A jam-packed programme of cultural events will illuminate this city on the night, but I hope to illuminate my stomach first at the…. mouth watering-mix of culinary delights on offer in the restaurants, bars, hotels, and coffee shops from the Commercial District BID, hosting their Food and Drink Festival at Exchange Flags Square.
This will be my first stop to replenish the parts…..after a busy week, then there will be entertainment by RARE Studio and choirs singng from the balcony of the Town Hall to serenade all the connoisseurs of good food.
After last years LightNight travels, I’ve found that to reap the delights of the night, you need to be well planned and well timed in the events to enjoy it to the full.
The Black-E, Great George Street hosts carnival time with the fun loving Movema, Airborn and Brazuka, bringing you Brazilian samba drumming, acrobatic tricks and dance moves from around the world.
I might even throw in a ‘memory’ at the Transition of a Memory Workshop, if I remember.
A quick trip to the Candle-Lit-Labyrinth at the Anglican Cathedral will be relaxing before the next hike.
Next, a trek down Seel Street, through China Town and on to meet ‘Bookworm’ at Art House Square (near Fact) then into Fact for a glass of wine and a quick chill and another exhibition.
After a breather there, onto Wolstenholm Creative Space for ‘Drop the Dumbells’ then to The Bluecoat to enjoy all the free art offerings for the girls to upskill on.
Finally, we will end the night as always with an exotic coffee at Lunya and some Catalan fusion deli, washed down with a Spanish cava and a late night brandy with excellent conversation about the nights offering.
We always meet old friends and end up networking on these nights so if you are around….follow us on this night of adventure and ‘Do something different on a Friday night’
Yes, Yes, Yes…..this is the Sao Paulo art-pop outfit that became known for bringing glitter and day-glow cat-suits to music festivals following the release of their debut album Cansei der Ser Sexy in 2006 and its follow up,in 2008. CSS are a group on fire and they certainly have fun on stage and well worth a visit for an awesome night.
This is Brazils most provocative, freewheeling, dance-rock sextet. A group formed in 2003, after meeting at clubs and through internet social networking, now hitting the international scene and doing really well.
Listen and see the group of girls perform ‘Echo of Love’ and ‘Red Alert’ and you’d see them again in a heartbeat! So much fun, you’ll have bruises all over your legs and arms if you dance near the stage- always the sign of a good gig.
Now after a three-year break CSS are back and ready to perform their latest album, La Liberacion at Liverpool’s recently opened East Village Arts Club.
If you want a mid-week dance, punk-reggae fusion then take a trip down to 90 Seel Street Liverpool 1 for La Liberacion.
As part of the Liverpool Literary Festival, I’ve been taking part in the Six Book Challenge. This annual event invites people to pick six reads (not just books but poems, magazines articles, even digital games can count) and record their reading in a diary. You can register for the Six Book Challenge at your local library, and they will give you a reading diary. Complete the diary and return to your local library where you will receive a certificate and be entered into a draw to win a trip to London. Every library also has a collection of Quick Read Books to help you complete the challenge.
OK, so Book 1 of my 6 Book challenge. Now, I’m normally a bit of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy girl in my reading habits, but I thought for this challenge that I’d try some genres and authors I hadn’t experienced before. So I left behind my well-thumbed collection of Guy Gavriel Kay novels and my hard-backed limited edition Lord of The Rings and headed into the unknown.
I was given Ken Follett’s ‘Pillars of the Earth’ as a Christmas present after I’d thoroughly enjoyed the TV series. Now, enjoying a book and enjoying the filmed version of the same book, in my experience, can be a bit tricky. I’ve usually read a book and then found it filmed at a later date, as happened to me with ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ – one of those rare examples where the film and the book are equally excellent. But this can always work out quite badly – the film can ruin the book for the reader and vice versa. So it was with some trepidation that I approached ‘The Pillars of the Earth.’
Whilst the subject matter of this book – the building of a cathedral in 12th Century England – may sound rather dry, the reality is that the book – like the TV series – is a highly enjoyable Medieval romp full of attractive heroes and heroines and ya-boo-hiss villains.
Follet’s writing style is at times a bit prosaic, but nevertheless manages to keep a decent pace considering the tale is set over several decades. Credit also goes to Follet for creating a broad range of characters who are richly drawn and, to different degrees, flawed but endlessly intriguing.
The ending of the book has a slightly rushed feel to it and some characters fade out of the tale without much thought, however, overall I would say that I was pretty pleased with the way The Pillars of the Earth ended. The book was significantly different from the TV series, so I was sufficiently in the dark about how the tale would spin out for the story to remain full of thrills and surprises.
Overall, I would rate ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ a rollicking good read. Now on to Book 2!