Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tottenham

As soon as you hop off the Tube, or train, or bus, or any of the other of Tottenham’s sole selling point (its range of escape routes) you get the same feeling everyone gets on arriving: you are not welcome … Continue reading

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Jaywick

Our holiday, from the initial internet research, sounded too good to be true:  a caravan site located right next to the sea, with miles of sandy beaches.   A site just one mile from the “pretty village of St Osyth” – … Continue reading

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Blackburn

Twinned with Péronne, a war ravaged part of the Somme region, Blackburn has a similar post-devastation chic. Empty streets, shuttered shopfronts and dour-faced social anomalies permeate the town. 26 percent of the population are Muslim and, if my experiences stand … Continue reading

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Hatfield

Known locally as Shatfield, Hatfield is so completely devoid of any culture, identity and fun that its student population seldom stays after finishing University. Fortunately, most people who have neither lived nor studied there have never heard of it, which … Continue reading

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Chipping Norton

Those that haven’t been to Chipping Norton probably imagine it as one of those beautiful Cotswold towns with solid, elegant buildings made of soft honeyed stone. They probably also think of red telephone boxes, bicycling vicars, pretty gardens and cosy … Continue reading

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