Andre Olchowski lives in Croxteth Country Park, representing Alt Valley. He enjoys being active, spending much of his spare time climbing and walking. His favourite thing about Liverpool is the city’s rich history and is looking forward to exploring the cultural offer during 2012.

Andre’s favourite things

Book – War Stories by the BBC TV war correspondent Jeremy Bowen
It’s a riveting and thought- provoking study of a uniquely dangerous job telling the story of Jeremy’s rise through the BBC ranks to become one of the news’s most recognisable faces, reporting from the front lines of Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Baghdad during the First Gulf War as well as the Balkans, Jerusalem right to the Syrian problem today. It gives a true picture and informative insight into the problems of today’s hotspots in the news.

Film – Doctor Zhivago
One of the greatest stories ever told…’s an epic tale of love, betrayal, and loss set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution in a country I love so much.

Song – Kisses in the Moonlight by George Benson
Every time I hear it suddenly turns me into a dreamy love sick kid with beating heart full of reminiscence.

Group – Wilki (Polish band) playing Baska
Always played at Polish parties and gets everybody singing and dancing! Love it.

TV Show – Antiques Roadshow
I just love hands on history and the handling of things of a bygone age with the thoughts of who owned it, and what were they like….

Play – “Bouncers” by John Godber
Lively and realistic night out from the outset that draws you in and locks you tight till the end. Memorable.

Artist – Lucian Freud and his painting of “Harry Diamond” at the Liverpool Walker Art Gallery
A painting that’s haunting and full of intrigue …can sit there looking at it for ages and still find something new.

Website – Liverpool 360

Building – Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and All Saints Parish Church Childwall
Both evoke a sense of power and overawing history through the ages. I could spend a whole day at the Anglican Cathedral exploring and finding out about it’s past, likewise All Saints, smaller, but the oldest surviving Medieval church in Liverpool which still delights our family at Christmas when it displays a true sense of the season with all it’s decorated finery.

Restaurant – Sheldrakes
This is the ultimate romantic destination, enjoying beautiful food in perfect enviable surroundings. Go there if you can find it.

View – Panoramic Restaurant
I always carry the phone number on my mobile just in case I need to book a sofa. Set 100 metres above sea level on the 34th floor of the West Tower, Panoramic is Britain’s highest restaurant and we have it here! It offers spectacular views of Liverpool’s skyline and beyond, and everything is tailored towards you enjoying this breathtaking vista- floor-to-ceiling windows provide 360-degree views. That’s my view that can’t be beaten.

Shop – TKMaxx
Where else can you get a £40 quality Saville Row tie or a £65 Ben Sherman shirt for as little as £7.50 each! Superb bargains easy parking and easy on your wallet.

Person – William McKenzie 1868
A bit of an obscure Liverpool character but he always makes me laugh. The churchyard of St Andrew’s is interesting because of the fascinating pyramid-shaped tomb belonging to the man William McKenzie. He was an early promoter of the railways and an avid poker player. Legend has it that in order to guarantee his success at cards, he sold his soul to the Devil. According to strict terms of his will, and in an attempt to thwart the Devil from claiming his due. McKenzie reasoned that if his body was not buried within the ground then the Devil could not claim his soul. Consequently, his corpse remains under the pyramid, seated at a card table, and holding a winning hand of cards.