The Mens Room
Window Inside The Crack Pub,Liverpool.
The telephone rang and I just knew I shouldn't have answered. It was from a woman called Maria, she was the wife of a very good friend of mine. He had written earlier to me and explained that Maria was passing through Liverpool .
He wondered if I could accommodate her for a night or two. Of course I agreed and was at the coach station for her arrival . This was our first meeting . We kissed and placed her luggage in the car then I drove home .
The next step was to introduce her to our three dogs. This wasn't easy, it entailed getting them out of the house, and going for 'walkies' for ten minutes or so, to get them to accept her.
Back home I decided to leave the dogs in the car, which was in the drive,for a while.
Meanwhile she shot into the house without me! My husband was watching a film on TV, and as he opened the door, a woman marched past him straight to the TV set ,and clicked the station over.
'Must see how Sweden are doing in the World cup match '. That was our first meeting with Maria . She stayed for three days and when she left I was broke !
I remember her telling me " when you are a guest you never spend any money".She certainly didn't. I called a cab and we went into the centre of Liverpool and visited many good and splendid places . I think she had a great time ,she was dancing and singing, so yes ,she did enjoy herself. I didn't need her opinion on how to treat guests but sometimes it's easier to just let things go.
If you ever visit Liverpool make sure,when seeking a toilet,that you visit the Philharmonic pub in Hope street. I'm talking Mens urinals. They are Victorian and very superb. Well worth a visit.
Whenever I have visitors from abroad I try to fit in a visit to the Philharmonic .pub.The toilets (men's) are a good topic of evening chat. Although on the minus side the evenings at the philarmonic. are short as it is pretty impossible to get a late drink there. The barmen are usually Australian students and chuck everyone out at around 10.45 miserable!
Happily most places in Liverpool are more accommodating to all. One nostalgic place is the Grapes in Mathew Street which was popular to patrons of the Cavern ,as alcohol was unavailable in the Cavern ,in those days. It was also a place John Lennon and gang would go to and it is quite easy to hear Johns nasally voice chatting along there when one has had a drop or two.(if only)
Then one can always have a rest or pose for a snap just by the Eleanor Rigby sculpture a minute away before going to the magnificent St. Georges hall down lime street.
Before you all return to your various homes in your various countries there is a super little shop on the dock where they sell all varieties of art work from post cards to oil paintings all beautifully presented by the very friendly shop owner.I think she specialises in the liverpool theme and it is well worth a visit before popping into the Tate modern.