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It's a-happening this weekend

Ness is more, student art, Convicts opera and jumping up and down, in our need-to-know guide for the next day or two

Published on March 12th 2009.

It's a-happening this weekend

Bulley for you
Imagine if your God-like gardening neighbour invited you over one day for a walk over their exquisite lawn, perhaps even for a game of tennis. Arthur Kilpin Bulley, of Ness, used to do exactly this when he began changing the face of British gardening back in the late 1890s. Keen to show off his rhododendron and his Griersonianum and Camellia Saluenensis, he invited the local residents around once a year to visit what would become one of the country’s major botanic gardens.

In memory of Bulley’s generosity CH64 residents (that's a postcode on the Wirral and not the name of a locked ward) annually gain free entry to the gardens on the production of a valid utility bill.

The kindness further extends this year, for the first time CH65 and CH66, that’s Ellesmere Port and Neston, are also allowed in on the house.

But don’t feel too hard done by if your postcode doesn’t bag you a Bulleyesque freebie this weekend, anyone is welcome to check out the azaleas, camellias, and superior field of Heathers for a small admission charge.

*'Bulley Rec' @ Ness Gardens, Sat 14th March, 10am-4.30pm, free to post codes CH64, CH65 and CH66 (on production of a valid utility bill), otherwise adults £5.75, under 16s £2.75 and under 5s free, for more information, visit www.nessgardens.org.uk

Anything goes
MetroNova is what you get when you put the artwork of Wirral Metropolitan College students on display in the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre this side of the water.. It makes sense.

Twenty-three second year students of fine art will have their most recent work up.Wirral Met claim “the exhibition is not themed, the work too eclectic to be categorised. The artists work in their own individual styles, for their own journey of development. They labour with their obsessions, to bring you their passion.” So all over the shop then?

No! What they mean is you’ll be able to a bit of find everything, from installation and sculpture to print and mixed media works. And what’s more, the exhibition is completely free, you’ve got nothing to lose really.

MetroNova @ NOVAS CUC, Greenland Street, until 19th March, Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm, free entry, for more information call 0151 708 3315

Hello sailorsStephen Jeffreys reworking of John Gay’s classical original three-act Augustan ballad of 1728, The Beggars Opera, is showing at the Liverpool Playhouse until Saturday.

Jeffreys’ version, directed by Max Stafford-Clark focuses on a group on convicts who find themselves, naturally, on a ship bound for Australia.

As if coping with the stormy seas wasn’t enough, the group are forced to perform a show which involves cross-dressing and energetic renditions of lively old folk tunes. But they end up loving it. As one can imagine.

The talented actor-musicians, who manage to squeeze in Sailing, 500 miles and You're so Vain, into the performance, actually come from both ends of the world, thanks to the both well established Out of Joint and Sydney Theatre Companies merging for the occasion.

The Convicts Opera @ the Liverpool Playhouse until Sat 14th March, 7.30pm, tickets £14-£20, to book call 0151 709 4776

Just your typo
goFASTER>> are one of few indie bands that have taken refreshingly taken to typography rather than conforming to the classic but much exhausted ‘The’ followed by ‘Something-random -and-cool-sounding’ sort of band name. Anyway, three years since the punky-popping five-piece formed in the Pool, and following a well received support run with the Wombats, goFASTER>> are ready to release their debut CD EP, A Modern Education. .

To celebrate, the band will be taking a break from touring in their shoddy e-Bay bought van, and heading over to Barfly for fun and games at the EP’s launch party. Previous single ‘Flammable Leisurewear’ will no doubt feature in the headline set and there’s decent support in the form of Preston’s finest four-piece, Bulls, and Bumper-bopping regulars We Make Models. Get involved.

goFASTER>> EP Launch @ Barfly, Sat 14th March, 7.30pm, tickets £5.

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Homo ErectusMarch 12th 2009.

Ellesmere Port and Neston? I hope the people pf Ness have locked the silver away and put their pets in boarding kennels.

superchiefMarch 12th 2009.

HOmo you have been reported for daring to accuse the salt of the earth scouser as being housebreakers.What is your evidence for implying that fully employed, christian,liverpool teenagers are basically underclass scum?

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