Crap Towns II: The Nation Decides
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Crap towns? Crap book more like. Just who do these people think they are what gives them the right to make such insulting remarks. If they ever show their faces in Hull I'm going to tear them off eat them and feed the remains to my dogs. I suppose there are some readers who might be amused by this book deeply thick readers for example who are just so feeble-minded that they'll laugh at anything. It's all very well for two public school wankers to sit in a bar in Hoxton drink expensive foreign beer wear shiny cardigans and say all this stuff about Wales but they should try living there. Call me dull old fashioned and reactionary but I like a place that gives a toss about hanging baskets where I can walk the streets without being choked and where a stolen bike is still news. This is quiet simply the most disgusting book I have ever read. Doesn't the Union Jack mean anything to you people? You should hang your heads in shame. Where the f**k are you from anyway?
Thank you again!
I want to do something special with this one now... watch this space...
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And if the book's back with me by July 01, I'll offer it as a prize in the raffle!
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PatchworkPerson (Milton Keynes)
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Catrionamoore (Leicester) <-- it's here
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Posting to Patchworkperson, hopefully on Tuesday.
On it's way to rivercassini.
Popped in the post this evening, so now on its way for the Nottingham leg of its journey.
Thanks to Lyzzybee for organising this and the PatchworkPerson for sending it on to me.
I know time is important so I'll read it this weekend.
I'm surprised Bath and Winchester were in it, I've been to Hastings and it is crap but not mentioned in this book(?)
Will PM Abrokenstarr for the address.
This is in the mail to dogsapples - enjoy!
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This is in the mail to dogsapples - enjoy!
Will be in the post to kitkat8 by tomorrow.
I am still offended that Winchester is on the list, as although I can see why people have contributed comments I can think of many other crap towns that deserve to be on the list that aren't - Basingstoke, Southampton, Bromley, Guildford and the list goes on and on.
Have PM'd Pustefix for an address and will get this off in the post as soon as I have one.
I actually agreed with everything that was said about edinburgh, but quite why that makes it a crap town. my boyfriend wasn't overly impressed with the picture of some rubbish to represent leicester.
will send it on as soon as i get rahar109's address
I didn't think this book was as funny as the first one, the idea is running out of steam, but it still raised a few chuckles.
Wouldn't have expected much more than this by the authors about Kew really. Very tongue in cheek about all the posh people...but then, there are lots, so some of what they say is probably justified! Made me smile anyway.
Will pm Valer1e for her address and get it moving again as soon as I can.
1. You won’t starve in Windsor. Right opposite the castle, on what could be a very pretty hill, you’ll find Starbucks, MacDonald’s, Pizza Express, Wetherspoons, Burger King and loads of the other usual suspects. I often feel sorry for anyone in the castle who has to look at that lot. Though from the non-smoking upstairs bar of Wetherspoons you get a very nice view of the castle if you can get a window seat.
2. The place is full of tourists – always. If they’re not in groups blocking the pavement they are in families or couples and not looking where they are going. They mean the town has those awful tatty tourist junk shops – both the cheap sort and the expensive sort.
3. Parking is horrendously expensive. Far better to go to Slough, park in a long term car park, or arrive by train, and catch a bus or train down to Windsor. Less stress, less money and you’ll see more.
The locals do pretend they don’t live near Slough but it is inescapable. They have a Slough postcode, they live under the flight path of planes out of Heathrow and it’s a horrible town. I’m still not sure why anyone would want to live there. If it weren’t for the majesty of the castle it would be Slough mark two.
If you do go to Windsor though make sure you stroll down the hill from the castle and cross the bridge into Eton. It’s a nice little walk around the village and much quieter than Windsor.
And yes, the lady with the high-pitched voice is still offering free fudge – but even she looked a bit dejected today.
PMing Jalna today for her address.
There are a lot worse places to live than Wrexham. It's main fault, like everywhere else, is the behaviour of a large section of its population but one can't hold the town responsible for that. Wrexham is working quite hard at improving its environs and making quite a reasonable stab at it - but I do have to wonder why it is deemed necessary or advisable to have quite so many pubs, bars and nightclubs.
Wrexham boasts three jolly fine supermarkets - Asda, Sainsbury and Tesco - all on the outskirts of the town. The town centre has a "Kwikkie" which is awful. Maybe now that Kwik Save is really Somerfield it will get tarted up. The town centre is pedestrianised which is a Jolly Good Thing. Since they started building a department store where the market used to be, the market (and the monthly Farmer's Market and the occasional French or Continental Market) moved to the town centre which is also a Jolly Good Thing.
Right in the centre of town is a lovely green with a bandstand and within walking distance is a beautiful park which has recently been refurbished and is a super place.
So on the whole, Wrexham is not crap at all but quite a decent sort of place. (The book's a bit crap, though!)
One bit that is true is about the locals looking down their noses at people from Blacon, North Wales and Wirral...and I should know, I live in Blacon!
Can't belive that someone thinks that the cathedral is the size of an average village church, it's huge! Try going in Manchester cathedral.Chester has some great shops and of course the Rows and then there is all the Roman bits and the river with its boat trips. Also, Grosvener park is lovely and has a miniature train giving rides weekends and school holidays, and there is a cafe. There are lots of events taking part in the park all year round. i have been in Chester for 10 years and I love it.
Manchester is a town that turned terror into terrific with a complete rebuild, after the bomb. That whole area has been like a phoenix rising from the ashes. The Triangle is a great area with its huge outdoor screen showing sporting events etc. There are great shops in Manchester and then there's the very successful trams. There are also several excellent theatres.
Third crappest town. OK.
After a bit of consideration, I have realised that my credentials for reviewing this book are a bit dodgy. My exposure to Sunderland comes from a rather depressing long distance relationship I was half of while I was in my late teens, and on reflection I'm afraid I may not be the best person to give an impartial review :D
Anyway, yes, Sunderland is probably one of the more deprived cities in the UK. The closure of the shipyards ensured that a huge part of the population was unemployed in the 80s and onwards. I don't think that blaming the closure of the shipyards on bombing during the second world war is accurate, the last shipyard closed in 1988. So as with a lot of these kinds of books, a lot of the criticisms are due to poverty which makes me pretty uncomfortable.
I can't think of much favourable to say about Sunderland though, other than the beer was very, very cheap. I went to a party and hid in the toilet, but that probably can't be blamed on Sunderland. But......... (and most importantly)
........ I saw a burning sofa too! :o
Following the theme of useless reviewing, not being able to get a relevant postcard to include in the collection, I bought the naffest one I could find in Sheffield. While the Crucible is a very good theatre it's exterior architecture does leave something to be desired.
In the meantime I'll get a Leicester postcard and get writing.
Given that Leicester is 36th, and has such a small review it's not hard to raise good or bad points. It's not the best city in the East Midlands in terms of shopper, satisfaction (Nottingham is better for that). Nor is it the worst, it's just a bit Leicester. The centre has had some money spent on it to regenerate it, which is mostly the return of John Lewis and the building of High Cross. It quickly gets a bit run down at the edges and interestingly you can see the waves of immigration through the ownership of those smaller run down shops, currently more Eastern European but I'm sure will change again. Whilst the county is full of former BNP voters who are now Ukippers this is totally at odds with the richly diverse mix you will find come together in Leicester. Leicester is also home to the largest Diwali celebrations outside of Mombai, or so we keep being told.
Most recently Leicester is quite famous for digging up a car park and finding a king buried there. Good old Dicky, or not depending on your view of history, our very own carpark king which is why I've used that postcard to represent Leicester as we buried him again, just not in a car park this time. Even with all that culture Leicester still missed out to Hull to be City of Culture 2017. Hull. That tells you that even still Leicester is a little bit crap.
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As I am on the committee for the 2016 Birmingham Uncon I can ensure it gets passed on and is entered in to the raffle.
I found the book itself rather negative as I quite enjoyed my time visiting and living in different towns featured in the book, and I formed a very positive impression of Birmingham during my visit with friends during the Uncon weekend: its beautiful parks and waterways.
I'm passing this on to my brother-in-law's brother who I think will enjoy the concept of such a book and know many of these towns as well.