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Posted by Heliocentrism on December 30, 2017

Monday, August 29th, 2017

What is there to do in Liverpool?

I guess one could go check out some factories or a tunnel, but Liverpool is best known as the home of the Beatles.

So we went to a museum that told the story of the Beatles. It explained how they met, why some of them were so close, and how they became musical legends.

Mark’s and my timing was a little off that day. We entered the museum between two tour groups of huge Beatles fans. Personally, I like the Beatles. Their music was great. But, I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a fan of the Beatles or any musician for that matter.

The fans in the museum were serious. They read every sign and piece of paper on display. Many of them took photos of everything as if it were their personal duty to keep a record of the museum. It became very hard to move through the museum.

I wanted to listen to the audio guide and look at the “relics” being talked about. I would try to stand off to the corner out of the way of the die-hard fans around me. But, no matter where I stood, I was always in someone’s way. I would move and wonder why anyone would want a photo of that. After 300 photos were taken, and the fan had moved on, I would have a look at the item that I thought was nothing. “Oh, I see. It’s a genuine replica of the synthesizer used on the Sgt. Pepper album.”

I guess I had never encountered fandom at this level. These guys acted like the Beatles were the gods of their cult. I didn’t understand it. I walked through the museum thinking, “This is nice, but it’s not like any of these singers cured cancer, ended world hunger, or cause peace in the middle east. They just sang nice songs.”

I tried to think of it in terms that suit me better. I love reading. According to goodreads.com my most read authors are Orson Scott CardBill Bryson, and Stephen King. It is true that I have read a ton of their work. I would even throw Malcolm Gladwell into the mix. I read every book he writes, he just hasn’t written as much as the other three.

I really enjoy their writing, but I don’t know how I feel about them as people. I would never deify them. As far as I know all of them could be huge jerks. I love the writing and appreciate the writer. If I were to notice one of them eating lunch at the same restaurant I were in, I don’t think I would even go over to him and ask for an autograph. To me, the writing and the writer are two different things.

So, I like the Beatles Story. I like the Beatles. I appreciate their music, but that’s all.


The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.

Phone:

  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most hostels.

The Beatles Story

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • £15.95
  • Comes with a complimentary audio guide

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 18:00

Video

Notes:

  • Don’t forget the British Invasion exhibit at Pier Head.

The Museum of Liverpool

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Video:


Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

Hours:

  • 10:30 – 17:00
  • Closed Mondays

Videos:

Notes:

  • You will have to wear a hard-hat.

Map:

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