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Supertoys Last All Summer Long

August 2016

My daft old dad, a huge inspiration for my travels and adventures around the world, had started slipping away from us. Vascular dementia is a cruel condition. I was kicking myself for not recording some of my dad’s more hilarious anecdotes and life lessons when I had the chance. 

Graham Hughes Snr and Graham Hughes Jr, causing trouble in empty houses for a combined total of 116 years

As I helped my mum with the legal side of things and put in place what needed to be done in order for us to look after my dad for the foreseeable (none of us would stand putting him in a home unless it was absolutely necessary), I cracked on with Man of the World.

Study buddies

Can I just say at this point that Liverpool Central Library is truly beautiful?

When I was writing The Odyssey Expedition blog, I would sometimes go off on one about architecture and its importance in celebrating culture and diversity around the world. I can’t help but feel that everything has been replaced by bland, faceless boxes these days. Boxes on top of boxes. That being the case, the sight of one of my favourite Liverpool buildings, The Futurist Cinema, being ripped down to be replaced with a giant box, broke my heart into a million pieces.

FFS.

The Futurist had been under threat for years, but of course 2016 would be the year it would bite the dust, along with dozens of my favourite musicians, actors and celebrities. In better news, my friend Jen came up from Stoke for a flying visit. She’d never been to Liverpool before so I showed her a good night out… and where to find the bestest, tastiest and rarest Pokémon.
I have *no* idea why I still don't have a girlfriend...

The next day, we did the usual tourist stuff: Antony Gormley’s Another Place, Penny Lane, Superlambananas and a beer down at Dr Duncan’s. Liverpoolin’ to the MAX.

As each of Man of the World’s 30 chapters came together, I managed to catch up with more of my family and friends…

Meanwhile, something that had been not-so-subtly pointed out to me by various people was that I could really do with a haircut. “You gorra mad-‘ed lad” as we say in Liverpool.

#NotTheOnlyOne

So when I found out our good family friend Lizzie was coming over, I thought I might as well put her mad skillz as a professional hairdresser to use on my barnet.

But Jinja was calling me. As much as I was getting shit done here in Liverpool, Jason couldn’t hold the fort over there forever. I’d have to head back to Bocas as soon as was feasible.

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

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