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Documentary following brothers Jamie, 13, Michael, 11, and Adam, 9, from Liverpool, who adore dancing. When they are not in ballet classes they can be found pirouetting down the aisles in weekly trips to the supermarket.

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*Video:liverpool ballet boys


The following description of the 11 minute film is by Richard Koeck from the BFI Screenonline website

Survey of Liverpool Corporation’s housing programme, introduced by L.H. Keay, architect and director of housing in Liverpool.
Beginning with a prologue that sets the heroic tone that permeates the rest of the film, Homes for Workers “aims to illustrate the vast amount of work done by the Liverpool Corporation to re-house tenants of insanitary [sic] houses”. The film has particular architectural significance since its commentator was Liverpool’s foremost authority on housing at the time,L.H. Keay.

Keay illustrates how various Housing Acts, such as the Slum Clearance and Rehousing Act of 1930, enabled local authorities, including in Liverpool, to implement concrete plans to improve the poor state of working-class housing. To prove his point, Keay provides impressive figures indicating that the number of those re-housed by the Corporation, grew from 11,000 in 1914 to 122,000 in 1938. At the same time, over 29,000 houses were erected on the outskirts of the city, many in so-called self-contained communities such as Speke, which provided, in close proximity to local industry, social facilities such as schools and libraries.

Homes for Workers includes impressive aerial shots of Liverpool that show the extent to which the city had engaged in a housing programme. Two of the inner-city tenement courts mentioned are Gerard Gardens (also shown in Basil Dearden’s Violent Playground, 1958), and Myrtle Gardens, both of which are excellent examples of modern architecture in Liverpool. Gerard Gardens, whose foundation stone was laid in 1934, is also interesting because it refers, in architectural terms as well as in the way it addressed a particular social agenda, to similar housing programmes in continental Europe, such as that of the Karl-Marx-Hof (1927-30) in Vienna, built by Karl Ehn. A particular highlight of the film is the testimony of an ‘ordinary’ Liverpool housewife who, with a noticeably non-Liverpool accent, dutifully recites the benefits of Keay’s housing programme, such as the use of gas appliances, hot water and other amenities of modern living which provide her with a ‘happier and healthier’ way of living.

Richard Koeck

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*Video:the real john lennon (2000)


Nick Broomfield’s first film about slum clearance in Liverpool

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*Video:merry christmas liverpool


A little animated gif I cooked up. Good luck to the students today in London. Behave yourselves please!


Playing around in Photoshop to give the Royal Daffodil Mersey Ferry the tilt-shift effect and it’s turned out pretty good. I also boosted the colour saturation to give it a ‘plastic’ feel.

Toy Ship (faux tilt shift)


Superb BBC 1965 documentary about Liverpool and it’s Irish and Welsh singing influences. Near the end, it talks about everyone getting kicked out of the city to live in the housing estates such as Cantril Farm, on the outskirts of the city – and it’s heartbreaking. There’s one chap, a docker who moved to Kirkby and he basically says it all.

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*Video:liverpool, the singing city, 1965


Interesting piece on housing and regeneration at the time of Liverpool City Council’s fight with the Thatcher government in 1985. Look out for Braddock Heights and the Piggeries in Everton.

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*Video:liverpool housing and regeneration, 1985


Here’s a small clip of May Day celebrations in Bootle. No sound, I’m afraid. Can anyone please give an approximate date. Also, if you recognise the streets and/or people, please leave a comment. Thanks.

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I’ve had this live concert CD for years, but thought I’d lost it. I found it by chance when I was doing a clear out. The sound quality is spot on.

The good news is that Cast are back on the road again to celebrate 15 years since “All Change”. For more info, visit their website

Follow Me Down, Stockholm, Sweden 14th December 1995
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*Video:follow me down by cast

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