I have always been fond of horses and for generations my family has kept thoroughbreds in a far and distant place, so I have grown up with their temperament, love and handling.
Today, you can buy a horse for £1 at any British farming auction, but it’s the after care and costs that are the most damaging.
A few years ago I happened to purchase a Hanoverian thoroughbred or Arab cross with great athleticism, soundness and good conformation…horsey terms for ‘controllable’.
“Zara” is jet black and beautiful, a warmblood, with it’s ancestry traced back to 1735 at Celle in Germany. Forget “Seabiscuit” this one rides like the wind!!!!
It’s no surprise that when a call came to see ‘War Horse’ at the Lowry, I jumped at the opportunity.
I can tell you, it was the best theatre I’ve seen for years….
I was spellbound.
The film is such a letdown by comparison, I don’t think Spielberg got it at all.
This stage show is so electrifying and the animatronic horse awesome- so lifelike. If you love horses like we do, then it adds an extra layer and really works on the emotions.
It’s such an exhilharating production that it makes you rejoice to be alive.
‘War Horse’, is a concert in a reading by its author Michael Morpurgo with songs from John Tams and Barry Coope in this heart-felt journey from peaceful Devon to the devastating consequences of the Great War, made real by a horse who didn’t have the human frailty of taking sides.
The book was adapted by Nick Stafford in association with the award winning ‘Handspring Puppet Company’ and, haven’t they done a fantastic job with the horse.
You will be amazed by the mechanism and the animatronics.
This epic story takes approximately 90 minutes to tell with no interval and it can be seen between…….
Dec 1st – Saturday 18th January…..
and like me, if you do not want to drive then Liverpool Timewell’s Coaches will get you there and back….
0151 526 3209 Warhorse @ The Lowry Theatre including theatre ticket for matinee performance Adult £43.90
If you make your own way then booking is essential….
Tickets £12-£20 The Lowry
Salford Quays (0843 208 6000)
Christmas begins this Friday night in Liverpool at Santa’s Grotto, the Ice Palace and the Lantern Parade.
There is a magical list of events running through Merseyside this week…………. and after a fantastic Friday night’s Sefton Park Lantern Walk of colour, music and firework spectacular to rival none; the thousands of people were well entertained that night and it files into the memory banks of my American friends forever.
On Friday 8th November the Liverpool One giant lantern parade will take place through the streets of Liverpool to launch Christmas at the shopping centre.
All will be accompanied by street performers and colourful entertainment characters.
The parade is brought to you by our popular Sefton Park Halloween event people The Lantern Company.
Don’t miss the atmospheric main event which starts at 5pm, so get there early with that parking space and checkout some of the stores and decorations around Liverpool One.
On your travels you will see The Ice festival which returns to Chavasse Park with the “fun ice slide”, ice skating (my favourite) and Santa’s grotto.
Children will be able to meet Santa and his elves and get a special gift from 7th November. The festival will include plenty of activities to keep younger people entertained including exciting displays and events across the Christmas period so keep tuned in.
There will also be a UK original……this is a pop-up ice bar for parents with all your old cocktail favourites, enough to keep the chill away.
Be there on Friday and have lots of fun.
This evening (Saturday 26th October) sees the 9th Annual Event of the Merseyside Black Achievers Awards Ceremony, being staged at one of our many historical gems here in Liverpool, St George’s Hall. The name George seems to have become very popular this year, with the birth and recent christening of the heir to the throne, the young Prince George.
This prestigious occasion, recognises and celebrates our very dynamic and culturally diverse communities throughout the Merseyside Region. Those gifted and dedicated individuals, who have contributed and achieved excellence in their respective area of interest, are drawn from a broad spectrum of disciplines.
We all know the difficulties of the funding cutbacks throughout this City , but this yearly event is made possible through partnership working, and dogged determination that embraces all that is positive within our communities, whilst adopting that CAN DO attitude. This ensures that ordinary folks who just keep, keeping on, are duly applauded for their contributions at grass-roots level.
The weather forecast may have you running for cover this weekend, however I have it on good authority, upon entering the majestic Grade II listed building of St Georges Hall, a very warm Liverpudlian reception awaits it guests. No doubting they will be decked out in all their finery….so what are you waiting for?
Tickets are still available on-line, also listen out for further announcements by Garth Dallas of Diversity Magazine, on our local radio station at BBC Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM.
For further information go to the web site: firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 2013 – ST GEORGE’S HALL, LIVERPOOL