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Archive for January 14th, 2008

I ♥ Liverpool

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Can’t believe I missed the pilot of Damages, I only saw the last 30 minutes of the second episode, Jesus, Mary and Joe Cocker last night after switching to watch the Liverpool Culture Show special..

Damages has won big critical praise in the US and stars Glenn Close and Ted Danson plus that guy who played Joshua, Rachel’s love interest from Friends who was scared of ducks. If like me, you’ve missed it, you’ve got 4 more days to watch the pilot at BBC’s iplayer site. What I saw last night was great and reminded me of Murder One, so watch it before Thursday!

The Culture Show Liverpool 08 special was good because it showed highlights of Friday’s opening event, with Ringo singing to thousands of people in the cold – Liverpool is absolutely ready to go and Pete Wylie is right, it doesn’t matter what the arts organisations or the council says – 2008 will be about Liverpudlians playing host to a great party. The commentary on the admittedly slightly shambolic lead up to the year, including Miranda Sawyer bemoaning the “disgrace” and patronising a whole city a la we gave it a chance to become great again seems symptomatic of the media coverage in general, which is dissappointing. If any other city had won, the coverage would be positive – for Liverpool, the coverage has to be ‘balanced’ with snide comments and stereotypes. It’s painful. The mayor’s right though – anyone who comes to Liverpool this year will see the richness and diversity it has to offer to any visitor and realise Liverpool won on it’s merits.

Written by Victoria

January 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm

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