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Power of money; MR BROCKLEBANK.

ON HIS seasonal visit to Birkenhead, Mr Brocklebank was dismayed to note that there was no Christmas tree standing before the splendid old Town Hall. In past years, the tree stood as a glittering sentinel overlooking the majesty of Hamilton Square. What has happened this year? Apparently, Wirral Council's Scrooges and pettifoggers decided the tree was too expensive in these straitened times. Mr Brocklebank thinks that this council, perchance, is allowing mere monetary concerns to rip the very soul from Wirral.

He is also appalled by the proposed closures of libraries, sports centres and the wonderful Pacific Road Theatre. Pshaw! Is this the spirit of Christmas to come on the Peninsula?

ONCE again, Mr Brocklebank abhors the almost complete lack of station clocks in the Merseyrail area. With his own Half-Hunter time-piece on the blink, he is everagitated over catching his chosen iron horse. His gratitude extends, though, to the somewhat loose interpretation of the timetable by Northern Rail, which allows for a certain margin of error.

A COLUMN correspondent alerts Mr Brocklebank to Liverpool's Big Screen (aka Clayton Square's giant telly) currently showing that family favourite "I'm A PC" advert which frequently crashes and then flashes the cheery festive message "Your desktop is being remotely activated", thus bringing domestic frustration and angst into the public domain. Would it not be a jolly wheeze to place in front of the Big Screen a set of frayed avocado-coloured Draylon armchairs, which could be occupied by passing pensioners to create an artistically satisfying scene? If that is not a John Moores Biennial winner, Mr Brocklebank will eat his topper.

IN A Capital of Culture year celebrated by Liverpool's carefree demolition of 7 1/2 key historic buildings - Jamaica House, No 31 Hanover Street, No 6 Sir Thomas Street, Seel Street's Georgian terrace and Josephine Butler House (the half) - plus closure of the Liverpool Scottish Museum in Botanic Road, Mr Brocklebank fair trembles with apprehension about what the officially Culturefree New Year will bring. Let us raise a glass of good cheer and hope that commonsense will prevail and Josephine Butler House will be restored, plus other long-awaited projects such as the Wellington Assembly Rooms, Dale Street's Georgian shops and St Andrew's Scottish Church, Rodney Street, will finally come to fruition.

MEANTIME, Mr Brocklebank thanks his legion of followers across the shires, for sharing their news, views and, occasionally complaints, which make this column what it is - successful or otherwise. Happy New Year, dear readers!

Mere monetary concerns rip the very soul from Wirral
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 30, 2008
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