This is the town I live in. I promised long ago that I’d show you all why I hate it so much and that’s what this post is about. Please remember that neither Kim nor I come from this town, but we’ve been trapped here for five long years. Unfortunately I couldn’t get images of all the reasons I hate it, but I’ve taken a few photos from around the town centre. This is a small group of shops gathered into about a quarter mile square. It takes a maximum of five minutes to walk from any one part to another and this is where the town has the least of it’s problems. It’s also the part of the town I see the most often so you’ll see a little of what grinds me down every single day.
This is what I see every time I walk into the town centre. Broken windows litter this town due to the people who go into the one pub in the town centre. Cracked and uneven paving stones mean that I twist my ankle at least once a week. The bottom right image shows a load of tarmac. That’s because the government gave the town council an emergency grant to sort out the pavements but the council didn’t bother using it for months so it was taken back as it was unneeded.
In the top left of this image you can see where several trees were cut down because they were blocking the light into the church. You can also see that the church would get more light if they didn’t have such stupidly designed windows. I’m sure God would prefer some trees on this planet rather than one architect’s view of aesthetics.
The top right image shows a mural commissioned by the town council to show how happy people here are. As you can see some of the white people have been recoloured to make it seem like a multi-racial place. A petition had to be presented before that happened though and even then it’s so badly done that it’s blatant that they were all white to begin with.
The bottom left image shows the average rate of truancy in this town. I know this without a newspaper report as they don’t hide that they’re skipping school, instead they hang around town in their school uniforms. The security guards in town are meant to stop them but spend more time chatting up the schoolgirls, disgustingly enough. I guess that explains why 39.3% of the working age population has no GCSE equivalent qualifications. That’s makes this town officially the dumbest in the United Kingdom.
The bottom right image shows the results of all this truancy with a sign at a doctor’s surgery. It’s the largest surgery in this town but, as you can see, they still don’t know how to spell the word “prescription”. Not content with leaving a sign up that spells it incorrectly, some bright spark has noticed the error and corrected it by drawing the missing letter R into it. Unfortunately they put it in the wrong place so it now reads “presrciption”. And these are the people we trust with our health? Just in case you can’t quite see it on this image I’ve provided a link to a close up view.
Meet the people of this town, or to be more precise, the councillor responsible for wasting the emergency government grant. She’s wearing a full tartan outfit, with a mini skirt and fishnet tights. She was sat behind us at a coffee shop hence the stealth photos and bad quality. She was complaining loudly to a guy about foreigners. As the coffee shop is italian I’m hoping they spat in her drink. It’s ironic. This town is full of Scottish people like her who came to England to find work. They are the most racist people I’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter and are continually complaining about foreigners and telling them to go back to their own country, even going to the extreme of firebombing their homes. Don’t they see that they’re foreigners too?
The people here are the main problem. The kids throw bricks through windows of homes and shops and set fire to them for fun. They teens are out at the crappy little clubs (200 person capacity at most) getting drunk and fighting to the point that they stab each other. The parents don’t give a shit cause they’re too busy scamming the benefits agency and getting drunk and drugged themselves. One bad person can destroy the good work of a hundred, but in this town it’s the bad ones who have the majority.
Last year they started a system here where littering was punishable by a £50 on the spot fine. No problem with that in principle, but when you add the fact that none of the town bins have ashtrays built in a problem starts. All of the bins have dented or cracked tops now thanks to people obeying the law and trying not to get fined. This is the worst example. It’s been like that for almost a week now and nothing’s been done about it. But what can you expect from a town that takes over twenty bins out of it’s tiny town centre on the same day that it starts fining people for littering?
Hope you enjoyed your tour. Now imagine living here.