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Inspired to Perform At St. Mary’s College, academic excellence comes as standard. In 2010, we were once again the top co-educational school in Sefton, with 96% of our pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at A* – C grade and a 97% pass rate at A Level. However, success at St. Mary’s is measured by much more than examination results. Our wonderful drama productions are always a sell-out success and we are a centre of excellence for music. Our choirs, orchestras and bands perform regularly at home and abroad, with the annual Festival of Music at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall each spring a particular highlight. Add to this the outstanding achievements in dance, art and on the sports field and you will see that our pupils are inspired to perform in more ways than one.

St. Mary’s College is the only independent Catholic school in the North West to offer continuity of education and care to children aged 0-18. Boys and girls can start at our Bright Sparks & Early Years Department (0–4 years) soon after birth and progress to our preparatory school, The Mount (4–11 years) before moving on to the College (11–18 years). Admissions to all parts of the school are possible throughout the year – scholarships and bursaries are available.

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Dear Reader, Journal. Daisy and I Welcome to the April and May Edition of Your Local with our friends in walks ng morni early lovely have been enjoying some shoots appearing the park and it’s so uplifting to see all the bulbs and abundance and more and more each day. The daffodils are out in nently at the perma now is Daisy . summer is just around the corner ! garden the in frolics and fun for door back the by ready National with do The enchanting picture on the Front Cover is all to love of a tes promo which ive initiat us Share a Story Month, a fabulo Writers’ Club who reading in children. Alongside the feature are Crosby can read all about are celebrating a very special birthday this year. You especially and age early an from it on page 8. I enjoyed reading Lankester Brisley Joyce by books y” -Mand -Molly “Milly the ber remem ries. which I still have in my book case. What lovely memo Old Christ at l Festiva Beer loo Water The month of April sees The e from you’re Church in Waterloo and with over 125 beers to choos very quickly so be sure not to be disappointed! This event books up on page 52. more out find can You sure to book your tickets early. rs” from by Flowe of age Langu There is a wonderful article about “The tition where compe r regula new our uces introd then which gone days, e a beautiful we are looking for somebody who deserves to receiv Road, Crosby have bouquet of flowers. Alexandra’s florist in College chosen winners kindly offered to donate a beautiful bouquet to our turn to page 16. enter can you how from each edition. For details of a comprehensive is month this l A fabulous new addition to the Journa now also features it events local our all as well As n. sectio On” “What ’s is so much There port. South and ool Theatre listings in both Liverp to enjoy and I hope going on! There really is something for everyone you find it is as interesting and informative as I do. like to share with the If you have any interesting news or stories you’d don’t forget to let me and touch in Journal please don’t hesitate to get few months. You next the over have may you events any know about yourlo sally@ e-mail or 8 can call me on 07531 15675 And finally, as always please don’t forget to mention the Journal when responding to adverts; as without our advertisers there wouldn’t be a Journal!

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April • May 2011 Issue No.28

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Contents Features 8,9 National Share a Story Month & Crosby Writer’s Special Birthday

16 The Language of Flowers

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32 Sefton’s Got Talent The Road to the Final

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10 Health & Well-Being

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Journal A Peek into the Past

April 1993 - Grand National declared void On April 3rd 1993, the worldfamous horse race, The Grand National, was reduced to a shambles. A disastrous sequence of events began just before the race was due to start when protestors ran onto the track near the first fence. They were removed and the race officials asked horses and riders to line up again. Then there were two false starts caused by horses becoming tangled with the starting tape. On the second false start, although the red recall flag was waved it didn’t unfurl, and 30 of the 39 riders raced away.

May 1961 - You Bet!

On May 1st 1961 the Betting and Gaming Act came into force, and the first betting shops opened in the UK. Prior to January 1st of that year, the laws surrounding gambling were inconsistent. The Act was brought in with the aim of taking gambling off the streets and bringing it under tighter Government control. Prior to the Act, anyone wanting to place a bet on a horse had to demonstrate that they had enough credit to set up an account, and then complete their dealings by telephone. The bookies sent “runners” to collect from punters. This system was open to abuse. Once the Act was in place, a bookmaker had to apply for a licence and permit and was then allowed to take bets. Unfortunately, loopholes in the law meant that anyone could open a betting shop or casino, and many became a cover for criminal activity. So, in 1970 the Government legislated again, creating a new Gaming Act which tightened restrictions considerably. Since that time, there has been further legislation to allow the creation of a National Lottery and an increase in the number of casinos.


Members of the crowd and officials all tried to recall the jockeys but without success. 11 riders completed the first circuit before they pulled up, and seven riders never realised anything was wrong. They completed the gruelling course and raced to the finish line. Esha Ness, a 50-1 outsider trained by Jenny Pitman and ridden by John White, crossed the line first but the race was declared void, depriving the horse’s owner, Patrick Bancroft, of the £76,000 prize money. Trainer Jenny Pitman went on to win the Grand National again two years later, with Royal Athlete.


Interest is spreading now in the Seaforth Gladstone Memorial. The bust is now being cast in bronze and in a couple of weeks it will be delivered to JEEVES THE JEWELLERS where the owner has generously agreed to display it in the window with a request for donations. We now have half of the funds. On Sunday 8th May I am giving a talk on "Ten Interesting People who lived in Seaforth in the 19th century". It will be held in Bowersdale Resource Centre in Crescent Rd, Seaforth, where there is a fine hall to hold 100 people This will be at 3p.m. and entrance is free. Then we are having a second Sunday lunch on May 22nd, for 150 people at 12.30 for 1p.m. in Old Christ Church, Waterloo. Everyone who came to our first one, in September, enjoyed it immensely. Tickets are on sale in Pritchards or from me at 924 2541, for £11.

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A trip down Memory Lane


Alexandra Hall was originally known as Great Crosby Assembly Rooms and was used as a meeting place for Great Crosby Urban District Council when they moved there from a meeting house they used in Victoria Road, which was really inadequate for their needs. The Assembly Rooms was an impressive building and was opened on the 14th November 1888 by Lady Foxwood wife of Sir William Foxwood of Ramleh, Burbo Bank Road, which has since been demolished. He at the time was Lord Mayor Of Liverpool. As well as accommodation for the Local Board Offices and council chamber, the rooms featured a hall, a supper room, cloakroom, kitchen and staff quarters. There was a seven foot wide staircase as a centrepiece , which lead to a large reception room and concert hall and was also used as a ballroom. At the opening ceremony Lady Foxwood was presented with a key pendant and gold bracelet. The ceremony was followed by entertainment and dancing until 1am. It was in 1902 that The Assembly Rooms were renamed Alexandra Hall in honour of the then new Queen. In 1954 it was the venue for the ceremony to induct the first freeman of the borough, Earl Alexander, the Minister of Defence. Since then it has been also used for various other occasions. In the early 1960’s during the Merseybeat era various musical groups performed there, amongst the groups was The Beatles, who played there on the 19th January 1961. In 1969, officials revealed the crumbling building was in desperate need of repairs and had a life expectancy of only 30 years.

In 1972, it became a temporary school for 150 sixth form pupils from nearby Chesterfield High School after work on a new block was delayed because of a builders strike. The hall was converted into Crosby’s magistrates court and they used the hall between 1977 and 1992. The building was gradually closed down as Sefton Council officers were moved to Bootle and Southport. By the end of 2002, the hall faced an uncertain future and news broke that top secret bids had been made to buy the building. Private developers had until January 2003 to submit sealed bids for the then empty hall. The College Road building was sold to Chelford Homes by Sefton Council in early 2003. The firm used the site to build 20 luxury twobedroom apartments. Alexandra Hall was finally demolished in 2003 when the bulldozers moved in to demolish the 19th century building to make way for a block of flats, which was named Alexandra Court. Thankfully the architect called it after the old hall and the superficial outline was designed similar to the original building. This article was written by Barbara Thomas who has recently set up a new website Crosby Past and Present. If you have any old photos that you would like to share of the area please get in touch! E-mail:

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National Share a Story Month May 2011 National Share a Story Month (NSSM) is May according to the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and when, each year, events and activities, that celebrate the power of story, are promoted by Children's Book Groups across the country. The NSSM has a long history, starting as National Tell-A-Story Week in 1974, the idea of Pat Triggs, Vice-Chair of the Federation at the time. In 1998 it was decided to extend the idea to one month and the event became the National Share-AStory Month. Over the years many events have been held, with national launches in St. Katherine's Dock, Hastings Castle, The Agricultural College, Humberside, The Royal Armouries in Leeds and Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire amongst others. Each of these events has involved hundreds of children and adults in partnership with the local Book Group. The theme this year is “A BOX OF DELIGHTS”. (the title of John Masefield’s children’s novel) Karen Hellewell the NSSM coordinator together with generous support from children’s publishers has made a box of delights for each of the thirty book groups nationwide. “I selected a variety of objects, photos and documents which, in my experience, may excite and stimulate story making and sharing in a group of children, for example in each box there are photos of places and people as well as a feather, a button,

postcards, train tickets and a variety of old letters” Each group organises their own activity, some sharing a story that one object may generate, others improvising drama or creating a story board from several items together. Whatever the activity the importance and power of story is central.” Anthony Horowitz, creator of teen spy Alex Rider, and for adults Foyle’s war, in a recent speech at the National Literacy Trust Conference joined the ever widening chorus of concern about library cuts, children’s literacy, and promoting the love of reading. You can read it here: owitz_keynote_speech Karen organises author events throughout the school year, and audits school libraries who wish to rejuvenate and restock the provision. She says “As an ex teacher I love going into schools to talk to children about books and an author can create huge excitement and energy as well as promote reading for pleasure.”

The purpose of the book group is to bring children and books together, to promote a love of reading.


If you are interested in finding out more about the Federation or perhaps are thinking about starting your own children’s book group in Crosby or Waterloo then go to where you will also find further information about NSSM. The Federation also runs its own Book Award sponsored by Red House, which is the only National children’s book award voted for entirely by children.


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A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY for Crosby Writers’ Club

In May 1946, a few keen writers living in Crosby and Waterloo got together and formed Crosby Writers’ Club. Their first meetings were held over a pub in Waterloo. In 1973, as membership increased, the club moved to the small room adjoining Crosby Library. During the past 65 years, many members have become prolific authors. Aileen Armitage who lived in Crosby and presented the club with a special Cup to be awarded each year, went on to become a popular novelist. The late Marjorie Wynne, who was almost the founder member of the club, wrote educational books as well as novels, and was an inspiration to many of the would-be writers who joined the club. Marjorie was coming to meetings when well into her nineties. Elizabeth Murphy, who had her first novel published at the age of 70, had eleven family sagas published during the following years. Elizabeth attended the club, always willing to give advice to new writers until her death in 2002. June Francis is presently on her 32nd novel and in spite of her success, still comes to the meetings giving valuable advice and constructive criticism to help newer members. Over the years, many members of the club have had success getting articles and stories published in various magazines. Some members have had short stories and poems broadcast on Radio Merseyside. Each year, there are 4 competitions for the club members, when guest speakers act as judges giving valuable criticism to each entry. Five years ago at the 60th Birthday of Crosby

Writers’ Club they were privileged to have the late Dame Beryl Bainbridge as their guest speaker; for all those present, it was a memorable day. The only expense she asked for was the rail fare from London. In 2009, because of rising costs concerning their meetings in the Library complex, the club almost folded. As the average membership was 18 to 20, the annual subscription could not cover their outgoings for two Thursdays a month. Since moving to their new location the average attendance has been 17 at each meeting. Marie Hudson (Treasurer) who is the longest serving member of the club said, “It has been wonderful to see people who join, reading their manuscripts tentatively, then going on to win competitions and getting their work published”. So now another milestone in the history of Crosby Writers’ Club. Little did those early writers meeting in the pub in 1946, think that in May 2011 the club would be celebrating it’s 65th Birthday. Congratulations to Crosby Writers’ Club! If you would like more information about Crosby Writers’ Club or would like to join them please call the Secretary on Tel: 07902 240309

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A Naturopath’s view of Allergies by Sue Blain

The term allergy was first used in 1906 by an Austrian physician, Clemens von Pirquet. He described an “altered reactivity” which some of his patients experienced in response to substances, allergens, that didn’t affect other people, such as pollen, dust mites or animal hair.

We’ve since learnt that multiple factors are responsible for allergic symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, sinusitis or asthma, and allergens are just the last straw. The allergic reaction is the body’s way of ridding itself of a toxic overload. The liver and kidneys can be overwhelmed so elimination takes place inconveniently through the skin, eyes, nose or lungs. Food intolerances are one of the main factors involved but various types of stress, whether emotional or environmental, can also play a part. Alongside eggs and dairy products, stress is often the main trigger for eczema. There may also be hidden fungal or bacterial infections present. Commonly occurring Aspergillus moulds, found in the soil, compost heaps, animal straw-bedding and damp houses, can be responsible for permanent coughs and even asthma. A recent study at Leicester University showed that asthmatics, allergic to the mould, had narrowing of the airways. The narrowing was worse in people who had the moulds growing in their lungs. Evidence may also indicate a link with their presence in some cases of lung cancer. There are homeopathic remedies that will kick start the immune system to help kill these moulds, supported by a yeast and sugar-free diet, or antifungal drugs from your GP. Incidentally dust mites thrive alongside Aspergillus mould, which apparently makes skin cells more digestible to the little mites! Hay fever can be caused by an allergy to grass pollen so it may help to cut out all grasses from your diet during the pollen season. Don’t doubt


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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS “There's rosemary, that's for remembrance... and there is pansies. That’s for thoughts...” Ophelia’s speech from Shakespeare’s Hamlet is recognised by most people and this excerpt clearly defines the meaning behind certain plants. However, the speech continues and the allusions created by the writer are largely lost to the modern reader. An Elizabethan audience would have readily understood all the hidden meanings and their intimations, as the language of flowers was a common method of sending messages in those days.

Victorians took the graceful symbolism embodied by specific flowers to new levels and sent coded messages to each other under the watchful eyes of strict parents and social rules. Rigorous Victorian propriety meant sweethearts needed to send secret and subtle messages to one another. A sprig of mimosa passed surreptitiously to someone would let them know they had a secret admirer. Then the full scale of these veiled communiqués could begin. The gentleman may have sent his favoured lady a posy of white camellias, purple lilac, mountain ash, ferns and sweet William, which translate (in order) as “you are perfectly lovely, I am falling in love. You are safe with me, I am sincere and discreet. Please grant me just one smile!” The recipient could immediately indicate her response by either putting the flowers to her lips, implying yes. Or more devastatingly for the man, she may pull a petal off a flower and drop it, meaning no. Alternatively, she could respond with a bouquet expressing her feelings with carefully chosen blooms. Jonquils, rose leaves and honeysuckle translate as “I return your love. Keep your hopes alive but I will take time to answer”. Perhaps she had reservations so instead sent lavender and pink larkspur; “I don’t trust you as I think you may be fickle”. Nowadays the only floral messages we readily recognise are the red roses dutifully sent to declare our love, and the Remembrance Day red poppies. As well as being a symbol of remembrance the poppy is also a symbol for sleep. Red poppies


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A search is on to find 150 foster carers in just 150 days for local authorities in the North West as part of the You Can Foster campaign.

Sefton Council and 22 other authorities in the North West want to find 150 new foster carers by June, to join the team of amazing carers who already give children and young people a safe and secure home. The North West has the largest shortage of foster carers in the UK, outside of London. The You Can Foster campaign hopes to address this and find more homes for the children who really need them. You Can Foster features real local authority carers in the campaign with the aim to show people there is no typical foster carer. Sefton is hoping lots of people with room in their heart and home will come forward and be one of the 150 new foster carers.

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Chris Williams, Chair of the North West Fostering Leads groups: “150 people from across the region really isn’t a big number so we’re positive this is achievable. There are people out there, just like you, who would make a huge difference to the life of a child or young person, who have the time, and space needed, so we want them to come forward now. Choosing to foster will be a rewarding experience for all involved.” Be one of the 150 people that will make a differenceto children in the North West and visit:

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FASHIONABLE FILLIES in the Final Furlong!

ear after year I dread the photographs that appear of women ‘at the races.’ It is all a bit Too: too short, too high, too loud, too big and too desperate! Fashion in the enclosure is all about effortless utility elegance. Firstly, there is a vast difference between dressing for a national hunt meet and a flat racing ladies day. Tailored tweed jackets if it is cold, snappy fish tail suits and shift dresses for warmer weather. Hats are popular but not essential, so rather than letting your head gear wear you try a quirky fascinator, sporty trilby or Zhivago. Flat racing is where the fashion stakes run high, get it right and you’ll be hot to trot, get it wrong and you risk seeing yourself on the cover of the Daily Mail; complete with plastic pint glass. Look to Alex Curran and Jodie Kidd for inspiration as they are always odds on favourites at the National. Racing plates are more than just a good idea for the



horses; delicate flats will keep you trotting around all day. Just like ‘Dessie’ greys are always admired and along with nude fabrics they are set to be fancied this season. Looking useful around the racetrack is a sure fire way to get in with the owner/ trainer crowd. Invest in a bridle or lead rope, even if you are not really sure what you’re supposed to do with them and dangle from forearm with pride. There are a couple of indispensable course-side accessories that no serious race-goer should be without: a pair of short friends with Irish accents (fake or otherwise). This will up your course side credibility no end. If you only remember one rule, let it be this: Do not enter any sort of best dressed competition; this sort of activity is for WAGs and Labradors, not ladies of elegant reserve.

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The Royal Wedding It’s a mug’s game!

Unless you’ve been living as a hermit it can’t have escaped your notice that a significant event takes place this month. Yes we all have an extra day’s holiday to look forward to. Oh, and there’s a nice young couple getting married too.

Royal weddings have always been significant events in the history of our country. As I type shop shelves are groaning under the weight of commemorative mugs, while TV adverts exhort us to send off for decorative gold coins. I’d always assumed that Royal souvenirs were a relatively modern invention, but in fact they have been a popular way of marking weddings and Jubilees for the last three centuries. The earliest known English commemorative items date from the Restoration of Charles II, in 1660. They must have been a hit because more followed for his Coronation in 1661 and wedding in 1662! At first such items were purchased only by the wealthy, but as new manufacturing methods

developed the ordinary general public was able to buy a little piece of Royal history too. What they bought hasn’t changed a great deal over the years: the most popular items are and have always been coins, stamps and ceramics, especially mugs. Oh we Brits do love a Royal mug. I wonder if that’s related to our love of tea! Special issue coins were first used to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. The majority of jubilee coins are issued in ‘crown’ size. This has nothing to do with a royal crown but is in fact the size of an old crown coin, which was equal in value to 5 shillings. The reason for this is that the large size of the coin allows for more detail. These special coins are not intended for general use and are almost always collected in uncirculated mint condition. The first stamps associated with a Royal event were those issued in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Interestingly they were not intended as commemorative issues and were never released as a set. Specific Jubilee sets of stamps were first issued in 1935 for George V's Jubilee. Ceramics have always been popular Royal souvenirs. Commemorative jugs, vases, mugs, and plates survive in significant numbers from the reign of George III onwards. But it seems the imaginations of the souvenir producers know no limits. Everything from wallpaper to underwear has been given some sort of a Royal twist in times past. This time it’s train tickets, with William and Kate gracing the Oyster cards of commuters in the capital. Because most souvenirs are now mass produced they have little commercial value long term, but they’re fun and colourful and a nice little piece of history to pass on to our children. I still have my Silver Jubilee coin, given to me when I was a child and my seven-year-old son thinks it’s real Royal treasure. I won’t disillusion him just yet.


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Journal Travel


Lions and Rhinos and Chimps Oh my...! rriving in Kenya, I passed a shop called “Guns and Cameras- for all your shooting needs” and thought about how tourism in Africa has changed. The game I’m used to is more pheasant than big five, so I was eager to see some seriously exotic specimens.

I prefer to be an individual traveller and would hate to have every second of my adventure planned out for me. However, Kenya is vast and with so much to see I decided that a tour operator was definitely the way to maximise my chances of success on my hunt for big game; albeit shooting with an SLR rather than an elephant gun! The journey to Masai Mara, in western Kenya, is certainly more pothole than road; you can opt for a hot air balloon tour of the national park but I definitely wanted the real experience. It wasn’t the migration season so there would be no thunderous herds of buffalo, the original fast food. It was actually just before the rains started, so water was short and the animals would hopefully be localised around permanent watering holes and rivers. Our lion sighting could have been better, just a lazy old boy sunbathing on a rock; not the stealthy lioness I was hoping for! We were told elephants were nearby because of the trampled grass but I was more concerned about the rhinos; apparently they can run at 35mph and, because of their poor eyesight, they sometimes charge for no reason! Luckily, our rhino seemed quite content eating and posing while we snapped away. Meeting the local Masai people is an incredible experience. You are welcomed with a performance of traditional dance, giraffes mingled in the background, and each member of the small community comes over to say hello. I must admit I was quite embarrassed by the whole affair; American tourists ‘Ohmygaad!’ at every Kenyan they


meet and you also get the distinct impression that, however enthusiastic and talented, the villagers are very good at the whole ‘we’ve never seen a white man before’ routine. In fact, they put us to shame somewhat; not only do they speak an enchanting African language called Maa, they are also pretty good at Swahili and English too. I just hope they get paid well for humouring us all. Your trip will usually be split across the parks in order to maximise chances of seeing everything on offer. We had a specific afternoon dedicated to watering holes where we saw a herd of zebra drinking in the late afternoon and just caught a distant glimpse of buffalo. Our guide pointed out a leopard in a tree to the other side of our jeep, apparently not hungry enough to hunt the stripy sitting ducks. At Lake Nakuru we exchanged our four wheels for a boat and for the next hour all I saw were pink flamingos sleeping all along the banks. Our boat put-putted along between enormous hippos that groaned at us for disturbing their rest. My last stop was the Mombassa Jungle where I hoped to meet a real life King Kong! On the way there we had to make an unexpected stop to check on another jeep that had driven off the ‘road’ quite a way; they had pulled in to look at a whole family of elephants! Unfortunately, we didn’t see any gorillas; apparently they are very shy indeed. We did meet lots of orphaned chimpanzees, being looked after by older members of the group. Kenya overwhelmed me with its hospitality and beautiful wildlife. I leave it with a full memory card. Hopefully this will not be the last time I watch the African sun go down. Carrie Cartwright-Owen

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WHERE WERE YOU ON 27th MARCH 2011? by Katie Burgess, Crosby

And so it came to pass, that there went out a decree from the Office of National Statistics that the whole country should be counted...

I've often wondered what the world would make of biblical events if they happened in the here and now and right now we should all have completed a Census, much like Mary and Joseph when they travelled to Bethlehem to do so over 2000 years ago. Thankfully, none of us will have to have made any sort of journey to complete our Census form (the "H1 Household Questionnaire") on 27th March this year, because what it wants to know is exactly where we were there and then. The Census takes place every 10 years. The last time it took place was back in 2001, not that long ago in most of our minds, but things were indeed quite different. Kylie couldn't get us out of her head, Shaggy said it wasn't him and Tony Blair was occupying number 10, while George .W. Bush moved into The White House and the nation came through a foot and mouth crisis. Nobody had heard of The X-Factor, Facebook or the phrase "Credit Crunch" - what I call "The Good Old Days". Last time around I was aged 14 and "Person 4". It's something I find difficult to remember being, now I'm aged 24 and what the Census Form would class as a "Householder". It was a simpler time, Will Young had yet to win my (still) continuing affections, Cars were something I was chauffeured in (rather than being the Chauffeur, as I am now) and school books and worksheets occupied my mind (rather than the accounts books and balance sheets that make up a large proportion of my workload these days). I have had a real role in it this time around though. Not only completing the form for my household, I have been acting as a Co-Ordinator for my area of Waterloo, Crosby and Seaforth. I have the privilege of supporting a team of Special Enumerators and Collectors. These are the people visiting homes and other residential establishments to encourage and assist those who have yet to return their forms after the big day. They'll be able to provide new forms for those that have been lost, damaged or never arrived and will even be able to collect

completed forms and post them on a householder's behalf. Of course, keeping things modern and new to the Census this time around, you can even complete your form online. The effort for this Census began a long time ago with field staff out up and down the country identifying new properties, those that no longer exist and buildings being used as dwellings. Examples of just some of these being garden sheds, tents and barns believe it or not (maybe if they'd have said "stable"). Forms should have been with all households by 25th March 2011, with delivery being undertaken by Royal Mail. The Helpline and Online Help Centre have been available from 4th March 2011. SO WHY IS THE CENSUS SO IMPORTANT? For a start, it gives us a snapshot of the entire country at a point in time, a time that will of course become history. The information you provide will be held in confidence, with only the statistics it produces being used for the benefit of the community. The information is used to help the government plan for services and provisions such as health, education, leisure, transport and housing. By completing your form you can help shape tomorrow, not only for you but for future generations. It's why I became involved. I'm a local resident, Business Woman, Daughter and Sister, Renal Patient, but most importantly, a member of the community. This is not my day job of course, it's a role I've taken alongside of my enterprise, to hopefully make some difference. As a nation we thrive on community spirit and it's why I will be attending many of the completion events (e-mail for times & dates ) for anyone who wants some assistance in completing their form. There's a reason this country is called Great Britain and it's not because of it's size; by completing your H1 Household Questionnaire you can shape a better tomorrow for us all. Find out more:

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Journal Motoring

Road Test Volvo S60 D5

Volvo has long been viewed as sitting in the second tier of prestige car manufacturers, a club that includes Saab and Alfa Romeo. The reasons for this are simple, dynamically and stylistically any recent model Volvo has produced has not been the match of its rivals from Audi, Mercedes and BMW. With the new S60, Volvo has set out to remedy this, or at least that’s what the launch advertising campaign would have us believe.

The S60 is aimed squarely at the “compact, prestige, sporting saloon” segment of the market, in other words it is up against the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. What is it doing differently that will enable Volvo to take the fight to these titans of the prestige car industry? Well, if we start with the styling I have to say it looks the part. From the side profile it has the curves that, these days, are associated with a four door coupé and from the rear everything is taut and tidy. Unfortunately, until Volvo decides to completely abandon its boxy heritage, the front end is always going to be a problem. Even with the trendy LED running lights, the headlights are bulbous and awkward looking. To my eye the car looks slightly too high sided and stubby as well. Climb inside and everything is as it should be in an executive saloon. The fit and finish, quality of plastics and all-round ergonomics are nearly up there with the Audi and ahead of anything BMW or Mercedes have to offer. I’m not wild about the slablike centre console but it is a Volvo after all. The front seats are supremely comfortable but if you get in the back you will find that the price of those


coupé-like looks is limited leg room, a centre seat that is strictly for kids and a slightly claustrophobic feel. There are also some funky things on the options list, how about a collision avoidance system that detects pedestrians walking out in front of you and applies the brakes before you run them over? Volvo’s tried and tested 2.4 litre 5 cylinder diesel produces 204bhp in this guise, enough for a 7.4 second 0-62 time and a top end of 146mph. I like the hefty shove in the back it gives when it hits the power band and that distinctive 5 cylinder warble makes it one of the few diesels that I actually enjoy the sound of. The economy figures don’t quite keep up with the likes of BMW, expect around 50mpg in mixed motoring, but are perfectly respectable. I drove the six speed manual which is fine, but I hear that the automatic is to be avoided. What about the handling though? After all, Volvo has made a huge song and dance about what a sporty drive this car is. I can report that this is without doubt the best handling Volvo I have ever driven and I would go further, it is considerably better than the class leading Ford Mondeo whose platform it shares. Even so, it doesn’t exactly make your heart sing and urge you to push it into every corner as hard as you can. The steering is decidedly lifeless too. By way of contrast the ride is excellent, soaking up the bumps like a bigger car but without any wallowing or excessive roll. The way I see it is that it will be a rare occasion indeed when you explore the limits of the handling envelope of your sporty saloon, but a supple ride is something you will appreciate every time you drive it. The S60 is a solid all rounder and represents good value for money. Somehow though, I don’t think that it will have the German aristocracy quaking in their boots. Even so, if you are bored with your A4 or 3 Series, it is worthy of serious consideration. And if you are quite happy to drive a second tier, prestige sporty saloon, this is definitely the one to go for. Kit Johnson Car tested Volvo S60 D5 £26,745 RRP

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Journal House & Home

That Bl**dy Alarm! by Roy Williams - Crosby Intruder Alarms

We've all been there, it's 2am, you're fast asleep when suddenly next door's alarm system kicks off. You know that they are away on holiday, so you do the neighbourly thing and get dressed and go and investigate.

Following a good look around the property you can't find anything wrong so you go back to bed and try and go back to sleep. After 20 minutes the sounders resets and everything goes quiet. You are just about to drop off to sleep again and off it goes once more. Over the next couple of hours this is repeated over and over again. Next day you try and contact your neighbours, but can't; through the day the alarm behaves itself, but next night it's off again. You are now in a position where you don't bother to get out of bed, or if you do it's to go and switch the alarm off altogether, leaving the house vulnerable, but not annoying the rest of the road. The most common cause of alarms randomly activating is the back-up battery. If the battery is not replaced on a regular basis, say every five years, its ability to hold a charge decreases. This effect is increased when the temperature drops in the middle of the night. At this point the alarm generates random activations. The remedy to help prevent these random activations is to get your system regularly serviced. This has a number of benefits. the systems is "health checked" to ensure that it's running at its peak performance and potential problems can be identified and remedied before they occur. Most reputable companies would replace the rechargeable battery back up every five years, irrespective of how it tested out. Having an ongoing maintenance agreement will usually lead to a discount on your insurance and with premiums set to rise again, every little helps! On a more serious note, the continuous sounding of an alarm comes under the Environmental Health Act, in the Noise Pollution section. A court can issue a warrant for the premises to be entered and the


system silenced. In this case the homeowner would return from holiday to find that entry has been made into their premises, the alarms has been disconnected and they will be getting a substantial bill for the work that has been done. In extreme cases, you may be summonsed to court for prosecution, with a fine up to ÂŁ5000. So what can you do? Get an approved alarm company to come and give your system a "health check". As with any electronic equipment you cannot guarantee that a fault will never develop, but a regular check of the system will help to reduce the risk of problems occurring. Take out a maintenance contract; there are companies that will offer a maintenance contract to systems that they haven't installed themselves, so shop around, as always, remember you get what you pay for, so don't necessarily go for the cheapest.

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Window Blind Safety “Make it Safe� says trade body The British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) is urging homeowners and building users where children live or may visit to ensure they consider reducing the possible risks associated with window blind operating cords and chains. To offer parents support and independent advice the BBSA has a campaign called “Make it Safe� to provide practical advice regarding blind cord safety and to highlight the options available to make your window blind safe. You can download a free brochure from or even watch a video on what to consider when buying new blinds as well as how to make existing blinds safer. The BBSA and its members have been very active in developing simple, effective, low cost safety features that are suitable for all blind styles. There are also different operating methods and even window blinds which do not have looped operating cords or chains at all, so there are lots of options available. Many of these offered by BBSA members can be retrofitted to existing blinds, so you do not have to wait until you replace a blind to improve its safety. BBSA member Eric Francis of The Waterloo Blind Company said, “We fully support the BBSA’s “Make it Safe� campaign and all the blinds we make and sell comply with the relevant standards.� The BBSA’s advice is very simple for homes or buildings where children live or visit:

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SEFTON’S GOT TALENT The Road to the Final

by Colin Harvey

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Downloading the Sefton’s Got Talent application form from the Plaza or Marine FC website marks the start of the journey. And by January, auditions day one at Marine FC is set to kick off. Everything from magicians to dancers, singers and guitarists, slapstick mime and bands were ready to do their stuff. Singers warmed up in the corridors, dancers limbered up in the hall, and anxious parents and loved ones looked on as their little stars were put through their paces by the judges.

All types of entertainment was on show, all supported by mums, dads, or whole families urging them on. Some used backing tracks, some sang ‘dry’ without music, but all gave it their best for the three judges. Former journalist and fellow judge Colin Harvey said it was great to see the range of talent and abilities. “The youngest was just six years old and it was exciting waiting to see what came through the door next!” Former theatrical production assistant Ann Jackson said. “It was a pleasure to see so much enthusiasm from such a range of ages”. Auditions day two dawned at Marine FC, and clutching hot coffee, the judges took their places for the second round, which was even bigger than the first. Over sixty acts turned up, and again, the big hall was abuzz with dance troupes and drummers, whilst more singers and comedy acts did their stuff in the smaller room, keeping the judges on the move between rooms. Overall, more than 108 acts were seen, comprising almost 300 people, and Peter McCormack said the standard overall was very high: “We had to extend the line-up a little because there were some too good to let go, but we’d like to thank everyone who


took part and advise them not to give up, to continue developing their acts, and to apply next year.” All the acts were marked out of 100, with technical ability and audience engagement being top of the list. All the acts were videoed to help the judges recall who did what, and later over several cups of strong coffee, the final 22 emerged.. It was down to Peter to give the finalists the good news personally over the phone: “This is probably the best job, when you hear the delight at the other end, the gasps of disbelief, people saying things like ‘Are you sure you want me?’, it’s great.” “Last year, there was some difficulty comparing a singer with say a dancer, so this year we expanded the categories to four so dancers, solo instrumentalists and performing arts were grouped in one category, while singers, choirs and bands were in another”. The proceeds from the show on March 6th were split between Marine FC and the Plaza. But putting on a show like this is quite costly, so a new sponsor, Waterloo based property company Concentric Lettings was recruited. One of the first tasks as a SGT finalist is to meet the sponsor, so Concentric’s Steve Latham welcomed eleven year old Sophie Clarke, sixteen year old Dina and nine year old Freddy Kearns and ten year old Harry Gascoigne to their Waterloo offices in Brighton Road where he explained how he’d grown up in the street just behind the Plaza. On hearing about their appeal for sponsorship, he decided to stump up the cash.

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Steve said “Concentric Lettings is an ethically based business, fully accredited with all the Merseyside councils, offering residential housing for the local community. I’ve spent many happy hours in the Plaza, and was amazed by the excellent projects carried out there, especially the spirit that Jan Dunn and her team of volunteers brings.” Peter was delighted to have Concentric onboard: “We’re always looking for ways to improve the show and enhance the experience for the youngsters taking part; thanks to Concentric’s help, we were able to use professional staging, sound and lighting” With all finalists notified and rehearsing like mad, ‘finals day’ started at eight o’clock with a delivery to the Plaza of miles of cables, staging, sound and lighting equipment. With only six hours before ‘curtain up’, there wasn’t a moment to lose. Steve Wright and his colleague Jack of locally based ‘Studio Services’ were keen to get started. Steve said: “I’ve done many types of gig, from jazz to rock festivals, but I’m always happiest when I’ve got the basic rig up, the lights lit and the sound on.” It took Steve and Jack more than two hours to get everything rigged, and the finalists started arriving for their sound checks from mid morning. Stage Manager Colin Harvey ensured everyone got a chance to run through their act, while sound was adjusted to give each act the best sound possible. Colin said: “Each act has up to four minutes, and we must make sure there are no hitches with the wrong music etc. It’s a tight schedule, because we have openers Nathan Sanderson and Mitch Mimms to check, plus the show closer Chloe Mclaughlan as well as the 21 acts” An hour to go, and show host, Radio Merseyside’s Roger Philips arrives to go over his script, shortly followed by the three judges; actress and director Suzy Walker, Dune FM presenter John Cooper and veteran broadcaster and journalist Ian Hamilton Fazey. The sound checking stops briefly, when a piece of the stage comes loose, but Jack clambers underneath with a torch and soon, the run-through begins again. All checks done, half an hour to go, the doors open and 550 plus people pour into the space clutching their drinks, food and banners, wearing ‘t’ shirts with things like ‘come on Dance Craze’ or ‘Connor Rocks’. The atmosphere builds and when Judy Garland’s ‘That’s Entertainment’ and the Glee version of ‘Make ‘em Laugh’ boom out as an overture, you know show time is only minutes away..

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An excited crowd builds at the Plaza

Last minute touches for Fusion

Connor Farrell

Roger Philips and Candyman


Debbie Blakemore and Peter McCormack run the ‘green room’screen 2 actually, and from there, all the acts are ‘fed’ on cue to the stage. Debbie says: “176 performers take some managing, so I make sure while each act is on, we’ve got at least two more acts waiting here. It’s chaotic, but great to see their faces light up when I say ‘stand by..” A magnificent kit of midnight black drums is assembled at the side of the stage ready to be moved on stage for ten year old Daniel Bowen, who is to open the competition following last year’s winners, keyboard wizard Nathan Sanderson and ace Michael Jackson tribute Mitch Mimms- no pressure there then! Super cool Daniel works his flawless magic to great applause, as do the other nine finalists: Space Centre ‘Candyman; Evie Edwards; The One & Onlys; Sparkle & Shine; Dance Craze Juniors; Harry Gascoigne; Sarah Louise Jones; Bethany Lythgoe and the Hatton Hill Singers. Before you can say ‘That’s show business’, we’re into the interval and stage crew James and Emily from events company ‘RC Parties’ are on hand to rig the amplifier and mic for thirteen year old Connor Farrell, who will open the second half, showcasing the 12-18 year olds. Stage Manager Colin Harvey at the side of the stage to keep everything ticking over says “It’s amazing, a lot of these youngsters have hardly performed before, never mind on a stage like this, but as they come off, after they’ve performed, they’ve actually grown in their four minutes; they’re so pleased”. Fellow finalists: Fusion; Jess Fairley; Dirty Dancing


Remix; Tom Lyon; Dance Craze Seniors; Beth Readman; Fredina; Sophie Clarke; Space Centre ‘ABC’; St Michael’s High School Samba Band all wow the crowd with their individual styles- and then it’s over and the waiting begins. The judges retire and the plaza is treated to an enthralling performance of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Miserables by thirteen year old Chloe Mclaughlan, who would have been a strong contender had she not lived outside the area! Judge at the final, Dune FM’s John Cooper said “I was truly amazed at the array of talent Sefton has, from singers, to fantastic dance groups, and everything in between. The only real losers on the day where the judges, as we had to choose only one winner!” Host Roger Philips was equally impressed: “I’m amazed how good everyone was and how mature they all were, even the little ones performing on such a big stage takes some doing, so well done to all.” Organiser Peter McCormack said “I’d like to thank everyone who took part, who helped behind the scenes, Colin Harvey, Jan Dunn, Martin Fol and all the volunteers at the Plaza, without whom, we couldn’t put the show on”. Over 176 performers took part in the final and apart from the four category winners and the overall winner, every one reaching the final was to receive a special certificate, so James and Emily’s last job was to get the table, glass engraved trophies and certificates ready… Finally, the results were in, the crowd is hushed and Roger Philips opens the golden envelope…

Cat 1 U12 Winner Bethany Lythgoe

Cat 2 U12 Winner Sarah Louise Jones

Cat 2 12-18 Winner Samba Band

THE WINNERS OF SEFTON’S GOT TALENT 2011 WERE: Category 1 under 12 Bethany Lythgoe

Category 2 under 12- Sarah Louise Jones

Category 1 12 to 18- Hillside High School ‘Fusion’

Category 2 12 to 18 St Michael’s High School Samba Band Overall Winner ‘Fusion’

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inter is well and truly over and what an awful one it has been. Spring has finally arrived and we are back in business at the allotment. We have been making repairs to anything that was damaged by the frost and snow. The fruit cage lost its roof due to the sheer weight of snow that fell on it, the old mini greenhouses need new plastic covers as the old ones have cracked with the frost and on more than one occasion I had to retrieve the cold frame from next door’s allotment as the wind had blown it there! But all in all, I suppose there hasn’t been too much damage. So it’s a new start to the growing season - for many weeks I have been sowing seeds and chitting potatoes at home in the greenhouse, front bedroom and porch. Our home is overflowing with tomatoes (5 different varieties this year!), peppers, beans, peas, cauliflowers, sweet corn, cabbages etc. Now I have to start hardening them off before they get planted outside. This involves moving trays and trays of plants onto the lawn every morning and then putting them all back into the greenhouse in the evening until eventually, after a few weeks, they are ready to go out into the big wide world (or down to the allotment in this case!) At least this year there shouldn’t be too much digging to do on the allotment. Over the years we have gradually dug it over and built raised beds and raised old baths and in between these we have laid sheets of weed repressant and covered this with bark chippings. So, fingers crossed there shouldn’t be too much weeding to do either and it will be a lot easier to manage. My aim this year is to have better success with the parsnips. Last year we sowed loads of seeds and I think we got about 3 parsnips for all our trouble!

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I don’t know what we did wrong- the seeds were fresh and we tried a few different varieties. Maybe it was the weather? If in doubt, blame the weather I say! I would love to keep chickens on the allotment, but most councils don’t allow this. So, instead Jeanette has bought 3 hens and keeps them in her back garden. At first they had free run of the garden but they were making such a mess with the plants and pots (not to mention their toilet habits!) that she and her husband Ken built a chicken run. This confines them to one area of the garden but they still have lots of room to run around. However, the run hasn’t been perfected yet as one little tinker, Ginger, still manages to escape when she gets the chance! One of the best reasons for keeping chickens is that you know they are going to have a better life and your eggs haven’t come from any form of cruelty. There certainly isn’t any profit from keeping a few hens, but what can be nicer than collecting a nice warm egg from your garden and having a fresh chucky egg for your breakfast? They may not be easily trained or as affectionate as a cat or dog but there is something very soothing about listening to their gentle clucking. In fact there are a few good reasons for keeping chickens apart from the eggs they eat slugs. Now anything that reduces the slug population is a friend of mine! Their waste product is also an excellent fertilizer - it is full of nitrogen and makes a great compost activator. They can also be fed any of your cabbage and lettuce which have bolted. So whenever Jeanette and Ken go away I am always keen to do a bit of chicken sitting as I get paid in fresh eggs! For more info on keeping chickens go to: or

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Good Friday is traditionally the day for planting your spuds - but it falls a lot later this year, which is just as well as my brother-in-law gets married on Good Friday and I don’t think he would take too kindly to me turning up to his wedding in my wellies! So probably at the beginning of April is a good time to plant them. Start growing salad crops at regular intervals so you have a continuous supply through summer. Towards the end of April start hardening off tomato plants and other frost tender crops so that they will be ready to plant out mid May. This month you can start sowing broad beans, peas, cauliflowers, broccoli, cabbage, turnips, carrots etc. outside - but don’t be caught out! There is still a chance of frost. So protect your plants with fleece, net curtains or cut down plastic lemonade bottles for individual plants if there is a chance of the temperature dropping, otherwise your plans can be set back weeks. Keep on top of weeds. They have woken up again! A regular hoeing session for a few minutes a day can save you a lot of time in the long run.

Start growing salad crops at regular intervals so you have a continuous supply through summer. Keep an eye on the slugs and other pests. As soon as you see any, remove and destroy! Don’t forget to keep any egg shells - break them up and put around the base of plants to deter slugs and snails - they don’t like crawling on the rough surface. Til next time- Happy veggie growing! Lois

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HANGING BASKET KNOW-HOW ave you ever gazed in admiration at a neighbour’s glorious hanging basket and wondered why yours doesn’t measure up?

Hanging baskets can be things of abundant beauty, but often they are too sparsely planted or worse, look like abandoned birds nests. If you want to be the object of basket-envy this year, you need to take on board a few trade secrets. The most important thing to note, if you’re new to basket-planting, is that size really does matter. For a good basket you’ll need the minimum of a 35cm / 14 inch size wire frame type. This will have a depth of 15cm / 6 inches which allows for lots of compost and means that the basket won’t dry out quickly. You can also plant through the sides to give that really luxuriant, over-flowing look. Second, for a really showy basket you will almost certainly need twice as many plants as you think you will! For each wire basket, plan to use at least 2 strips (that’s sixteen little plants!) of something like Lobelia or Bidens; two upright plants for the centre top of the basket - small upright fuchsias or geraniums work well; four small bushy flowers like Busy Lizzies or petunias, for round the top edge of the basket, and three or four trailing plants geraniums and trailing petunias would be perfect. This planting ‘recipe’ can be altered to suit your own tastes. For instance, I sometimes like to swap a couple of the trailing flowers for trailing foliage


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plants, such as Lysimachia nummularia or small leaved ivies. Line the basket with moss raked from your lawn (though not if you’ve used a weed killer) or a proprietary liner. I prefer the liners because our garden birds steal the moss and my plants begin to fall out after a while! You’ll need about 10 litres of compost. Mix it with water retaining granules for best results. Soak the plants really well, then when you remove the little plants from their trays, you can give the root balls a good squeeze so they will be small enough to poke through the holes in the wire frame of the basket. Build the basket up in three tiers, adding more compost as each tier is planted. The best way to do this is to stand the basket on a large plant pot for stability. Once planted, you can stand it in a sheltered area for a week or so if the frosts aren’t quite finished, otherwise you can hang it straight up. Make sure your brackets are sturdy and secure, or your beautiful basket might end up in a crumpled mess on the floor. Keep it watered and feed it once a week, as all those plants crammed into a tiny space deplete the nutrients in the compost very quickly. Finally, sit back and enjoy being the object of neighbourhood basket-envy.

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2.25kg / 5lbs loin of pork, with the rind on 2 tablespoons / 30ml cider vinegar 1 tablespoon / 15ml oil 2 tablespoons / 30g coarse sea salt 4 bay leaves 4 crushed garlic cloves 600ml / 1 pint chicken stock 2 teaspoons cornflour

Apple Stuffing 3 medium onions, peeled 4 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped (Bramleys for preference) 2 tbsp crumbled dried sage leaves 1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper 1 tbsp butter, finely cubed

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Lightly score the pork rind, or ask your butcher to do this for you if you're not sure how. For a nice, crispy crackling: Place the pork onto a medium roasting tin. Take your pork over to the sink and pour boiling water from the kettle over the pork rind and soak for about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Drain the water and then pour the cider vinegar over the joint. Place the joint uncovered in the fridge overnight. Preheat the oven to gas mark 7 or equivalent. Drizzle the olive oil over the pork and rub into the skin. Sprinkle over the salt. Place in the oven and cook for half an hour then reduce the temperature of the oven to gas mark 5 and continue to cook for a further 2 hours. An hour before the end of cooking time add the bayleaves and garlic into the roasting tin. 30 minutes before the end of cooking time, add the chicken stock to the roasting pan. When the pork is cooked remove from the roasting tray and allow to rest for 15 minutes in a warming place. Transfer the liquid mixture to a saucepan, place on a high heat, add the cornflour and then whisk until the gravy has thickened.


Apple Stuffing If you don't want your stuffing to be too strong on the onion (I love the flavour, but it's a personal choice) parboil the onions in lightly-salted water for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. If you're happy for the full flavour, omit this step. Chop the onion very finely then combine with the chopped apples, sage, pepper and butter. Either shape into balls and bake for 10mins on Gas Mark 4 (or equivalent) or bake as a whole piece in a suitable dish for 20 mins on the same heat setting.

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Journal Recipes



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300g digestive biscuits 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 125g unsalted butter, melted 750g cream cheese 200g caster sugar 1 tblspn grated lemon zest Juice 1 large lemon. 4 large eggs, lightly beaten 300ml single cream 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon extract 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to Gas 3 or equivalent. Grease a 8in/21cm spring form cake tin.Finely crush the biscuits and combine with the ground cinnamon and nutmeg, then stir in the melted butter. Press biscuit mix into the bottom of the tin and place in refrigerator for 1 hour until firm. Beat the cream cheese until it is softened, then beat in the caster sugar until combined and the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in the zest and lemon juice then add to the cream cheese mixture, beating until just combined. Combine the eggs, cream, vanilla and lemon extract by lightly whisking them together until soft peak

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Journal Computers

THE INTERNET Coming soon to a TV Screen near you...

or a long time it has been possible to connect your computer to your TV using a variety of cables or, more commonly these days, via some kind of wireless connector. This is great, you can watch films you’ve downloaded off the internet without the hassle of burning them to a DVD or you can, of course, play your favourite computer games on a glorious 42 inch high definition screen – you can even play them in 3D. What you haven’t been able to do is watch one of your favourite websites, for instance YouTube, on your TV.

The advantages of being able to view the web on your TV are considerable. For starters, forget Freeview with its measly 50 channels, there are around 2400 free internet TV channels available, though admittedly many of them are foreign language or of limited appeal. If you want some higher quality TV output, you have all the more popular recent TV programs available through the likes of iPlayer, Four OD and ITV player. This frees you from the shackles of TV schedules and allows you to watch whatever you want at a time that suits you – the latest edition of Top Gear at four in the morning? Not a problem! You don’t even have to remember to set your recorder. Then there’s the ubiquitous YouTube. Even if you subscribe to the appropriate Sky TV package and have 7 or 8 music channels available, you still have to watch whatever videos or interviews Sky are choosing to broadcast at the time. There is now a Sky channel available that allows you to choose from several thousand music videos and stream whatever you want to watch but it costs £4.99 per month. Compare this to YouTube where you can watch virtually any music video ever made, people filming themselves doing ludicrous things and much more besides completely free. All the online movie rental outfits such as Love Film now offer video


streaming services so you can watch whatever film you choose without having to wait for the DVD to turn up in the post. The big TV manufacturers are now offering internet ready models and these are starting to pick up a fair chunk of market share. However, the path they have gone down is to set up partnerships with the giant websites rather than simply make the whole of the internet available through your TV. Hence, a Sony Bravia IRTV will provide access to iPlayer, YouTube, Love Film and Sony’s in-house video channel. If you haven’t got an IRTV, you can achieve the same result using a PS3. But what if you just want to view whatever is on your computer on your TV screen? The best device I have found is a Veebeam which retails for £99. This connects your PC or laptop wirelessly with the TV and operates in two modes. In desktop mode you just see whatever is on your computer screen. As well as all the advantages I’ve described above, this is also very handy for giving presentations at a venue where the only facility available is a television set. In play-to mode you can play a downloaded film from your computer in HD quality while still continuing to work on the laptop at the same time – handy when working from home and trying to keep the kids entertained. There is an increasing concern about the convergence of TV sets and the internet. The main worry is children being exposed to adult material while just watching TV in the living room. The government is trying to introduce legislation where you have to actively opt in to view adult content rather than using parental controls to screen it out. I think this makes a lot of sense but, in the meantime, with a Veebeam the parental controls you’ve set up on your laptop also apply to your TV. Graham Iek - IT Consultant

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Journal Opinion

VOTING Finding the best alternative

his year the citizens of the UK will be able to enjoy something they haven’t been able to indulge in since 1975, a nationwide referendum. Sadly, it’s on an issue that most of us are totally indifferent to, the switch to the alternative voting system. It also transpires that most people have absolutely no idea what the AV system actually is so I’d better explain it.

Currently we have a first past the post system so if one candidate gets 36% of the vote and the nearest contender gets 35%, then the first candidate gets elected. Under the AV system, you list the candidates in order of preference, though you can just list your preferred candidate. To get elected, a candidate must get over 50% of the vote. If no candidate does this then the candidate with the least votes is eliminated and the 2nd preferences of the people who voted for that candidate, assuming there are any, are split among the remaining candidates. This process continues until one candidate manages to creep over the 50% mark. This all seems perfectly sensible but I have a couple of questions. What happens to the third, fourth and fifth preferences? If they’re just ignored, why bother having them? And what happens if there aren’t enough second preferences to push one of the candidates over the 50% mark? I can certainly see the appeal of AV to Nick Clegg because it is estimated that, if it had been in place at the last election, the Lib Dems would have won 79 seats instead of the 57 they actually won. Better still, AV is more likely to lead to a hung parliament which, of course, leaves Nick and chums holding the balance of power. Gordon Brown had a death bed conversion to the cause just before the last election. No doubt he’d worked out that it would deliver a few more Labour seats, though considering that Labour won 55% of the seats in the 2005 election with just 35% of the vote, I have to say the odds are already stacked sufficiently in their favour.


Nick has some compelling arguments for AV. It is “fairer” because MPs must win a clear majority in order to be voted in and it should lead to a closer correlation between the share of the vote a party receives and the number of seats they have in parliament. What’s more, he says, they’ve had AV in Australia for yonks and they’ve had less hung parliaments than we have. Well, I have a few arguments against it. First past the post is actually a very positive system; you vote for the candidate that you want to represent you. If you don’t care which candidate represents you, then don’t bother voting. Under AV, the door is opened to tactical voting; in other words you use your second preference to keep out the candidate you especially don’t want to get in, an entirely negative activity. As for MPs being elected by a clear majority under AV, that’s rubbish. They’re just making use of the second choice of someone who actually voted for somebody else. In any race there can be only one winner; it really doesn’t matter how much of a margin they win by. The Liberal Democrats make much of the fact that they won 23% of the popular vote in the 2010 election but only secured 9% of the seats. I look at it another way, 77%, an overwhelming majority of voters, didn’t want a Liberal Democrat government. If voters were distributed even remotely evenly across the country they wouldn’t have got any seats at all. The most compelling argument against AV is provided by the last time it was used in this country, the Labour leadership election. I firmly believe that the wrong guy got the job… and he did so courtesy of the alternative voting system. Howard Clemmow

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Children’s Choice Unmentionable by Paul Jennings A robot whose eyes help a boy to make decisions? A kiss for an ice statue? A peeing contest, won by practice? All of these and more feature in the weird and wonderful tales in this collection by Paul Jennings.

If the plots sound vaguely familiar to readers of a certain age, it may be because they featured in the cult kids’ TV series ‘Round the Twist’ which aired in the late 1980s and early 1990s (the Australian one with the lighthouse – remember?). Like the series, the stories are unusual, fast-paced and ideal for activities youngUnique teenage readers – even reluctantthat ones. surprise and delight All of will the stories tread the line between fantasy and realityboth with skill. While the events may be strange you and your baby! and unpredictable, the characters are convincingly real. In ‘Sloppy Jalopy’, the bizarre sequences in which a mysterious earring attracts rubbish to the wearer are made believable by the narrator

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NATIONAL PET MONTH 2nd April - 2nd May 2011

Happiness is...time with your pet

From 2nd April – 2nd May, National Pet Month will be encouraging people to get happy and healthy spending time with their pets with its theme of ‘Happiness is...time with your pet’.

During the month, thousands of people will be celebrating life with their pets at hundreds of events up and down the country. While many of these events will raise funds for local animal charities, National Pet Month is not just about fund raising. It is also all about raising awareness of how pets make people’s lives better, and how they can repay the pets they love by looking after them responsibly. It’s a great opportunity for pet care businesses or veterinary practices to get involved and show what they have to offer clients – and potential clients. Last year saw National Pet Month become the most successful to date with a record number of 1200 events and nearly £80,000 raised for at least 30 animal charities.


Why not be a part of this?

National Pet Month’s aims are to: • Promote responsible pet ownership • Make people aware of the mutual benefits of living with pets • Increase public awareness of the role of pet care specialists • Raise awareness of the value of working and assistance companion animals

National Pet Month is a registered charity, unique in bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups and pet lovers, with the common goal of improving the welfare of pets. The trustees are National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) and Pet Care Trust (PCT). Anyone interested in running events for National Pet Month should check out the details on putting on an event. Details of how to join in and become a supporter are on website .

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Our Hidden Lives by Simon Garfield

Much has been written about the lives of ordinary people during the Second World War, but this fascinating book deals with the less well-documented post war years, as the initial euphoria of victory wore off and the harsh reality of continued rationing and shortages hit home.

Garfield’s book uses diaries originally submitted to the Mass Observation Project, recording the daily routines and experiences of five very different ‘characters’ – Edie Rutherford, originally from South Africa and now a South Yorkshire housewife, Herbert Brush, pensioner and poet, George Taylor, stalwart of the WEA, B Charles, a snobbish and judgemental antiques dealer and Maggie Joy Blunt, aspiring biographer and bored office worker.

Film Review The Fighter (15)

The Fighter charts the struggle of Boston born Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), a boxer with one last shot at making the big time. He must not only battle his opponents in the ring, but slug it out with his overbearing, crack addicted older brother Dickie (Christian Bale) and their dominating mother (Melissa Leo). If the plot of The Fighter, an honest blue-collar guy succeeding against the odds, sounds like a cliché,


The skill of the book is the way that the stories seem to cross and weave together, despite the fact that none of the writers ever met each other. They all react to the same events – bread rationing, the end of the blackout, the general election – in different ways. Alongside this, the small dramas of their own lives are played out – a food parcel here, a new job there, a visit from friends or a trip to London. By the end, you are as involved in their stories as you are in any novel. While the epilogue rounds up the loose ends, you are left wishing for a sequel and imagining Maggie’s reaction to the changes brought by the 1950s. it’s probably because it is. It is very nearly the plot of every other movie ever. On paper this film should not work; it should be predictable and boring with the kind of ephemeral, saccharine-sweetness that just leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Yet The Fighter does work, it works extremely well. It works because, through a combination of superb scripting and top-drawer acting, this old tale plays itself out with characters you don’t just want to succeed, but care about enough to worry that they won’t.

Wahlberg has quietly been defining himself not just as a competent actor, but one with extraordinary depth and range. In the shadow of Bale’s Oscar nominated melodrama, it is Wahlberg’s that makes the film work. We fear for him not just inside the ring, but also outside it which is where he takes the biggest punches. The script does well to deviate from the ‘family is best’ angle of many films of this type; the not so black and white depiction of loyalty keeps this one fresh. A careful and controlled approach to this genre is what makes The Fighter work; it plays as if meticulous effort has been put into all the details, from the casting to the recreation of the fights. A solid effort all round. James Warren My Rating ****

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NEWS FROM BEYOND THE WARDROBE Narnia sold out... nearly 17,000 visitors!

The Narnia Experience opened the wardrobe doors on the 7th February 2011 at St.George’s Hall. Visitors walked into the magical, snow filled land, meeting Mr. Tumnus, Mrs. Beaver and the terrifying White Witch. But work on Narnia started months before with costumes, rehearsals and designing the set. The construction took three days, starting with the sky and the rest took shape with a team of 80 volunteers and intricate planning. The first five days welcomed 78 schools and 4,300 children from all around Merseyside. The rest of the

two weeks was open to the public and we were soon sold out, but managed to squeeze in most of those who arrived at the door! In all, almost 17,000 visitors came and were looked after by over 300 volunteers and were entertained by 1,400 different performers in the entrance area! The Narnia Experience offered all the magical land that the book and film had, but also a thought provoking visit to the Professor who ended by telling the visitors of the similarities beween Jesus and Aslan. The 14th to the 29th March saw the Narnia Roadshow, a tour of schools all over Merseyside with some of the cast, recapping the Narnia story and explaining the wonderful news of Easter. In May the “Oscar Celebration” will be a chance to get together and celebrate everyone's hard work.


Our next big event is in the Anglican Cathedral in October. It is a journey through the whole Bible with some BIG props and a BIG cast, aimed at Years 7, 8 and 9. We also hope to open the event to the public at some stage. Keep an eye out for details on how to get involved. A few comments from visitors: “Excellent, the children loved it!” Monksdown School

“Fantastic, what an experience, we all loved it!” St. Andrew's Sunday School “Overall, Witch was very nasty, but excellent! Visitor “Fantastic, what a wonderful team we have!” Kate Yates (Chief Steward) “We love Narnia sooooo much!” Sophie Rice and Hannah Greaves (Dryads)

St Nick’s pupils Dancing on Ice!

The Friends of St Nicholas Association organised an Ice Skating Spectacular in the school hall with an indoor ice rink. The children of St Nicholas CE Primary have been watching “Dancing on Ice” and it made them realise just what a difficult but enjoyable sport it is. Headteacher Becky Woods said, “This was a lovely experience that the children thoroughly enjoyed. Many thanks to all the families who attended and to the Friends for raising so much money for school.”

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Waterloo Beer Festival 2011 will take place between Thursday 14th and Sunday 17th April. This will be the second time the event has been staged by Liverpool Organic Brewery in the magnificent surroundings of Old Christ Church in Waterloo.

Last year the event was held in early July with just under 1,000 people attending, this year Liverpool Organic are expecting a significant increase and the Friday evening session already looks like a complete sell out: maximum numbers per session are 500. There will by 125+ real ales, 24 ciders and parries, a wine bar and a German & Belgian bar run by The Ship and Mitre. Delicious food will also be available from Peninsula Pies and The Liverpool Cheese Company, and there will be live music in the evening sessions. Old Christ Church is a beautiful building built between 1891 and 1899 of pink Bootle sandstone with roofs of Westmoreland slate. Although the internal fittings and furnishings have gone, the stained glass and soaring timber roof vaults are breath taking. The church was saved from demolition in the early 90s by the Churches Conservation Trust and is now managed by The Friends of Old Christ Church who promote a very diverse series of events throughout the year. Events include Farmers markets, Antique and Craft Fairs, Concerts, Private Parties, and more. A church might at first seem an unlikely venue for a beer festival but the atmosphere last year was tremendous and this year, being bigger and better, should be a super event. In fact as far as suburban


beer festivals are concerned this has to be one of the most ambitious in the country: show me another church serving 125 different beers!

The sessions are; Thursday 14th Evening 6 – 10:30 pm Friday 15th Day 12 – 4:30 pm Friday 15th Evening 6 – 10:30 pm Saturday 16th Day 12 – 4:30 pm Saturday 16th Evening 6 – 10:30 pm Sunday 17th Afternoon 1 – 4 pm

Tickets, at £5.00, are available online at where you can also see a galley of pictures of last year’s event. Tickets can also buy purchased directly from the brewery and from selected pubs in Waterloo and Liverpool. Details on the website. Although in theory you can pay on the door numbers are strictly limited and the evening sessions in particular Friday seem sure to sell out in advance, so to avoid disappointment get your ticket in advance.

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Journal What’s On Crosby & Waterloo FOOTBALL ARTS AND HERITAGE PROJECT

The Plaza has just launched a website for its Football Arts and Heritage Project, that took place over last year with young people from local schools. The project involved museum visits, media skills training, research and discussion about the Hillsborough disaster and art, music and drama workshops. A film about the project, by local filmmaker Tim Brunsden is also on the website


We are looking for people to join our team of volunteers. If you would like to get involved, for just a few hours a week, then get in touch!

CROSBY CIVIC HALL An Audience with

NEW ARTSCREEN SEASON 21st March - 19th May

featuring Saturday Night and Sunday Morning classic british realism film starring Albert Finney. Showing as part of the Working Class Life and Music Festival. Other films include Palme d'Or Winner 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives' - a tale of reincarnation (maybe one for the folk of Skelmersdale), and new British comedy Fish Tank.


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13th May - 26th June In demand photographer and local resident Mark McNulty will be exhibiting a series of images of the Plaza Cinema, some of which were featured in our 2011 limited edition calendar. The work shows the inner workings of this amazing art deco building and cinephiles paradise, alongside the volunteers who keep it going. The photos will be on show both at the cinema and other local venues in Waterloo and Crosby.



Wednesday 11 May, 7pm Tickets: £5 Sefton Arts in association with Pritchards Bookshop are bringing John Boyne, author of the internationally best selling The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas to Sefton for this Photo by Mark Condren exclusive event. This special author event (part of Sefton Celebrates Writing initiative) is the first opportunity to hear about John Boyne’s new book The Absolutist as is taking place the day before the books official publication day, giving the Crosby audience the chance to be the first in the country to get their hands on the new novel. Irish writer John Boyne is the author of seven novels that have been published in 40 languages. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, the story of a young boy growing up in WWII Berlin, was Boyne's first book for children; written in 2006, it has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and became a bestseller in the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, Spain, and many other countries, and was adapted into a film in 2008.

*Pritchards bookshop will be selling John Boyne’s books at a discounted price.

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FEBRUARY Sat 5th Feb Sat 12th Feb Sat 19th Feb Sat 26th Feb

We meet from 2-4pm on 3rd Monday of each month at The Methodist Church Hall Mersey Road, Crosby (rear entrance)


APRIL 2011

MARCH Sat 5th Mar MARINE v RETFORD UNITED 2nd Ferriby Sat 12th North Mar League (A) Cup SF Sat 19thMICKELOVER Mar Nantwich Town v Marine 9TH SPORTS (H) MARINE v BRADFORD P A Sat 26thMar

We have interesting speakers on a wide range of subjects enjoying a cup of tea and a chance to chat and make new friends.

16th FC Halifax (A) 20th FC Utd (at Stalybridge Celtic) (A) APRIL Sat 2nd Apr North Ferriby United 23RD FRICKLEY ATHLETIC (H)v Marine Sat 9th Apr MARINE v MICKLEOVER SPORTS 25th (A) Town v Marine Sat 16th Burscough Apr FC Halifax Sat 23rd Apr Mon 25th Apr

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MARINE v FRICKLEY ATHLETIC Mike Gardiner - Anecdotes of a Policeman Burscough v Marine

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Tuesday 26th April - Saturday 30th April for Music, Speech and Drama sections.

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Saturday 7th May 2011 10am until 4pm

Meets at 8pm in Blundellsands Methodist Church Hall, Brompton Ave., Crosby on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday of each month. We meet our friends, have a cup of tea and enjoy ourselves! Tues 6th April Business Meeting followed by a Craft Evening Wed 20th April C.P.O.R. Taylor - “Community Policing” Tues 3rd May Business Meeting followed by Drama & Poetry Wed 18th May Speaker - the fantastic Lucy Pengelly

New members and visitors are always made welcome and if you would like to know more about us call 0151 474 9285.

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OLD CHRIST CHURCH After all that snow and frost it is hard to believe that soon Old Christ Church grounds will be full of beautiful bluebells that come up year after year, a sign that spring has really sprung.

This time of year the natural light that floods in through the stained glass windows is amazing. The morning sun pours through the great East window that depicts Christ with angels, saints and Old Testament figures and then as the sun goes down the West window depicts the twelve Apostles. These features are all part of what makes Old Christ Church so special. Shrigley and Hunt leading

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Don’t forget the Annual Crosby Lions Carnival on 10th July. You can read a Full Feature about the Carnival in the next edition of Your Local Journal!

manufacturer of their time created the glass masterpieces that have survived over 100 years through wars and all weathers. Now that is truly amazing! Karen Salmon committee member said “When I see the sun shine through the church windows this time of year it is always so bright it reminds me of the well known hymn “Morning has broken” that as a child I used to sing in school and Cat Stevens even took into the pop charts in the early 70’s. Oh! What memories.” This Spring through April & May Old Christ Church brings to you not only a host of blooming bluebells but The Waterloo Flea Market, Farmer’s Market and as advertised on the back cover of this edition of Your Local Journal, The Waterloo Beer Festival. That will be a refreshing experience! Plus it wouldn’t be complete without a Spring Fair and as it falls this year on Easter Bank holiday weekend there is a special appearance being made by The Easter Bunny. The Friends of Old Christ Church welcome you and hope there is something of interest for you to come and enjoy within a fabulous atmosphere surrounded by a magnificent historic Grade II* listed building.


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Thurs 7th Apr 2011 Micky is a great comedian who has been on the scene for a long time. You'll know him from his Radio 4 show What Chance Change? as well as Mock The Week & Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.


Sat 9th Apr 2011 Actor, writer & comedian Dan Clark, who has appeared in TV programmes such as The Mighty Boosh and Comedy Nation & has even starred in his own Channel Four sitcom The Estate Agents. 'A quirky, talented act with a deft tongue-in-cheek style.'


Sun 10th Apr 2011 Merseyside's finest musicians and comedians come together for one night only! Starring China Crisis, Pauline Daniels, Alternative Radio, Gary Murphy Band, Sean Styles, Phil Jones, Billy Butler, Mickey Finn.


Mon 11th to 16th Apr 2011 A spectacular, high octane show celebrating the career of the world's greatest ever entertainer - the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and the Jackson 5.


Tue 3rd to 7th May 2011 The well known ballet Swan Lake takes on a new guise. A performance of this classic love story on ice comes to Liverpool's Empire Theatre.


Wed 11th to 14th May 2011 Birkenhead Operetic Society presents the magical Beauty & The Beast. Fun for the whole family at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool.


Mon 16th to 21st May 2011 Marti Pellow, the hugely successful solo artist & front man of Wet Wet Wet, makes a hotly-anticipated return to the UK stage in a major new production of the hit Broadway musical, Jekyll and Hyde.

By Jeremy Dyson. Enter a wonderfully dark and dangerous world where nothing is quite as it seems and every outcome is surprising. Wed 30 Mar - Sat 23 Apr at the Playhouse. Evenings: Mon-Sat at 7.30pm Matinées: 1.30pm on 7, 14 & 21 Apr, 2pm on 9, 16 & 23 Apr. Tickets: £10-£21.50. Age: 12+


Devised and written by The Lions Part Thu 7 Apr - Sat 9 Apr at the Everyman A piece of theatre which celebrates an extraordinary episode in Britain’s history – the Women’s Land Army of World War II. Based on hundreds of letters from and interviews with the original Land Girls along with songs from the period. Evenings: Thu to Sat at 7.30pm. Matinée: Sat at 2pmTickets: £10 - £16. Age: 9+


Sun 22nd May 2011 Mike & The Mechanics are an English rock/pop band formed in 1984. There many UK hit singles include 'The Living Years', 'Over My Shoulder' and 'Word Of Mouth'.


Sun 29th May 2011 Ed Byrne is a Perrier award winning Irish TELL ME ON A SUNDAY stand-up comedian. The voice of the Wed 20th to 23rd Apr 2011 Carphone Warehouse advert has also Andrew Lloyd Webber & Don Black's been seen on 8 Out Of Ten Cats, Mock show comes to town with Claire Sweeney. The Week and Have I Got News For You. This is the definitive version of the classic SPELLBOUND VARIETY SHOW musical, with a wonderful original score. Mon 30th May 2011


Tue 26th to 30th Apr 2011 New Adventures, returns with a typically unique interpretation of the best loved fairy tale of all, Cinderella.


Sun 1st May 2011 Jane McDonald became famous when she appeared on the BBC docusoap The Cruise. Following her hit albums & hit singles she will be singing at the Liverpool Empire.

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A variety show bringing the best of all genres with national and international stars headlined by Britain's Got Talent 2010 winner.


Tue 31st May 2011 For the first time ever, comedy legend and the most senile member of Monty Python brings his "Alimony Tour” to the UK, offering an evening of well honed anecdotes, psychoanalytical tit-bits, details of recent surgical procedures, and unprovoked attacks on former colleagues, especially Michael Palin.

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Extreme Rambling (Walking The Wall) Sat 16 Apr at the Everyman Following his sell-out nationwide show The Manifesto, award-winning comedian and activist Mark Thomas returns with his brand new show: Extreme Rambling (Walking The Wall) Evening: Sat 7.30pm Tickets: £12 - £15. Age: TBC


Journal What’s On Liverpool THE BIG FELLAH

By Richard Bean Tue 17 - Sat 21 May at the Playhouse Young New York fireman Michael Doyle decides to live up to his Irish heritage by joining the IRA. He’s recruited by Costello, the charismatic “big fellah” and soon finds himself sharing his Bronx apartment TINY VOLCANOES with a killer busted from a Belfast jail. By Laurence Wilson Evenings: Tue to Sat at 7.30pm Wed 20 & Thu 21 Apr at the Everyman Tickets: £10 - £21.50. Age: 14+ Strap yourselves in for a full throttle rollercoaster ride through the dilapidated Booking details for all shows are either in attractions of broken Britain, exposing the person from the Everyman or Playhouse millions of tiny volcanoes bubbling up box office or – Box Office: 0151 709 4776 through our green and pleasant land… Online Booking (24-hour): Evenings: Wed and Thu 7.30pm Tickets: £10 - £16 Age: 16+ Contains very strong language


Wed 27 & Thu 28 Apr at the Playhouse Dance works by Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer, Philip Taylor, Sharon Watson and Richard Wherlock. Evenings: Wed and Thu 7.30pm Tickets: £10 - £16. Age: 11+


8 May 2011 - 20:00 (opens at 18:30) The grand finale of the Comedy Festival shows the wealth of talent on the Liverpool comedy scene. Eight of the very best that Liverpool comedy has to offer, old and young, from a product of the 1418 year olds’ Stand Out Competition to comics with more than 50 years stage experience. This is our last chance to make you laugh for another twelve months so book in, sit back and enjoy!

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For further information about the Comedy Festival schedule and acts 6 Apr, (18:00) 7 Apr (14:00, 18:00), 8 Apr appearing visit the Comedy Festival website: (14:00, 18:00), 9 Apr (14:00, 18:00) A spectacular all new professional production of the classic story starring a host of famous TV stars, including Comedy Legend Bobby Davro as Scarecrow, Sarah-Jane Honeywell (CBeebies Mighty-Mites & Tikkabilla) as Glinda, Ben Hanson (Bouncer from Tracy THEATRE IN THE ROUGH FESTIVAL Beaker) as Tin Man and Steph Fearon MACBETH Fri 1 to Sat 2 Apr (Over the Rainbow Semi-Finalist) as By William Shakespeare Dorothy plus a full supporting cast and an Did history happen if there is no one to Fri 6 May to Sat 4 Jun at the Everyman say so? And how do we restore the amazing live band. Come and join in the David Morrissey plays the murderous king fun April 2011 as New World Productions stubborn voices of a silent past? Two opposite Jemma Redgrave as Lady present this amazing Easter holiday show. nights of exciting new work that bring to Macbeth, in Shakespeare's most visceral life the compelling stories of Sefton’s Packed with brilliant dance routines, and menacing play. Directed by Gemma fantastic songs and plenty of laughter for hidden history. From Dark Age enigma Bodinetz. Evenings: Mon-Sat at 7.30pm and Arthurian folklore, to the dare-devil all the family!! Previews: 6, 7, 9,10 & 11 May at 7.30pm pioneers of early aviation, this bold new DYLAN MORAN : YEAH, YEAH Wednesday Matinees: at 1.30pm on 18 & writing brings the past crashing into the 29 Apr, (20:00) and 30 Apr (20:00) 25 May and 1 June. present. Supported by the National Dylan Moran star of ‘Black Books’ , ‘Shaun Saturday Matinees: at 2pm on 14, 21, 28 Lottery through the Heritage Lottery of the Dead’ and ‘Run Fat Boy Run’ is May and 4 June. Age: 12+ (contains Fund, and by Express Sefton. about to spread a little happiness with a scenes of violence). Tickets: £10 - £24 brand new tour for 2011. Ageing, religion, Free (Tickets limited) THE LADY IN THE VAN kids, relationships intertwine with the By Alan Bennett general absurdities of life. Searing Tue 10 - Sat 14 May at the Playhouse observations and sumptuous imagery, Based on renowned British playwright painted across a large fraying canvas with Alan Bennett’s own recollections of the cruel, curmudgeonly 'Moranesque' brush indomitable Miss Shepherd, The Lady in strokes and all delivered with Dylan's the Van is classic Bennett - beautifully renowned, shambolic charm…It's simply observed, sharply intelligent and Unmissable. Tickets for Dylans last 2009 wonderfully witty drama. tour sold-out overnight so it is advised to Evenings: Tue to Sat at 7.30pm book early. Matinées: Thu at 1.30pm, Sat at 2pm Tickets: £10 - £21.50. Age: 12+


By Mike Bartlett Thu 5 May - Sat 7 May at the Playhouse Smoking, drinking, ambitious and paranoid, one couple’s forty-year journey from initial burst to full bloom. Love, Love, Love takes on the baby boomer generation as it retires, and finds it full of trouble. Evenings: Thu to Sat at 7.30pm Tickets: £10 - £18. Age: 14+



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Wed 6 to Sat 9 Apr 7.30pm One fine day, a girl named Mags, decides a trip is needed and fun to be had. Along with her three new neighboured friends, they all head of to the lights of the pier end. But everything is not as it seems for the fab four, as their bonding trip turns into more than they bargained for. So fasten your seatbelts and hold on to your seats, the audience are in for a comedic funfair treat! A Teapot Tantrum production Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00 concessions


The Friendship Experiment. Part spoof improvisation, part buddy movie, this is a fast-paced hilarious piece of comic theatre. A story about two friends from way back when. This is theatre without a safety net. In fact there’s not even a tightrope. It’s like making it up as you go along. But different.

Performed by Matt Rutter (Beating Berlusconi) and Tim Lynskey. Scripted and directed by Robert Farquhar (Dead Heavy Fantastic)

‘A duo in the style of The Right Size, they bridge the gap between theatre and comedy’ The Guardian Tickets: £8

Book Securely online: Fri 15 to Sat 16 Apr at 8pm | Drama The most celebrated hangman Britain Box Office: 0844 873 2888 ever produced Albert Pierrepoint Email: maintained a grim family tradition as state In person: 1 Hope Place Liverpool, L1 9BG executioner. He put to death more than four hundred men and women, including Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, Ruth Ellis, Derek Bentley, Timothy Evans and John Christie..Smoothly efficient and calm, he ended lives without being THE RAT PACK VEGAS troubled by their guilt or innocence. SPECTACULAR Peter Harrison’s grim, often disturbing but Sat 9th April 7.30pm darkly funny insight into a hangman’s Fun all the way, as the "Purveyors of reality features prominent actor, Martin Cool" come to town with a fabulous show Oldfield. featuring some of the greatest music of A Cafe Society production the 20th century. Wonderful memories of Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00 concessions Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis delivered in true Vegas style - and AND THE RAIN FALLS DOWN it's all totally live with a hot show band. Wed 13 to Sat 16 Apr | Family Show School shows: 1.30pm & 4.30pm (Wed) Tickets £20, £18 & £16 (At £16 seats, 2 11am & 2pm (Thurs & Fri) children maximum go free per paying adult) Groups 1 in 10 free Imagine a world where every drop of water has a life of its own. A world where LENNY HENRY, CRADLE TO RAVE rainbows form from umbrellas, where Wed 27 Apr 2011 7.30pm fountains spout from plugholes, and CRADLE TO RAVE is the brand new one where eventually the rain really does fall man show from Lenny Henry, fresh from down. Revel in puddles of fun in this his award winning stint in Northern magical treat, featuring rather a lot of Broadside's Othello. Lenny returns to his water! Created especially for 3 and 4 year roots with a funky, funny and touching olds, And the Rain Falls Down is a visually show about the thing he loves most: stunning celebration of the watery things music. CRADLE TO RAVE is a musical in the world. journey, exploring the role that music has p.s. And the Rain Falls Down has elements played and will play at every stage of of interaction through which your child, if Lenny's life from the womb to the tomb. Tickets £24.50 he or she chooses to, could get wet! Please bring a change of clothing and a FOSTER & ALLEN towel. Changing areas will be provided Saturday 7th May 7.30pm A wonderful opportunity to spend the THE FRIENDSHIP EXPERIMENT evening being serenaded and entertained Sat 30 Apr and Tue 3 May by the well-loved Irish duo. After a hugely successful run at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and Unity Tickets £18.50 & £16.50 Live card: £1.50 Theatre, Big Wow return to The Liverpool off Concessions:£1.50 off Groups 10+: 1 in Comedy Festival with their sell-out show. 10 free

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by Arthur Miller. Directed by Pat Ball. 1st to 9th April In the attic of a soon-to-be-demolished house, two brothers meet after a 16 year estrangement to dispose of their dead parents' property. What is the price that each of them has had to pay...?


by Phil Willmott. Directed by Ray Mann. 29th April to 7th May Take the characters from the 1940s BBC radio serial in which the intrepid sleuth faces Britain’s arch enemies in order to rid the world of evil in the name of decency and patriotism. Add ten silly lyrics to popular tunes. Press the male and female leads to play two roles each! Stir in the prejudices which were rampant in war torn Europe. Mix together the ingredients in a preposterously silly plot. Season with a pinch of tap-dancing . Finally, place the prepared ingredients on to a multi- set stage.

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