Left luggage in Liverpool

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I took these shots in Hope Street recently. Positioned outside Liverpool College of Art, A Case History is a sculpture that consists of stacks of concrete suitcases and bags as if they’ve been abandoned at an airport or train station. Designed by the John King, it was installed in 1998. There are 27 suitcases and a couple of guitar cases which are labelled with the names of influential Liverpudlian writers, composers, musicians, architects, photographers and political activists such as Lennon and McCartney, feminist pioneer Josephine Butler and Merseyside poets Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten.

 

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Not a good look

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My eyes are really bad. I wear contact lenses as you can see in the pic above. I’ve worn them since I was about sixteen so I’m used to them now but most people are horrified at the thought of putting little, round pieces of plastic into your eyes. I have hard, gas permeable lenses. I tried to swap to soft ones last year but couldn’t get used to them; I hated how they fold over on your fingers and sometimes fold over while they’re actually in your eye. And I found that, once they were in, I really struggled to get them out! Hard lenses are less delicate which suits me.

I wear lenses because they’re more convenient for playing badminton and running. Specs tend to fly off your face, I found. Plus there’s also the vanity factor, if I’m honest. Most glasses are pretty stylish and it’s quite trendy to wear them now. I noticed the other day that Primark even stock specs with plain glass in them; to be worn as a fashion accessory!  They’re not so much fun when you’re wearing them from necessity. I have really bad astigmtism which makes my vision so blurred that I can’t even walk across a room without glasses or lenses. The lenses in my specs are so thick (even with the special slimmed down type) that they distort the way my eyes appear. The overall affect is to make me resemble a cross between a pervert and a village idiot. Not a good look.

 

Latest star from original film to sign up for new Star Wars.

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R2D2 signs up. The RADA trained robotic actor’s contract with Paramount as charity collector in Widnes town centre (where I photographed him) ends in July and he has already expressed an interest in returning to the big screen. For many years it has irked R2 (real name Richard De Saville) that interviewers only ever ask him about his roles in the iconic Star Wars films and little attention is ever paid to the wide range of roles he has played throughout his career. These include King Lear, Hamlet and Richard III with the Royal Shakespeare Company and grizzled medical genius House in the long running TV drama of the same name (replacing an ailing Hugh Laurie after Season 2).

When did big wheels get terrifying?

I’m sure I didn’t used to be scared of big wheels. In fact I went on the Manchester one a couple of years ago and felt fine! But I recently went on the Liverpool version and found myself verging on a panic attack! Is this an age thing? A similar thing seems to apply when it comes to stuff that causes me to go round and round in circles e.g. playground roundabouts or… Well I can’t think of any others but… just anything that involves spinning. These days I feel violently sick after about 3 seconds of spinning motion whereas I used to be able to stay on a roundabout for hours at a time when I was a kid. Admittedly I was usually tied to the roundabout by stronger, more popular boys so getting off was probably less of an option back then but even so….