Thursday, December 03, 2009

Some Serious Stuff

I do believe that this debate is probably the most important of our time... I will leave you to make your own mind up but be part of it I believe we must.

This is the first of 5 parts. You can find parts 2-5 using the link above or by clicking HERE:

Friday, November 27, 2009

Yearbook 2010 Launched!


Katie Woodland of the Development Office and a current final year student heads up the team this year from launch to publication of the Graduate Yearbook.

Check out the Facebook Group to find out more and keep up to date on how things are progressing.

2010 promises to be the best Yearbook EVER!

If you want to take a look at previous years you can find more HERE

Monday, November 23, 2009

Benjamin Zander on music and passion

Reminds me of my old music teacher from secondary school up in Kendal, Harry Hayton. Mind you I lasted until I was 16/17 years old, thanks to him and his passion. I kept the passion but lost the practice. I find this post really engageing. Hope you like it:

What did you think?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Indie band attracting interest from record labels

"An up-and-coming indie pop band from Warrington has attracted interest from two major record labels."

This was in a recent news headliner that we thought we would share with you all... Amy studied at the Cornerstone. Far as we know she graduated in 2007 (Amy, help?). She's gone on to great things... read on to find out how...

Selfish Lovers, a four-piece, will meet representatives from BRM Music and Animal Music, in London, this Saturday. The band has been together for about eight months and lead singer and song writer, Amy Bielizna, aged 23, said: "We've had a really good response so far and we're excited about what the future holds for us." The Beautiful South's Paul Heaton has been mentoring the band, which is also made up of Martin Paul Raynor, aged 35, on drums, Phil Bond, aged 28, on lead guitar, and Stephen Packam, aged 30, on rhythm guitar. Amy, a former Woolston Community High School pupil who went on to study classical music at Hope University, Liverpool, said her musical icon was Debbie Harry, known as Blondie.

A Selfish Lovers album is now in the pipeline, which will feature strong synth sounds with a light-hearted pop twist. Amy added: "Our image might be based around Blondie but the sound is all ours. It's music that's easy going and energetic." The band has already performed in Manchester venues such as The Roadhouse and Night & Day cafe but cites Warrington's The Blue Bell pub as its favourite haunt because of the friendly atmosphere and good acoustics.

The band's songs, with titles such as Summer Song, Good Time Girl and Dancer, draw on everyday situations that people can relate to. Selfish Lovers rehearse at the Original Wire pub, on Orford Lane, three times a week and said they have constantly developed and tweaked their songs to keep them fresh.Amy said: "We just want to get our foot in the door of the music industry, doing what we love"

To see pics of the band CLICK HERE

To check out the sound CLICK HERE

(Based on an article taken from the:, Date: Tuesday 10, November 2009)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Something Special (Thanks Daniel)

Filched this from my son Daniel's Facebook. Call me soft but I found this extremely moving. Thank you Dan and hope you don't mind me pinching this.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Liverpool Shakespeare Festival

Liverpool Shakespeare Festival 2009 presents:
William Sheakespeare's

St. George's Hall, Liverpool.


Tom Stoppard's
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Novas CUC, Liverpool.

The Festival runs from 11th August to 13th September.

Tickets available from The Bluecoat, via the website and also via our blog at

Best wishes and thanks, the festival team, Lodestar Theatre Company Ltd.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Is it really that time Already?

Today, yes today 4th June, 2009 is the anniversary of the 2008 Big Hope World Youth Congress held here at Hope Park. I do not think there was a single delegate at the Congress who did not go away a somewhat different person, and in some cases a very different person!

As Bill Chambers, the main driving force behind the Big Hope, said in an email earlier today:

"I have just got up to a new day and my immediate thought has been today is the first anniversary of the Big Hope, an event which for me was one of the most significant personal and professional experiences of my life. Please keep on with all we discusssed and acted upon during that wonderful week in 2008. "

Ken Pye, another key player in bringing the event to fruition adds:

"(Today) will remind me of what a wonderful experience it was for me, to work with you all - even though it was for just a short while. But what particularly delighted me was the knowledge that, as long as there are people like you in the world, there is much more than hope; there is certainty."

There is no doubt Big Hope was a magnificent achievement. No one involved in planning the event could have imagined just how special it would be and indeed become. I am still today in contact with many people from the event, although I must admit that more than a little of that sand has already slipped away, forced out by the day to day demands that life subjects us to.

In 9 years from today the 'alumni' of the Big Hope will hopefully reconvene here at Hope Park for their Reunion... What changes may we be witness to then I wonder. . ?