The city of Liverpool is one that has an undeniable personality all of it’s own. As someone from Birmingham living in the city, I’ve had to decipher all sorts of sayings and trends that are alien to me since I’ve been working here! Although Liverpool has come to be a second home to me, the quirks and mannerisms of its inhabitants still amuse me and I love soaking up the culture from an outside perspective.
Sometimes it’s as simple as understanding a phrase – for example, I was always wondering what people were going on about when they ‘felt sly’ on someone, when actually they just meant that they felt bad for them. Initially I was amazed by some of the beauty trends that a huge amount of girls in Liverpool, or ‘scouse birds’, tend to follow. Things such as doing your shopping with your rollers in, drawing on your eyebrows or going out for a pint of milk looking immaculate just wouldn’t have occurred to me before I lived here. Some instantly recognisable ‘scouse’ qualities were even photo shopped onto this image of the Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular that came to Liverpool this weekend, lightly teasing the event and transforming the mechanical giant into a typical local.
A couple of weeks ago, a girl who has dubbed herself the ‘Scouse Bridget Jones’ set up a hilarious Twitter account to poke fun at the expense of herself and fellow ‘scouse birds’, and the reaction has been amazing. She’s attracted thousands of followers because she is highlighting all of these quirks that make people from Liverpool, especially girls, stand out from the crowd. Here are a few of my favourite tweets from her…
- Having a mental breakdown when you can’t stick your eyelashes on straight
- Living a champagne lifestyle on Lambrini wages
- Suddenly turning into a contortionist when you’re single an’ need to fake tan your back
- Havin’ a mate who does makeup an’ havin’ to endure her takin’ 1000 close ups every time she does you a smoky eye
- Not bein’ able to get a foundation which a) matches your neck but b) makes you look tanned
Here, she talks to me about how she founded Scouse Bird Problems, a satirical Twitter account based on the hardship of keeping up a high-maintenance Liverpool lifestyle.
Tell me about the beginning of Scouse Bird Problems.
On my personal Twitter account @boobleyboo I had been tweeting Scouse Bird Problems for a few months. It came about one morning not long after Christmas (2011) when I only had about 100-150 followers and I drew my scouse brows on wonky when I was late for work.
(For anyone wondering what a ‘scouse brow’ is, it is a term that was coined by Desperate Scousewives actress Jodie Lundstram to describe the popular Liverpool beauty trend of sporting very defined eyebrows.)
It was during the height of Desperate Scousewives and I tagged Jodie Lundstrum – the original scouse brow guru – and she was good enough to retweet it. After that I just tweeted them every so often and they always seemed to be popular with my followers. The new @ScouseBirdProbs Twitter account was started on 7th April 2012.
What inspired you to make the Twitter feed?
To be honest my hand was really forced on this one. After tweeting a Scouse Bird Problem one night, a follower of mine was good enough to ‘scouse’ the idea from me and set up a Twitter account based on it. To say I was livid would be an understatement. After a few hours of raging – and a stiff vodka – I decided that if I could come up with the original concept then I could certainly be original enough to compete.
How long was it before the Twitter started to attract so many followers?
It started straight away – the mass retweeting was instant. I was sat in the nail shop at the time and my phone was just blowing up.
How important do you think it is that it was founded by a ‘Scouse Bird’ so to speak?
It’s so important. Scousers have a great sense of humour, it’s really dry and cutting, and I just don’t think other parts of the country manage that. I think the way my tweets are written mean that girls everywhere can relate to them but I think a girl from outside Liverpool wouldn’t quite know how to phrase them. Scouse is like a completely different sub-language.
How have men reacted to the feed?
I’ve had lads tweet in Scouse Bird Problems! I think a lot of lads who go out with scouse birds can also relate and laugh ‘cos they’ve seen their bird do the same thing, but I’d say at least 75% of my followers are girls.
Your blog, Scouse Bird Problems Twitter and personal Twitter feeds don’t include your name. How do you think that this contributes to the account?
I think the anonymity adds to the appeal and the enigma of the account. It makes me laugh when people tag me in their tweets to friends saying, “is this you?”, or speculate that I’m a gay man or a lad having a laugh. I think it’s part of the fun and coming clean would just spoil all of that.
Whether you’re from Liverpool or know of the city, I guarantee there will be something on this Twitter feed that you’ll have come across or will relate to. Be sure to keep up with the Scouse Bridget Jones by reading her blog and following her on Twitter…
www.twitter.com/ScouseBirdProbs – hashtag #ScouseBirdProblems