Greetings from sunny Port Sunny!
Arrived here at the hotel late last night,
and can’t get in to Hulme Hall to set up until later,
so we are faced with several options:
put the finishing touches to the next TV proposal,
go to the huge outlet centre up the road and grab a bargain,
go for a walk round Port Sunlight,
hang around in the hotel room drinking coffee,
track the seating arrangements at Westminster,
watch this nation’s political platform change shape and colour,
write this blog.
The only one I have decided to pass on is the very one I would have opted for in the past.
Cannot be bothered to chase round a factory outlet centre today.
There’s nothing I want or need to buy.
I would much rather tick a few business boxes, and then take a stroll around this wonderful village.
It really is beautiful.
Let me find some photos for you…..
What impresses me every time we come here,
apart from the beautiful architecture and manicured bowling green, lawns and flower beds,
is that way back in the late 1800’s,
the Lever Brothers built this village to accommodate workers from their soap factory! Now that is what I call getting it right!
Check out this plan:
They named it after their most popular soap cleaning agent, Sunlight,
and it provided housing for no less than 3,500 people.
Here’s what Lever said:
“We want to socialise and Christianise business relations and get back to that close family brotherhood that existed in the good old days of hand labour”
Quite poignant today. Particularly today.
An amazing social exercise in profit sharing.
He even created a gallery,
Lady Lever Art Gallery
so that the villagers had easy access to art from all over the world.
Got to go.
LOTS OF LOVE,