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mymummy.jpgHERE's my column from this week's Liverpool Post - wanted to repeat it here so I can include links to some of the art works mentioned and some images from our archive. At the end of this blog post, I've added are also some other links on the same subject and reveal how Yoko Ono's breasts got me into trouble...

WHEN is a nude too rude? If recent events at Edinburgh Airport are anything to go by, a nude is too rude when it greets you in international arrivals.

That's at least according to a number of shocked passengers, who complained about a poster of Picasso's Nude Woman in a Red Armchair that advertised an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

50 things to do in Merseyside

By Laura Davis on Aug 15, 12 08:30 AM in Chat

LAST month, when I was writing a list of 50 cultural events not to be missed this summer, I was sent this list of things to do in Merseyside by reader Lee Fuller. It didn't fit the feature but I'm sharing it here so his hard work, and great suggestions, won't go to waste:

1. Visit Chinatown - go the Yuet Ben - oldest Chinese restaurant in Liverpool
2. Wear rollers in your hair and go shopping
3. Visit the docks
4. Visit the Beatles museum
5. Visit the festival Garden
6. Take a tour on the Yellow Duckmarine
7. Rock the Casbah / Eric's / Cavern
8. Visit Speke Hall
9. Visit St Georges Hall
10. Visit the Palm House in Sefton Park

WHILE some of Liverpool's theatres have gone dark for summer, others are busy showing new work.

At the Lantern Theatre tonight, Bosnian playwright Igor Memic's play Happy challenges the perceptions of happiness in a less than perfect society, dealing with such diverse topics as rape, domestic abuse, drug abuse, suicide, banking and the world economy.

It comes to Liverpool as a one-night preview before its official premiere at the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this month.

The trailer's certainly intriguing:

And while we're on the subject of Edinburgh, you may be interested in this article by The Stage columnist Mark Shenton on the value of critics at the festival and elsewhere. Do you agree?

LIVERPOOL-born music journalist Paul Du Noyer will give a specially created lecture about vinyl albums covers at The Bluecoat on Thursday, September 20.

Author of the definitive history of Liverpool music Wondrous Place and founding editor of Mojo Magazine, he will talk in depth about 50 iconic and groundbreaking album covers from the last 50 years. The hour-long lecture and Q&A will also be punctuated by live performances of songs from a selection of the albums.


The event's being put on by Little Atom Productions, the company behind the In Conversation Series at St George's Hall, which sees famous Liverpudlians interviewed while their favourite songs are played live for them on stage.

CAN you have a day out in Liverpool with your kids for a fiver? Yes, you can. You just have to plan it and you definitely have to be able to laugh (and re-plan) in the face of miserable weather.

My name is Andrea and I'm one of Liverpool's 5 Cultural Champions. I set myself a challenge this year to get out and about with my children without spending a fortune. In fact, I set myself a target of finding five days out for a fiver a pop. To put this in perspective, a recent study showed that the average cost of a family day out can be a staggering £80.00. Just reading that figure made my eyes water.

Now a bit of advice if you decide to take on a day out for a fiver. You need to plan and you need to be flexible in case the weather's a bit rubbish. When I started out, I had images in my head of having happy, skippy, picnic-y days out in glorious sunshine, but in reality I've taken to carting round an emergency rain poncho, just in case.

PHILIPHAYES.jpgMORE than 25 years of The Picket will be celebrated in a new display at the Museum of Liverpool.

Developed in collaboration with founder Philip Hayes, it will explore a potted history of the music venue's place at the forefront of the city's grassroots music scene.

The display uses objects, quotes and film to unravel The Picket's story, which began in the Merseyside Trade Union Community and Unemployed Resource Centre on Hardman Street, in 1983. It moved to its current venue on Jordan Street in 2006.

AT THE end of my column in today's paper about Tate's and Google's This Exquisite Forest project I promised to post some of the featured animations here on this blog.

To begin with here's a video explaining how it works:

Here's my column, with added links to some of the films I refer to...

PARK Pic.jpgIF YOU'RE looking for something to do that isn't the Mathew Street Festival this August bank holiday weekend then Camp and Furnace is holding an indoor festival celebrating Scandinavian culture.

Taking place from August 25-27, PÄRK is billed as "the perfect city-break all under one rather large roof".

Highlights include:

A summer designer/maker fair and pop-up print exhibition featuring local artists

Craft workshops

Music by bands including: (on Sat) Holy Other, Vessel, Fort Romeau; (on Sun) Jam City, Patten, Afternaut, Ellis Samizat DJ, Beluga, Patterns in the Ivy, Sing For Your Supper, Deep Hedonia DJs; White Bicycles, Sparkwood & 21, Clean Cut Kid, Science of the Lamps, X-Ray Katt, Beaten Tracks

The chance to take part in a game of Kubb - a classic Viking game, played for over
1000 years on the Baltic island of Gotland

beatles.jpgA NEW tourist trail celebrating Wirral's connections with the Beatles has been launched by the local council.

Beatles Across The Mersey has been devised in association with the Cavern Club and Beatles author and historian Ray O'Brien and features 29 local sites.

They include Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, which hosted four Beatles concerts in 1962, including drummer Ringo Starr's very first appearance as a Beatle 50 years ago this month.

Also featured is the site of the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton which, other than the Cavern, is the venue the Beatles played the most times. One of the 27 concerts there attracted their biggest ever audience for a mainland UK show - 4,500 fans in 1962.

Other more obscure Beatles connections are also included on the trail, including Beno Dorn tailors on Grange Road West in Birkenhead, where the band's first ever stage suits were designed in 1962, and a house in Buchanan Road, Seacombe, where the first ever Beatles fan club was launched the same year.

Thumbnail image for stephengraham.jpgBOARDWALK Empire and This Is England star Stephen Graham has been signed up as the latest interviewee in Little Atom Productions' In Conversation series adding to an already impressive list of Liverpool talent who have already taken part, including Paul McGann, Peter Serafinowicz and David Morrissey.

The Kirkby-born actor, who has also starred in Gangs of New York and Pirates of the Caribbean will talk about his life and career in St George's Hall Concert Room on Saturday November 17.

The event will also feature the actor's five favourite songs, performed live by five separate musical acts.

Graham agreed to take part in the series at the end of March. However the actor was unable to commit to a date earlier than November due to his intense filming schedule with Martin Scorsese in New York.

Graham says: "I have always been so very proud of my hometown of Liverpool so I was overwhelmed and genuinely touched to be asked to take part in the series. What an incredible honour it is to be asked to sit down and have a good old chat in the beautiful St George's Hall. I'm just hoping that more than my mum and dad turn up."

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