Monthly Archives: August 2010

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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a long way up

I came to Carlisle because some people on a yacht on Lake Winderemere said I should.  It’s far north and near to Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans to keep the barbarian Scots out (or in).  Carlisle is very cold and very wet.  There was a Caribbean night at the racecourse so I went there [...]
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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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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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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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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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