Long haired lover from Liverpool

Until last week I hadn’t been home since Christmas and as a real home bird there’s nothing better than waking up in my bed at my mum’s house with fresh air and perfect views. A little different to my old view of the A12 in Bow I can assure you!

Seeing my family and friends from home is of paramount importance to me so rather than just lazing about the house, off we went for a day trip to Liverpool. If you’ve never been to Liverpool before rest assured it’s everything you could dream of; Scouse brows, epic wind from the river and always meeting at least one person who knew John Lennon. As a Lancashire girl there is of course fierce rivalry between these two northern dwellings, as was pointed out to me when I was mocked for my ‘slow voice’ by a liverpudlian barman.

Anyway, after a wander round the back streets, first stop was of course food. We went to a great northern establishment Almost Famous. The burgers are good. Really good. Full of sauce and toppings and extras, as you can likely see from the shot of the menu. It’s napkins at full mast here as there is no way you can escape without sauce dripping over your face, top, lap and so on. Big baskets of chips to share and a chheky midday lager make this a jolly good, hearty, Saturday lunch.

Squeezing out of our chairs we headed out towards the docks to go to the launch of an exhibition at the new waterfront home of the Open Eye Gallery; specialising in photography, the gallery was founded in the 1970s and is one of the UK's leading photography exhibition spaces. The exhibition was a ‘no photos zone’ but I’ll tell you a little on the subject matter. Breaking The Code of Silence displays the works of Sicilian born photographer Letizia Battaglia. She was a real trail blazer of her time, uncovering the horrors of the Sicilian Mafia through photography. There is of course more information on their website as linked above but I can say the photos are extremely harrowing (not for the faint of heart) but totally spectacular. If any of you get the chance to visit the exhibition is open until I recommend it whole heartedly. We also had a mooch around the Tate at the Albert docks, the general consensus being Modern art isn’t for us, and not though a lack of trying!

Then off to fill out pockets with pick’n’mix and to the cinema to finish off a really lovely day trip with two of my best and oldest pals.

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