Hello again

So then. A new site. Hello. Come in. Have a browse. Don’t mind the cat. All the old Vanilla Days content is here. Everything from the start back in 2004. The content from my personal blog is here. It’s all the toys under one roof, […]


Celebrity Infinity in Liverpool with fireworks

The cruise ship Celebrity Infinity docked at the cruise terminal over the weekend so people could visit the Open in Hoylake. Storms were predicted and I secretly hoped for lightning during the firework display. A crazy idea in all honesty as it would have made […]

Dragon Harald Fairhair in Liverpool

Viking ship Dragon Harald Fairhair in Wirral

The largest Viking longship built in modern times arrived in Wirral yesterday. I’ve had a connection to Vikings ever since I was a kid. I grew up in Thingwall. As I’m sure you know *ahem* Thingwall comes from the phrase for Viking meeting place, þing […]



This is *the* new place in the Baltic Triangle. It’s called Constellations and its got to be Liverpool’s first kert. If you don’t know a kert is a type of bar in Budapest. They’re also called ruinpubs as they’re based in run down sites between […]

Light Night Liverpool 2014

Liverpool Light Night was incredible

Liverpool Light Night returns! Once again the team puts on an epic show of music, art, culture, dance, and well everything we’re good at. It’s all packed into one night that can’t be contained. Dance spills out onto the streets. Music bounces from cathedral to cathedral. […]


Craig Charles at the Liverpool Waterfront

I loved the Craig Charles gig at the waterfront on Friday. Funk n soul isn’t my normal tipple of choice. By that I mean I’m happy to listen to it but I probably wouldn’t browse the artists on Spotify. That said I can’t deny the […]


Liverpool Biennial Dazzle Ship

The first piece of public artwork for the 2014 Liverpool Biennial is now complete and open for viewing. The artwork was designed by Carlos Cruz-Diez and painted by a team from Cammell Laird. The boat is an old Liverpool pilot ship called the Edmund Gardner, […]


Queen Victoria in Liverpool

I spent the weekend photographing the Cunard liner Queen Victoria in Liverpool for the Cruise Terminal. The team put on a show like nothing I’ve seen. They had opera singer Danielle Louise Thomas serenade the ship as she left. A man flew around on a […]

Farm Feast Fest Wirral

Farm Feast Fest at Claremont Farm

The Wirral food and drink festival has been re-branded as Farm Feast Fest. The 2 day event came complete with sheep, cheesecake, New Order’s greatest hits and of course torrential bank holiday rain. Apparently my jacket wasn’t as waterproof as I had been led to […]


Vauxhall Bus Station in London

I had no idea such a place existed. This is one cool looking bus station. Designed by architects Arup Associates and opened in 2004 it seems that London wants to knock it down. A shame. Its very funky. It reminds me of something from science […]


World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

It was World Tai Chi & Qigong Day on Saturday. In Festival Gardens, just outside the city centre, lots of people gathered to practice Tai Chi in beautiful surroundings by the rivers edge. My fiancé does Tai Chi. She’s really good. It’s a great thing […]

Hillsborough remembered in Liverpool

Hillsborough remembered 25 years on in Liverpool

Featured above is Tiger Smith. A young LFC fan who was determined to visit Anfield on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. I have visited Anfield a few times over the years to pay my respects and to document the event. This year I […]

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Liverpool skyline last week

This is my doorstep. I never get bored of looking “over the water”. Bit of a Family Guy joke there ;) Here’s to a great week ahead.



Tourism The other day there was an article on SevenStreets that reminded me of what can happen when a place forgets its heritage, when they forget what made it great. The article discussed how Liverpool built up its culture and heritage and then sold it. […]


Flickr turns 10

lomokev pointed out something that seems to have gone completely unnoticed. At least I didn’t see any tweets or posts in my RSS feeds. Flickr is 10 years old. Happy birthday Flickr. I joined the site back in January 2005. I’ve been there 9 years. […]

Liverpool Everyman re-opens

The Everyman Theatre Liverpool reopening

After an incredible farewell party back in 2011 the original Everyman Theatre closed and was knocked down. Plans were in place for a rebirth. A pheonix from the ashes would rise in its place. I’m going to do a separate post on the new Everyman […]