Category Archives: Traditional

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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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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most southerly

I was given a lift through the dead of night to Lizard village and woke up to discover we were right next to the sea.  I didn’t discover what lizards have to do with it, but it is really beautiful.  This is the most southerly place in England. Cornwall is infamous in the UK because [...]
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ravensthorpe, northampton

You don’t need much time to explore Ravensthorpe village.  It’s basically small and pretty.  It has a reservoir where people fish, a post office where people get their pensions, a church for whatever, a pub where people drink (‘Still £2 a pint!’ it says outside The Chequers), a playing field with a massive concrete tube [...]
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