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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, August 18, 2008
    Liverpool on the Box
     
    I'm taking a blog break for a week or so; your prompt to dip, instead, into the delights of BBC Four's Liverpool on the Box season. Tonight's Passport to Liverpool (repeated Thursday and out on DVD) sets the standard: featuring the voices of a great cross-section of the city's people telling it like it was and is, and astonishing footage of class act John Curry the Mersey River Pilot guiding a massive ACL container ship into confined Gladstone Lock, it was excellent. Pity that at the same time Radio 4 gave Winifred Robinson half-an-hour to reset some tired old scouse stereotypes in the minds of her metropolitan listeners - such deficient coverage of the European Capital of Culture (amongst other things) makes it hard for people round here to take Radio 4 seriously these days.