Saturday, 29 March 2014


I attended a funeral yesterday of a work colleague,  I had known him for about 3 years, and he was just 5 years older than me. 

I'm lucky that this was the first funeral I had been to, I was too young to remember my mums mum and dad passing, I didn't get taken to their funerals.

Safe to say it was a great shock, as it was for everybody there, seeing his family and hearing them cry, hearing his girlfriend's speech, seeing another friend from work carry his coffin, it was so heartbreaking.

I didn't know what to say to anyone, what do you say at a time like that? I don't know what to say about it now, I can't put it into words how heartbreaking it is. 

It's terrible but positive at the same time that such a horrible event has given me a massive shake, I am going to do my upmost to enjoy every day and not regret. I am going to try even harder to stop my chronic worrying and just live. Life really is too short.

Rest In Peace Lyam, I hope we can meet again some day.

Make the years count.

Livvy x

Thursday, 13 March 2014


Liverpool Town Hall

I was inspired to post about my home city after watching this video in response to the awfully embarrasing 'This Is Liverpool' 'reality' show trailer.  

Albert Docks

As the video says - Liverpool can't really be summed up in one sentence. 

I saw the comedian Russell Kane at his Liverpool show last year and he said that when someone says they are from Liverpool, its the only place where it's not followed by the words 'it's a shit hole'. 

It's hard to explain how good the city is, how great the city is. You have to visit it to understand -  as the video says, it has the 'We'll look after you mate' kind of attitude. 

I know people think that the accent might be a bit harsh on the ear sometimes, I have thought that myself before - but its the accent and whole personality of the city and the people in it, the architecture and the hidden gems of the city, the endless music scene, the great nights out, the coastal spots which could be mistaken for a holiday destination (on a sunny day!) which make it 'Lovelypool'.

Livvy x

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Jade Ann - Manchester academy 3 - 8th March

On International Womens Day, Jade Ann stood her ground on an all male bill in her support slot at Black Lights' headline show at Manchester's Academy 3. 

Her set was around 45 minutes long and consisted of six of her own compositions and featured ambient percussion from a talented drummer Matt Wheelton. 

Jade Ann is currently studying Music at Salford University and is getting very well known in the Manchester and Greater Manchester music scenes. 

Looking nervous as she tunes her guitar, as soon as she is stood in front of the microphone and begins playing her guitar, you know she belongs there. 

With a great range of vocal ability, you could compare her to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. But with her individuality, in my opinion she isn't really like anyone else, she is completely and totally herself, bursting with humility and full of mind blowing talent. 

I expect huge things for Jade Ann. 

She ended the set with her recently released single titled 'Midsummer'. Catch up with Jades gigs and recordings on her Facebook page here 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Save Our Libraries!

Libraries are at the very heart of our communities, but many local authorities are being left with no choice but to close them due to the depth and frontloading of cuts being made to local authority budgets by the Tory-led Government.
The effects will be felt across the country – reports suggest that up to 400 libraries could be facing closure, potentially resulting in up to 6,000 librarians losing their jobs.
Closing and reducing access to libraries will remove or reduce Internet access for the 25% of Britons who do not have it at home, place more strain on already stretched school library services and impact on adult education.
This just isn’t right.
 As Alan Gibbons, the children’s author and founder of the Campaign for the Book says
“Libraries are indispensable community hubs, places of education, browsing, culture, reading for pleasure and for self-improvement. They have computers, e-books and traditional books. They bridge physical and digital reading and provide access to information technology to those who might be excluded by lack of money. They are a place to meet and they are most heavily used by the young and the elderly. They are so effective that one of the top performing countries in education libraries, South Korea, is building 180 more. Any society that permits the decline of its library service is committing cultural seppuku and if you don’t know what that means, you definitely need a library!”
Reading for pleasure in early years is of direct benefit to literacy levels. Often, a love of learning begins in the library. It is an non-threatening environment that has the power to diminish disadvantage. And not everyone has access to the internet or can afford books. It is also a haven for those with nowhere to study at home.  With guidance, learners can develop the ability to find, recognise and analyse information that significantly improves their cognitive ability. Information literacy is a skill for the workplace. 
Libraries can be real hubs in communities and help them to flourish. Reading has to be at the heart of the mix (I do not buy for a second the idea that books are obsolete). This is all the more important at a time when four million children in the UK do not own a book, and when as many as one in six adults have trouble reading; illiteracy is thought to cost our economy up to £81bn a year. 
Get involved!
Write to your local MP’s 
Sign the petition 
Send in your photos of world book day, 
Tweet us with quotes,
@SalfordLabStud #saveourlibraries 
Thank you!
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