Having a nose round the neighbours' place

I popped into St George's Hall this lunchtime to check out their recent major refurbishment. It's looking good, but I'll have to go back as I didn't have enough time to go round it all, there's just so much to see now. Being able to go up to the balcony overlooking the main hall was quite a treat, especially as it gives such a good view of the famous Minton tiled floor, which I haven't seen uncovered since I was a student.

Part of the reason I didn't have much time to look round was that I spent so long enthralled by the latest painting by the fabulous Singh Twins in the entrance foyer. It's a modern interpretation of the city's coat of arms, which was unveiled as part of St George's Hall's opening celebrations this week. The minutely detailed artwork is packed full of local landmarks in the sisters' colourful signature style, inspired by traditional Indian miniature painting. I spotted the Piermaster's House at the side of the the Albert Dock, and am sure that I recognised the tiny exhibition banners on the Walker Art Gallery - they look like A Passion for Fashion and George Stubbs: A Celebration. It looks as if the twins were too modest to paint the gallery with the banner for their own exhibition, Past Modern, which was held there the year before last.

If you don't make it round this weekend (which is your last chance before the tiled floor is covered up again) there are some great photos including 360 degree panoramic shots in the BBC website's feature on St George's Hall.