Thursday, July 24, 2008

Slightly more on Blackpool

I meant to add to the main post, that I quite liked Blackpool. It could be described as garish and sleazy, but to me, that is part of its appeal. I can well imagine that a couple of decades ago or less, it could well have been extremely shabby and run down. For local people, think of St Kilda in the early eighties but perhaps without the artistic types.

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  1. "I can well imagine that a couple of decades ago or less, it could well have been extremely shabby and run down."

    What do you mean, a couple of decades ago? The town's a sink estate that somebody's attempted to cover up with a bit of rotten paint...and I was born there.

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  2. No pretence about it though. What you see is what you get.

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  3. Andrew,

    It's certainly that. The town developed as a holiday venue for the Lancashire millfolk during the Victorian period and has never welched on its founding premise yet. Greasy spoon cafes, cheesy cabarets, toffee apples, candy floss and horse dung. There's a certain romance to the place on late summer's evening (not to mention a smell) although personally I haven't ventured into Blackpool for the last decade or so. I prefer to write about it from a safe distance.

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  4. Yes, I picked most of that up from your blog Brian. I expect on a warm summer weekend night, the place really goes off, to use younger persons talk.

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  5. I love St Kilda and I love Blackpool. Not for their sleaziness, but because of all they were, historically speaking. Ordinary working families could have a fantastic time... which seems to me to be the point of communities.

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  6. Hels, St Kilda is a bit too close to home for me to be objective about, but in the eighties, seventies even, it was not a nice place to visit. Blackpool is great. Many things about it impressed me.

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