Given all the shit that’s happened, the redevelopment of Liverpool (in more recent times) has been very effective, it’s reinvented itself as a kind of tourist town and that’s been done very well.” As for recent developments including a certain collection of shops around South John Street, Alexei is reflective.“Liverpool One, for a shopping mall is very attractive, I’m sure it will have a deleterious effect on the rest of the city centre, but you can kinda see it’s been well done, that and all the nightlife-y stuff.” Although based primarily in London, Alexei’s fondness for his birthplace has seemingly grown over recent years.In the post-war era the advent of tower blocks and town planners saw the city undergo massive changes.
Given all the shit that’s happened, the redevelopment of Liverpool (in more recent times) has been very effective, it’s reinvented itself as a kind of tourist town and that’s been done very well.” As for recent developments including a certain collection of shops around South John Street, Alexei is reflective.
The club became The Comedy Store - it introduced a new generation of comedians to the world, and changed the face of British comedy.“Obviously I want to help independent bookshops cos they’re having a hard time of it at the moment” he begins, explaining the book launch.“We always thought it would be a good idea to use Liverpool as a base (to launch the book), we had all these grand plans but it’s come down to this and an extract in the Echo! Having cut the ribbon for News From Nowhere when it relocated to its current premises in Bold Street in 1996, Alexei knows co-owner Mandy via his mum Molly, described by one reviewer as “the real star” of his autobiography.A wonderful novel that was adapted for the big screen.Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Streetby Herman Melville Out of print A novella this is both my favourite short story and piece of Melville writing. It’s about how far you can persevere with somebody, the limits of human kindness.“In Britain everywhere seemed pretty grim really, but you just kinda accepted it in a way” he states.“Liverpool was an extreme example of that and then there were the Hatton years (in the mid 1980s) which in many ways was a dark period.” Stalin Ate My Homework describes a Liverpool of times past, when heavy industry and shipping was the city’s main employer.”) in later years demonstrated the pathos that occasionally surfaced in his act.Looking positively avuncular nowadays with his graying beard and relaxed demeanour, Alexei’s wit and his opinions are still as sharp as ever.“I think given the catastrophic decisions that were made in the 1970s, the reinvention of Liverpool has been really better than you could expect.I mean it is amazing, it’s great here now.” The political backdrop of the 1970s, the turbulent battles between the government and the unions that took place and the events that led to Thatcher becoming Prime Minister in May 1979 form the backbone of Stalin Ate My Homework.