LIVERPOOL, A PHOTO ESSAY (2009 and 2022): And these memories lose their meaning?

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LIVERPOOL, A PHOTO ESSAY (2009 and 2022): And these memories lose their meaning?

In 2008, Liverpool was designated the European Capital of Culture, an honor acknowledging the heritage status of its buildings and the city's contribution of British, and indeed, global culture.

It wasn't all about the Beatles and Merseybeat, either.

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You can even book into a hotel and have Paul on your wall. Or any Beatle of your choosing.

(Our brief encounter with Paul in a hotel room is here.)

The European Capital of Culture designation however kickstarted a higher degree of pride in the city and numerous architectural and building developments.

In 2009 I wrote this piece comparing the new architecture of Liverpool with the sorry state of affairs in my hometown of Auckland. 

However in 2021, the city was stripped of its title by UNESCO which said that the many new buildings – some of them exceptional in this writer's opinion – had impacted in a negative way on the city's culture and heritage.

Elsewhere here offers some images of Liverpool, some taken in 2009 and others taken this year. They are chosen to juxtapose or compliment.

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Mathew Street, 2022: "just give me money, that's what I want"

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Architecture old and new

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The ferry across the Mersey

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Local boy Billy Fury whom Elsewhere has written about here.

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Cilla Black, articles at Elsewhere start here

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Mike P - Jun 15, 2022

The most significant building in Liverpool to me at least, is the Royal Liver building. It was there where I went to the Merchant Navy Shipping federation office and they gave me the advise I needed to join the Merchant Navy in 1973. "Get a haircut, get a medical and join the Union" and by the time I had done all of that, they had got an interview for me, with PSNC on the dock road. A career that I loved.

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