April 2007 Archives
SO I went for a late bevy (let's call it my nightly sleeping draught) in Hell's Waiting Room, New Brighton, last night.
While in there sipping red wine and Southern Comfort, I was told by Mini Marvin about a real-life bizarre incident which raised a titter.
The tale concerns a late night van journey made by Corky, the frontman with Gaelic folk rock band, Reckessly Hellbent.
At 2 in the morning Corky, and band member Big Bob, had been driving through the centre of Birkenhead when he saw a lion strolling along the pavement...
HOW can Liverpool claim to be a cultural capital of any sort when its Central Library has such restricted opening hours?
On weeknights it shuts down at 6pm. On Saturdays at 5pm. On Sundays, 4pm.
Now, historically and philosophically, a societyÃ¢ÂÂs cultural worth is measured by the quality of its libraries. Think of the great library in classical times in Alexandria, Egypt, for instance.
LiverpoolÃ¢ÂÂs Central Library is good for content but Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂdoh!Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ it just isnÃ¢ÂÂt open when most people have the time to use it. People who work in the city centre and would like to use it after work, canÃ¢ÂÂt, because it is closed.
I HAVE a question to ask the bloke from Wirral Council who said on BBC Radio Merseyside earlier this week that Birkenhead is very well served by public transport.
What planet do you live on, mate?
I know the pen-pusher was only trying to create a bit of positive PR for the councilÃ¢ÂÂs meddling decision to introduce charges for parking in a designated Controlled Zone, but really, we all know that, actually, public transport is pants in Birkenhead.
By penalising motorists, the council wallies are simply trying to force local people to use the unpleasant and infrequent bus and rail services for reasons of bogus environmentalism.
SOME radical Muslims take the view that our Western society is mean-spirited, morally corrupt and decadent.
Actually, it pains me to say that I think they have a point. The fiasco of the Royal Navy (with Ministry of Defence approval) telling 15 sailors and marines, captured and held by Iran, that they could SELL their stories to the media rather reinforces that view.
The Royal Navy used to rule the waves. Now it has been reduced to waiving the rules, as one commentator put it.
The honour of our country and our military has been compromised by allowing some of the hostages to tout their stories for personal cash gain after their release.