Tag Archive | Liverpool Polonia

Ziferblat (Russian to English): Clockface

Ziferblat has just opened a second venue in Liverpool’s business district. An interesting eating concept and one which I took to immediately on a visit to the Albert Dock Colonnades some time ago.

This is the name for a new kind of social space; where everything is free except the time you spend there. The idea was founded in Moscow by Ivan Meetin back in 2011 with Ziferblat meaning in a way, I suppose, a “treehouse for adults”.

At 8p per minute; this pay-by-the minute ‘cafe’ has had great success so another has opened in St Paul’s Square. This phenomenal cafe idea is also a first for Liverpool having two Ziferblat’s opening in one city.
Visit Unit 7 The Colonnades Albert Dock http://www.ziferblat.co.uk

On arrival, you get a shared space in which you are free to work, study, relax, hold a meeting or workshop, read a book, play piano (although I stopped when sensing the needs of others with the’peace and quiet’ looks.
There are lots of opportunities also to get acquainted with people through the enjoyable events held in one or more of the homely rooms dotted around the cafe.

I like Ziferblat, with this idea of each little guest becoming a micro tenant of the space and ‘living’ in their little home area, where you can help yourself to all the kitchen goodies or special Ziferkitchen treats. All drinks and snacks are free, including cakes, fresh coffee, tea varieties, biscuits, fruits, breads, cereals, brownies, juices and some super strength Wi-Fi.

Make Ziferblat a must for your unwinding at the Albert Dock which may be a little busy at the weekend but the new commercial district venue is a hit on weekdays. I found the free wifi available for as long as you stay a great bonus in the Ziferblat atmosphere.

An early morning meeting I had last week at Ziferblat, was a great hit with colleagues who raided the kitchen area stocked with juices, cakes, breads, cereals and we even had a bacon sandwich!
Meeting rooms are charged at a lower rate of 6p per minute.

In all, you will not be sorry with time spent at Ziferblat so….in your own time…….take a visit this week.

The Epstein’s Youthful Magical ‘Now Festival’

‘Rebellion’ the all girl rock band, are just one of the latest local groups to hit the Mersey scene. These 15yr old youngsters from across Liverpool; trained in classical music, then turned their hand to the rock sound in a bid to connect with Mersey youth over an issue seldom spoken of.

Working closely with a number of organisations such as the British Council ‘Connecting Classrooms’ Critical Thinking Project, Liverpool Lighthouse Music Hub, ‘Time To Change’ mental health project and the Merseyside Youth Association, they creatively delivered an innovative socially inspiring message about mental health, through words and music in a dynamic way.

‘Rebellion’s’ key message through the project, is that they hope to raise awareness and promote positive mental health and well-being especially with the youth who at times find it impossible to share their feelings and anxieties.

The Liverpool NOW Festival gave this group of Polish girls, the chance to engage and develop new ways of working and cooperating with individuals, groups and communities.

This Festival has given, local children and young people the opportunity to showcase their original live performances and films devised around the theme of Mental Health on Wednesday 10th February and Thursday 11th Feb.

NOW! Young People’s Arts Festival features youths aged 8-18 from 14 Liverpool schools and youth organisations who have performed with guest artists Darren Suarez, Maurice Bessman and Carl Cockram along with a number of organisations including the Ariel Trust, CAMHS Wellbeing Partnership and Brighton University..
Be there and be seen!!!!

Liverpool Epstein Theatre 6.30pm £5 Wed 10th/Thursday 11th

Harald Jaeger…..the man who opened the Berlin Wall.

Liverpool University’s £500m upgrade facilities will be host to a very special guest on Tuesday 21st October 6pm at the Eleanor Rathbone Building, when Harald Jaeger, the man who opened the Berlin Wall gives a fascinating interview.

When hundreds of East Berliners showed up at the Bornholmer Strasse border crossing on a cold and grey November evening in 1989, demanding to be let into West Berlin, Lt Col. Harald Jaeger asked for guidance from his superiors.

By the time the crowd grew into a thousand and became more demanding it became clear to Jaeger that he would get no guidance from his superiors.

If you are interested in this story; this significant world event, an event that gave individual freedom, an event that started the slow disintegration of Communist Europe, meeting a classic Stasi intelligence officer and talking to the man who opened up the Wall in which a ‘class enemy’ gained a victory. Then book a ticket for the event on http://www.liv.ac.uk/events/berlinwall/

The excited East Germans did converge on the border crossing that Jaeger commanded with him unaware that hours earlier Politburo member Gunter Schabowski had announced to the international media that the ruling Communist party had ‘declared East Germans were free to travel immediately’.

The dramatic decision took all by surprise. Jaeger, the highest ranking officer at the time, having spent 30 years in the East German army and overseeing the building of the Wall in 1961, gave his people the order to ‘raise the barrier’.

The decision to open the Berlin Wall border crossing almost 25 years ago began the process of German unification that left former Stasi officer Harald Jaeger unemployed.

On Tuesday Harald will deliver a talk recounting his experiences and subsequent reflection.

This is the only UK stop on his world tour, a tour which should be ‘very, very interesting’.

6pm Eleanor Rathbone Building L697ZA

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