Category Archives: Urban

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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what I ate

Still waiting to adventure out again next week.  Meanwhile here’s some of the food I ate on the trip so far.  I was mostly trying to eat for under a tenner a day.  Finding something healthy to eat on a budget was very difficult. From my experience, I would go so far as to suggest [...]
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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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blackpool to morecambe

The love affair with Blackpool has ended, although on reasonably good terms.  A guy I met called Mike suggested I come to Morecambe, where apparently there are lots of old people.  I love old people so this sounds good.  Everywhere seems pretty quiet in Morecambe.  I hardly saw a soul on the streets when I [...]
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heaven and hell

More encounters with born again christians.  I asked what happens to the unbelievers and the street preacher said ‘I believe there is a glorious heaven.  But there is also a hell, I’m afraid.’  I’d say that works for Blackpool too.  I’m loving it so far, but tonight I’m heading out in the rain to sample [...]
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stoke-on-trent

I haven’t been born again or anything but I have had the odd revelation here.  Yesterday seems like such a long time ago. Stoke-on-Trent is a nice town.  The area is known locally as the Potteries, and there is a lovely dialect, where people say ‘duck’ and ‘shug’ rather than ‘love’ or ‘dear’.  It is [...]
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born again

To leave London randomly I decided to go to Victoria Coach Station and take the first National Express bus out of there in classic road trip style.  It transpires all the buses go at the same time, so my dream of not having to decide anything was thwarted!  The ticket man was a bit confused [...]
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leaving

London is hard to leave.  There’s always tomorrow. Here’s another collection of photographs from the trip…. Bath, Monday 9th August 2010 Lindsay and Isla, Bath, Tuesday 10th August 2010 From the bus between St Austell and Newquay, Thursday 5th August 2010 Grosvenor Centre exit, Northampton, Monday 2nd August 2010 Field overlooking the reservoir, Ravensthorpe, Northampton, [...]
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