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Avast Landlubbers!

The Albert Dock will be ablaze this weekend with the Pirate Festival Saturday and Sunday,June 9-10th.

If this weekend doesn’t get you speaking like a pirate and hopping on one leg to the nearest parrot shop, nothing will.

Watch the action unfold from the quayside as Privateer ships Zebu and Ruth do battle with Pirate ship Vilma,displaying dramatic sailing action in the Dock. A tale unfolds before your eyes, awash with treasure, action and adventure as armed with cannons, muskets and cuttless, they act out a tale of the Kings Navy Pirate Hunters in a live action battle that doesn’t short change us in the fighting. This is good, fun family entertainment.

It’s all in the open air, so best take sou’westers and a flask of grog to get you in the mood as a fair wind will billow you along with all the drama.

Events include: Musket salutes…Cannon Displays…Meet Captain Hook at the Pumphouse….and the Childrens Parade. A fantastic day out!


Alice in Wonderland, Tate , Liverpool.

Another amazing exhibition at the Tate, Albert Dock, I need to go back because it was so crowded I didn’t see all that I wanted to see. Lewis Carroll’s (pen name) novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were 1st published over 150 year ago . It is these books that provide the starting point for the exhibition at the Tate. The exhibition explores the influence his work has had on artists from all over the world .  The books written as a present for 10 year old  Alice Liddell after the author spent a day in the company of Alice and her two sisters when he entertained them with his story telling and young Alice begged him to write down the stories for her . He did, also illustrated the stories and the rest as they say ‘is History’ !    There are  many paintings of Alice and her sisters by famous artists and a grand collection of pencil drawings , the original no less and very detailed.   One item of interest was a programme of Alice in Wonderland from 1911 when this was performed at the Empire LIverpool.  I also liked the framed furnishing fabric from 1920 by Charles Voysey  a very intricate pattern of all the characters from the book. I can just imagine a nursery decorated with this when it was ‘ the latest thing’ in fashion and a very lucky child from an affluent family enjoyed the fun element of the decor.  Also on display other objects ,  tea sets and a fine display of articulated ‘Alice ‘ related hand-made painted wooden figures by Thomas and Greta Shuster  from 1900  , very early marketing toys!!!     The  exhibition runs until  January 29th 2012.    There will be specially themed  days  of  family activities in the gallery Saturday 5 November , 1pm-16.30.   Also A MADHATTER’S WEEKEND,  12th and 13th November 2011 a celebration  of Alice in Wonderland   across the Albert Dock  10am-4pm,  join the fun with the family.

Alice in Wonderland via The TATE Liverpool.

Looking forward to tonights private view of the new exhibition ‘Alice in Wonderland’ . The exhibition continues until Sunday 29th January 2012.  I will blog my thoughts and feelings on this exhibition . Lewis Carroll’s book first published over 150 years ago has had an influence on the lives of many children and I remember having this book as a child and loving it.

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