All They Want Is Gold & Silver

£450 isn’t an exceptionally large amount of money these days, and it’s mere change down the back of the sofa to an organistation the size of Liverpool Football Club. Small surprise, then, that they took the decision to invest this trifling sum of money with the UK Intellectual Property Office to get the liver bird registered as a trademark. Perhaps unsurprisingly, however, they have run into a small problem in the form of Liverpool City Council, who have reacted furiously to the application, on the basis that the symbol is a civic symbol, which belongs to the whole of the city. The origins of the mythical bird are shrouded in mystery. A prototype version of it was used as early as the fourteenth century on a city coat of arms, though the bird was more commonly referred to as a cormorant until the start of this century. The bird’s significance was cemented into the culture of the city with the construction of the now iconic Liver Building in the centre of the city. The building has two distinctive clock towers, each adorned with a liver bird, one facing inland and one facing out to see, reportedly to symbolise looking out for the safety of the city’s population and those out at sea. Since then, the Liver Bird has come to become the symbol of the city itself, becoming the...

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