INTERNATIONAL BEATLEWEEK 2017

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August 23-29th

Cavern City Tours is proud to bring you the annual International Beatleweek Festival, which celebrates the music of the most famous pop group the world has ever known, the Beatles. In the city where it all began, Liverpool.

There is so much to do and see that you don’t need to be a Beatle fan to enjoy the festival, though it probably helps! This is truly an international event with 70 bands from over 20 countries and fans from over 40.

Live music is the focus of International Beatleweek. Not only is there live music on the Cavern’s 3 stages all day, every day (with a different band on every hour), but the festival also goes out into the city to various venues so you can get a real feel of Liverpool. This year, Beatleweek will be at the Royal Court, Alma De Cuba, St. George’s Hall and it’s back to the Adelphi Hotel for late night parties and the Annual Beatles convention. The convention on Sunday is the place to be and features guest speakers, a massive Beatles marketplace, videos, quizzes and of course more live music!

Packages include accommodation at a wide choice of city centre hotels and tickets to events. If you don’t need accommodation we offer ‘Just Tickets’ packages. Packages cover a range of days so you can pick the package which suits your travel dates best.

2017 LINEUP:

LARRY KANE • KEN SCOTT • NEIL INNES • JULIA BAIRD • THE ORIGINAL QUARRYMEN • THE BOOTLEG BEATLES • TOM MURRAY • CAVERN CLUB BEATLES • THE OVERTURES

Image by Stuart Homer.
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The Great Gathering Liverpool: Meditation/Discussion/Dance

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If someone offered you the opportunity to save the Earth would you take it up?
If YOU were given a chance to assist humanity make an evolutionary jump… would you be interested?

This day, all over the planet, souls of every race and creed are meditating, praying or just thinking about the following:

MESSAGE FROM CHIEF SITTING BULL.
http://worldgathering.net/gathering.html

THE RAINBOW DREAM VISION OF HOPE
http://worldgathering.net/rainbow.html

Greetings friends, sisters and brothers. It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I’m contacting you regarding this unique opportunity where hundreds of thousands of us are taking part in The Great Gathering Together Circle all on the same day at the same time to help visualise and move forward into a new paradigm and to manifest a more peaceful harmonious way of life. The power and potential of so many people using thought to create our future reality all together is immensely profound.

Join us for a group meditation/discussion/songs/music/ dance in Liverpool on the Thursday the 17th of August at Kapucia wellness centre on Lord Street. We will meet to assist in the world paradigm shift and to manifest The Rainbow Dream Vision of Hope.

Please arrive at 6.30pm
Music/songs/instructions 6.50pm
Meditation start 7pm
Meditation end 7.30pm
Songs/discussion 7.30pm
Music/dance 8pm
Finish 9pm

Venue: https://kapucia.com/about-us/

Food/drinks/juices/snacks available.
Check out the Facebook event here
Please show your support for the future of all life on earth, give gratitude to Gaia and share this post – it will be a magical transformative evening.
Limited capacity so please mark as attending and private message me.

Free entry:
donations are welcomed. All donations will be given to sick people who are struggling to pay for alternative therapy and medicine

Hot Yoga at Your Yoga Studio

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Miss Chief’s review of the 10-day pass for new students at Your Yoga Studio Liverpool on Wood Street.

After a busy and stressful life lately, I decided that it was time for a bit of time out. Hot yoga provides a great meditation environment where I could totally relax, free my mind and focus on myself. This is how it went;

Day One:

Class: Hot Yoga for Beginners with Debbie Radcliffe

Today was my first class, feeling nervous, I went into the studio and found my place, there were no spaces on the back row so I ended up right behind the instructor. This made me extra nervous because now I knew I had to do my best because everybody would be looking right next to me.

When the instructor asked if there was anybody new to the class and I was the only one who put up their hand, I quickly felt myself wanting to walk straight back out again. Before we started I had the face towel on my head removing the sweat from my forehead as it started to sting my eyes. The instructor set us into a relaxing meditation before getting into any movements. The heat then became easier, it didn’t feel as hot as I remembered Hot Yoga in the past.

Today’s class was a slow flow for beginners, we moved at a pace which was easy to follow and pick up with a lot repetition. The main part I struggled with was planking. Although I have been working out at the gym, this definitely doesn’t prepare you for the good Ol’ killer plank.

The instructor had a lovely presence, not to overwhelming and a nice calm voice. I have been searching for a good yoga instructor since my favorite Finnish Ballerina instructor Sanna, who has since become one of my biggest inspirations. Today’s instructor Debbie came around the class and helped get everybody into the correct position, giving pointers on alignment and tips on how to get a better stretch and know you’re feeling the right things.

Overall I was really pleased with this class, it was nice to start with a slow flow, to prepare for the rest of the classes. Now I better make sure that I drink enough water!!

Day Two;

Class: Hot fit flow fly class with Steven Jones

Today my boyfriend came along with me to hot yoga. A few years ago, we came and done a 20-day taster course.

We went into the room to relax and get used to the heat, one by one people entered, but unlike yesterday’s beginners class, after a few more confident looking people came in, we looked at each other and had the same though “maybe this is an advanced class”.  This class was a lot faster paced, quick transitions between poses, a lot of repetition helped us to look like we knew what we were doing a little bit. We surprisingly kept up the pace and didn’t struggle as much as originally thought we would.

I told my boyfriend that it was only girls at the class yesterday which made his face light up, but to his dissatisfaction in today’s class it was mainly male dominated (haha). I feel like I had a great workout, really worked on the core today and feel super refreshed.

Need to keep drinking water.

Day Three;

Class: Absolute Hot Yoga 60m with Steph Henshaw

Today I decided to do Hot Yoga in my lunch break as I had been invited to get my hair done by Aveda in the evening.

The class was advertised at absolute hot yoga 60m but as the instructor Steph was substituting for the usual instructor she changed the class to a flow.

Today’s class was quite small, so we had loads of space, but that also left me feeling a lot more bare, nowhere to hide for cover if I feel like giving up at any point. Steph was actually taught in hot yoga by my old instructor Sanna, you could tell this as she worked you hard!! The flow was a quick pace but then this lead into long plank holds, she would make you hold it for so much longer than you think, my whole body was shaking but I did not want to give up.

The heat is the same but I felt like I could cope with it better, at the point when it feels too hot from doing the downward dog position over and over, the stand-up work came to save me. I did find that in other classes my balance had been fine, but today I found balancing in some positions a little difficult.

Day Four;

Class: Hot Yoga Core Power with Margie Kirk

I was planning to take today off as a rest day and let my body recover, but I think I’m addicted, my skin feels amazing, I have extra energy and  I want to just keep going. I looked at the class schedule and seen that it was a core workout and I thought ok yes, this is the target area I want to build on. I’m so glad I did.

Margie was a fantastic instructor, this class had some flow, but it was mainly slow paced with more focus on getting the moves correct. This is just what I needed. Margie went around the class and helped point out tips on what we should be feeling and how to better the move, also helping fix you into the right alignment. She was very strict however, if she spotted you fidgeting between moves or trying to wipe your face she would point it out straight away. I felt like a naughty kid sometimes, but this then helped me stay completely focused on the practise.

I also found that all this time I hadn’t been getting the best out of my warrior 2 position. I always thought the move was about the front leg, when it is actually about the back one. Once I changed the move and found out how to use the back leg as the stretch and push out through my back little toe, this has changed the pose altogether for me. I wonder how many other positions I am not benefitting from fully at the moment! I see this as a positive though, because learning is fun and always knowing there is always something new to improve on just makes me want to continue finding out more.

Day 5- Rest Day

Day 6 – Rest day

Day 7 – Rest Day

Day 8;

Class: Absolute Hot Yoga with Steven Jones  

Today I missed the beginners class because I was bringing my friend and she didn’t finish work until later, so we made the Absolute Hot Yoga 60m class with Steven Jones

Today the room seemed so much hotter, I don’t know if that’s because of my rest days or it was actually hotter.  Although the class had a different name it was exactly the same as Fit, Flow, Fly, I’m not sure why the classes have different names if it’s exactly the same. That’s fine though, it was a good challenge. Having Heather in the class made me lose concentration at time as a few giggles went on quietly at the back, I did manage to focus in the end though and get through it.

I must drink more on my rest days!!

Day 9;

Class: Fit, Flow, Fly with Steven Jones

Today’s class was the earlier class but was exactly the same as the day before.

My body feels like it can stretch more freely, I think I may have finally learned how to go from downward dog into plank and then cobra correctly now, it’s about trying to keep that bum higher up and coming down from plank right into the elbows.

I have been working hard lately using the mirror to try and correct my alignment. This is where going to Margie Kirks class really helps, she will walk around and correct your posture. Steven is a really good teacher, his voice is very soothing and the movements are fast, but not too fast. He does give some tips and corrects some moves, but the nature of this class being a faster flow, doesn’t give much opportunity it seems.

Day 10 – rest day due to other commitments.

Overall, I feel more focused and relaxed, my body and mind are at one. My skin feels amazing and it has encouraged me to drink plenty of water, which normally I don’t do.

I would love to keep up hot yoga but the classes and passes are a little expensive, I will probably look at doing drop in sessions as and when but it’s not something I could commit to every week just because of the cost.

It has encouraged me to maybe look at focusing on normal (non hot) yoga classes and work on correcting my moves before paying and taking them into a hot class.

5/5 Misschief Rating

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Hope and Glory Festival

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TICKETS: www.HopeAndGloryFestival.co.uk

Exclusive FREE entry to the HOPE & GLORY secret party!

Do you want FREE tickets to HOPE & GLORY’s top-secret, exclusive,pre-festival party with live music and more?

Of course you do, but you’ve got to be quick!

If you’re one of the first people to buy a weekend ticket, you’ll also get exclusive free – yes FREE! – tickets to a special secret gig on the Friday night before the festival (4 August).

A raucous evening of fun in preparation for a wild weekend ahead, there’ll be performances by one of the North West’s most legendary music artists, as well as more secrets to be revealed at the show.

Are we going to tell you who’s playing? Of course not, that would spoil the surprise. This is the HOPE & GLORY SECRET PARTY!!

Buy your weekend tickets now to secure your place at this incredible extra night of HOPE & GLORY fun.

Lana Del Ray – Echo Arena

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Totally Excited for one of my favourite Miss Chiefs (not from Merseyside though)

Lana Del Rey will play two UK arena dates next month.

Following the release of her new record, ‘Lust For Life’, last week and a sold out last minute stop at the O2 Academy Brixton on Monday, she has confirmed a show at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on August 22 and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow the following day.

Ticket presale begins Sat 29/07/17 at 09:00am and tickets will go on general sale at 9am on July 31, here:
http://tidd.ly/36b51e61

Folk On The Dock

16115048_1504234306268484_7186681034857499957_n Folk on the dock returns this summer – showcasing the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

The first artists confirmed to appear on the free Dock Stage include the Brighton-based, multi-award winning band, MOULETTES, former Coral guitarist, Lee Southall – who recently released his debut, solo album, Iron In The Fire – and Anglo/Americana trio, Wildwood Kin, who will be releasing their new album just a few weeks prior to the festival.

Legendary radio presenter and LIPA patron, Janice Long will be returning to host the Dock Stage. Each day she will be introducing one new act of her own choice in a newly launched feature of ‘Janice Long Presents…’.

Folk on the Dock also incorporates The Liverpool Sea Shanty Festival, which continues to attract an impressive line-up of international performers. These include Belgium duo, 2sheets2thewind, all female Dutch choir, Viswjvenkoor, and, after celebrating 80 years since its original formation, Norwegian choir, Risor Shanty will also be performing. Seeing a welcome return to Folk on the Dock is local duo, Trim Rig and a Doxy, who will lead the Shanty Festival.

Interested artists and merchants can email programming@fitthebill.com, while volunteers should contact volunteers@fitthebill.com.

Join us on Twitter – @theAlbertDock #FolkDock17

To find out more info click here

Sylvia Hall

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Sylvia Hall has been the custodian at Sir Paul McCartney’s former home in Liverpool for five years. Welcoming visitors from all over the world, Sylvia gives presentations about Paul’s musical journey from schoolboy to Beatle, tells McCartney family stories as relayed by Paul and Mike and gives background and social history. Visitor comments on Trip Advisor affirm that Sylvia ‘brings the house to life’.

Born in a Derbyshire mining village Sylvia went to Grammar school, became a ‘cub reporter’ for ‘The Derbyshire Times’ at the age of seventeen, worked for radio Derby and then gave up journalism to attend Nottingham University.

‘I so valued going to University because I went as a mature student and overcame a few barriers to get there. I had two children at the time and a first husband who opposed my doing a degree course. Earlier on my father had opposed me going into the sixth form at school. My GCE results weren’t great, I’d been too busy following bands and going to ‘all-nighters’ so my Dad took me to the Viyella factory to get me a job doing ‘piece work’.  I negotiated hard with my parents and they agreed I could do a secretarial course. I was a lousy secretary but the shorthand and typing paid off because later I got a job at the local newspaper.

After acquiring a BA Honours degree, Sylvia took a post-grad course and taught English and Drama at secondary level in comprehensive schools and the private sector.  She also taught in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Egypt and is a LAMDA qualified Speech and Drama teacher.

When Sylvia’s husband Colin was a Fullbright exchange teacher to Vashon Island in Washington State, Sylvia wrote a regular column for The Guardian about social, environmental and education issues in the USA.

It was on Vashon that Sylvia began her first novel on a borrowed and battered typewriter. Sitting overlooking the Pacific Sound toward the Olympic peninsular, Sylvia wrote, ‘When You Can’t Say No’, her first novel for young adults. This was published by Scholastic. Other novels followed, ‘Don’t Forget To Dance’; ‘No Fear’; ‘Knife Edge’ and The Maya Brown, ‘Circle of Fire’ series. Her short stories and poems have been included in published anthologies.

Sylvia has written plays with music, which have been performed in schools and by Youth theatre groups. One of the plays, ‘ The Making of Menaline Moon’ is about famous women in history and the fight for women’s suffrage. Sylvia wrote this after teaching sixth form at an all girls school and realising the girls were going out to conquer the world but had no knowledge of how hard women had fought for the opportunities they now enjoyed . Sylvia also reviews music and books for BBC radio Merseyside.

Sylvia’s husband Colin is from Liverpool and she has come to love her adopted city. She has three children. Alex, James and Hannah.