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The quickest train in Spalding !
From Sourbugger's Spalding page :
To say that Spalding in Lincolnshire is a quiet provincial town is something of an understatement.
Once a year, however, up to a quarter of a milllion people descend on the place for the annual flower parade. Started just after the Second world war the floats that parade through the town were decorated with tulip flower heads. This was in the days when then main industry of the town was producing vast quantities of bulbs - the flowers were thus useless.
Much of this trade in the intervening years has been lost to Holland, but the parade continues. Rather dissapointingly many of the floats now use crepe paper rather than flowers for the bulk of their constructions.
Each year there is a new theme - last time I went,for example, it was TV programmes.
You can also see then close up for a few days afterwards at Springfields, which has recently transformed itself into an outlet village with 'festival gardens' attached.
Every year it takes place on the Saturday of the May Day Bank holiday, usually at around 2pM. It is certainly worth a visit, but be prepared to encounter lots of traffic, parking difficulties and dodgy home-made sandwiches, which seem to be on sale everywhere.
The Parade begins at Springfields, and travels for about 3 miles around the town and back.
How do you pronounce that again ?
Place names are a wonderful thing - it is amazing how many hits places like 'F**king' in Austria get on VT.
With a little more a subtle approach, some of the place names in England (and Lincolnshire in particular) can be far funnier than the direct approach of those Austrians who wouln't recognise subtle if it hit them over the head with a brick.
One of my favourites is 'Folkingham' in Lincolnshire, which is pronounced by many locals as 'F**k ing 'em'
Here are a few more interesting ones in Lincolnshire:
Cowbit (pronounced Cub - it ), Turves, Pode Hole, Mavis Enderby, Bicker & Wrangle
No nonsense advertising
From Sourbugger's Newcastle upon tyne page : "Gissus a bottla Broon".
To translate for those not aquainted with the Geordie accent this means :
"Could you please furnish me with a bottle of Newcastle's finest Brown ale please, bartender".
This (I find) slightly sickly beer is the lifeblood of Newcastle. It is sold in virtually every bar, pub and club you can find. It's usually drunk straight from bottle.
Try it at least once or you will be seen as a soft puffy big girl's blouse of a southerner.
There is an urban myth that Newcastle General hospital has a ' Broon ward' where those suffering ill-effects of too many nights on the bottle are treated. The brewery is said to give generously to it.
'teets oot faw the lads'
From Sourbugger's Newcastle upon tyne page :
Viz is an 'adult' comic that still sells about 100,000 copies on each issue, and you can buy a copy at most newsagents in the UK.
It began about 20 years ago in Newcastle as a few badly photocopied sheets produced from a student bedsit. The humour is definitely on the purile / chilish / disgusting side / schoolboy type / knob gag / toliet humour level - and what's wrong with that ?
Many of the strips feature characters that are firmly set in Newcastle and speak pure Geordie. Good examples include Biffa Bacon, Sid the Sexist and the Fat Slags.
Buy a copy before you go, and you just might get a flavour of Geordie humour !
Boy this must have been good !
From Sourbugger's Nottingham page :
It is claimed that the "Goose Fair" is the largest annual fair in Europe.
It's currently on it's 710th year and takes place during the first week in October each year at the Forest recreation ground about a mile from the City Centre. (Wed-Sat)
The place is filled with various amusements and sideshows - giving the place a real buzz. Traditionally large amounts of alcohol are also consumed during that time.
Originally the fair was held in the main square in Nottingham, but by the early part of the 20th century the site was inadequate and it was finally agreed to find a new venue. It's been on it's present site since 1928.
So why is it called the Goose fair ?
There is no definitive answer but many think farmers back in the middle ages drove flocks of Geese from Lincolnshire (my neck of the woods) and Norfolk to Nottingham to sell at this time of the year. They had to coat the feet of the birds in a sort of tar to ensure they arrived in a saleable state !
It takes place about a mile and a half from the city centre at the Forest recreation ground
Don't take a car however, it is impossible.
Take a shuttle bus from the City Centre instead.
Boy, that looks appetising - no ?
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In Britain there are a number of high class establishments that take the finest chipping potatoes, lightly fry them in the finest oils and serve them with relish and cheery smile.
You didn't really believe that did you?
Lots of places sell the most disgusting grease covered conglomorations your stomach will ever meet - especially in seaside resorts like Blackpool and Sunny Skegness.
Chips when your drunk - remember if you want to look like a northerner put gravy or mushy peas on them. If you want to look like a southerner put tomato sauce on them. If you want to look like a local in Skegness put vomit on them.
NB for non-Britons : Mushy peas are a disgusting item which looks like guacamole or child sick turned green depending upon your point of view.
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