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Liverpool - a Melting Pot

Published: 14.12.2011, Updated: 04.03.2017
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Christina works as a breakfast and luch hostess at Jury's Inn, Liverpool

Listen to this interview with a genuine Scouser. Confused? If you listen carefully, you'll become familiar with Scousers in general, and Christina, supervisor at a hotel in Liverpool, in particular. Prepare for an accent that might sound a bit incomprehensible to start with...


Before you start listening to the interview (ab. 14 min.), look up Liverpool on a map. How do you think its location by the sea has been important for the development of the city, its accent and identity in the past and present?

Liverpool Interview 14 min.
Forfatter: Christina Dixon, Morten Serkland

Tasks and Activities


  1. Liverpool - a Melting Pot (Interactive)
  2. What, according to Christina, has formed the characteristic Scouse accent?
  3. Why is the metaphor of Scouse, or Irish stew, suitable to describe how the accent has developed?
  4. How does she describe the relationship between Liverpool and Manchester?
  5. What makes Liverpool different from other cities in the UK, according to Christina?
  6. Christina emphasises that she thinks there are many parallells and links to Norway and Norwegians. In which areas does she draw these parallells?

Find Out

A Liverpudlian is commonly called a Scouser and the accent is called Scouse. It is compared to Irish stew. Check out the etymological meaning of the Norwegian word "lapskaus", Lapskaus on Wikipedia. Do you see any parallells? What does the dish and the Scouse accent have in common?

Make a Timeline

Christina characterises Liverpool as a multicultural city that has changed a lot over the years, but still has kept its identity. Have you ever played the board game "Cluedo"? Let's see if you can use the clues below to make a chronological timeline with a very brief outline of the main events or groups of people that constitute Liverpool's cultural identity. This link might be useful, Liverpool World Heritage (scroll to get access to Liverpool's numerous museums). Also, check out our articles about Liverpool from Engelsk VG1.

Clue 1

Handwritten letter from the eighteen-ninties. Photo.Liverpool letter 1
Opphavsmann: Eli M. Huseby
 Liverpool as a transit city for emigrants. When was the city a departure point for European immigrants on their way to the Promised Land? A Norwegian emigrant on his way to America in the early 1890s describes Liverpool in a letter to his parents.



Kjere forældere

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Hjerteli hilset ifra Deres Søn Carl Torp

 Clue 2

A Liverpool slave shipA Liverpool slave ship
Fotograf: Media Centre International Slavery Museum
What was Liverpool's role in the transportation of people from West Africa to the USA and the Caribbean? When was the city involved in this traffic?



Clue 3

The BeatlesThe Beatles
Fotograf: Dan Grossi
How has this group contributed to attract tourists from all over the world, do you think? When did they start their career?




Clue 4

Steam engine partsSteam engine parts
Fotograf: Panther
Liverpool as an industrial hub. When was this machine invented and how did this  mark the beginning of a new era for the city?



Clue 5

Football. Photo.Football
Opphavsmann: Ed g2s
 Find out when the famous sports club was founded. It has definitely had its day in the shaping of Liverpool's cultural identity.



Clue 6

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher
Fotograf: Tore Kristiansen
This lady by the nickname, the Iron Lady, led a strict government policy that led to lots of strikes and riots (some claimed that they were race related, others that they occurred due to unemployment) in Liverpool and all over the UK. When did this period of decay and social unrest occur?


Clue 7

Potatoes. Photo.Potatoes
Fotograf: Jan Petter Lynau
  Many immigrants from the west rushed to Liverpool due to failing crops of this vegetable. Who were they and when did they settle in Liverpool?