Champion gets a Land Rover Experience above and beyond!

This was the ultimate experience which began with a hearty breakfast at the Halewood Visitor Centre café, South Road, Liverpool L24 9PZ.

A group of Liverpool CEO’s spent a day involved in an in-depth study of the technical computer systems that drive the massive Halewood factory; a factory tour of this fascinating campus to see how the systems work and a drive on the all terrain track in a Range Rover Evoque.

Whether you are looking for an insight into vehicle manufacturing, the opportunity to drive the world’s most capable vehicles, or a combination of the two; the activities offer unforgettable experiences!

The ‘behind the scenes’ tour of this amazing facility gives you a fascinating insight into todays motor production industry. It presents an unforgettable hive of activity with 54 robots just operating in the paint shop facility alone and with 111 employees per shift.
This is a massive site with thousands of stakeholders, a small city with its own shopping mall!!!
On one tour, we passed the paint shop with its 1.2 million litres of paint per year process capability, that’s enough to paint the Forth road bridge in Scotland five times over (it takes five years to paint it once!)
I asked why so many women in the paint shop and the reply was, because they have a keen eye for colour recognition. This dates back, I was told, to prehistoric times when they were hunter gatherers and if they collected the wrong berries….well!!!!
Oh, and they use ostrich feathers to dust the car bodies but not any old ostrich…..but from female ostriches as the males tend to fight more, which damages their feathers.

To see a car evolve from just pieces of pressed metal before your eyes and have each one personally coloured, have its own personal sat nav for its destination country, personalised interiors, engine size and interior design, leaves you thinking…what if….but it seldom happens because the computer systems are so smart!

The tour experience has 5 different options ranging from short tasters,longer more detailed visits, one to one exclusives and opportunities to even view your car being built.

The drive experience was what we all waited for….. and what a performance that was…..with 3 different drive options ranging from the short demonstrations, a get behind the wheel and a longer more tailored driving course.

The team building package, which some of the group opted for, was a physical driving challenge with taxing tests.

After the days excitement, some colleagues were so thrilled with the experience that they booked for the evening tours and drive options for the family at weekends.

This was a fantastic day and I would recommend pre booking one of the packages through….Hannah Breen-
Tour & Drive Experience 0151 448 4023.
You will not regret this experience!

Shostakovich v Stolichnaya all to a Mersey Beat!

This year, it’s six decades since the Liverpool Philharmonic got the right to call itself Royal and during that time I have been involved with the Hall through primary school performances, annual speech days and even personal performances.
No better times have been had than those since the grand master of conductors entered the scene.

Vasily Petrenko, our ‘Honorary Scouser’ has, during his decade with the Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, shown himself to be a brilliant, masterful conductor and dab hand at a variety of music.

Vasily Petrenko performs and conducts the brilliantly responsive Philharmonic orchestra he has fashioned so well in a series of fantastic symphonies both live and recorded.
If you find difficulty obtaining a ticket or a place at the magnificent Philharmonic, then fear not, do what I do and obtain a copy of the orchestra over the counter or better still at the Central lending library.

Try the Elgar and Tchaikovsky CD’s, performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, all from the comfort of your home or car.

The Elgar symphony performed by our Liverpool orchestra, gives a mood, full of insights that hold the key to what this symphony is really all about and Petrenko conducts in such a manner that gives the impression that you have just stepped into the Hall itself.

Another CD on Onyx, Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 3,4,and 6 sends you on another Mersey beat with this big orchestra hammering out this exhilarating album, an album that gives the orchestra a platform to show itself to be in the finest possible fettle.

It is the Russian repertoire that suits Vasily best and that’s no surprise as he rises to the top of the pile because of his disciplined intensity and clarity of understanding the composers.

His recordings of Shostakovich’s symphonies have won him high acclaim throughout the music loving world. Back in 2009, he won the Award for the Best Orchestral Recording of the Year.

As a number of our culturally renowned city’s most popular and prominent venues prepare to mark big birthdays during the months ahead, we see this year that the Liverpool Philharmonic has six decades under its belt and the right to call itself Royal, a unique accolade in Liverpool.

The orchestra celebrates this milestone with the release of recordings to finance itself and in 2015- three of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies that show the orchestra to be in the finest possible spirits went on sale and are still top sellers at the Phil box office.
These are superb albums well worth investigating, and supporting one of our cities most iconic institutions.

“Tonight At Noon” – A celebration of The Mersey Sound

A series of events and exhibitions are to take place in Liverpool to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential poetry anthologies of all time

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adrian-henri-roger-mcgough-and-brian-patten-the-mersey-sound-1967The Mersey Sound by Liverpool poets Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten was first published in May 1967 and is one of the world’s bestselling poetry anthologies.

To mark this special anniversary, Tonight At Noon (named after the first Adrian Henri poem in the collection) will shine a spotlight on this incredible piece of work which captured the mood of the Sixties and brought poetry down from the shelf to the street.

Forming a key part of Liverpool’s 67-17: 50 Summers of Love celebrations, Tonight At Noon is a festival in itself running from Wednesday 12 April to Saturday 15 July, and the events are:

The Mersey Sound Archives

An exhibition in Hornby Library, Liverpool Central Library – Wednesday 12 April to Saturday 15 July. FREE

A tribute to the publishing phenomenon which saw three Liverpool writers make poetry part of popular culture. They wrote of young love, pop idols, atomic bombs, eccentric bus conductors and sci-fi superheroes in poems that were contemporary, urban and accessible. This exhibition takes place in the stunning surroundings of the Hornby Library and will include displays of original manuscripts, posters, letters, key documents along with audio and visual material which trace the emergence of Adrian, Roger and Brian on the 1960s poetry scene.

Adrian Henri – Painter, Poet, Performer

An exhibition in Dickens and Gladstone Galleries, St George’s Hall – Wednesday 12 April to Saturday 15 July. FREE

Although he came to prominence as a poet in 1967, Adrian Henri was regarded as a ‘total artist’ having trained as a painter and exhibiting widely throughout his career. He also fronted the unlikely poetry-and-rock band Liverpool Scene, leading John Peel to dub him “one of the great non-singers of our time”. In 1969 the band supported Led Zeppelin, played the Isle of Wight Festival and toured America.  This exhibition will showcase 1960s artworks, poems and original rock posters offering a glimpse into to Henri’s multi-faceted talents.

Poetry in the City

An anniversary treat at various locations, Thursday 25 May. FREE

To mark the exact day on which The Mersey Sound was first published, expect the city to be taken over by the words of the three poets as their work hits the streets once again. Full details will be revealed nearer the time.

Thurston Moore Concert

Concert Room, St George’s Hall – 8.30pm, Tuesday 30 May. £14 a ticket plus booking fee

Thurston Moore is best known for being the co-founder of legendary alternative rock group Sonic Youth. His use of unusual tunings and distorted sounds have had an impact on experimental and post-punk music the world over, and he has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Moore has collaborated with writers, musicians and artists as varied as Yoko Ono, William Burroughs, Merce Cunningham and Sean Lennon. He is also a poet and a fan of The Mersey Sound. Thurston is on a world tour to promote his latest album RocknRoll Consciousness, but he will stop off in Liverpool to perform a specially commissioned musical response to The Mersey Sound. Tickets are available from www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/thurston-moore.

New Writing

Poetry reading at Bluecoat – 7.30pm, Friday 16 June. £10 a ticket

The impact of The Mersey Sound has resonated for decades for generations of writers and performers. Five poets have been commissioned to create new pieces of work in response to the writing of Henri, McGough and Patten. Taking part are award winning poets Paul Farley, Deryn Rees-Jones, Eleanor Rees, Lizzie Nunnery and Andrew McMillan. They will be joined onstage by Brian Patten and Roger McGough. Tickets are available from:  www.thebluecoat.org.uk/content/tickets

Adrian’s partner, Catherine Marcangeli has curated all the Tonight At Noon events which have been commissioned by Liverpool City Council.

 

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