Some photos from the Giant Spectacular - “Memories of August 1914” in Liverpool this weekend. It was a massive event with an even more massive crowd and it was.. well, spectacular. 

I didn’t often get close to the action either by my own bad planning or by being there with my children and just not wanting to take them into the crowds. At one point, when I did get close on my own it felt like I’d been kettled inside the mind of a eccentric Frenchman.

But we all loved it and hope Liverpool gets to see another one of these fantastic events

Grandmother giant having a siesta beside the docks.

Amazing and spectacular event. Can’t wait to get there for this evening’s parade.

Some of the brilliant @GiantSpectacle crew having a well-earned breather.

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So who’s going to see the giants in Liverpool this weekend?

Red, white and blue. From last nights bike ride at Moels

It was the annual Brazilica festival last week - finishing on Saturday with the carnival parade through the streets of Liverpool.

I really enjoy this event. Always a great chance to catch up with the photographers I only usually know on Facebook and Flickr. And I love the noise of all the drums.

Its going to be a great few weeks in Liverpool - Brazilica, the Giants and Pride all on consecutive weekends.

The Russian Orthodox Chapel in Rake Lane, Wallasey

Rake Lane Cemetary has always been one of my favourite photo spots. It has lots of dramatic old headstones and a mysterious derelict chapel in the center.

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A few years ago the Russian Orthodox church took over the chapel from the council (who were pretty glad to be rid of it as it was derelict and becoming a liability) and renovated it. It now has surprisingly healthy congregation despite the lack of seating.

There was a dramatic sky tonight so I went to the cemetary to take some photos. As I was leaving I met Father Paul who opened the place up for me to take a look around.

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Father Paul is a convert to the Russian Orthodox Church from the Church of England. He said one of the reasons for his conversion was the Russian Orthodox services which were contemplative and beautiful.

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We went for a walk on Bidston Hill today (no camera - only the phone). I’ve been up there hundreds of times but never seen the windmill open to the public. 

We only had a quick look inside as my daughter was too little to go up the steps. The volunteers from the Friends of Bidston Hill also pointed us towards the lighthouse which was also open today.

I had no idea there was a lighthouse on Bidston Hill. It was used in conjunction with the Leasowe Lighthouse you can just about see in the last pic for ships coming in from the Irish Sea to line up on.

Back in the day (1770 -) the lighthouse keepers would watch for ships coming in then use a series of flagpoles on top of Bidston Hill to signal to the dock managers in Liverpool what ships were coming in so they could prepare the docks and hire crews.

Some interesting stuff..

  • It is the furthest lighthouse from the sea in the UK (possibly anywhere) at 2 miles.
  • The windows are marked with bullet holes that have appeared since 2000 (from high powered rifles judging by the angles of impact)
  • There is a spot marked on the floor in the lighthouse chamber where, if you stand and speak, your voice is reflected back in phase and sounds incredibly loud.


Go next time its open! The windmill is open on the first Saturday of the month through the summer. In winter the bats have priority.

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