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

    Sunday, January 29, 2006
    Give a dog a Bone
    Chinese New Year on the streets of Liverpool today, colourful and lovely but once again it was clear that the celebrations are being more deeply assimilated into the Capital of Culture agenda. What was once a spontaneous and quite peripheral party for a segment of the city's immigrant population is now playing front of house at Liverpool 08's business-cosying One-Stop Culture Shop on Whitechapel.

    I recall with delight that in this, the Year of The Dog, the chair of the Liverpool Culture Board is a man called Drummond Bone. Will this be the year that the city's grubby mongrels reclaim the streets from the venture capitalists and worry them into admitting that real culture comes from the bottom-up, not from opportunistic quangos, most of whose members will be straight off out of here come 2009 (just like Bone soon got out of Glasgow once that city's Capital of Culture party was over)? Sorry, slight rant there. But something, I hope, to chew on.