The Port Sunlight Story

Noticed on Channel Four News tonight that David Cameron gave a speech about world hunger at Unilever’s London headquarters today. He’s often praised the company in the past and a few months ago gave another speech at their offices in Mumbai, India. Unilever of course began life on the Wirral: our feature on Port Sunlight, the beautiful village William Lever built to accommodate his workers, appeared in Issue 3 of the magazine. It’s now on the website and you can read it by clicking here

Liverpool: It All Came Tumbling Down

This great book about Liverpool’s lost streets and buildings has featured in the magazine, and the article about it is also now on our website (click here to read it). The book’s authors, BBC Radio Merseyside’s Frankie Connor and his brother Freddy, will be signing copies of the book at Pritchards bookshop in Crosby on Saturday June 1st, at midday.

Hale Village

Hale Village is a great place to visit at this time of year, and now it’s got an added attraction. A new lifesize statue (over 9 feet high) of the village’s legendary giant has just been unveiled. John Middleton (1578-1623) is also known as the Childe of Hale, and his cottage still stands in the village. Click here to read a special report on the unveiling of Diane Gorvin’s sculpture. Issue 4 of The Merseysider magazine had an extensive feature on Hale Village – its history, notable buildings etc. – and that’s now on the website as well (click here). 


Fingers crossed for a great Grand National meeting, for spectators and horses alike. A lot of effort has gone into making the course safer, so let’s hope it pays off.

Fraiche reviewed

If – like most people – you’ve always been curious about Wirral’s only Michelin-starred restaurant (Fraiche in Oxton) but have never actually been inside it, you might be interested to read what a national newspaper thought about it this week. The Guardian’s reviewer had to join a three-month waiting list for a reservation but obviously rated the food, giving it 9 out of 10. The meal cost £65 a head, which the reviewer thought was a fair price given the quality of the meal – she gave it a value-for-money rating of 8 out of 10 (the restaurant also offers a four-course Sunday lunch for £35). However she was less impressed by the atmosphere, which she found rather hushed and reverential. Click here to read the Guardian’s review in full.

Adrian Henri exhibition

Adrian Henri (1932 – 2000) was a popular and influential Merseyside poet and painter. He was born in Birkenhead and lived for most of his life in Liverpool (his grandfather was a seaman from Mauritius). Together with Roger McGough and Brian Patten, he was one of the three poets in the classic (and hugely successful) Sixties Penguin poetry anthology The Mersey Sound (pictured). He also founded the poetry-rock band the Liverpool Scene, whose first LP was produced by John Peel. In April (6th – 28th) Aigburth’s Corke Art Gallery has an exhibition (Adrian Henri: Poetry and Painting 1960 – 2000), which brings together poems and paintings by Henri which share common themes. Should be well worth a visit: the gallery’s website ( has more details.

Ne Boeuf Pas Bourguignon!

I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.’ Or maybe not – a report in today’s paper says sales of Quorn have gone through the roof since the horsemeat scandal broke. Following the interest in The Merseysider magagazine’s meat-free ‘Scouse with a twist’ recipe (still on our website, incidentally – click here to see it), we’ve just added to the site another tasty Quorn-based take on a classic dish (from Issue 2 of the magazine): Ne boeuf pas bourguignon

New John Lennon film


What would have happened if John Lennon had left the Beatles in 1962? This is the intriguing premise of a new Sky Arts drama, Snodgrass, which (subject to schedule changes) will be broadcast on April 25th. It stars the successful Liverpool actor Ian Hart, who’s played Lennon twice before, notably in the film Backbeat. In the TV play, Lennon is an embittered 50 year old and on the dole, while the Beatles, led by Paul McCartney, are a naff oldies band. The play, scripted by David Quantick, is adapted from a short story by science fiction writer Ian R. MacLeod. Click here to access Ian’s website, where there’s more on the film, including photos taken at the shoot. And don’t forget that on this website you can also read our interview with Tony Barrow (the Beatles press officer during their Sixties heyday), and our feature The Beatles: 50 Fabulous Facts, which looks closely at 1962, a pivotal year in the history of the group.