On Merseyside, we like to celebrate those who are remembered for their achievements. And it's no surprise that Liverpool has more public sculptures than any other place in the United Kingdom, outside of Westminster. Our city's statues have interesting stories to tell and they add to its richness and make it a wondrous place. Singers, comedians, footballers and community heroes are represented in some of the statues and we even have some of a very famous Grand National winning horse ... and a super lambanana. Here are more than 31 statues that are dotted all around Liverpool ... Bill Shankly - He made the people happy Legendary Scot Bill Shankly was - and forever will be - idolised by The Kop and Reds fans all over the world. He is the founder of the modern Liverpool FC and when he took charge of the Reds in 1959 he rebuilt the team into a major force in English and European football. As Reds manager, Shankly secured promotion to the First Division and they have been in the top flight … [Read more...] about 31 Liverpool statues and the true stories behind them
I finally understood what true love meant
Often described as Britain’s “most hated tax”, inheritance tax seems uniquely able to enrage all sorts of people. Theoretically charged at 40 per cent on the value of an individual’s estate above £325,000, it is perceived as unfair for many different reasons. “Inheritance tax is a wholly voluntary tax,” reads the most recommended comment underneath last week’s FT article on proposed IHT reforms. “Ask any specialist tax lawyer or accountant. The UK’s annual £5bn IHT bill is only paid by the wealthier middle classes, who have less ability to avoid it through planning. Virtually none is paid by the very wealthy in the UK.”Tax laws surrounding inheritance are also extremely complicated, baffling families and executors at a time when they may be struggling with a bereavement. Meanwhile, rising property prices in many parts of the country, coupled with an IHT threshold that has been frozen for a decade, mean more people … [Read more...] about Inheritance tax: what does the future hold?
I have never met an ex player who loved the club and the city of Liverpool in quite the same way that Tommy Smith did. And his loss leaves a massive, gaping hole in both. I had the sheer privilege of sitting next to Tommy in the Anfield press box for the ECHO for over 12 years, until the dementia he was increasingly suffering from took a tight, cruel hold and he could no longer attend games. Down all of those years he had numerous stories and anecdotes, of course. But one for me stood out among the many. And exemplified the love Tommy felt for Liverpool FC and Liverpool, the city. Here was a man who had helped Liverpool win the FA Cup for the first time in 1965 - just as Tommy's beloved mum had told Bill Shankly would happen if he put her determined young son in his team. Here was a man who had been made captain of Liverpool in the wake of his great mate and team mate, Ron Yeats. A captain who was the first ever in a red shirt to lift a European trophy in Germany in 1973. Here was a … [Read more...] about Tommy Smith’s proudest moment shows how much he loved Liverpool
Produced by James Stolz and Jaime Hellman After three murders with chillingly similar scenarios occurred in Austin, Texas, police began to wonder if they were chasing a serial killer. But whomever committed the crimes left no evidence, no DNA. Cops went into a frantic investigation. The hunt for clues changed when a man testing out a new thermal imaging scope recorded the nighttime movements of a stranger the night of the first murder. As "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher reports, it was evidence cops never expected – and would help them break the case. A SHOCKING CRIME These days in Texas, it seems like all roads lead to Austin. The sleek skyline of the Lone Star capitol---glittering. A boom town that welcomes newcomers, chasing dreams. It's a city charged with life -- an unlikely place to find tragedy as dark as the death of a dreamer, like Kathy Blair. Kirsten Mathieson | Kathy Blair's sister: She loved life … you loved being around her. Maureen … [Read more...] about Was a killer filmed on his way to committing a murder?
As a young girl, I was considered a gifted child. I won a scholarship for private education at one of the country’s top schools at the age of 11. It was incredible for my family, none of whom had been to university. They were astonished at the educational establishments I kept finding myself within. No one would ever have thought I could become a victim of domestic abuse. I was a bit confused myself by school. Everyone seemed so much more sophisticated than me, but I managed to forge close friendships that continue to this day, and attained high academic achievements through hard work. After school, I went on to study Russian and Philosophy at one of the best universities in the country. In spite of everything that happened in my personal life, I graduated with a first. While at university, I met Sam* at a party I had organised. He was tall, handsome and enjoyably cocky. We fell in love almost immediately. From there, we were largely inseparable, … [Read more...] about I was a gifted child