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The weekend what-to-do

Wheel love, St Vitus Dance, big derby game and penguins all over the shop, mostly compiled by Joseph Viner

Published on November 27th 2009.

The weekend what-to-do
Let's go round againThere is nothing like a panoramic view of the city. There is also nothing like being 200ft up in the air, in a swinging gondola, enjoying the sensation of a force 10 gale blowing straight in from the Mersey and the first force of resistance it meets is...you. Weheyyy!

Enjoy a shopping trip with a difference this weekend and every day until mid January by taking a ride on the Liverpool ONE Wheel.

The 40-gondola wheel sure looks impressive and is in perfect position to allow stunning views over the river, the Welsh hills (on a clear day) and all those skyline landmarks you know so well.

The wheel has a VIP gondola with tinted windows, blimey, and rotates three times “allowing plenty of opportunity for you to “sit back, relax and enjoy the views”.

The reality of this is that Confidential took a ride this week with one petrified AA Grill and two mocking children who were thrilled by it all. For up there no one can hear you scream.

Tip: Don't attempt this in drink.

*The Liverpool One Wheel, Chavasse Park, L1. Sunday to Thursday, 10am - 10pm Friday and Saturday, 10am – 11pm. Adults £6, children £4.

Go Penguins a go-goRemember them Superlambananas? The good people of Liverpool say every day on buses, in the street and in the pub.

Well they don't actually, but that doesn't mean they weren't secretly lamenting their demise, and the powers that be were so taken with the Go Superlambananas project last year that they thought let's do it again, but with penguins, as exclusively revealed by Liverpool Confidential on April Fools Day this year.

With 200 different penguin models dotted around Liverpool, St Helens and the Wirral it should provide people of all ages with a hint of Christmas cheer as well as a chance to explore your local surroundings with the published trail map, revealing the locations of each and every model; a perfect chance for parents to entertain the children over the Christmas holidays. Gotta love a penguin.

*Go Penguins, everywhere, until January 10.

Reds and blues
Those of you who like peace and quiet would do well to stay away from the city’s pubs and the Stanley Park area as the region’s bitter football rivals do

battle for the 212th time. Or does it just feel like it?

There’s more than just three points at stake, with local bragging rights waiting to be assumed by either camp. Fans would argue that this fixture could not have come at a better time with both teams’ form faltering as of late.

There's also plenty to talk about as the shared stadium debate hits the headlines again and prompting the silly question: “If there was a shared stadium, who would be the away team on Derby Day?”

Liverpool, having been unceremoniously dumped from the Champion’s League, are in the midst of a dreadful run of form having accrued just two wins from their past ten games. Everton go into this fixture on the back of defeats by Manchester United and Hull City. Both teams will be looking to assert their dominance and kick-start their respective seasons with a victory over their nearest and dearest enemies.

As always, the Merseyside derby is a long-awaited fixture on the football calendar and promises to be as jolly, acrimonious and electric as ever.

*Everton vs. Liverpool – Kick off 13:30pm Sunday 29th November. Live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1.

Label with love
You don’t have to be a music historian to know that Liverpool has a rich musical heritage. That being said, the present and future aren’t looking too shabby either.

Static Gallery are hosting an evening of music from Probe Plus, the city's most stoic and successful independent record label, with a slew of acts from their roster.

Dead Poppies present a psychedelic slant on the folk genre with near flawless vocals from front woman Lexi Senior.

Old favourites St Vitus Dance (pictured) who, despite being named after a Black Sabbath track, aim their instruments towards the craft and atmosphere of groups like Teenage Fanclub, The Smiths and The Kinks. Formed in 1981, SVD should provide a historical tinge to proceedings and show that good groups never die.

Folk troubadours Sonnenberg add to the overall vibe of the night, while Lovecraft blend electronics, heavy guitars with songs like Hells Teeth and Mudman’s Brunchday which will no doubt invoke the surreal atmosphere that is best prevalent for a line-up like this.

*Probe Plus showcase, 8pm ‘till late, Static Gallery, 23 Roscoe Lane, L1 9JD. Admission: £6 on the door, £5 concessions.

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