Thursday, March 17, 2016
There is no denying that it is a city with some great beauty including the "Three Graces" shown in this photo that I found this morning on Flickr.
Now we all know that the three graces, as celebrated in classical literature and art, were the daughters of Jupiter (or Zeus in Greek mythology), and companions to the Muses. Thalia (youth and beauty) is accompanied by Euphrosyne (mirth), and Aglaia (elegance).
In Liverpool they are interpreted as The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building - majestic architecture that greets you as you sail up the Mersey. I still recall the awe that I felt when, as an eleven year old, we returned to Liverpool from our 18 month stay in Canada.
There are many other magnificent buildings in Liverpool but there were some dreadful slums as well. My journeys along Scotland Road and my forages into Everton, Toxteth, Speke, Norris Green and Croxteth for example were a real eye opener.
I well remember being appalled by the so called "garden developments" that were hailed as a masterpiece of social engineering. In particular, Sir Thomas White's where youths would regularly take stolen cars, race them around inside the development and then set fire to them.