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Jul 16, 2011, 6:35am

I've just joined LibraryThing so am still finding my way. I live in Wakefield, Yorkshire but am London born and bred.
Hope there's a few more Brits on here.

Jul 16, 2011, 12:12pm

Welcome, Sam! There are loads of us here on LT! I'm in Cornwall, so not near you I'm afraid. I had a look at your profile - I'm just beginning to get the genealogy bug too! It's highly addictive, isn't it?

Jul 16, 2011, 2:01pm

Hi Sam! (I'm in Hampshire so not very near either of you!)

If you haven't found it yet, there is a feature to show who/what is in your area: from the "Local" tab at the top - though it does admit that "Most members do not currently list their location." :^)

Jul 16, 2011, 3:35pm

*waves from the other side of the Pennines*

Jul 16, 2011, 4:39pm

And I'm in the West Midlands (well, North Warwickshire), so not near anyone else - but there are more of us out there. Let's see if we can join the dots. (BTW, brought up in Derbyshire, so that's a bit nearer to Sam - and my sister is in Bude, so that's handy for miss_read).

Jul 16, 2011, 6:19pm

Hello! I'm in Birmingham!

Jul 16, 2011, 6:38pm

I'm in Dorset, so not too far from dtw42 (is that a Hitch-hikers reference, by the way?), and reasonably close to miss_read!

Jul 17, 2011, 4:14am

> 7 Hello, BuffaloPhil! "Reasonably close" is relative, isn't it? I'm not so sure I'm reasonably close to anyone! But you're certainly closer than the West Midlands or the Pennines.

>5 RobertDay: Robert, even Bude is a long way from us. :(

Jul 17, 2011, 5:17am

>7 BuffaloPhil:: yes. :^)

Jul 17, 2011, 5:51am

Greetings, Sam. Home Counties, me.

Jul 17, 2011, 6:41am

Spiritual home Manchester. Family home Staffordshire. Working in Yorkshire. Residential home Hampshire.

Jul 17, 2011, 6:44am

Blimey Noisy you get about a bit, in the nicest possible way :)

Jul 17, 2011, 1:36pm

Hi Sam and welcome. I grew up not far from you - Pontefract & have migrated into Nottinghamshire. Lucky you, not that far from all those tempting bookshops in York. Noticed on your profile you like Sharon Penman. You would probably also like Elizabeth Chadwick in that case.

Jul 18, 2011, 7:06am

Born in Barnet; grew up in Mold; live in Norwich; work in Staines. Guess I have a lot in common with Noisy...

Jul 18, 2011, 8:24am

Born in Sussex, brought up in Hongkong, higher education in Southampton, worked in Bristol, retired (?) to West Wales. But no plans to move to Yorkshire.

Jul 18, 2011, 8:57am

Born and bred in Hull, but I'm going to be moving to York in a couple of months, so I will have a whole new world of beautiful bookshops, cafés and libraries to explore. Very exciting!

Jul 18, 2011, 10:30am

Will be in York in October but presently in Sussex. Can we have some fun with how many places people have lived in? I can start with fourteen, but then I've been around a long time!

Jul 18, 2011, 10:57am

HI all,

Born in Somerset, educated in Guildford, worked in Cambridge, living (and still working) in Manchester. Slowly working my way northwards!

#14 I was visiting Mold this weekend, looking for Hesp Alyn

Jul 18, 2011, 11:14am

>17 oldstick: You're on, oldstick! When I said I lived in Cornwall, that was the short version.

Born in Pembrokeshire, moved to Cornwall, moved to Mauritius, moved to Canada (Alberta), moved to the US (Louisiana), moved within the US to Rhode Island, back to Pembrokeshire and now Cornwall again.

Am I going to repeat the cycle?

Jul 18, 2011, 11:16am

Bah, I lose! Mentioned Hampshire above; born in Sarf London, nothing else. :^/

Jul 18, 2011, 11:26am

Born in Sarf London, lived in New Cross,Plumstead, Chatham, Gillingham and now Wakefield. Unfortunately I appear to have lived in the dregs of England lol

Jul 18, 2011, 11:29am

Born in Birmingham, lived in Clacton, Colchester, Dudley, Swansea, Salford, Winchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge, near Chelmsford, Winchester, Barrow-on-Humber, Bridgwater, Winchester (again!) and now in France! (so 15, if I am allowed to count returns to Winchester, or 13 if not).

Jul 18, 2011, 12:43pm

Bit rubbish I'm afraid, been in Dorset all my life except for a couple of years at Uni in Exeter!

I do plan to move to the US at some point though so that will improve my tally if it actually comes off.

Jul 18, 2011, 1:32pm

Hi all - I'm in Staffordshire - another one who has stayed pretty much in one place - think it comes from watching my dad travel the world as a kid - I wanted to just be a homebody!! ;)

Jul 18, 2011, 2:19pm

Grew up in Woking (an aberration alphabetically, an abomination generally) then Coventry, Cricklewood, Croydon, Crystal Palace and currently Catford :-)

Jul 18, 2011, 2:26pm

>25 mart1n:: Hm, a quick bit of googling and there isn't even a district of Woking beginning with C. Shame! Claim Chobham instead...
>21 SamFord:: dregs - I didn't say which bit of Hampshire I was in! ;^P

Jul 18, 2011, 4:55pm

Hooray for New Cross (lived there) and Catford (worked there)

The long version of mine is Tonbridge, Kent - Birmingham - Peckham - New Cross Gate - Covent Garden - Birmingham

Jul 18, 2011, 5:42pm

Not very interesting, I'm afraid: Rayners Lane (Middx), St Mary's Platt (Kent), Pinner (Middx), Barnes, Oxford, Islip, Bicester (well, Caversfield, actually), Oxford again (well, Hinksey, actually). Currently in exile in the rebellious colonies, somewhere between the Mason-Dixon line and the Potomac River, but plotting my return to somewhere on the fringe of Cotswold country.

Jul 19, 2011, 7:25am

Hello Rowan! Nice to see more Brits here on LT, can get a bit overwhelmingly American at times. I'm Welsh but grew up in Stoke-on-Trent (lucky me). Finished uni at Aberystwyth last year so am back with the rents temporarily but the world (or at least most of the UK) is my oyster now, who knows where I'll end up :)

Jul 19, 2011, 9:46am

...so no surprise that you've got some Malcolm Pryce then! (From Aberystwyth With Love is in my ginormous TBR pile...)

Jul 19, 2011, 1:07pm

ha ha no, no surprise :) You should definatly read some Malcolm Pryce he is hilarious. His books are loved by all Aber students who had no idea they were living on the 'mean streets of downtown Aberystwyth' before! One of my friends discovered she was living in the 'notorious red light district' right next to the infamous underground club the Moulin Coch (coch is welsh for red). I just hope no tourists get hold of the book then come to Aber expecting it all to be real! They would be a bit dissapointed I think to find a small seaside town with a pebbly beach, a few donkeys and not a whif of organised crime anywhere.

Jul 19, 2011, 2:11pm

LOL, well I've already read Aberystwyth Mon Amour and Last Tango in Aberystwyth...

Jul 21, 2011, 9:34am

How do we get a message from someone who does not exist? SamFord. I was going to ask you about Chatham and Gillingham but my computer says you don't exist.

Jul 21, 2011, 12:01pm

My computer says the same thing, my guess is they cancelled their account. How odd, we seem friendly enough, don't we?!

Editado: Jul 21, 2011, 12:11pm

>33 oldstick:, 34

I wonder if RowanWellie accidentally created a second account (as SamFord) and deleted it after realizing what he'd done.


Jul 21, 2011, 12:22pm

Like Tracy Samantha Lord, Sam Ford is a she, or so she says ;-)

Jul 21, 2011, 12:28pm

Well post #1 in this thread originally showed up as being by SamFord, but now shows as RowanWellie, so #35 is probably right.

Jul 21, 2011, 12:56pm

>36 abbottthomas:
Oops, sorry for the typo. There is a good reason why I'm not a transciptionist. ;-)

>37 BuffaloPhil:
Ah, in that case, it might have been a username change, although that wouldn't really explain #21 still showing as SamFord - curiouser and curiouser.

Jul 21, 2011, 2:59pm

> 18

Funnily enough, the caving club which found that system used to stay in the barn by our house (Brithdir Mawr, near Cilcain). One of their (ex)members now lives in the area and is good friends with my brother.

Sadly, Brithdir is no longer in the family, and doesn't really look as it used to, when it starred in the film Hilary and Jackie

Jul 21, 2011, 3:52pm

Hi, I'm currently in Croydon, but started off in St Helens, then Bangor, intermittently Gloucester, then New Cross and Lewisham.
>25 mart1n:, I used to work in Catford and my daughter lived in Crystal Palace for a while...maybe we've walked past each other at some point!

Jul 22, 2011, 6:42am

> 25 > 40 I was living in New Cross Gate 1997-2002 and worked in Catford in 2000 ... !

Jul 22, 2011, 10:11am

>40 mlfhlibrarian:: I grew up in Croydon, and now live in Beckenham! I take the tram between the two all the time - so convenient!

Jul 22, 2011, 3:20pm

Anyone remember the Barron Knights version of the Smurf song?

"Where are you all coming from?"
"We're from Dartmoor on the run."
"Why do you all talk this way?"
"Cos we're from Catford, ain't we, eh?!"

Jul 22, 2011, 3:29pm

Sad to say, yes. Went along with their "There's a dentist in Birmingham" to the tune of "Rivers of Babylon".

Jul 25, 2011, 4:26am

Oh no my multiple personalities are showing :) It must've changed my name to the username from my actual name.
And just for info I'm a girl, well too old to be classed as girl and not quite old enough to be an old biddy.
I wouldnt have run away from you lot as we Brits have got to stick together.

Jul 25, 2011, 4:34am

And now I'm back to SamFord again??? Weird

Jul 25, 2011, 6:53am

Hi Rowan/Sam! I'm a Devon girl born and bred though Mum was a Yorkshire lass. I'm also interested in genealogy (my 'tree', like so many others, has reached the point where a lot of travel and free time is called for and I don't have the luxury of either just yet) and another OU student (I did my BA Hons with the OU many years ago and am now in the middle of the MA in English Lit (A815)). Although we Brits are definitely in the minority here on LT there are at least enough of us to make a respectable showing and it's always good to gain newbies. Have fun!

Jul 26, 2011, 6:30am

Another Dorset resident, although I've been around.

Incidentally, am I the only Brit to find the expression 'Home Counties' to be ever-so-slightly condescending? I have a similar issue with calling Kent 'the garden of England', although in that case I take it to mean there are a lot of vegetables living there!

Jul 26, 2011, 6:50am

>48 CliffordDorset:
Yes, Home Counties is a lot condescending! Ditto Garden of England, though there must have been a specific historical reason for that--WW2 perhaps? Also, the Midlands: east, not in the middle, as far as Wales is concerned, and quite far south as far as Scotland is concerned. All the directional descriptions are geographically relative, aren't they?

Jul 26, 2011, 6:56am

#48/49 Pretty sure this is all relative to London, otherwise known as the Centre of England. Anything that happens anywhere else is pretty much irrelevant. Similar events get much greater prominance if they've occured in London compared to any other city.

Up here in Manchester we're quietly waiting for the BBC to finish moving their staff, and I at least am curious if it will have any effect on the location bias.

Jul 26, 2011, 9:54am

Regional TV seems annoying, too. In West Sussex we have meridian, which seems to be 9o% Hampshire. I would rather like more news of Kent but we only seem to hear about them at weekends, for some strange reason. The BBC news covers Oxfordshire and Berkshire, too, which seem a world away. We do not get all the horrid news we used to get when we lived in North Kent and it was all about London.That's a real cultural bubble.
The Garden of England is fair enough, or perhaps it should be London's Garden, because of all the orchards and hop fields. Home Counties is a ridiculous term but the Midlands are in the middle of England, aren't they? What about East Anglia, Northumbria and all those strange ridings in Yorkshire?
Don't lets do away with historical terminology.

Jul 26, 2011, 10:19am

Oh, goodness! I might have guessed that I'd upset the bloody Welsh and the Northerners ;-)

Honestly, I do NOT use 'Home Counties' with any thought of condescension - it is a rather old-fashioned administrative term used to cover counties surrounding the Great Wen into which the capital's influence had spread sufficiently to require common legislation. Would locating myself 'within the M25' cause less offence to provincial sensitivities? Whoops! Better not use the 'P'word, had I?

Anyway, I thought this was a 'Brits' forum - shall we try for a bit of unity, chaps and chapesses?

Just for the record, one great-grandfather was as Welsh as they come, another was born in Dorset, even if he spent much of his life east of Wales, one Brummie born and bred and one of uncertain origin.

Jul 26, 2011, 10:38am

I'm a fenlander and a yellow belly and proud of it. I live in Peterborough now (as can be seen from my profile) so I haven't moved far.

Jul 26, 2011, 11:17am

I was just looking for historical roots of the phrase "home counties": the OED's first citation is 1898, but a bit of Google News Archive trawling turns up usages well before that...

Jul 26, 2011, 12:17pm

Speaking as someone who doesn't officially exist (according to the Beeb, the country ends at Bristol) I'm completely at a loss to understand what is patronising about the name 'the home counties'. I always thought the word 'home' had rather pleasant connotations or, at least, neutral ones.

Jul 26, 2011, 12:45pm

>51 oldstick:, 52
Only talking relativism. And no, I wouldn't ever do away with historical terminology!

Jul 26, 2011, 3:15pm

Well I was born, and grew up, in one of the Home Counties (Surrey) and now live in another (West Sussex) but would never think to use that terminology if giving my locality. When I was a child (more than 40 years ago) London was a long way from our corner of Surrey and those counties beyond London had no more in common with us than Wales or Scotland or any other far-flung part of the world!

Jul 26, 2011, 7:18pm

I was brought up in Middlesex, and always liked the "Home Counties" tag, as it conveys a Betjemanesque image of commuters with hats and brollies heading home on the outer reaches of the Underground through the mist on autumn evenings. But since people now appear to commute to London from places like Huntingdon, Peterborough, Charlbury, and Nuneaton, the term seems archaic.

Jul 27, 2011, 3:39am

#52: 'The bloody Welsh!'? I didn't think any Welsh people had commented on your post. Just thought you'd get that in there? Lovely.

Jul 27, 2011, 4:26am

>59 KayEluned: Try #49, look you.

With my own Welsh ancestry I can't really criticise the nation, but I've always found it curious that we have to pay to drive into Wales on the M4 but the Welsh can escape for free.

Editado: Jul 27, 2011, 5:05am

The assumption is that you have to return whichever direction you've come from, and so they get you one way or another.

PS Though not Welsh I do live in Wales and my lifelong sensitivity to endemic Anglocentrism in England (and the equivalent attitude in the great metropolis) has merely been heightened after seven years here. Mind you, the same is true wherever you are in the world; the world may be your oyster but you remain the pearl (that doesn't quite make sense, but let it stand).

PPS In seven years I have never ever heard anyone say 'Look you.'

Jul 27, 2011, 7:35am

>61 ed.pendragon: My apologies for unwarranted, if understandable assumptions.

In seven years I have never ever heard anyone say 'Look you.'
To be perfectly honest, the only person I've ever heard say 'Look you' was Able Seaman Goldstein in the Navy Lark. Mostly, I don't seek to be taken terribly seriously ;-)

Jul 27, 2011, 9:17am

Non-offended Welsh woman (though living in Cornwall) here. Don't worry, abbottthomas. :)

Jul 27, 2011, 12:26pm

I apologise abbottthomas I was in a grumpy mood when I wrote that, I hope Anglo-Welsh relations will be amiable from now on in this thread :)

P.S. I've never heard anyone say 'look you' either.

Jul 28, 2011, 5:00pm

LOL - anyone would think I'd simply been stirring (in #48)!

>55 Booksloth:
Here in Dorset, part of the same BBC region as you, we have the distinct impression that 'regional' TV people think that it's Plymouth that is the centre of the universe! I suspect that's because crime is centred there - Torquay occasionally gets a mention for the same reason.

Jul 28, 2011, 5:10pm

>65 CliffordDorset:
I guess you're West Dorset? I'm in Blandford, right on the western edge of the Meridian / South Today regions, and it's ALL Southampton/Portsmouth/Brighton... probably for the same reason!

Editado: Jul 28, 2011, 5:20pm

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Jul 29, 2011, 5:39am

#65 I suspect that's because crime is centred there

We do our best CD. Trust me, if you lived n Plymouth you'd turn to crime too.

Jul 29, 2011, 12:48pm

>25 mart1n: - 'Woking an abomination generally' - how very dare you. Not that I actually live in Woking of course -)

Jul 29, 2011, 1:00pm

Hello Brits - just joined the group and thought I'd jump on the back of Sam's hello to introduce myself. Been on LT for a few years and as far as the geography goes, born in the Cotswolds to Lancastrian parents, moved to Lancashire when I was four so I feel that I'm really a Northener, moved to Sunderland for 18 years and then down to my current (and final probably) location of beautiful South Somerset almost on the Devon boarder. What a glorious country we live in :o)

Jul 31, 2011, 1:49pm

#61, #62, etc.

Born and raised and spent the first forty-odd years of my life in South Wales and I've never heard anyone say 'look you' either.

I suspect the idea that it's something said by the Welsh comes from the Welshman Fluellen (spelling?) in Shakespeare's Henry V - he uses it a lot - but, if I remember right, it's scattered elsewhere in Shakespeare and I suspect that, with Fluellen, old Will didn't actually intend it as specifically Welsh.

Jul 31, 2011, 2:39pm

ha ha I love Fluellen 'Eat my leek!' best Shakespeare line ever :P

Jul 31, 2011, 6:36pm

Everything is to do with London *rolls eyes* and I can say that as I was born there. I've noticed since moving to Yorkshire that the BBC doesnt have weather for up here. Nearly every forecast misses out the 100 or so miles south of Berwick, even if we've had terrible weather but if London gets a snowflake it warrants a mention.

Ago 1, 2011, 6:39am

The British media is terribly London centric still sadly. Not that there's anything wrong with London of course, it's just that most people in Britain DON'T live there ;) I think it is just simply because most of the British media is based in London, and they lose sight of this fact.
I was reading the Times the other day and it has a section in the Weekend where it tells you all the interesting events going on that weekend, it nearly always has one token northern event (yorkshire or scotland) one either in Wales or midlands, then all the rest are bunched up around the south-east of England, with annoying phrases like 'really easy to get to', yes they are if you live in London, they're not if you live in Whitby! Sigh, rant over.

Ago 1, 2011, 9:43am

#74 - On this topic, I'm never sure whether to be amused or irritated when I come across 'regional correspondents' on news reports - as in, "And now a report from our Birmingham correspondent." It's that word 'correspondent' - it always smacks to me of foreign countries and I often suspect that's how the media sees anywhere outside the M25.

Ago 1, 2011, 12:50pm

There is some justification for it - simply that it's the place where you can cover 'local' stuff for the most people in the smallest area.

It is terribly frustrating for the majority who aren't in or around London though!

Ago 6, 2011, 8:01am

>73 RowanWellie:-76

What an ungrateful lot! Londoners think of you a lot, really they do, despite your different accents. Particularly so when 'they' need money for things like the olympics, policing football matches, subsidising royalty, building railways, etc. ...

When (not if) the 'Great Wen' disappears under the sea as a result of climate change, guess who will be paying for the trillions to resurrect it in the same place, so those poor folks won't have to move outside the London Underground map! Shame on you denying 'them' their right to exploit you!

Ago 8, 2011, 8:10am

>77 CliffordDorset:

You sarky provincial, you ;-)

Londoners have paid more than the rest of you for the Olympics AFAIK, Her Majesty is as much queen of Dorset as of London, I doubt that the North-east and the Midlands need fewer police at football matches than London - at Wembley, it's usually the coachloads from Oop North that cause the trouble - and as for railways, what are they for but to facilitate the movement of the jobless and culture-starved from all over England to the pleasures of their capital city. I think the Scots and Welsh can take a train to London as well, if they can afford it :(

Ago 8, 2011, 8:18am

We're perfectly happy with Cardiff and Edinburgh thanks very much! ;P

Ago 8, 2011, 11:35am

Unrepentent Londoner here and proud of it! I was born in Metroland and currently reside at one end of the Piccadilly line. About from brief studying sojourns in Madchester (as it was then) and the USA, I get twitchy outside the M25.

Ago 8, 2011, 12:57pm

Hi Grammath, hope we havn't alienated you too much! I love London really, as I'm sure most people on here do too, especially for Xmas shopping! : )

Ago 8, 2011, 3:13pm

80 one end of the Piccadilly line

Oooh: place of legend! I could shout "Cockfosters" and "Arnos Grove" at passing tube trains from my nursery in Rayners Lane, but I didn't know that anyone actually lived out that way!

But I have a love-hate relationship with London: I'm proud of having been born inches over the border in Hertfordshire; I was brought up in Metroland but have always identified with Middlesex.

Ago 8, 2011, 5:08pm

Unfortunately some Londoners are letting the side down a bit at present :-(

Editado: Ago 9, 2011, 6:29am

...but I see that the rest of the country is catching up with us. The capital sets the trends as usual, more's the pity this time.

I had to skirt around the riots on Sunday night to get to my girlfriend's place. Not fun.

#82. I'm familiar with both ends of the line since I still have close relations round your way. It is an epic trip and a chance to get a lot of reading done!

Ago 9, 2011, 6:41pm

Hope everyone's okay and not being caused too much pain by current situation. Was a bit delayed in getting home from work tonight and had to walk through city centre Manchester not too long after it all kicked off here. Managed to get home ok though. Was hoping that things would settle down now that it's getting a bit later but just heard more blazing sirens going off again.

Ago 10, 2011, 5:39am

Down here in the SW all we can do is watch the news helplessly. After many years of one child living in London and the oher in Liverpool I can't help being glad and relieved that they're now back here again where nothing ever happens. All best wishes to everyone who is affected.

Ago 10, 2011, 5:41am

My daughter lives in Manchester and works in the city centre but she keeps reassuring me that things are fine and she is safe. The broadcast news, however, is telling me the reverse...

Ago 12, 2011, 4:01am

Everything's OK now in Birmingham, thank goodness - and I was cheered up by being part of a fab cleanup team

Ago 23, 2011, 12:26pm

Totally sidetracked here and a bit late to the party. But here's my list anyway.
Born in Lincolnshire, lived in Rutland, then Abingdon, Liverpool, Bolton (Breightmet, Heaton, Kearsley & Horwich to be precise). Next came Florsheim, West Germany (before Unification), Frankfurt, Germany (reunified now), Darmstadt, and Wiesbaden. Then back to Bolton and shortly thereafter to the US to Savannah, Georgia for a brief spell. Then back to Germany - Hanau this time. After 5 years there it was back to the US to Upstate NY, then Maryland and then back to Georgia - Augusta this time and then, finally, a neighbouring county.
As to the regional/geographic rivalries, they've existed in some shape or form everywhere I've lived wether it's North/South, East/West, Upstate/Downstate or City/County.
Right off to the post the link I came here intending to post.

Oct 30, 2011, 9:08am

Hi, seemed like a good place to introduce myself. Original from a tiny village in Berkshire but now happily reside in Bristol although my fav bookshop is Mr Bs in Bath.

Oct 30, 2011, 12:08pm

Hello clfisha :)

Oct 30, 2011, 12:45pm

Hello, clfisha! I'm a big fan of Mr. B's as well. What a fabulous place it is!

Editado: Dic 7, 2011, 9:46am

>17 oldstick: Oh well, better late than never say I! Although originally from Dublin (back in the mists of time), I came over to England when a year old. Dad had just qualified as a GP and had to find locum work for the first few years. Remember living in Runcorn & Chesterfield and then settled in Crewe when he got a junior partnership in a practice. Went to boarding school in Denbigh, N.Wales and moved to Woodley, Berkshire when Dad eventually got a full partnership. Since then lived in Henley on Thames, Reading & Winnersh, Kingsteignton & Newton Abbot in Devon, Poole in Dorset and now residing just south of Birmingham. Nearly forgot living and working in London for several years after leaving school - where do the years go!? So that makes me level pegging with oldstick at 14 :-)

Editado: Feb 14, 2012, 10:54am

Hi everyone..just joined this group. Been on LT a while now and I am STILL finding my way around. Only just found this group. It's a bit like ancestry in as much as I can spend too much time on it.
Just spent a pleasant and amusing ten mins or so reading the good natured comments on this thread;

>17 oldstick: Only ever lived in Wales but love visiting other places.
Exeter and London being two of my faves, and;

>60 abbottthomas: Can I risk being the cheeky newbie (was going to say new girl, but that's pushing it a bit at my age) and say we don't have to escape from Wales, it's just a case of 'needs must where the Devil drives sometimes ;)

Feb 18, 2012, 9:19am

>94 justmespecialk:

Welcome. Whatever your chronological age, you can always be someone's 'new girl'.

There are worse places than Wales to wake up in every day.

Feb 21, 2012, 3:13pm

Yay! Pancake day! :D (jumping up and down like a five year old) ... erm I mean oh good it's Shrove Tuesday.

Feb 21, 2012, 3:44pm

Off to make pancakes shortly ..

Shrove Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, When jack came to town,
His mother made pancakes but she didn't know how.
She turned them she burned them she made them all black,
She put them in the oven and she poisoned poor jack.

Bread of Heaven for the next forty days then everyone ;)

>95 CliffordDorset: CliffordDorset ..Thankyou for the welcome :)

Feb 21, 2012, 5:40pm

Don't forget the pancakes on jif lemon day!

Feb 22, 2012, 8:30am

Hello all,

I thought that I'd join the thread (with some trepidation) to say that I'm in Mid Wales, although originally from Shropshire. Here we don't have to pay to escape to England, we just drive downhill towards Hereford and there it is! Luckily that route takes us through Hay-on-Wye too. :)

Feb 22, 2012, 8:50am

#99 - Beautiful part of the world! As a Welshman in exile I envy you. I'm going to buy a second home thereabouts when I win the national lottery rollover jackpot (or a third - I'm going to buy one on Gower, as well).

Feb 22, 2012, 8:54am

>99 Pontevallo:, 100
Mid Wales is beautiful. Have lots of good memories of holidays in Gower (not all beach, some archaeologising as well), but feel really lucky to have landed up in Pembrokeshire: the Preselis and access to the sea!

Feb 22, 2012, 9:05am

#101 - Funny thing, I lived the first two-thirds of my life in South Wales, yet never got round to exploring the Preselis. Always wanted to see where the Bluestones came from, so I have no idea why not.

Feb 22, 2012, 10:03am

>102 alaudacorax:
See you have Brian John's The Bluestone Enigma, alaudacorax, so you perhaps know he has doubts that the bluestones were moved by human agency to Wiltshire; though there's recent news that geologists have discovered the exact outcrop where they (the bluestones that is, not the geologists) originated from, and that it's a western outlier of the Preselis. I can't vouch for the science behind the geological analysis, but I do have a considerable amount of scepticism over the logistics of moving eighty-plus megaliths that distance using relatively unsophisticated technology.

Feb 22, 2012, 10:41am

#103 - Actually, I don't have the book - it's in my 'Get it from the library sometime' collection. Yet another book that I haven't yet got round to.

It's a fascinating question, though, and one I've been meaning to thoroughly read up on for years. I'll get round to it someday (I hope).

Editado: Feb 22, 2012, 12:28pm

>99 Pontevallo: Ahh Pontevallo, Shropshire is beautiful, we stayed at Bishop's Castle last year when my sister who now lives in Montgomery got married. She (like I still do) lived in South Wales too.

Hay on Wye is gorgeous been there many times but I've just finished reading Sixpence House by Paul Collins so I'm going to have a better look around next time we go, that's if we can manage to get past Tre Tower Court with our picnic ;)


>101 ed.pendragon: ed.pendragon lucky you living in Pembrokeshire, we visit that part of the world quite often too. Lovely holiday memories.

Feb 24, 2012, 11:30am

#100 I think that given the monstrous size of some of the rollover prizes you could possibly buy a substantial piece of Wales for that money, let alone a second home. :)

#105 Bishop's Castle is very close to where I was born, at Clun (Clunton and Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun, the quietest places under the sun as Housman had it and he wasn't wrong). Don't forget that the Hay festival is coming up soon, they are already sending out emails and I believe the first tickets are being released next week.

Feb 24, 2012, 4:52pm

I'm supposed to be volunteering at the Hay festival this year, can't wait!

Feb 25, 2012, 3:32am

What fun!

Feb 25, 2012, 6:49am

>107 KayEluned:

Abr 20, 2012, 6:49am

ive not been on this website for a while

Abr 21, 2012, 3:52am

Well ... seeing your profile picture, I, for one, forgive you. You should really be on a charge for AWOL but Python fans have to be allowed extra latitude.

Abr 21, 2012, 8:38am

yeah i'm high on Python

Mayo 7, 2012, 5:31pm

Hi I'm originally from Berkshire, moved around a bit and now live in Cambridge.

Mayo 13, 2012, 4:25pm

Just joined this group. I live in Reading and have done so for the past 25 years. Grew up in Gloucestershire (and Cyprus for three years) and went to uni in Aberystwyth.

I keep track of my reading on the 75books challenge.


Mayo 14, 2012, 6:46am

Keeping track of my reading in Book of the Month group, but have begun to stop reading when I don't feel I want to continue with a book. So far I haven't included those. I haven't looked at the challenge groups. I thought I was in enough but they have all gone quiet recently so I've taken to writing a blog on wordpress instead. It gives me more chance to find a home for my verses. The library have just found me four books that were suggested by members of the Book of the Month group so I have plenty to keep me busy. Apologies to the garden-it's getting neglected. Reading to folks in the care home this afternoon. I hope some stay awake.

Mayo 14, 2012, 3:15pm

#114 Hi Helen I went to Aberystwyth Uni too! You can join my Ystwyth Books fanclub (current membership 1) if you like :)

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