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The Rock-itt : January 2010
Nice story but tragically, because I was around there in the 60's total rubbish. The original Royal Iris was scrapped years ago, this was a renamed boat from the 80"s! See what I mean about using your imagination. We had lunch in the Philharmonic Pub an amazingly preserved Gentleman's Club from the late 1800's. Beautiful tiles and if you ever make it there go and check out the gents toilets! We strolled down from the pub, across Lime Street and headed for The Cavern! The old entrance is still there but you can't enter via it. I was, for about a month back in 1966, a DJ in the old Cavern, I thought they were mad when they put a car park in its place but the area is still steeped in the legend and you do feel you are walking in historic footsteps. I found Liverpool a bit depressing, maybe it was the weather, maybe it was because I remember it in more vibrant times. I was in the minority though, the girls enjoyed themselves. From Liverpool it was back to Manchester for one more night next to The Printworks. We took the scenic trip from Manchester over the moors to hook up with the M1 motorway which basically runs right down the middle of England. My sister and mother live in the Nottingham area so it was time for a bit of family bonding. Nottingham is quite a big City, home to two major football teams, Nott's Forest and Nott's County. It's also a major place for night life. My nephew is a DJ in the town so my daughter and Anna, her chum, were taken on a tour of the hot spots. They reported back that they had a great time so it would appear Nottingham's reputation is still intact! It's also an excellent place for the beer fan, lots of local breweries. We headed back to St.Albans and did a little more sightseeing in London. The South bank of the River Thames is now a bustling tourist destination, the London Eye is based there, it looks a lot like Manchester's Big Wheel but with a better view! We loved these spotty trunked trees outside the Festival hall. The English South Coast was our next destination. Next month! The dining room in the Philharmonic pub, a long way from Dee Why RSL Just opposite The Cavern, Anna poses with the statue of John Lennon Every city has to have its Big Wheel, this is Manchester's