That’s right: LIVERPOOL. Am I biased? Maybe. But that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. From our buildings to our people; from our views to our culture… our city is a shifting outpost of resilience.
As a Merseyside bird who studies down south, I’m familiar with the jokes about wearing shell suits and being a thief, as well as being asked repeatedly to say ‘chicken’. But, you know what? The joke’s on those who allow their views of Liverpool to be dominated by these stereotypes. Living in Scouseland is BOSS. Here’s why:
As I said, stereotypes will have you believe that we’re all shell suit wearing thieves who prance around everywhere, wearing a pair of Reebok classics, a Burberry cap and sporting a fag in your gob. We aren’t all John Barnes circa-1988…
Seriously though, Liverpool is filled with the funniest and friendliest people you will ever meet. It’s the kind of place you meet your new best friend in Slaters toilets, philosophise with your taxi driver about why you’re emotionally unavailable and where you say hello with a cheeky head nod to people you don’t even know. Maybe you won’t understand anything we can say at first, but I promise you’ll love us.
Instagrammers, hold on to your knickers. Everywhere you go in this wonderful city, there’s not a light it doesn’t look good in; both old and modern architecture. The Three Graces are the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool building which have been said to have a kaleidoscope style effect.
But, let’s not forget the Anglican Cathedral – which is actually one of the largest in Europe – and the modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, which was completed in 1967 and holds the nickname ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’. Sick, right? Well, we’ve got one to spare… St Luke’s (aka the bombed out church) at the top of Bold Street serves as a testament to those who died in The Blitz.
Oh by the way, our architecture gives us the ability to double as many global cities like Chicago, New York and Moscow. Films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Captain America and Sherlock Holmes have all included scenes filmed on location in the city.
There’s always something going on in the city. LightNight, Liverpool Sound City, Africa Oye, Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool Food & Drink Festival and more. In 2008 there was a visit from a 50ft mechanical spider and in 2012 two giant marionettes and their giant dog walked through the streets. The most revent spectacular was in the summer of 2014 as a commemoration of the First World War.
Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that as the European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool can make some pretty big claims in terms of its contribution to global culture. Everybody knows about the Beatles, however, the city has offered so much more. We have turned a bombed-out church into a concert venue, and we literally have a night dedicated to wandering around and looking at various light installations throughout the city.
Various museums, the LGBT quarter and various ethnic quarters make the city a safe space for those who consider themselves minorities. But you aren’t gay, lesbian, black, Chinese or Indian… you’re Scouse.
George Harrison described Scousers as ‘the kind of people who go out on a Monday evening and couldn’t care less about a Tuesday morning.’ I mean, it’s true. We have plenty of places to either celebrate or drown our sorrows. Whether you go to Woodys or Baa Bars, you’re guaranteed a good night.
Step one: go to Concert Square.
Step two: thank me.
TWO BOSS TEAMS IN ONE BOSS CITY
As the great Bill Shankly once said (may his BEAUTIFUL soul rest in peace) ‘we have the best two teams on Merseyside. Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves’. HA, TOFFEES. Nah, but in all seriousness, both Liverpool and Everton are both teams that enjoy their fair share of European football. If you want to experience football anywhere, you want to experience it on Merseyside. It’s a feeling like no other.