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Old 26th Jun 2011, 21:35   #61 (permalink)
 
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Just for the homesick saffers

"They put up a parking lot and paved over paradise...." It seems like most of the UK towns are places that have changed demographically and physically due to inflowing and outflowing of populations steered by economics. The character changes as the group mentality of the older (steering) residents fades away and is often replaced by the looser civic pride of the next generation and/or immigrant influx. Most of the 'new towns' haven't lived up to the utopian dream of the planners and seem to register highly on many lists. As is often the case when you move away from somewhere and travel and broaden your horizons, the coming back is invariably a disappointment.



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Old 26th Jun 2011, 21:40   #62 (permalink)
 
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Why is Tintern on the OP list ? Tintern in the Wye valley, between Monmouth & Chepstow ? - Great little place that, complete with the old Abbey. Was there few weeks ago, staying at Ross on Wye, another wonderful clean and busy little town. Crap towns we visited were Bath (expensive, nowhere to park, nightmare to drive in & pigeon poo everywhere), Gloucester (dirty & smelly), Cheltenham (Bland) and poor old Evesham (clean, but many empty shops, a dying town, a shame)

Surprised Wigan not mentioned. Well, to all suvverners, it's shyte - stay away !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shame to blame places like Rotheram, Sheffield, Hull, Manchester, etc etc. These are all (ex) industrial towns, the places that built Britain. Sad that their trades have all been sent to China, hearts ripped & lifeblood bled out of them - thats NOT their fault. They were built on hard graft, now gone.

One bloody good thing living "up north" is that we are never far from fantastic scenery. Within an hours drive of Wigan I can be (and regularly am) in The Lake District, Fylde Coast, Yorkshire Dales, Derbyshire Peak District, Cheshire Plain or North Wales national parks. Nice places nearby too. (yes, a couple of ruff ones also !!)

What, scenery wise, is within an hours drive of London ? - Watford Gap !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 26th Jun 2011, 21:51   #63 (permalink)
 
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What, scenery wise, is within an hours drive of London ? -

The Chilterns (AONB)
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Old 26th Jun 2011, 21:57   #64 (permalink)
 
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What, scenery wise, is within an hours drive of London ?
Well, the North Downs, Boxhill, a lot of nice countryside in Surrey, bits of Sussex and Kent, not to mention the Chilterns. All of which would make the soul happier for the view


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Old 27th Jun 2011, 00:58   #65 (permalink)
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Judging by your responses, I trust none of you have ever been to Fregon!
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 01:04   #66 (permalink)
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Fort McMurray, Alberta - won't be hurrying back there.
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 01:12   #67 (permalink)
 
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Yeovil.


Worked there once for a year. Remember driving over the hill and there was laid out a sea of rooves each with its TV aerial. 1 mile West of yeovil you fall off the edge of the world.
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 01:53   #68 (permalink)
 
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Mt Isa takes some beating. It manages to combine everything that's bad about remote Australia with everything that's bad about city Australia.

It's hot, dusty and three days drive from decent shops but also has hoons doing burn outs in noisy cars, parking meters and is neck deep in cashed up city bogans (Aussie chavs) doing their time in the mines and drinking most of their earnings every weekend. It's also really unsafe at night.

Broken Hill is a lovely place so being a remote mining town is no excuse for being horrible.
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 02:07   #69 (permalink)
 
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Aaahh Baku... Jewel of the Caspian. (Not) Where even the children have moustaches, just like their mother.

Actually it can be very pleasant to live there... great Turkish restaurants... a few decent pubs (not sure if the Lord Nelson is still open though it used to be kept in UK food stuffs by BA crew) and great caviar. Lamb is the predominant meat here with kebab shops on most street corners.

Not exactly somewhere I would go for a weekend but interesting never the less.

The Nobel family (as in Prize and Dynamite) are celebrated sons of Baku.
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 02:52   #70 (permalink)
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Is that because most of the bogan miners have left?
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 03:29   #71 (permalink)
 
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You may have a point. BH certainly has a very cafe latte feel to it these days.

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Old 27th Jun 2011, 06:36   #72 (permalink)
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I forgot another one.....

Preston.
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 07:40   #73 (permalink)
 
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Paris and London. Give me the horrors. Quite liked Bujumbura - Something about scoffing ndagala with a cold pint while a baby croc hunts fingerlings in the reeds next to your table and the hippos browse in the yacht basin.
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 07:42   #74 (permalink)
 
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So basically, we're saying it's grim up north, down south, out west...
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 08:03   #75 (permalink)
 
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I'll submit another vote for Swinedon

And there's Melksham just down the road.
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 08:13   #76 (permalink)
 
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All UK towns/cities beginning with 'B'

Bolton
Birmingham
Bradford
Bangladesh
Bombay
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 09:38   #77 (permalink)
 
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Obviously East Anglia and Norfolk in particular, "the eastern edge of the known world" is too remote for most on this forum, which is why Great Yarmouth has not been mentioned yet (though Lowestoft in sunny Suffolk did get a single vote).

Must agree with TTN in post #14 that Camborne must qualify fairly high up the list.
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 10:23   #78 (permalink)
 
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As far as I can tell, only two Kent towns have been mentioned (Yay!), Dover and Hythe. I agree with Dover; as the UK's front door, those continental chappies don't always remember to wipe their feet on the doormat.

But there's absolutely nothing wrong with the historic Cinque Port of Hythe!

Hythe, Kent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 10:37   #79 (permalink)
 
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I'm mildy surprised that Grantham has not had a mention thus far, so I will nominate it as the top town for charity shops, takeaways and roadworks!
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Old 27th Jun 2011, 11:03   #80 (permalink)
 
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Try Pristina, or better still, don't! Skopje is slightly better but only because you can get to more places (out of the country) from the airport.

Or Belmopan, built as the new capital of Belize right where nobody wanted to live. (To be fair I haven't been back for 30 years).

But the worst is Sleaford nr Lincoln. The others I only had to visit, in Sleaford I had to live. Recently described to me as having the mentality of a mining community without the benefit of a closed-down pit.
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