Lego sets I want to make next

I love making Lego. I made a Lego VW T1 Camper Van recently that had curtains. Yes, you read that right, the Lego Camper Van I made recently has Lego curtains. There’s every chance I’ll be back at the Lego shop before the years out to treat myself to a new set. Here’s what I’ve got my eye on.


MINI Cooper

Not only do you get to make the MINI but this set also comes with a mini lego picnic basket with a lego baguette and lego bottle of lego wine in it. Dear Santa….


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Web Summit 2017

“Our world is now in the early stages of a sustainability revolution, that has the magnitude of the Industrial Revolution, but the speed of the digital revolution.” – Al Gore, Web Summit, 2017.

Earlier this year we were given the opportunity to attend Web Summit, the world’s biggest tech conference which takes place each November in Lisbon, as representatives of women in tech. Of course, when the email invitation came through, we bit their virtual hands off, and on 5 November, Fiona and I set our alarms at 4am to catch our early morning flight to the summit. And what an … Read on

October one-pots

The nights are drawing in and there’s a chill in the air. What better way to celebrate getting home from work than with one of these tasty one-pot teas?

Chorizo, chicken and chickpea
This BBC Food chorizo, chicken and chickpea classic from celebrity chef Simon Rimmer is perfect for this time of year.

Tomato and basil risotto
This tomato and basil risotto that you literally put in a pot and leave is  original from Delicious magazine, and we spotted it on The Pool:

Sausage, apple and potato one-pot
A Wednesday night tea if ever we saw one… What could be more … Read on

The return of Folken

In 2016, in partnership with Laura Brown and the Beautiful Ideas Company, we launched an event series called Folken.

Folken means ‘group of folk’ (and if it doesn’t officially, it should) and our aim for Folken was straightforward. As a business, and individually, we’ve worked in a number of sectors and themes across our careers – arts and culture, social enterprise, startups, placemaking and media, to name a few – and we’d been having the same conversations with people in these sectors over the years. Conversations about funding, our city, and what it meant to be a grassroots … Read on

What’s on in October?

So, what does October hold for Liverpool? From innovation to the Irish festival and photography to Folken’s return,
we’ve picked out some of the city’s goings on this month…

4 October, Liverpool Town Hall
Engage Liverpool is always a good source of city living conversations. Its next event, at Liverpool Town Hall, looks at Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, and what it’s all about:

11 October (and November), Make Liverpool
Our Folken makes a welcome return this month under custodian Make Liverpool. You’ll see Andrew Beattie blogging about it soon, too. In the meantime, you can sign up for the … Read on

Own your space

As the summer bumbles to a close and we embrace the impending cool autumn ahead, we’ve been using our storytelling skills to celebrate the notion of placemaking. There is a growing movement around placemaking, whether on a local level like the wonderful Granby Four Streets (covered in the Ethos Magazine ‘People Power’ special) or globally, like the work being done by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in the United States.

Placemaking is taking the time-honoured tradition of community spirit and allowing it to flourish in a post-globalisation world. It puts the power back in the hands of … Read on

September: stationery

We’re in the final throes of summer, and as the back-to-school bell tolls, the shops are brimming with brand-new, quirky and unusual stationery – who doesn’t love this time of year? And while most of us are hanging onto our hats in this windy weather, it’s keeping hold of your handbag that could prove more important… There’s nothing quite like starting a crisp new page of your brand-new notebook, with your new favourite pen. Here at Wordscapes we’ve selected some of our September favourites…

1. Plan ahead…

This 2018 year planner is the perfect visual prompt for the year ahead. Finished with … Read on

Cains rides again

Beatles and football aside, Liverpool is arguably most famous for its illustrious shipbuilding and maritime heritage. But travel to the other side of the Baltic Triangle and you’ll be reminded of its other important industry.

Founded by Robert Cain in 1858, Cains Brewery was at the heart and liver of Liverpool’s rich storytelling history. Producing ales and beers and owning establishments such as the historic Philharmonic Dining Rooms (check the gents toilets, trust us!), Cains was unavoidable for the dockers, the businessmen, the working classes and anyone else who fancied a tipple in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Made in England?

What do trainers, bungee jumping and the splitting of the atom all have in common?

If you said: “they were all invented or pioneered in England,” then you’re right. Remarkably though, the English public are a little shaky when it comes to knowledge of the country’s many technological, scientific and societal triumphs.

In a recent poll by YouGov, 41% of those polled believed bungee jumping to have originated in New Zealand, with only 10% correctly stating that the first bungee jump was carried out off Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. It seems perfectly plausible that such an occurrence would happen in New … Read on

The magic of storytelling

“You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it.”
– Margaret Atwood

Storytelling goes back millennia. Whether appearing on cave walls, around campfires, on papyrus, paper or iPads, stories have always been a valuable way of communicating shared experiences with our peers as a means of making them relevant. Storytelling is used to convey values, morals, ideas and traditions. They help us shape our sense of ourselves, and who we are. Folktales, fables and fairy tales are passed down the generations because they’re relevant, they’re emotive and they’re valuable – people of all … Read on