Liverpool Sea Odyssey – little girl giant

After the uncle giant fell asleep we headed down to Pier head to see his niece and her dog sleeping. We weren’t quiet so look with getting a clear view but once she woke up and started moving it got a lot better. Again it was an incredible piece of street theatre to watch. The atmosphere in the crowd was fantastic. Everyone loved her and Xolo her dog who was running around and entertaining the crowd.

Sweet Shot Day


Liverpool Sea Odyssey – uncle giant

On friday I heard about an event taking place in Liverpool over the weekend to commemorate the titanic disaster. A 50ft giant uncle, dressed in a diver’s suit, was searching the streets of Liverpool for his young niece, to deliver her a letter from her father who died on the Titanic. The little girl giant was also walking the streets with her giant dog Xolo in search of her uncle. They would finally meet up on the docks on saturday evening and sail away down the river Mersey on Sunday. We were in two minds about going. On the one hand it would be a fantastic piece of street theatre but on the other we live approximately 1.5-2hrs away from Liverpool and we imagined the roads and trains would be horribly busy. In the end we woke up early on Saturday morning and decided to risk it. The trains were as busy as expected but it was totally worth it. We joined the crowds outside St George’s hall around an hour before the uncle was supposed to take his afternoon siesta.


About 30 minutes or so after we got there, police bikes came round the corner and then we noticed music getting closer. Suddenly this incredible 50ft puppet came round the corner. He eventually sat down right in front of us. The puppeteers assailed down and removed his helmet. The skill and co-ordination involved was incredible. There were directions being shouted at them but because they were in French it some how added to the sence of theatre.

Once his helmet was removed he promptly fell a sleep. Complete with snoring and sounds of the sea playing.

I’ll be back with part 2, the little girl and her dog, tomorrow.

Day 275

9th June 2011

We made the long drive from the Maremma back to northern Tuscany, to Lucca where we would spend our last two nights in Italy. After checking in to our B&B which was just outside the walls of Lucca, we spent a few hours exploring the Lucca, having a few drinks and a nice meal before heading back to our B&B to get a good nights sleep before our last full day in Tuscany. It rained on and off that afternoon but I like the dramatic look it gives some of these photos.

This mirror was outside on the wall in one of the famous “squares” in Lucca. It’s not actually square at all but oval shaped and was previously a roman amphitheatre. I have lots more photos of this piazza to show you taken on the 10th June as well as many more areas of Lucca.

Day 210

5th April 2011

This is a charcoal sketch by my fiance that inspired this photo taken in february.

Day 198

24th March 2011

One of my fiance’s prints.

Day 197

23rd March 2011

An after work photo that I actually love, doesn’t happen often.

1000 cranes for Japan (day 193)

19th March 2011

This morning I read a blog post on Mortal muses about a flickr group set up to collect images of 1000 cranes for Japan. The group, 1000 cranes for Japan, was set up by Damiec on the 15th and already there are nearly 500 photos of origami cranes. So this afternoon I set about creating origami cranes. Here’s a tutorial that might be useful if you want to join in too.

Here’s what she said about the idea –

The crane is a mystical, holy creature in Japan – it represents luck, good fortune, and long-life. The act of folding cranes, specifically, 1000 cranes, is said to make the folder’s wish come true.

Strings of one thousand paper cranes are often sent to places where tragedy has struck as a symbol of hope & healing. Sometimes groups will fold 1000 cranes for an ailing friend in hopes of speeding their recovery.

Whether you believe in the power of the crane, or simply in the gentle act of beauty and kindness, there is something uplifting about this tradition.

I don’t really know where I am going with this, but my shoebox of origami paper is out and I am folding cranes. If any of you feel inspired to do the same, I am including a link for an origami tutorial.

I think it would be a beautiful show of support and love for Japan if flickr was flooded with paper cranes. Is it too much to hope for a virtual chain of 1000 cranes?