"Welcome to 'The Great Party of the North'" OsakaHatter's Profile
England doesn't start and end in London. This country does actually extend beyond the South East. Even further than Oxford! The odd discerning traveller may add the Lake District to their itinerary, but there is so much more to the North. History and culture, cosmopolitan cities and quaint country towns, nightlife, sport and music. And The Lakes of course. Here at The Great Party of the North we're determined to prove it. Sort of. Slowly.
The campaign has been limited by my own meanderings across the planet (bits of it), general laziness and drunkeness. Particularly drunkeness. But I have to get my fill of proper British ale while I'm here, so you'll have to bear with me. We're like British Rail: We're late, but we'll get you there in the end.
So, if you're coming to Britain, please do come up and see us. Honestly, we're all lovely.
To borrow the title of The Music's last album: Welcome To The North.
This, is in fact, a pseudonym, an aka if you will. See also 'Haggis', 'English Matt', 'Stockport Matt', 'Pisstank', 'Oi' and 'Captain Willpower' among others.
The name was awarded to me to differentiate from the 382 other Matts living and working in Osaka, and is largely due to my unfortunate prediliction for Stockport County F.C (worst team in the U.K 2000-2006). When in Stockport, the name has less orginality, so people call me Haggis instead. No-one knows why.
Stockport is the largest nearby town and so Stockport County are my hometown team. Stockport is rightly famous for being a hat town, having it's own pyramid and being the home of the aforementioned County, Sale Sharks rugby team and darts professional Tony O'Shea. It's wrongly famous for being part of Manchester, which it isn't.
However, when I'm in the North, I actually live in a small town called New Mills, on the edge of the Peak District National Park. New Mills is mostly famous for being that place on the A6 on the way to Buxton. It also boasts large scale inbreeding, a gorge called The Torrs, one of only 32 million "Millennium" titled structures built during 99/00 and for the production of Swizzels sweets (Refreshers, Love Hearts et al).
Osaka was my home for 3 years from 2002 until 2005 at which point I returned to the UK for 6 weeks but somehow got stuck for longer. Hopefully I should be returning to Japan before the end of the year.
Making the most of being back home, I've spent the last year following County around the country and sat in a variety of windswept icebox excuses for stadia watching Stockport's finest lose. Often quite heavily.
In the last year I've:
* been on two Lousie Scott Tours of Northern Ireland (trademark pending) .
* Missed out on a trip to Malaysia to meet up with my borderline insane chum Nichola thanks to some woman from ServisAir deciding to tear my passport while I was trying to check in.
* Been to Germany for the World Cup, which was, quite simply, ace! The highlight of the trip was watching Japan vs Oz in the Fansfest with many Japanese and Auzzie fans - fantastic atmosphere, great time. Shame about the result ;-)
My final trip for the year will be my triumphant return to Osaka, from whence I'm hoping to head to Australia and New Zealand in the new year.
NOVA is the biggest english conversation school in Japan and for reasons best known to themselves employed me for the three years I was in Osaka. I spent my days teaching Kumi and co that they don't in fact like to "go to shopping", that sleeping doesn't qualify as a hobby and other useful English fun facts over a video link, whilst being bossed around by a big pink bunny with a beak.
Technically speaking, it wasn't teaching; Claiming to be a teacher for NOVA is akin to claiming that you're a chef for McDonalds. In training I was informed that my job was "to facilitate the speaking of english".
Despite this, NOVA is actually ok, it's consistent work for a reasonable wage and has given me the opportunity to be sarcastic in an entirely different country.
Our aim is to combat those who believe that visiting a capital city qualifies as having visited the whole country. Particularly if the capital in question is London and the country is England. We're leaving the Scots and the Welsh to fight their own anti-London battles - we support their cause, but after all, they've got borders to hide behind! And that whole 1000 years of opression thing to help them garner sympathy.
As Pulp so succinctly put it: "Once more, the north is rising."
We are especially proud to announce our new partnership with The Mecha Party of Minami, who are running a similar campaign to our own, for the south of Japan. Mido okini my Osakan brethren!
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