BET you cannot guess the first landmark I visited upon moving to Liverpool.
It was not Anfield Stadium, the Liver Building, nor even the street where Bread was filmed.
In fact, it was Queen Victoria’s willy.
“If you ever go to Liverpool,” my older sister had told me a few years previously (she had a Liverpudlian boyfriend and knew the city well), “go and look at the statue of Victoria outside the Crown Court. From a certain angle, her sceptre looks like a willy.”
So I did. And it did. And, frankly, we were amused.
We still are, in fact. When showing visitors around the city I now call home, I always try to take in Victoria’s willy.
I mention all this only because it emerged this week that our esteemed Walker Art Gallery has its own hidden phallus, in Lorenzo and Isabella, a famous (apparently) painting by John Everett Millais.
It takes the form of a shadow emanating from Lorenzo’s groin. Once spotted, it is hard to fathom how it took 160 years for anyone to notice. So that makes two hidden willies in the city centre alone.
One more and we’ll have the makings of a great new tourist trail.