Tagged With "Liverpool"

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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

DrFumblefinger ·
I live in Calgary now and people often have the impression it's a cowboy town -- which it is, but it's really a modern oil-economy based city as well. A view of the city's skyline. How far away are those beaches from Liverpool itself, Garry? What I most like about them is how uncrowded they are. Is the water warm enough to swim in or only for those with a strong constitution?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
The Temperatures for Liverpool rely on the strength of the Gulf Stream which sends warm water up from the Caribbean to the West of the UK. It follows the Jet Stream. It means that we can grow Palm Trees in the West - right up to Scotland ! Without this we would freeze in winter because we're that far North. Near to the Latitude of Alaska. But we don't !
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

Former Member ·
Does the Gulf Stream also bring a harvest of tasty fish with it ? Does the pattern of currents vary so that the Gulf Stream brings warmer waters closer to shore at some times than at other times ?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
No - no more Fish. Fish like Cod and Haddock like the colder waters of the UK. Too much heat and they go further North to Iceland. The Gulf Stream often gets caught in a pattern. Its been stuck for months now, bringing us warm water to raise temperatures. At this time of year we get an overnight frost and cool days. But we've had 50f at night and over 60f during the day. My outdoor Tomato's are still healthy and near ready for picking! Thanks to the Gulf stream ! The warmer waters hit the...
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Re: 'Uncomfortable memory' tour faces Barcelona slave history

DrFumblefinger ·
It is good that a people face up to and learn from the past. We must learn from the lessons of history, but I do hope this will not become a "self-flagellation" exercise. At the end of the 18th century, everyone had slaves. Every people, every race, every culture, every country participated in the buying, selling and owning of other people. It was the norm. Fortunately, with a few rare exceptions, modern society has become enlightened and the rights of individuals is now a central focus of...
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Re: 'Uncomfortable memory' tour faces Barcelona slave history

PHeymont ·
'Presentism' is always a danger for historians, but in this case, there's a real issue of interest based on the late-in-the-day entry into slave-owning by the later Catalan grandees; they went into it when all European countries had already abolished it, and when it had been abolished in many colonial areas. Sadly, not Cuba, Brazil, or, at the beginning of that period, the United States. One of the reasons it's important to consider these past things is because they do enter into the...
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Re: 'Uncomfortable memory' tour faces Barcelona slave history

GarryRF ·
Slavery is just part of a long cruel history. Wherever there is chance to make money, people of any race or creed will gladly join in. Even the African warlords who sold the "prisoners" to the slave ships played their parts in this piece of history. Even today fortunes are made by sending young men to die in the name of "Defence". Money has no morals.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 7th, 2014: Liverpool Eye UK

Still Country Photo ·
That is so cool!!! Nicely done!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 7th, 2014: Liverpool Eye UK

DrFumblefinger ·
I think I'm growing dizzy just looking at the photo!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 7th, 2014: Liverpool Eye UK

GarryRF ·
This makes it go faster too .......
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 7th, 2014: Liverpool Eye UK

Travel Luver ·
GarryRF, are you trying to scare us away from a visit to Liverpool with that photo? The Eye seems the city's lightening rod.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 7th, 2014: Liverpool Eye UK

GarryRF ·
Don't worry Travel Luver ! No animals were harmed in the making of this film. You have to wait in the Bar until the "All clear" sounds in a storm ! But it actually caused no damage at all. It's fitted with a lightening rod to take the current to earth. Like all tall buildings.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Former Member ·
In Europe, I have had good luck finding value accommodations at Booking.com and Europe-Stays. com. Those sites list hostels with their ratings and prices. A quick peek for June shows several promising choices for around $ 21 USD per bed per night. Unless you just want company, you might budget hotels pricing similar to the hostels. They often charge per person, not per room, which is a big help for the solo traveler. Tune Hotels will work for the London part of your trip, but they are not in...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Red Rover. My last trip I was supposed to go to Edinburgh ,but went to Liverpool instead . I guess I remembered The Tune Hotel from the untaken trip .
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Hank ·
Tnanks TravelRob! some great points here. I can see I'm going to enjoy Liverpool and especially want to explore that Beatles history. They're like part of the family. Rob, did you have any advice on hostels in Liverpool? Presume there's probably a lot but was wondering if you had a recommendation?
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
Hank ,I'd check the Tune Hotel for rates. Maybe Garryrf can weigh in on cheap accomodations too.I didn't stay in any hostels while there.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm ready for a visit. The Beatles history alone is worth the trip! Liverpool has a "reputation" as being a "dirty, industrial" city. I presume that was not the Liverpool you experienced, Rob?
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
In a way, most of the places in the world worth visiting have some history of being "dirty, industrial" places--that's where people cluster and societies are forged. The ancient cities of the Middle East and Greece, and Rome itself were like that! We recently visited the excavated Roman city under central Barcelona, and were surprised to see how much of the area in the center of the ancient city was given over to commercial laundry, large-scale dye works and industrial-scale wine-making. The...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

DrFumblefinger ·
No offense intended, PHeymont. I was trying to make a point that the modern reality is very different than the "reputation".
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
No offense taken...your remark just started me on a train of thought that stopped at a new station!
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Liverpool has never been a Dirty Industrial City. Shipping, sugar and timber have all been the source of employment. All that you would associate with the Industrial Revolution - Mills, Chimneys and the Cotton trade had no connection.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
No, not thinking of mills and chimneys, necessarily--note my very pre-Industrial Revolution examples--but certainly industrial, and by the nature of sizable cities with people living in close quarters and with the side-products of their industry, an argument can be made for dirty. It's not a slam...it's just the condition of cities that are alive. Here's a quotation, by the way, from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: The industrial revolution in England had by the beginning...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
Not only is Liverpool a great city to visit,but it has so many great places for daytrips that make staying there an excellent base. And to me it seems prices are half the cost of London. One thing Garry might expand on in the thousands of European tourists that are coming there for the day or weekend ,thanks to the budget flights. It has a very international feel to it.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Here's a good quote Paul PORTRAIT OF AN UNHEALTHY CITY - NEW YORK INTHE 1800'S by David Rosner Columbia University When a horse died, its carcass would be left to rot until it had disintegrated enough for someone to pick up the pieces. Children would play with dead horses lying on the streets. In addition to lacking street cleaning, the city also had no sewage system and no flush toilets. Garbage--which included both human and animal waste--was basically thrown out windows and onto city...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: According to JECH, there is an exhibit of reconstructed "back houses" at the Liverpool Museum of Liverpool Life. That must be a fascinating museum! And the author mentioned that while most of the back houses were town down in urban renewal, the few that remain have been turned into luxury housing! I visited a block of "back to backs" in Birmingham, the last left after thousands were demolished in the move to urban renewal in the city center. They've been...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

PHeymont ·
Garry...I certainly did not mean to pick on Liverpool, or to pick it out of the very large crowd consisting of all large cities of the time. My point was that the reputation that Dr. F mentioned was not untrue--but was also nothing special about Liverpool. All the great and interesting places have been through that stage, and to some extent it will never end. While Prof. Rosner's description is a little simplified and sensationalized, it could serve as a prototype for writing about most...
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

DrFumblefinger ·
I like GarryRF's spunk. Listen, whatever it's history, I have to admit that I'm intrigued to go visit Liverpool. I think it's an interesting and worthwhile travel destination. And the first ice cold pint will be on me, GarryRF!
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Now there's another word with mixed definitions ! In Britain you would say "I like GarryRF's spirit" You may want to check out what your version means in England ! Like when I attend a party in America and I get "Pissed" (Drunk) And someone says "Why - who upset you to make you pissed?"
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Re: Surprising Speke Hall, Liverpool

GarryRF ·
A wonderful presentation Paul.
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Re: Surprising Speke Hall, Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! I can't say enough good things about John Lennon Airport that's next door. Not only is does it have a wide array of budget flights for Europe, the passport control is actually friendly there.
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Re: Liverpool: Three Thoughtful Museums

GarryRF ·
Excellent history lesson Paul. Interesting and good photos too.
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Exploring Liverpool's 300 years as a port

PHeymont ·
Exploring Liverpool's 300 years as a port
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Liverpool Pilot House

PHeymont ·
Liverpool Pilot House
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Historic Ice Cream?

PHeymont ·
Historic Ice Cream?
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Singin' (out of) the Rain

PHeymont ·
Singin' (out of) the Rain
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Liverpool's Three Graces

PHeymont ·
Liverpool's Three Graces
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Reaching for Knowledge

PHeymont ·
Reaching for Knowledge
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Re: Oct. 15, 2016: Autumn Storms

Travel Rob ·
Really a great shot! My peaceful beach is largely gone having been taken away by Hurricane Matthew.
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Re: The Lush Grounds of Speke Hall, Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Another wonderful display of gemstones hidden in a big city. And a few things I've missed seeing in my home city too. Thank you for another little gem.
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Re: July 16, 2016: Left Luggage, Liverpool

PortMoresby ·
I think I like the ones in baggage claim at my home airport, Sacramento, better. Aesthetically, if not philosophically.
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Re: July 16, 2016: Left Luggage, Liverpool

GarryRF ·
Not the most artistic - but something that makes you think. And each admirer will add their own interpretation to what it symbolises. You could just sit there and watch the faces of kids who've never seen it before, and watch their faces light up with bewilderment. Street art. Love it.
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Re: Cunard's historic buildings in QM2 gallery

GarryRF ·
The interior of the Cunard Building here in Liverpool is a reminder of the day when folks travelled First Class to New York by cruise ship. The First Class Hall inside the Cunard Building in Liverpool UK Cunard's Three Queens - the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 - visited Liverpool between May 24-26 2015 for the 175th anniversary of the famous cruise line
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Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
When I tell folks I meet on Vacation I'm from Liverpool UK they say "You must be enjoying all this beach life.  Long walks on the Sand.  Fishing.  Fresh air and gorgeous sunsets" so I reply "No. I get all this back in Liverpool- I'm...
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Capital of Culture Series: Liverpool

Travel Rob ·
TravelGumbo now draws your attention to Liverpool.  It was the EU's 2008 Capital of Culture winner. It's a fantastic city with some of the best free museums I've seen anywhere.  I've visited the city  twice and was fortunate enough to...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 7th, 2014: Liverpool Eye UK

GarryRF ·
The Liverpool Eye is located near the Albert Dock in Liverpool next to the Convention Centre. It stands 60 meters high with 42 air conditioned cabins. Views across Liverpool, the River Mersey and the Mountains of Wales.
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Cunard's historic buildings in QM2 gallery

PHeymont ·
Cunard creates a collection of photographs of its classic office buildings in the U.S. and Britain for display on its flagship Queen Mary 2.
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Liverpool: Three Thoughtful Museums

PHeymont ·
Three museums in Liverpool examine the city's history and culture, and are not afraid to show both the best and the worst parts.
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Brit judge tells airlines: Quit stalling on compensation!

PHeymont ·
A Liverpool judge, ruling in a test cast that may affect thousands of British travelers, has ordered airlines to stop delaying compensation they are owed for canceled or delayed flights. The airlines have placed millions of pounds worth of...
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Three Queens to Dance on the River Mersey Liverpool UK.

GarryRF ·
  The maritime city of Liverpool is gearing up for a summer of events and celebrations led by the arrival of Cunard's "Three Queens" to the Mersey.   Cunard is celebrating 175 years of sailing this year with three key anniversary cruises...
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Surprising Speke Hall, Liverpool

PHeymont ·
Liverpool's Speke Hall is not your average stately home. Built in the 16th century and occupied into the 20th, it has a fascinating history.
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