Category Archives: Places

bradford

I met my friend Tom when I was in Newcastle and he thought that Bradford would be a good place to go.  Bradford has a large Asian population, in stark contrast to whiter-than-white Durham.  Quite a few of the towns I’ve visited so far have very few black people, which might help to explain, but [...]
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second coming

Durham is a university town where the students always tend to originate from the upper-middle or upper class.  Around town, the students are referred to quite affectionately as ‘The Rah’s’.  Term hasn’t started back yet, so there aren’t many students around, but I did speak to Hannah and Amanda, who are studying foreign languages at [...]
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lost

After being looked after at my sister’s house I was dropped off by the river to walk a stretch into Newcastle city centre.  There were loads of brightly coloured huts on a ledge above the river, used for housing pigeons.  I found John there.  John has been made redundant after working for 41 years.  He [...]
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hartlepool

A lady in the next village from mine when I was younger had a stocky grey pony called Hartlepool who pulled a cart around the countryside, and ever since I’ve liked the name.   So Hartlepool became the next destination.  The excellent and cheap Grand Central train line runs through it direct from London, and [...]
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where I slept

I’m in London until next week now because of work and unbreakable festival commitments, which is why I haven’t had anything new to say.  I thought I would post up the beds in which I’ve slept on the trip so far.  I would say the best night’s sleep was on the living room floor at [...]
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sunderland

Sunderland tourism call it ‘the city by the sea’.  I don’t think that many tourists come to Sunderland.  The first person to approach me from the train station is a teenage boy asking for money to so he can get somewhere to sleep.  As I walk into town from my bed and breakfast I see [...]
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queen and country

I got a bus early from Carlisle to visit Hadrian’s Wall.  A man called David gave me an extensive commentary the whole way on the Romans and the forts and the wall.  He comes from Milton Keynes every month and walks a stretch so he knows what he’s talking about.   Apparently Birdoswald, where I [...]
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yesterday

After chatting to some lovely old people in Morecambe, who said the classics like ‘It’s not like it was in my day’ and ‘Young people today don’t know they’re born’ I got the bus to Windermere in the Lake District.  Another beautiful place, but for some reason a lot of things were annoying me, like [...]
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pretty nice

Pretty pretty Buxton.  It was nice.  I’ve been reading a book called Watching the English by Kate Fox where she talks about our love of the word ‘nice’ – it suits our moderate approach to most things, she says.  Possibly true.  The chapter I’m reading at the moment is about pets  It’s worth reproducing this [...]
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buses and buxton

Yesterday Pauline and Alan said I should go to Buxton next, so that’s what I did.  I took a bus from Stoke to Leek, where I had to wait for the next bus so I went for pie, peas and gravy at a cafe.  A crooked old man shuffled in alone and ordered a cup [...]
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