Archive | March 29, 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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