Archive | March 2012

Champion completes his Wheel of Wellbeing

In this decade of health and wellbeing, I thought I would take a trip with my daughter to some ‘wheels of wellbeing’ in Liverpool. First stop was the ‘Big Wheel’ and what views we had there! Panoramic Merseyside with the adrenaline thrill of being up in the clouds.

Back to earth and a brisk walk to the Anglican Cathedral which landed us in the middle of the nave lying down on the beautiful mosaic compass designed wheel – a fitting tribute to the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who designed the Cathedral when he was only 22! Look immediately up above and you can see the stunning vaulted ceiling arches that are one of the wonders of the world and another circle giving a wonderous glow inside.

A half mile walk to the Metropolitan Cathedral takes us inside and down the steps to Lutyen’s Crypt. At the Chapel of Relics, a small chapel is separated from the pontifical Hall by the astonishing rolling stone gate. This is my next circle of wellbeing. The six-tonne marble wheel is fretted in order to provide a glimpse into the chapel. Rolling open and closed it alludes to the stone which sealed the tomb of Christ.

This was a timely end to my circle of wellbeing walk, but my daughter wanted to continue hers along the promenade to a playground of children’s jogging wheels, with me contemplating the big wheel of Ladbrokes Casino for some greatly improved wellbeing or not, depending on the fall of the dice…


Swallows and Amazons – Inventive Improvisation at its best!

Panto arrived early at the Liverpool Playhouse this year with a rip-roaring performance from The National Theatre and Children’s Touring Partnership. With a very talented musical cast the show tapped into our imagination right from the start and had you drawn into the story with its witty lines and catchy, musical interludes.

There was a mixed audience on the night but I envied those younger members who obviously had this book on their hit list along with the drama students who absorbed the show full force; got into the spirit, laughed and sang at the right time, not to mention the audience participation of pelting the cast with sponge balls from the stalls – all part of the battle scene act!

On a scale of 1-10, my 11 year old daughter rated it a 10 saying it was “the best, best ever!” with her imagination stretched and her edge of the seat anticipation of the next happening in the story, I could see that it was a show worthy of the West End comments ‘ a terrific production’ – Again for audience engagement it was all there.

If you miss it here, catch up with it at the Blackpool Grand Theatre in May.

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Daredevils Unlimited searching for adventure? You’ve got it!

Hours to go before one of the best adventure centres in the North of England – Active Adventures, Liverpool – opens to the public and what a flood it will cause, especially if the fantastic weather continues. High ropes, zip wires and a military style obstacle course to help keep the dads trim and fit!

I spent some time talking to Keith Perryman the ex marine who was the brains behind this extravagant, complex centre. He told me how he turned 3 acres of grass and an old ice-cream kiosk into an impressive timbered cafe with beautiful landscaping overlooking the River Mersey and a massive raised rope walkway and wooden fort for all ages.

I found myself thrilled with the abseiling tower, taunted by the high wires and put my name down for the zip wire thrill of a lifetime.  After an energetic few minutes on the combat course, rest and team building session, I was up for membership but not before tasting the delicious cakes in the Otters cafe and a tempting cup of cafe latte.

To conclude, I enjoyed the centre with my daughter immensely and can easily see the attraction bringing in hundreds of people to experience some action. That all said however, with all the action centering around the Otterspool area, I wonder if it can cope with the increase in traffic. Active Adventures and the old Garden Festival site being revamped both may cause some parking problems or congestion if on a sunny day the nearby refuse centre backs-up or the Mersey Road gate is closed then some serious bottlenecking may occur unless there is some control over the chaos.

More info on Active Adventures can be found at:

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