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    The Masonic definately has a better paint job.
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    I said the Masonic had a better paint job.

    I would of said Negresgo otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iain View Post
    Hardly went to the Lark Lane pubs actually cos at the time my mates were living up by Smithdown Rd so I always went up to there instead. T'was a great place to live, except trying to get across the racetrack into Sefton Park each day

    You have brought back a few memories. I used to live in Thorneycroft Road off Smithdown. At the end of my street was a pub (we called it the 'Little House') I used to play the 12 string guitar in there and sing, or try to.
    Also in the Willow bank, The Woodcroft and the Royal.
    The whole of Smithdown road had a superb atmosphere > From the Newstead at the top, to the Vines was a magic trip.

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    I still get to the Willow Bank every now and then, and Kelly's Dispensary. Tis a shame so many places going towards town have closed down, not just the pubs but all the shops too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    I said the Masonic had a better paint job.

    I would of said Negresgo otherwise.


    Whew!

    Actually, Max, you said "has", but you've edited it now!

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    Nah, I've kept It as has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iain View Post
    I still get to the Willow Bank every now and then, and Kelly's Dispensary. Tis a shame so many places going towards town have closed down, not just the pubs but all the shops too
    We were commenting on this the other day - on how many pubs are closing down. You see loads of them on your travels - boarded up and some completely derelict.
    Some pubs which you thought you'd never see disappear have closed.

    Wondering why this is happening ?? Is it because not as many are using pubs? I know lots of people are drinking at home now. Could the smoking ban be aggravating the demise? Not bring up the smoking debate again - but I do know of people who are staying at home because of it.

    The other reason people are not using local pubs so much is that some main roads have become virtual no-go areas because asbo gangs have commandered the areas and are hanging around in packs. This does make some people think twice about taking a stroll across to their local.

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    Probably is to do with that, I've seen more dodgy goings-on at the far end of Smithdown Rd where everywhere's shutting down than the other end.

    I suppose it gets itself into a vicious circle too. One or two places close down for whatever reason, the empty buildings get tatty and there's less people in the area so the neighbouring pubs/shops suffer, then they go, etc.
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    Does the Mexican bar he bought actually have any Mexicans In It?
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    Did I hear Mexico?
    I've lived in Mexico for 35 years, wife's Mexican and all my kids were born here.
    Tomorrow is Independence Day and after dark the local town centre will be full of thousands of happy people in big Mexican sombreros, blowing horns & hooters, waving flags, dancing, drinking tequila and eating tacos, throwing confetti filled eggs, and real eggs, and bags of flour (especially at people they don't know), and using those ****ed foam aerosols.
    The following morning the town will be like a ghost town--everyone tired, and hungover.

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    Sounds like my kind of place > Gets the next plane out

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    Default Lark Lane Farmers' Market

    don't forget, it's the monthly farmers' market this coming Saturday- 22nd Sept in Lark Lane.

    http://www.larklane.com/farmersmarket/

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    It's alway a good one at Lark Lane, as is the Woolton one which is every 2nd Sat. of the month.

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    Couple settle Amorous Cat bookshop into its third home

    Oct 9 2007 by Vicky Anderson, Liverpool Daily Post


    Amorous Cat Bookshop, Lark Lane......

    Lark Lane’s reputation as a bohemian corner of Liverpool has been firmed up with the return of an old favourite. Vicky Anderson has been to find out what it is.

    WHILE chain stores offer endless floors of bestsellers, celebrity signings and three-for-twos, it is the image of the cosy second-hand book shop that really captures the affections of those looking for the perfect read.

    It’s a dying trade, that much is true – the number of second-hand bookshops in the city can be counted on one hand – but one South Liverpool couple have managed to buck the trend and have re-launched their business.

    The Amorous Cat on Lark Lane has re-opened after six years of existing as an on-line resource only.

    Proprietors Jan and Ron Sear have moved up and down the lane over the years, but it is only now in retirement that the couple have had the time to set up shop once more.

    They say the move has only been possible as they have bought the premises outright, believing it would be impossible for a small business to survive otherwise.

    Mrs Sear said: “Because we are older, we are in the position where we can afford to take the risk.

    “Our main aim is to sell good literature, encourage children to read, and serve the local community. This place has a lot of potential and we’re just going to see how it goes.”

    The couple first opened Lark Lane Books in 1980 before Mr Sear returned to his career in engineering.

    It later became The Amorous Cat, for which number 47 is its third home on the same street.

    Following Mr Sear’s retirement from full-time work as a lecturer in electronics and computing at Skelmersdale College, they decided to open up once more.

    Mrs Sear still works as an English Literature lecturer for the Open University.

    The shop’s unusual name holds no great significance to the couple, who say they just pondered words that might have an impact in business.

    Stocking more than 12,000 books over two floors, the Sears don’t regret opening again in a time of uncertainty for many other shops of this kind.

    “It’s a very bizarre business to say the least,” Mr Sear said with affection.

    “It is almost like recycling books.

    “People will come in asking for something from their childhood, and that’s what people like buying, nostalgia. That’s something we have that the chains don’t.”

    Mrs Sear added: “Part of the beauty of second-hand bookshops is finding the hidden treasures, rather than being told what to read.”

    They hope The Amorous Cat will soon host reading and poetry groups as well as a possible late-night opening to appeal to more passers-by.
    It is now open from 10.30am to 5.30pm from Wednesday to Saturday and on Sunday afternoons.
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    Looks like a cozy place to browze.. thanks..for the share....
    My friend who owns a second- hand bookstore in Oregon, USA.. will love to see this one... We will visit it soon I hope... .. Lark lane was a great street to wander about.. ta

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    Is the French restaurant still there?
    The guy from Chicago opened up Marantos over 20 years ago. He saw the potential (outsiders always do) of the area and did well.

    http://www.larklane.com

    George Melly was born and brought up in Lark Lane. He was the UKs leading Jazz performer for many. many years. Died recently.
    http://www.georgemelly.com/

    It is criminal what they did to the Masonic pub - it looks a disgrace!!! I used to go there quite a lot......and the Albert. My mates girlfriend (Lollipop Face) used to be the barmaid in the Albert.
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    Haile Selassie the Emperor of Ethiopia, lived in exile on Waverley road off Lark Lane during WW2. He would walk around Lark Lane with body guards behind.

    Haile Selassie was viewed as the black messiah who will lead the peoples of Africa to freedom.
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    Waterways.
    Do you mean L'Alouette? (French for 'Lark').
    It's gone - changed hands, and name.
    Even the enamelled blue street sign has gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Waterways.
    Do you mean L'Alouette? (French for 'Lark').
    It's gone - changed hands, and name.
    Even the enamelled blue street sign has gone.
    Yes. It was very good and I believe owned by French people. When did it change hands? What is there now? I haven't been to Lark Lane for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Haile Selassie the Emperor of Ethiopia, lived in exile on Waverley road off Lark Lane during WW2. He would walk around Lark Lane with body guards behind.

    Haile Selassie was viewed as the black messiah who will lead the peoples of Africa to freedom.
    oh, that's interesting. What decade would that be ? How long was here in here in L'pool ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    oh, that's interesting. What decade would that be ? How long was here in here in L'pool ?
    Decade? Linylou! WW2 was the 1940s!!! My Ma knew that as the Germans bombed the chippy at the bottom of the street. It caused such distress. They had to walk 200 yards to the next.

    The Italians invaded Ethiopia in 1936 so he was probably in the UK after that until liberation by the British around 1941. Ethiopia is a Christian country - not that it makes any difference of course.
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    oops ! sorry - I didn't read your post properly

    I see you did mentioned WW2.

    - tut ! I made a lot of mistakes on the forum today 'cos I was rushing thru' the posts and not concentrating

    I have read a bit about Haile Selassie and how he is revered by Rastafarians. I knew he was in exile at one point and had to leave Ethiopia - but I'd forgotten how long he was in exile for.
    I read up a lot about Rastafarianism when I was heavily into the reggae scene it was a long time ago though and my memory is terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Yes. It was very good and I believe owned by French people. When did it change hands? What is there now? I haven't been to Lark Lane for a while.
    The owner has two sons one of whom ran the restaurant. When the owner died the other son kicked his brother out and set up/sold to a new restaurant

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    Quote Originally Posted by naked lilac View Post
    Looks like a cozy place to browze.. thanks..for the share....
    My friend who owns a second- hand bookstore in Oregon, USA.. will love to see this one... We will visit it soon I hope... .. Lark lane was a great street to wander about.. ta
    I am certain that you will have meet-ups with people from this site. You and your friend will be made welcome when you come here again. You are right about Lark Lane, it's a great area with nice pubs and restaurants.
    About once a month, they close it to have a 'farmer's market' ~ Wow ! All kinds of interesting foods are sold there. (even for vegetarians. )

    Do you remember the library at the bottom of Lark Lane ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    I am certain that you will have meet-ups with people from this site. You and your friend will be made welcome when you come here again. You are right about Lark Lane, it's a great area with nice pubs and restaurants.
    About once a month, they close it to have a 'farmer's market' ~ Wow ! All kinds of interesting foods are sold there. (even for vegetarians. )

    Do you remember the library at the bottom of Lark Lane ?
    There was a library where Lark Lane meets Aigburth Rd, on Aigburth Rd.
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    Was?
    The library's been there since 1911.
    It was closed for months while it was being refurbished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naked lilac View Post
    Looks like a cozy place to browze.. thanks..for the share....
    My friend who owns a second- hand bookstore in Oregon, USA.. will love to see this one... We will visit it soon I hope... .. Lark lane was a great street to wander about.. ta
    Ross-on-Wye is the place for second hand books. The whole town is a second hand book shop with book fairs, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Was?
    The library's been there since 1911.
    It was closed for months while it was being refurbished.
    It was nice inside, and a Tudor style building. I spent many, many hours in that place.

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    Maria C and myself went there for the 'Fag Ends' meetings (the Roy Castle set up).
    It is a lovely library and if you phone in advance, you can get more than 1 hour's free PC use.

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