Monday, August 21, 2006


Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in North West England, situated along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary.
Built across a ridge of hills rising up to a height of around 70 meters above sea-level at Everton Hill, the city's urban area runs directly into Bootle and Crosby in Sefton to the north, and Huyton and Prescot in Knowsley to the east. It faces Wallasey and Birkenhead across the River Mersey to the west. The city centre is located about 5 miles inland from Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea.
Liverpool is governed by Liverpool City Council, one of five councils within the Metropolitan county of Merseyside, and is one of England's core cities and it’s fifth most populous. The population of Liverpool in 2002 was 441,477, and that of the Merseyside conurbation was 1,362,026.
Inhabitants of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians and nicknamed "Scousers", in reference to the local meal known as 'scouse', a form of stew. The name Scouse has also become synonymous with the Liverpool accent.
In the late 19th century, Liverpool laid claim to being the "Second Port of the Empire", handling more goods than any British city outside London. It also became a major industrial centre. However, during the 20th century it lost most of its manufacturing base and was in economic decline; it is still one of the poorest areas of Britain.
Liverpool is famous as a cultural centre, particularly for its connections with modern popular music; the city is the birthplace of The Beatles. In 2008, Liverpool will hold the European Capital of Culture title.
In 2007, the city will be celebrating its 800th anniversary.

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