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21 December 2008 @ 02:32 pm
I wish I was back in Peterborough  
I have lived in West Yorkshire, around halfway between Halifax and Rochdale, for the past 5-6 years. I can say honestly that all the surveys, newspaper reports and the rest are wrong with their guesses. This is truely the worst place to live in the UK. Scientists could prove it, but nobody intelligent enough would ever come here to do so.

Christ, what a shithole.

How do you rate your area?
Mat Bowlesmatgb on December 21st, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I live in West Yorkshire, about half way between Halifax and Huddersfield, and I think it's great.

Good pubs, decent shops, easy to travel to three decent cities if I want to go out or go shopping.

I've made loads of local contacts and am getting known in areas that interest me, and no one has been snitty because I'm from Devon.

Most of the people I know in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Tod like it up there as well. You sure it's not just you?
Knorg Knorgsson: Candiacrackpig on December 21st, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Good Lord, you found someone willing to say something nice about Tod?

Hebden Bridge has a nice old style Cinema, but is a total tourist trap. Only place I've seen selling gollywog dolls these days too.

I was in a pub up Hipperholme the other night, fellow was frenching his own sister. And everyone thought it normal.

I mean, even in the fens people tut these days.
Catpain Blackuddercharlycrash on December 21st, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
My local towns vary quite a bit. My favourite town nearby is Canterbury (8/10, maybe?) and the biggest shithole nearby is Dover (4/10). Kent's okay, it's just kinda poor and full of racists.

Leicester is pretty depressing. Bournemouth is a dump. Margate's pretty shit. Wolverhampton is vile.
Catpain Blackuddercharlycrash on December 21st, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
On reflection, there's some strange curse which afflicts towns on the coast which makes them infinitely more likely to be dull, dirty, depressing little holes.

I can't think of any coastal town I've ever been to which didn't suck other than my own (Whitstable), which still sucks a bit. It's alright, but it's pretty boring, job-free and generally bit void of.. well, much of anything.

Actually, Broadstairs is quite nice, but that's a core of niceness surrounded in a cloying layer of utter shit. Sandwich is okay but I'm not sure it's actually on the coast.

Edited at 2008-12-21 02:44 pm (UTC)
El Estuche: Hanchul Titanicczarny on December 21st, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Brighton! :O

Centre de la Cote Sud.
Dennydennyd on December 21st, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
The only place that might tempt me out of London one day.

Well, that and Sydney.
El Estuche: Moi Schwarzczarny on December 21st, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Heh, yep I think its proximity to London is something that makes me love it all the more. That and the lovely childhood memories I had there :)

El Estuche: Haku Dragonczarny on December 21st, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Aww I liked Leicester, lived there for 2 years :) It was developed enough to be a nice place to live but not so big that you'd get lost in it. The familiarity did cave in on me after a while though and I'd find myself missing the fact that I could go to any city in Yorkshire and still find summat new.

In other news, Leicester's only gay nightclub went bust. Massive outflux of gay people to Nottingham for nights out :(

The Stainless Steel Rat: Union Jack Y Frontsstainsteelrat on December 21st, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
I live on the border of Hampshire and Surrey and love it. There's a great mix of green but with places to go and things to do. Some of my favourite towns are close by as well: Guildford, Winchester and Chichester.

I think a lot is about what you see in an area; different strokes for different folks.
buckle up, buttercupwithluckysevens on December 21st, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
I just moved here (here being both the UK and West Yorkshire) and I like it so far. The only place I've been as of yet that I just outright didn't like was Dewsbury. It just seems really depressing. But I've only been here a month, so I'm sure my opinions will change with time.
Quasniasnaik on December 21st, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
I'm in Bristol, and I like it. I hated it when I was younger because there's not much for kids to do in many of the suburbs, but as a city to live and work in, it's fine. :) Traffic's no worse than anywhere else, and there's a lot of open green space in the city centre which I've not seen much of in other cities.

Aarona_pawson on December 21st, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
If you consider it such a terrible place, why don't you leave?
Knorg Knorgsson: Pus in Bootscrackpig on December 21st, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Golly, could I have a reason to have to stay?

I just might.

El Estuche: Kyu and Siwonczarny on December 21st, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Erm, I live in West Yorkshire in Wakefield and I think it's amazing. Leeds is amazing - great night life, variety of shops, lots of interesting things to do and its proximity to Sheffield and Manchester (along with relative proximity to other core cities) makes it even better.

Met some lovely people here and even though I'm originally from Surrey, never been seen as snooty (or the term 'Southern fairy' lol).

Knorg Knorgsson: Mr Vandemarcrackpig on December 21st, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
"Erm", I'm not criticising the entirity of West Yorkshire, just the bit of it described for criticism.

C'mon, it's not something anybody would argue against saying that Wakefield is a good 300 times better than Halifax or Sowerby Bridge or wherever. Even if I've seen businessmen openly guffawing at that "Best small city for business" sign they have/had at Westgate station.

Edited at 2008-12-21 06:45 pm (UTC)
El Estuche: Heechul Cheek Pokeczarny on December 21st, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Heh fair enough, sorry to misunderstand. :)

Yeah there are definitely better places to invest than Wakefield if I'm honest xD Buuuut it does have potential. I think Wakey and Castleford will be a lot better in a couple of years time, and it's about time too.
Dennydennyd on December 21st, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
I live in central London - it's okay, bit scummy in the obvious ways, but also lively and interesting as you would expect. I don't miss any of the places I lived before I moved to London.
zephret on December 21st, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
I think my problem now is, after living in London for so long, anywhere else I go will feel lacking in all the things I do here now!
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All You Need is Lovetiggsybabes on December 21st, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
I'm a Southerner living in West Yorkshire & love it here. Friendly people, good prices, lovely countryside etc etc.
Debparanoiaclub on December 22nd, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
I have lived in Cardiff for the last 12 years and love it (I wouldn't have stayed so long otherwise). Has the feel and facilities of a decent sized city, but is small enough so you are always bumping into someone you know.
Perfidious Albionmatttt on December 23rd, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
Could do better.
Seven_Veilsseven_veils on December 26th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Not West Yorkshire, but I spend a fair bit of time in the Rotherham/Sheffield area and I love it!! I live in central Cambridge, but adore coming up here. The best thing is how lovely the people are here, so friendly, open and warm.