm. I don’t want to alienate half of the population or maybe a third of my audience, but it works as an analogy whichever side you’re on. The government told you not to do this and that it would be a terrible idea, but you said ‘no, we want to do it anyway’. So now we’re doing it and it’s proving a terrible idea. I do think it’s a fair analogy, but no doubt for some it will come across as me 45
G O O D B U Y E S T AT E A G E N T S B I D S FA R E W E L L T O H I G H E S T AT E A G E N C Y F E E S Liverpool property consultant Tim mcInally has put home owners in control of their own property sales by launching good Buy Estate Agents. good Buy offers a full estate agency service, simplified, and could make the process of selling your home as easy as selling a car. The unique estate agency has no shop front but operates throughout Liverpool, contactable by phone and online. As a result of this, as well as a number of other clever business decisions, good Buy saves on overheads and is able to pass those savings on to clients. Tim and his team sell houses for a one off fee, with packages starting from as low as £99.
Tim mcInally, director of good Buy Estate Agents said, “When I was working as a property consultant a friend asked me why selling a house couldn't be as straightforward as selling a car on the likes of Autotrader, or similar sites. With those sites you take some photos, write yourself a description and pay a set fee to advertise. The answer is that property sellers can't advertise on the all-important property sites themselves, they need an agent to do that for them. I realised though that there was no reason why an agent couldn't offer that kind of simple, low cost solution.”
Well done to all the team from Hairlucinations who recently named in the top 100 national providers for apprentices in the UK at last month’s gala dinner at the grosvenor Hotel in London. After picking up the 2017 National Apprenticeship Awards Area Final late last year in recognition after 48 years of creating world class hairdressers within our region, the Bootle based salon made the national finals. Hairlucinations won the award in recognition of the contribution to producing continuous outstanding support and training for all of the apprentices they employ. This in conjunction with michael John Training Academy Liverpool has been a winning formula for many years
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HISTORY OF THE UK'S FIRST SCHOOL FOR BLIND PEOPLE REVEALED IN NEW EXHIBITION AT THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL
THE BLIND SCHOOL: PIONEERING PEOPLE AND PLACES Founded in 1791, Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind, in particular its buildings and the everyday lives of students, is central to The Blind School: Pioneering People and Places, running at the museum of Liverpool now until 15 April 2018. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), The Blind School: Pioneering People and Places has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players. The exhibition features unique objects from the museum’s own collection alongside loans, personal stories and a film made in partnership with visually impaired and blind students from St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment, West derby. The exhibition is curated in partnership with Accentuate’s History of Place project, which explores 800 years in the lives of deaf and disabled people, and highlights accessible interpretation including audio description, BSL and multisensory features. It is estimated today that there are one billion disabled people in the world. Yet the history of deaf and disabled people continues to be overlooked, despite their stories being intrinsic to the environments we live in and around every day. The Blind School: Pioneering People and Places, explores what the architectural legacy of the School can reveal about the lives of those connected with it. 52
The Liverpool Blind School was founded by the blind abolitionist and human rights campaigner Edward Rushton, along with a number of his blind and sighted associates.
but has a much broader relevance too. The School has been through many changes and this exhibition draws on these to reflect changing attitudes in society.
Rushton had first hand experience of slavery through working on slave ships. His compassion for, and proximity to enslaved people led him to contract a disease which cost him his sight. As a result of his experiences of blindness and poverty and realising the poor treatment and life chances of many less wealthy blind people, he founded the school to offer training and skills.
“This remarkable, pioneering school was set up in Liverpool by blind and sighted individuals. As only the second school of its kind in the world, it led the way in educating and empowering blind people. It has changed hundreds of people’s lives in its almost 300 year history, and continues to do so.”
The exhibition gives us a moving insight into the daily lives of the pupils, the strict rules that they had to follow, how they crafted superb objects for sale and their leisure pursuits. The exhibition also considers how although learning trades enabled students to earn a living this sometimes replaced the basic education they were entitled to. Central to the story are the three purpose-built buildings that housed the school during its history and how changing attitudes reflected the changing architecture to meet the needs of pupils. Kay Jones, Curator of Urban Community History said: “We are proud to be working with History of Place on this exhibition. The story of Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind is not only a fascinating local story
Esther Fox, Head of the Accentuate Programme said: “Our History of Place project has been working with communities across the country to shine a spotlight on 800 years of history, specifically telling the stories of deaf and disabled people. Our exhibitions hosted by our partner museums represent a fantastic opportunity to showcase artefacts which have not been seen before as well as push the boundaries as to what we mean by making exhibitions accessible. disabled people have been at the heart of the research process, along with the design and creation of the exhibition, this leads to a much richer and more authentic experience.”
N I G HT MAR ES ON WA X
“Whilst making SHAPE THE FUTURE, I’ve journeyed both inwardly and outwardly all over the world, both physically and emotionally. I feel like I had to mature making this record, as it posed a lot of challenges along the way; more than I anticipated. You’re 54
“After hearing CITIzEN KANE, images of the deep South instantly began to flood my thoughts. In the film, our main character is at the point of making a choice. This crossroad for him plays out in two scenes that articulate both his dark past and his potentially pure future, so we needed a location that could powerfully evoke both. Louisiana’s history is tied so deeply to the African American struggle and when you see those iconic rural mangroves, dense with live oaks and Spanish moss, you can't help but feel the weight of that struggle. And in the city of New Orleans there is also a really crisp duality between the old and the new.
It’s a city that has had to quite literally be reborn after tragedy so it felt perfect for our story.” NIgHTmARES ON WAX is one of the most influential artists of a generation, his music having inspired many musicians and producers across the globe over his quarter decade career. As Warp’s longest serving active artist, he has broadened the sound of the label and paved the way for artists such as Flying Lotus, Hudson mohawke and mount Kimbie.
NIgHTmARES ON WAX has announced his longanticipated return with a new album SHAPE THE FUTURE. The marriage of soul, hip-hop, dub and the timeless club sounds that NIgHTmARES ON WAX has been mutating and perfecting for years finds, perhaps, its most fluid form yet on the new album. Energised by globetrotting runs of studio sessions and dJ sets, this latest salvo is a masterpiece of contemporary and classic genre blending that solidifies NIgHTmARES ON WAX’s place as an inspirational electronic music figurehead. No more so than on the shamanistic vocals of recent single BACK TO NATURE and, in particular, the arresting voices of mozez and Kanye West and Flume collaborator Allan Kingdom george Evelyn aka NIgHTmARES ON WAX says:
a different person each day so I could never make the same album again. Expressions change. I’ve brought in a lot of outside people, including musicians and a lot of orchestration. It’s brought a lot of enrichment. Each album to me is a discovery and a reflection; a mirror where I'm at in life over a period of time through writing and touring. It inspires my reality and affects my outlook on things and, in turn, they’re expressed through the music; expressing a message through different sides of emotion and our relationship to our reality”
Each album to me is a discovery and a reflection
NIGHTMARES ON WAx will appear at the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool on Friday 9 February
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EDIT OR’S LAST WORD This year I am embracing mindfulness and this month I continue with more gratitude. Thank you to my readers and advertisers for without you we would not be celebrating ten years at the top in 2018. Thank you to my children who make me smile every day. And to my husband who continues to lift me up and be my number one fan (And also an excellent maker of tea).
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It’s hard to be angry when you are grateful. So negative thoughts and toxic emotions are swept away, so not only does it make you feel good but there’s scientific evidence that proves that expressing gratitude on a daily basis can improve physical health as well as sleep, heart and immune function. gratitude is one of the most important elements of success. The Liverpool Lifestyle Awards next month offers businesses a chance to share their success and gratitude to others, with a record number of votes this year and requests for tickets going through the roof, this promises to be our biggest and best one yet. We are honoured to work with so many talented businesses and entrepreneurs across the region. This month I am truly thankful for some amazing interviews in Lifestyle magazine starting with the hottest man on the planet, dwayne Johnson, he can rock our front cover any time! And recent Bafta winner Octavia Spencer talks about her latest movie The Shape of Water. Funnyman Ed Byrne embarks on a new tour and talks about life with kids. Which from personal experience, gives you a lot to laugh about. Let’s not forget it’s Valentine’s day as well, a day my husband does not recognise as he believe every day is a day to express love and gratitude. Which pretty much sums it up. Have a wonderful day, week and month and embrace life, it’s yours to live to the fullest!
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