Writing in The Observer, Stephen Bayley begins the national attention to Liverpool which the 2008 Capital of Culture will create. It's a nice piece threading the city to it's architecture, creating a nostalgic journey throughout the gems of Merseyside.
you are still confronted by a contrasting spectacle that is utterly Liverpool in its incongruous mixture of swaggering magnificence and dismaying tat.
Two points i'd like answered are why so many people use "Liverpool" when they're really (as Bayley is) talking about Merseyside? And will this attention "sort out" the conventional mishistory pinning Liverpool's decline on Maggie Thatcher?
When the rest of the country went Thatcherite, Liverpool whimsically went Trotskyist. The city lost its way in the tunnel of comradely love and almost failed to recover.
The Filter^ will try to bring you the insiders guide to Liverpool's cultural awakening, from multiple perspectives.