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Relics of a lost cit t ty architectural landmark; William Leece looks at the latest Daily Post Flickr pictures.

Byline: William Leece

THEY have only been back in Liverpool for a matter of weeks, but the gates to the long-demolished Sailors Home are already proving a magnet for photographers.

The distinctive red-brick Sailors Home stood roughly where John Lewis is now, and its demolition in 1974is regarded as one of the major losses to Liverpool architecture of post-war years.

Its cast-iron gates, however, had been taken away for restoration in 1951 and never returned until August this year, and they now stand in the Liverpool One precinct close to their original site.

Alfplant 2009 has gone for a shot against the light emphasising the delicacy of the design, and there are many more on the Daily Post Flickr website in both his photostream and those of others.

Today is, of course, All Saints' Day, which means that last night was Hallowe'en.

All manner of mysterious goings-on have been happening over the past week, as the pagan festival of Samhain has been repackaged by the USA and then reimported back from across the Atlantic. It's not been to everyone's taste, and Anthony Beyga's portrait of a pumpkin with tummyache will strike a chord with many people.

*It's a satirical statement with plenty of mischief, and should have even the most disillusioned of householders granting that he's got a point. city DMC1947's picture of a Leyland Atlantean, at Speke Hall, is included for simple nostalgia's sake. Time was when all Liverpool buses were green, there was one body in charge of them all and routes were simple.

Who, though, remembers the days of the Bus Economy Ticket whose yellow symbol can be seen on the Atlantean's front? A Safe BET was the slogan, not too far removed from the hi-tech Walrus card soon to be launched.

Brian.mason32's study in SEEthousandsmore reflections at the Pier Head seems to involve only two buildings, but look at it carefully and there are, in fact, five, either in the background or visible in the light shining off the new Museum of Liverpool at the left.

the liver New Zealand may be celebrating its win in the Rugby World Cup right now, but followers of Rugby League will be all too aware that New Zealand was world champion in the code, too, not so very long ago.

uk/pictures/ group/ One of the winning team from 2008 was Thomas Leuluai, now playing for Wigan Warriors in the North West, and captured in a moody impromptu portrait at the Hilton Hotel, in Liverpool, by Bluray1878.

Leyland Atlantean, at Speke Hall Picture: DMC1947 Rugby League star Thomas Leuluai Picture: BLURAY1878


Pier Head Reflections A distinctly queasy pumpkin The Liver Bird on the gates of the former Seamen''s Home
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2011
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