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LORDY Loydy: Just what is the real reason for the shock resignation of Loyd Grossman, Britain's best-loved pasta entrepreneur, from his post as National Museums Liverpool chairman, in what should be the city's finest year and with the huge new Museum of Liverpool imminent?

He quickly refuted rumours of a fall-out with NML's director Dr David Fleming. But with rumblings from Unesco over our World Heritage Site, is Mr Grossman, a man of exquisite taste and aesthetic judgment, unwilling to suffer international derision as the full carbuncular impact on the Pier Head of the new Museum of Liverpool and the trio of black pyramid flats ("the three grotesques") becomes apparent?

CURIOUSLY, whenever a new hotel - like that temple of fine sculpture, the Hard Day's Night, for example - opens in Liverpool, the council responds with the only kind of welcome it knows: by digging up the road in front. Surely the next new Liverpool hotel should simply be called Help!

WITH Maghull Developments under heavy fire over its radical attention to the historic 1867 Josephine Butler House, a former laying-in hospital and seminal cancer treatment centre in Myrtle Street, even Liverpool Council's heritage head honcho Cllr Berni Turner wondered why Maghull claims it is restoring the facade of a building which it wants demolished (Daily Post, Mar 4). She lamented: "Don't treat us like we are dim."

Mr Brocklebank saw piles of rubble from the building's gables. Could this be a painstaking restoration of the building? Or rapid mutilation to ensure the heritage lobby and Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman's demands for English Heritage spot-listing are pointless?

Something similar apparently happened to No 6 Sir Thomas Street, witnessed by council leader Warren Bradley from his office. What a shame that English Heritage hasn't the rapid responses of the average Liverpool developer.

FANCY that. Mr Brocklebank hears that Chris Ridland, planning officer dealing with Josephine Butler House, Myrtle Street, is currently in Florence. Our World Heritage Site officer John Hinchliffe enjoyed a mission to India. Planning chief Nigel Lee recently returned from a Caribbean yachting holiday. If travel broadens the mind, one hopes they become more passionate about Liverpool's heritage and fight harder to stop developers dumbing it down into more clone-town Britain.

Meantime, English Heritage staff remain at home - in Manchester.

CORDON Wha'? To the new Bluecoat arts centre restaurant preview on Friday. Asked what the soup of the day was, the young waitress replied: "French and Onion". Did she mean French and Saunders? Or those other famous vaudevillians Crosse and Blackwell?

Surely the next new hotel should be called Help!
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2008
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