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Mark Simms showcases his winning Photo from the People’s Photography Exhibition.

Mark Simms Photography

The shot below of an incredibly cute Asian Short-clawed Otter has been voted 1st place in the nature category of the People’s Photography Exhibition. It was taken at the Martin Mere Wetlands Centre in Lancashire on a bitterly cold and windy day last Christmas. The exhibition was organised by Cetra Studios as part of the 2012 Heswall Arts Festival. 

I think it is fair to say that I am a very happy Otter today…..;0)

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

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Another great Wirral based photographer

Spikey Mouse Photography

I stole Chris away from his writing again on Sunday and took him off in the quest to find autumn. We have come to the conclusion that its late, going to be wishy washy green and gold with only a hint of red. So i am just going to have to keep my eyes open, my camera ready and shoot everything that takes my eye in my quest to find the beautiful colours of autumn.

We went up to Thermopylae Pass  Birkenhead, the house and land was owned by the Vyner family, for some reason they later moved the house to Royden Park, then we went on to Bidston Hill. We had incredible light on Sunday, there was a light or not so light mist in places and as the sun burnt it off it created these amazing shafts of light and if you caught it at the right angle, well…

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Mark Simms shares his latest Blog feature

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Built between 1842 and 1854, St George’s Hall is considered one of the finest examples of Neo-classical architecturein the world… is designated as Grade I listed. Scandalously it was allowed to fall into disuse and disrepair during the 1980’s, but thanks to a multi-million pound refurbishment it was re-opened in April 2007. It is now used for a variety of cultural, community, civic and corporate activities.

Without question it is one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings and stands at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. It is certainly one of my favourites. However it does present the photographer with a bit of a problem…..its size is truly monumental. This coupled with the fact that it is surrounded by a number of other large and impressive buildings, streets, roundabouts and the general hustle and bustle of city life, makes trying to get a clean shot of the whole…

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Paper Aeroplanes..

Paper Aeroplanes is Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn. Their musical partnership began six years ago in small town West Wales and in 2009 they released their debut album “The Day we ran into the Sea”.

The album with its distinctive sound under Sarah’s beautiful vocals was described by the BBC’s Adam Walton as “brilliantly crafted and stoked from a bruised heart’s embers”, and BBC Radio Wales as “the finest radio album to come out of Wales since Rockferry”.

Since its release they have made the Radio 2 playlist and supported acts as varied as Ron Sexsmith, Ed Sheeran, Marina and the Diamonds and Chris Wood, as well as securing a live session with the legendary Bob Harris.


Having been compared to the likes of Gemma Hayes, Turin Brakes and Nerina Pallot, this year they released mini-album “We are Ghosts” to more critical acclaim and reviews such as “With songs this good, Paper Aeroplanes deserve a far wider audience” – BBC Music’s Robin Denselow; “Album of the Month” – Maverick Magazine and being picked for The Guardian’s “F&M playlist”.

Paper Aeroplanes are taking those words that you hear in your head and shooting them across the ether. Come fly with them…

Death at Sea

They’re awash with the depth and danger of maritime nightmares. They’re the place where coruscating noise meets haunting pop melody and brutal lyrical honesty. They’re Sonic Youth, Pavement, The Strokes and Echo And The Bunnymen eating each other on a raft adrift in the Arctic Ocean. They’re Death At Sea, the best band to emerge from a vapid Liverpool scene in decades. And they’ve come to give rock the kiss of life. They’ve got all the characters. Sam Peterson, the art-­?rock guitarist with the tortured past. Ruaidhri Owens, the technical home-­ studio whizz kid, capable of making an entire album on knackered equipment held together with old school ties. Carl Davies, the hyperactive drummer spooling endless tales of shark documentaries and Merseyside scene gossip. Neale Davies, Carl’s bassist brother; the silent, swarthy enigmatic one. And Ralph Kinsella, the taciturn art-­?school poet on a mission to admonish his sailings and discover his true nature through his lyrics. “It comes from a constant state of melancholy,” Ralph admits. “Sometimes it’s about me being an asshole and writing about it, admit and cope with that.”

Another great post from Mark Simms

Mark Simms Photography

The War Memorial, which stands at the heart of Port Sunlight village, was commissioned by William Lever(later Lord Leverhulme) to commemorate those of his Sunlight Soap Factory employees who gave their lives during the Great War. It was designed and sculpted by Sir William Goscombe John and took five years to complete from 1916 to 1921.

These shots were actually taken in the Summer of 2011 – and they are just a few of a number of “old” shots that I have been meaning to share on my blog for some time. As I recall, when I took these, I was actually at a joint 60th birthday/40th wedding anniversary bash at a local hotel in Port Sunlight, but I managed to sneak out for half an hour with the camera. I’m glad I did because the late evening light was beautiful, bathing the memorial in a warm summer glow…

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Skinny Lister..

Skinny Lister is a five piece folk act based in London, UK. Started in 2009, the band have just signed to Sunday Best Recordings and will release debut AA side single ‘Plough & Orion’ / ‘If The Gaff Don’t Let Us Down’ on 9th April 2012 with a debut album ‘Forge & Flagon’ due in June 2012. The last two years have seen the band release a handful of self released singles and two EP’s: ‘Grand Union EP’which was recorded on a canal boat as they toured down the GrandUnionCanal network and the ‘Homemade Tour EP’recorded at friends and family residences as the band toured their hometowns. Skinny Lister won the title of ‘Hardest Working Band in Britain’ after being named band who had most festival appearances in 2011 by PRS.


Tom George… plays Mello Mello

Tom George is an artist it’s impossible to pigeonhole, as he spreads his talents across music, poetry, journalism and film.

After starting out as a drummer and guitarist in various bands, he has performed extensively as a solo singer-songwriter in the UK, Europe and Africa and released two CDs.

Tom is also well-known on the poetry circuit, having performed around the country and featuring in several poetry anthologies as well as his own collections.

At live gigs, Tom often combines music with poetry, and has continued this approach in one-man shows at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre, and performances at Glastonbury Festival and on Channel 4 television.

Tom regularly writes about music and culture for Bido Lito, The Stool Pigeon, and his own magazine, Slacker Sounds.

Tom is next playing at The Free Rock’n’Roll all-dayer at Mello Mello on 27th Oct. Onstage upstairs at 4pm. Hope to see you there.

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