I have met some of the most highly intelligent people that I respect and admire, in Heritage circles, I have trodden, if there is such a thing. People locally, like Florence Gersten and colleagues of mine at the LPT whose determination to see out a cause should be rewarded, but are not, as they put their time in for free. Instead they stand up to be counted while others do nothing. People with a richness of character to see through the press pap and don’t need to be part of a backslappers anonymous are the people who I admire. People who wont be swayed. Then there are those who are a Nemesis of themselves who have nothing better to do and take any argument to a new level……….downwards into a intellectual twaffle that just allows the developers and the councils, wherever they be, to do exactly what they want, while the twaffs are holding another wine and cheese evening, twaffling on, making friends with which to future twaffle, because they have a lonely existence……yes you know who you are. Its like they need acceptance and the heritage brigade are a well mannered lot and dont often argue. It does not mean that these exhibitions to a city, and involvement highlighting problems are not welcome, but with any battle it is the locals know the lay of the land. But, others see those arguments as publicity and a need to be accepted by people, so they join groups and pay subscriptions and turn up at places and….twaffle. These people are no use to us at the LPT. Colleagues of mine have resigned or want nothing to do with do-gooders who do nothing, yes you know who you are from groups like the Merseyside Civic Society. Those that run so called heritage forums talk about cigarette stumps outside the Port of Liverpool Buildings being unsightly and don’t mention world heritage blight 10 yards away…blind to facts…..those that should know better.
At a Heritage wine and cheese evening I met someone called Evelyn Cook “I am Byword” she said “In BD”. Oh all right if you like I thought. She then rattled on as to what she wasn’t happy about slagged off Liverpool’s blight, all those at SAVE http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/03/save-exhibition.html who did the exhibition and how she does this and that and she runs the Nemesis Republic blog which I added to ours. But no more, After 450 e-mails of which 430 are just plain bonkers-Ville I have removed any involvement from this silly woman. But we just can’t take any more of this twaffle. It seems anyone these days can set up a pseudonym and then rattle off antagonistic comments http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=437&storycode=3161475 which defeats their own argument. Some people want to be heritage groupies and get annoyed when they don’t get accepted, defending those that do the damage http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/11/loyd-grossman-lectures-us-on-heritage.html Those, well her, at the Nemesis Banana republic should be ashamed of themselves for having nothing else to do than try to undermine work done by us. We offer no explanations to who we are the words LIVERPOOL PRESERVATION TRUST mean one thing …………..You can trust us. We will tell the truth and wont be swayed by anyone, and the type of friends and colleagues who twaffle about nothing while creeping into the next wine and cheese evening to make themselves feel important can stuff off.
I did radio 4 interviews with Nick Ravenscroft about Liverpool’s World Heritage Site or Blight, as we shall now call it. All the bods were rolled out Jim Gill from Liverpool Vision http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/search/label/Liverpool%20Vision and they all tried to bemoan us at LPT as opposition to their hairbrained schemes.
It was 20 minutes later that I received e-mail from the then President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA, it said.
“Wayne I can see what they try to do and always remember even in a minority of one, the truth is still the truth”.
I wont forget his support but will never pander to liars who ignore world heritage s*ite so they can stay in with their mates. I know who my colleagues are, those who I can trust, because they trust themselves, do you?
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