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    Scousers

    by deeper_blue Updated Apr 4, 2011

    You can't help but notice the Scouse accent when you are in Liverpool. It's a thick accent deriving from Irish and Welsh apparantly. Phrases like "ee's well sownd" and "upp th' toffeys" are unique to the area.

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    Hen parties

    by yooperprof Written Aug 29, 2009
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    Based on my observation of a June Saturday night in the central district, Liverpool appears to the destination of choice for hen parties in Northern England!

    There were some stag parties as well, but it really seemed as if the Hen Parties ruled. Brides and their friends like to go all out for these pre-nuptial parties!

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    Merseybeat

    by Evenith666 Written Mar 14, 2009

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    The Cavern Club, the spiritual home of Merseybeat

    The 'Merseybeat' music scene developed in the early 60's. Beat Music is a fusion of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Doo Wop, Skiffle, R ‘n’ B and Soul. Beat Music began to thrive at the end of the 50’s, and it is estimated that at one point there were around 350 bands active in the scene. The scene was recorded in the magazine ‘Mersey Beat’, where the term comes from. Merseybeat stayed local until the breakthrough of The Beatles, Gerry and the Peacemakers, Cilla Black and other artists. In 1964, a British Invasion of acts led by The Beatles swept across the Atlantic and stormed the US charts. By 1966 Merseybeat was considered dead and gave way to the Psychedelic Rock of mid-to-late 1960’s.

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    Participate in the "Shortest Skirt Contest"!

    by King_Golo Written Mar 16, 2008

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    3��C - time to get the mini skirts out!

    The thing that confused and amazed me most in Liverpool is that women when going out wear the shortest skirts you can think of. It must have been like 3°C when we were there, yet close to 100% of English women on their way to or from the pubs wore skirts that barely hid their underwear. Furthermore, they wear probably the highest pumps and the shortest tops. Some of the men seem to participate in this "short clothes contest at close to 0°C" as well - although they at least wear jeans...
    No offense to you English women - but is it really worth doing this? Especially if you're drunk anyway? ;)

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    ON THE CORNER IS A BANKER WITH A MOTORCAR

    by Onedragon Updated Apr 20, 2007

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    THIS IS A GREAT DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THAT STREET REALLY LOOKS LIKE..FOR RIGHT ON THE CORNER IS THE BANK... ...NOW THE "LLOYD'S TSB"...

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    The Dropping of Litter - A LIverpool Custom

    by SapineKuu Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    The writer Bill Bryson commented wryly upon arriving in Liverpool that he thought we were in the middle of a litter dropping festival! It is certainly true that many people seem to think that is o.k to dispose of their rubbish by simply dropping it on the floor. The City Council say they are getting tough on offenders but so far it doesn't seem to have made much difference! Can't recommend it however as you might just be the one to get caught!

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    Gay Festival - Liverpool comes out.

    by drgrcook Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    Part of cover of Liverpool Gay Guide

    A successful Gay Festival, a first for Liverpool, started on the 1st November 2004 and ran for 10 days with numerous cultural activities including art, film, comedy music and poetry, contiuing for the rest of the month.

    Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood is showing his artwork at the Hello Sailor exhibition.

    It is a scene about which I know nothing, but further information is available from the web-site below. A tourism guide is available which includes a map with a list of Gay-friendly bars, clubs, restaurants etc.

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    Scouse

    by drgrcook Updated Nov 12, 2004

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    Look out for this little book

    This is the name given to the regional accent of the people of Liverpool (who are known as Scousers).

    This unique accent owes much to the Irish influence and also the pollution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which led to a nasal twang due to the chronic blockage of the sinuses. (Try pinching your nostrils and speaking through your nose and you are halfway there!).

    It is presumed that the name derives from a dish - lob scouse, made from vegetables and scraps of cheap meat which was eaten by sailors.

    The late Fritz Speigl researched the origin of the word and interestingly found an old German recipe for "Labscouse - A sailors' dish".

    Look out for Fritz's book, my photo is of the first edition and remember that when complaining to the waiter that you have no meat in your stew, the correct phrase is "Eh! Dis is blind scouse"

    Do not expect to find a local who speaks a foreign language. Shamefully language teaching in British schools is poor and its study mostly voluntary. You will rarely find menus or signs in anything other than English.

    Hopefully the City of Culture status will change this.

    Mike Kemble has an interesting personal site about Liverpool. The web address is below.

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    Football football

    by William1982 Written Aug 20, 2004

    Another local custom is to talk about football....non stop!!! You'll find these heated discussions everywhere, usually talking up the hopes and aspirations of the two teams, Everton and Liverpool. You'll also notice the red Liverpool shirts and blue Everton shirts on the city streets. The Everton shirts are rare, you won't see too many of these outside of the city......the peoples club!!!!

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    Football football

    by William1982 Written Aug 20, 2004

    Another local custom is to talk about football....non stop!!! You'll find these heated discussions everywhere, usually talking up the hopes and aspirations of the two teams, Everton and Liverpool. You'll also notice the red Liverpool shirts and blue Everton shirts on the city streets. The Everton shirts are rare, you won't see too many of these outside of the city......the peoples club!!!!

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    Liverpool people

    by William1982 Written Aug 11, 2004

    You'll find Liverpool people very friendly and more than willing to answer questions and give directions, just ask. Most people like a chat and enjoy talking about the city and Liverpool life, especially if you are a tourist. The best places for this are in pubs/ bars and public transport, and in the street, and anywhere really.

    Life here is a lot different than in London, where people avoid looking at each other on public transport and also seem to drink on their own in bars (never seen so many single drinkers). Strange???

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    How did you call me?

    by hamouras Updated Jan 30, 2004

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    Never never never call someone from Liverpool scouser or skally. You don't know what it means? Well, actually, I think it means 'someone from Liverpool', and that's why you shouldn't call them like that.

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    Scouse

    by hamouras Updated Jan 30, 2004

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    You might be wondering what language do they speak in Liverpool. Nop, it's not a variation of German or Dutch. It's not Welsh either. It's English! You may ask then: 'How come i don't understand a word?' Well, i used to live here for 2 years and still i couldn't understand a lot of scousers. It's probable the most difficult accent of English.

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    Old worn buildings

    by vec Written Jan 19, 2004

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    A building in Liverpool

    As I had expected from an industrial town like Liverpool I found some old worn buildings, but on the places in Liverpool that I went to this was actually the worst example, so it's maybe not that bad after all.

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    Eleanor Rigby

    by sandysmith Updated May 14, 2003

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    lonely eleanor rigby

    Really this could go in the off the beaten path section as this poignant art work is often missed yet is just a few steps from the Beatles quarter that is Matthew Street.
    Eleanor Rigby is dedicated to "all the lonely people". Maybe that is why she is in a lonely place!

    Anyway it is customary to leave a few flowers in her hands - unfortunately this day there was none :-(

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