In yesterday’s Guardian David Ward used the same old excuses to produce a two page negative report about Liverpool’s Capital of Culture plans.
Its a sure sign that a journalist is struggling to justify their slant when they turn to rent-a-whinge Peter Kilfoyle MP for a quote, he’s never got a positive thing to say about anything.
There are some good points in there though, Lewis Biggs in particular is a voice of reason and optimism.
Read the full article at http://arts.guardian.co.uk/cityofculture2008/story/0,,1726789,00.html
City of tattered dreams
When Liverpool was named the European Capital of Culture for 2008, everyone rejoiced. But, three years on, with feuds rumbling and projects abandoned, there’s still no sign of the major events promised. David Ward reports
Thursday March 9, 2006
The Mersey waterfront in Liverpool is both a world heritage site and one of the draughtiest places in western Europe; today a biting east wind is bullying the 16 flags that line the path from the maritime museum to the Pier Head.
Look closely and you will see that each flag announces that Liverpool will be European Capital of Culture in 2008 – but also that each flag is ragged and grubby. To your right lies an empty Porsche car showroom. By now it should have been flattened to create a spectacular site for the Cloud, a shimmering building designed for this space by the architect Will Alsop. Plans for the Cloud stirred up huge controversy, not least because no one seemed to know what was going to go in the building, but they helped win Liverpool the culture title. Now it will not be built because the money for it has already been diverted to other, less iconic, projects……