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November 25, 2015


 

As we move into the season of that very British of theatre traditions – the Pantomime, I am reminded of one such story, that of Dick Whittington and his Cat. The popular myth is that as a young boy Dick left his village in rural England and travelled with his cat to seek his fame and fortune in London ultimately becoming mayor of the city. How much is myth and how much is truth – who knows as the story goes back many hundreds of years.

Roll forward to today and it got me thinking – London is still an important city but these days if you wish to hold that important conference, board meeting, and incentive event and of course enjoy some leisure time then your options across Britain are many. Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Chester, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and so many more. Each offer a unique and special ‘flavour’ all of their own and for those of you who have not had the opportunity to venture beyond London then now is the time as you plan for 2016 to consider something different. Britain is a small island so really everything is relatively close even the seaside (ocean). You might be pleasantly surprised how much further you budget will go once you venture outside the capital. ‘More bang for your buck’ as the expression goes.

The airports of Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh have flights that connect well with Europe and the rest of the world. The rail network too is extensive and efficient so if you still wish to fly via London – no problem

There is so much choice packed into this little island we call Great Britain – We take pride in showing off the best the UK has to offer. Contact us at hello@apn-dmc.com – we hope to hear from you soon

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November 2, 2015


Musicians from Liverpool have produced more number one hit songs than any other city. Everyone has their favourite artists of course be it a group or solo singer. Surely one of the most iconic that absolutely sums up Liverpool & Merseyside is ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’. So good in the humble opinion of this correspondent that I reproduce the lyrics by Gerry Marsden here:

Life goes on day after day

Hearts torn in every way

So ferry ‘cross the Mersey

‘Cause this land’s the place I love

And here I’ll stay

People they rush everywhere

Each with their own secret care

So ferry ‘cross the Mersey

And always take me there

The place I love

People around every corner

They seem to smile and say

We don’t care what your name is boy

We’ll never turn you away

So I’ll continue to say

Here I always will stay

So ferry ‘cross the Mersey’

Cause this land’s the place I love

And here I’ll stay

And here I’ll stay

Here I’ll stay

© MARSDEN, GERARD For non-commercial use only

Of course Liverpool is not just about the music but it a good place to start whether you head to the city for business or leisure. So do not pass go, head straight to Albert Dock and the Beatles Story where you can absorb yourself for hours in the history of the Fab Four. Then hop on the Magical Mystery Tour and take in Penny lane and Strawberry Fields. And not forgetting the Cavern Club where there is always music to entertain you.

With its amazing rich history Liverpool and Merseyside have and indeed are enjoying a renaissance that has literally transformed the city region in England’s North West. Always proud people they have even more to boast of these days – since 2008, the ACC (Arena and Convention Centre) with the newly added Exhibition Centre this year means the world is coming to the city in ever increasing numbers to attend conferences and conventions. It has been a catalyst for change.

New hotels to suit all tastes and budgets have opened in the last few years to satisfy the demand for both business and leisure visitor alike. This in turn has meant the existing hotels have upped their game. Just some hotels that come to mind immediately are Hotel Indigo, Hilton, Malmaison, Z Hotel, Hard Days Night Hotel (yep its Beatles themed) and the new Shankly Hotel which is a tribute to Liverpool Football Club’s famous Manager. For those not mentioned forgive me but get in touch with me via hello@apn-dmc.com so I will not forget you next time!

This is a city that is well connected and easy to get to how ever you choose to do so – not just planes, not just automobiles or even trains (around 2 hours 15 minutes from London) but now as part of that self-same renaissance I mentioned earlier by cruise ship too.

Architecturally a treat – England’s finest Victorian city must be viewed from the waterfront on the Mersey. Yes that’s right from that famous Ferry. Historically it was a gateway city to the new world for many hundreds of thousands seeking a new life in Australia, the United States or beyond which meant the rise of some great buildings. You just have to take in the Liver Building, St George’s Hall and the two Cathedrals (a contrast of old and modern styles) to name but a few.

For those reading this blog who are football fans then the city is home to two great clubs – Everton and Liverpool. Like Manchester it is blue or red and if you choose to go see a game then whichever you choose you will not be disappointed by the football on the pitch and the passion of the supporters around you.

Let’s face it Liverpool oozes culture from the Waterfront with Albert Dock, Tate Liverpool, Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head & The Three Graces to the St George’s Quarter where you will find the World Museum, Walker Art Gallery and the Central Library. Liverpool Everyman Theatre, The Bluecoat, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the Unity Theatre all offer an array of the performing arts. If you want thought provoking and a dose of social history then look no further than the International Slavery Museum and the Maritime Museum at Albert Dock.

Shopping at in the Met Quarter and Liverpool One means you cannot go home without something special for you or your loved ones.

And of course you have to eat and gosh what a choice literally to suit all cuisine tastes. Liverpool is home to Europe’s first Chinatown where you can indulge you taste buds in the delight of real Chinese cooking and certainly should be on your list. You can choose from Indian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Vegetarian, Modern, Traditional and even British. So you certainly will not go hungry.

I cannot end this blog without mentioning ‘scouse’ or ‘scousers’. Scousers are simply put people from Liverpool. Scouse is a traditional local dish – a beef & lamb stew with potatoes, carrots, onion, gravy and seasonings. Just the thing when you have enjoyed a walk along the Waterfront this winter. There is no mistaking the Scousers’ sense of humour – they want you to enjoy their city. So come on world what are you waiting for? Get that email off to us on hello@apn-dmc.com and we will get things sorted for you.

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