Merchant Navy Memorial – Liverpool Waterfront

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Another of my occasional postings featuring war memorials in this the 100th anniversary year of the start of World War 1.

This memorial recognises the lives lost in the merchant shipping fleets in both World Wars. It’s setting in front of one of Liverpool’s 3 Graces is fitting.

The photo above is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

My previous posting on this subject is at:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/06/15/war-memorial-cross-isle-of-lewis-scotland/

Sefton Park Palm House

I mentioned this truly magnificent building in a recent posting about Maghull Wind Orchestra, who gave a concert there on Sunday 27th April.

www.tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/05/01/maghull-wind-orchestra-plays-sefton-palm-house/

Here are some photo’s of the Palm House :-

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This statue of Darwin is one of a number outside and around the Palm House. I call it looking up to Darwin because we all do so.

This statue of Charles Darwin is one of a number outside and around the Palm House. I call it ‘looking up to Darwin’ because he was a truly great scientist/explorer/naturalist.

Click to enlarge any of the photos which are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Crowdfunding helps Liverpool feasibility study into Churchill Flyover

More than £40,000 has been raised by public donations through the crowdfunding website Spacehive to begin a feasibility study on whether the Churchill flyover in Liverpool could become a promenade in the sky, complete with arts spaces, landscaped gardens and coffee shops. The project has been compared with New York’s High Line – a hugely popular one-mile linear park built along a disused railway, which has revitalised an area of Manhattan’s West Side.

The Independent had the story (as did the Liverpool Echo)- Page: 20-21 – 3rd May

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crowdfunding-gets-liverpools-elevated-park-off-the-ground-9318140.html

This is a fascinating idea but the Churchill flyover is a different kind of elevated structure to the one in New York. For a start it is shorter and constructed of concrete as opposed to steel. It is also not level but inclined. It will be interesting to see if/how this flyover can be re-purposed but some radical thinking will be required. It will also need a significant capital investment to undertake the works and of course to pay for the year on year maintenance. If it can be brought off (most likely without any money from the Council or Government) it will be a significant achievement as the New York project has been a huge success, However, as I say, the circumstances in Liverpool are not altogether the same.

www.thehighline.org/

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Line_%28New_York_City%29

Battle of the Atlantic – The fleet departs from Liverpool

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These two atmospheric shots were taken by Lydiate photographer Keith Page whose photo’s I regularly publish on this blog. The weather conditions were poor last Tuesday so you can imagine how hard he had to work to get these great photos with Perch Rock and the fleet. Having said that I am sure there was day upon day when the weather was terrible during the war so maybe we were all reminded not only of those who fought, many of whom lost their lives, in the Battle of the Atlantic but of the conditions they had to endure and worse.

We will remember them.

http://www.flickr.com/keith_page/