I of course knew this was all nonsense, I am a Scouser and my pride in this beautiful city and it's people knows no bounds. There were times when it felt it could not get any worse, Heysel, Hiilsborough (now if the campaign by the families for justice is not evidence of a noble commitment to the truth, I give up), Jamie Bulger, Rhys Jones, the list of horrors goes on. But through all these nightmares and neglect the city has thrived. Despite all that has been thrown at us, the city has grown physically, culturally and spiritually, try keeping a good Scouser down? It is impossible.
I started to have a think of what has been achieved since those discussions in the Cabinet Office thirty years ago, and with the help of the lovely people of Twitter this is what we came up with. Please feel free to add your own ideas of what this city has accomplished in the last thirty years in the comments. You don't have to be a scouser to take part, just to have an appreciation of our wonderful city. If you have never been here, what do you dream of seeing? Lets celebrate this fantastic and special please and Geoff and Maggie, UP YOURS!
The Garden Festival
Larks in the Park
Capital of Culture 2008
Liverpool Lantern Parade
Hope Street Feast
La Princess, the giant spider
Revamp of the Walker Art Gallery
Revamp of the World Museum
The new Museum of Liverpool Life
The Maritime Museum
The refurbishment of the whole dock area including the Albert Dock
Clayton Square Shopping Centre
Walton Neurological Centre
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Liverpool Women's Hospital
Alder Hey Hospital
The University of Liverpool, world class research and teaching
Liverpool John Moore's University
The restoration of the Palm House in Sefton Park and the Gladstone Pavillion in Stanley Park
The Unity Theatre
The rebuilding of the Everyman Theatre
Reopening of the Neptune Theatre
Frank Cottrell Boyce
The city is the most filmed city outside of the capital and has the most listed building of any city outside of the capital.
Echo and the Bunnymen
The Boo Radleys
Dead or Alive
Frankie goes to Hollywood
The Lightening Seeds
And a million other bands creating brilliant, good, average and dodgy music.
Never mind, two cathedrals, two premiership football teams even though only one of them is good. A veritable pantheon of actors and writers and other creatives.
And now for my personal favourite past and present:
Bold Street Coffee
Salt House Tapas
The Walking Seeds
The grounds of the Anglican Cathedral
News From Nowhere
Victoria Gallery and Museum
The Double Negative
The Grapes on Roscoe Street
The refurbishment of St Georges Hall
The refurbishment of Lime Street Station
And the beautiful stylish people who let me photograph them.