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(Reuters)   Town nobody's ever heard of is best place to live in Britain   ( divider line
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94 clicks; posted to Main » on 31 Oct 2002 at 1:54 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-10-31 02:02:31 PM  
I live in a town of one.
2002-10-31 02:04:05 PM  
where's Britain?
2002-10-31 02:06:36 PM  
The best place to live in Britain. Is that anything like the least painful way to gouge your eyes out?
2002-10-31 02:07:27 PM  
I thought it might be ... Wainscoting.
2002-10-31 02:09:53 PM  
The Town's Official Song:
"He's a real Nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody."
2002-10-31 02:12:54 PM  
Uh..We've heard of it. Harry Potter was filmed in the castle there. Nice place.
2002-10-31 02:13:38 PM  
Bug: Britain is in Brittany, duh!
2002-10-31 02:14:23 PM  
Where would the #1 place in US be?

Playboy Mansion maybe?
2002-10-31 02:15:05 PM  
There is actually a place, not far from Alnwick, called Noplace. And there's a turdy little town called Stargate. But Noplace is better. And the only good thing about Alnwick is the joy of the challange of being as loud as possible in their very old and very big and very pompous second-hand bookshop, in which u could have a turd, smear it all over the walls and books, and no-one would know. The joys of country life...
2002-10-31 02:27:55 PM  
We've got one of the best second-hand bookshops in the country," said the Duke.

Followed by

The survey did not measure economic prosperity

Well if the Duke had to buy his books at the second-hand shop, I would guess not.
2002-10-31 02:29:22 PM  
How can living near Newcastle be any good? The place is heaving with Geordies. Mind, I'd rather live close to Geordies than thieving Scouse Gits.
2002-10-31 02:29:26 PM  
The best place to live around that area is 6 feet under.
2002-10-31 02:29:28 PM  
Near Newcastle? MMMmmm... beeeeerr.........

(um, rather,AAAALLLLLEEEEEEE!!!)
2002-10-31 02:33:04 PM  
I thought the best place to live was in Notlob..I mean, Bolton!

Seriously, though, i remember reading about one of these collective farming villages still in existennce in England (I think there were only 4 or 5 left in the entire country) that were supposedly f**king beautiful. Can any of you Englishmen (or women) confirm?
2002-10-31 02:33:51 PM  
I hear it's great in Britian.
2002-10-31 02:33:58 PM  
Close proximity to Champions League football a plus. (At least for another week.)
2002-10-31 02:37:29 PM  
LGeezer: How can living near Newcastle be any good?

I'm smelling a flame war amongst Brit farkers here...

Now EAST ANGLIA!!!! That's where it's at. Well maybe not Norfolk. But Suffolk! Rock n roll! Only the fairest county in the isle!

OK I'm biased.
2002-10-31 02:43:40 PM  
Thieving scouse gits? You take that back or you're not getting your hubcaps back.
2002-10-31 02:45:14 PM  
10-31-02 02:29:28 PM Slikrx
Near Newcastle? MMMmmm... beeeeerr.........

(um, rather,AAAALLLLLEEEEEEE!!!)


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2002-10-31 02:49:12 PM  
eew. eew. eew.

Newcastle is funny tasting sugar water.

Anywho, it would mean more if they chose the best place to live in Britain based on the city with the highest concentration of hot Page 3 girls.
2002-10-31 02:51:59 PM  
(Chiming in on behalf of my girlfriend, who is not a Farker)

Long live Barrow in Funress.

Home of Legionnaire's Disease.

(She's from there. that's all I know.)
2002-10-31 02:52:18 PM  
What they don't tell you is that this town won by a landslide when it was brought to the judges attention that Alnwick didn't have a local dentist. The inhabitants are free to run around with their cheddar yellow smiles of jagged and gnarled decay. Alas, if only we could free ourselves from the suppressive chains of personal hygiene and self respect....
2002-10-31 03:37:42 PM  

I'll tell you what - as far as I'm concerned - that whole freakin' country rocks. For the men, you have Page 3. Fine, whatever - I still don't get the point of why someone would put their pics on that site. Guess for sh**s and giggles.

For the ladies - men with British accents that know how to dress. Hey - they sure as hell look and sound educated!! Oh, then there's the Gap commercial guy - Will Kemp - hammina hammina

For either sex: London (enough said), Def Leppard, Canterbury, Alnwick, Newcastle, Led Zeppelin, J.K. Rowling, the list goes on, but alas so does my workload.

Suffice it to say that if I felt I could get a professorship there, I'd be on their doorstep tomorrow.

2002-10-31 03:41:27 PM  

And for the fellow farkettes out there - tried to post this before, but in case you haven't got this bookmarked on your computer, here you go (Will Kemp in the Gap commercial:

Don't say I never gave you anything!

2002-10-31 03:42:30 PM  
I like that Gap commercial guy. He is quite nice to look at. On another note, I grew up in the "Safest Town in America", as voted by Money magazine like 10 years running or some crap.
2002-10-31 03:44:52 PM  
Read on to the end of the article,Newcastle is touted to be the culture capitol in 2008,Newcastle?Culture?
Home of the Mac lads and close to sunderland,ask a geordie about "hang the monkey"
Culture my ass,Oh and my family are scouse so bite me gobshiate ;)
2002-10-31 03:46:30 PM  
Holy hell! I've been to Alnwick, I've even gotten loaded there--my bestest mate Bob lives in Shilbottle. Very nice little town. Had a haircut and checked out the castle--most nifty! They sell absinthe there. Most of all, they sell...
2002-10-31 03:48:30 PM  
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2002-10-31 03:51:38 PM  
The survey did not measure economic prosperity. According to Aslet, a mix of beauty and communal spirit was considered more important than income. "It's about of quality of life and if you want that, then a high income doesn't matter," the Duke said as he ran over a ragged pack of begging children.

So we have a town, which has a second hand book store, a piss poor economy, terrible weather, and a castle that was in some outside shots for a movie...

I'd hate to see the worst place to live in Britain, it might even possibly put East St. Louie to shame.
2002-10-31 03:54:22 PM  
Corporate Mofo
"They sell absinthe there."

You can get that all over the place, shame I hate the taste tho :(

My fave bit of England is Sheffield, big enough to have decent stuff there, small enough to be accesable.
2002-10-31 04:05:44 PM  
I guess if you had no choice and had to live somewhere in the land of gray teeth...
2002-10-31 04:06:56 PM  
Home is where the hat is.
2002-10-31 05:01:47 PM  
"best place to live in Britain"

oxymoron. Nice place to visit, but no way I would live there. Too expensive, too crowded, too rainy.

To quote the expatriate Yorshireman I work with: "If England would have been smart, they would have moved the whole country over here and made the island the penal colony!"
2002-10-31 05:19:36 PM  
America: Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there; too many americans

oh, I'm SO gonna get killed for this...
2002-10-31 05:38:14 PM  
MadCapCatYeah, and if we had as many Brits here as you all are stuck with Americans over there, I'd be a happy woman. Why do I like British men? I don't know. Just do.
2002-10-31 05:42:22 PM  
Town nobody's ever heard of is best place to live in Britain

That's why it's best. Who needs people?
2002-10-31 06:13:35 PM  
I've been to Alnwick, nice place.

Other great places are the small villages to the west of Cambridge - they still have little thatched cottages.

London, however, is a shiathole.
2002-10-31 06:35:50 PM  
Well, now the whole PLANET has heard of it. Way to go, asshats.
2002-10-31 06:39:59 PM  
Yanks? I've sh*t 'em...

I'm not even going to use my brain on this one...

NEW York - ever considered where the OLD York is? you guessed it!

NEW England? - work it out people...

Boston? - isn't that in Lincolnshire?

One tea party and suddenly you invented it all. Ever wondered why the Canadians hate you?

Oh and there's no such thing as American English...

Good night colonies!
2002-10-31 07:15:17 PM  
At least he didn't lie about not using his brain.
2002-10-31 07:19:26 PM  
Damn straight London is a sheethole and this is coming from a londoner. There are some fantastic places in England alone, never mind scotland, wales and eire.

Greatest thing about the whole UK is that it has thousands of years of very well documented culture, see the monkey hangers reference above.

Best place to live in the UK is the Yorkshire Dales, the most fantastic landscape youve ever seen, sweet as.

Dont stray off the road though, WOTEVA YA DOOOO, STAY.ON.THE.ROAD.
2002-10-31 07:51:51 PM  

Honesty is a virtue.

Five years in Higher Education and I resort to jibes about Americans, ergo - I must be stupid?

Read this thread again. Then consider the fact the the US has more backwater, hick filled, throwback towns than Europe can shake a big stick at.

Flame on.
2002-10-31 07:57:16 PM  
GodDamnLimey - I think you'll find the monkey hangers are from Hartlepool, and not Newcastle; therefore they aren't Geordies...
2002-10-31 07:58:45 PM  
I live in the town named best town to live in in the US for like 5 or 6 years straight, till the changed the rules to diqualify it.

The best part, is the people who read that and moved here are the kind of people you dont want to move to your town.
2002-10-31 08:44:15 PM  
All I gotta say is if you think London is bad, you ought to stay in Omaha for a while. Not that I don't love my place of work (obligatory suck-up), but let's see...Omaha...London. I just can't decide.
2002-10-31 09:04:10 PM  
This is a load of crap. The best places in the UK to live are places like Salisbury, Winchester, Oxford or Bath. Reasonable sized historic cities which are still well preserved, have good amenities and are in the middle of beautiful countryside. It certainly isn't anywhere bloody well up north where it pisses it down with rain the whole time. Nor is it London which is full of muggers and pollution.
2002-10-31 09:07:59 PM  
Hi all, nice set of flames to read.

Having lived in London for 2 and a half years (96 through 98) and suffered the culture shock of an Australian moving to London (at own expense) without any preconceptions of cost of living (stupid me!!) I would say that it was not as bad as I felt living there (in hindsight).

London is expensive, it is a bit dirty, Tottenham court Road is a bit dodgy (more pictures of naked women in the bus sheds and phone booths than have appeared here under boobies). However, the people are somewhat approachable, they are not out to shoot you or to molest you. They shoe watch a bit whilst they walk though, and if you look into their eyes, they either give you hard looks or think you are flirting (woohoo). The best part of Living in London is the culture, London has many thousands of years of history, much of it still accessible by a very good essentially publically funded transport system, good is not good enough, the London Transport system is excellent. The pubs are great, the British Isles beers (nay ales) are the best beers in the world, full stop.

It is a bit crowded, but that is because it is a culture and financial hub and everyone wants to be there. Go out of London and the people become friendlier, they are more relaxed, they are more personable and interacting. Get north of the Industrial Midlands and you have a great lifestyle to exist in. If you want really laid back and relaxed and interesting then Yorkshire and North into Scotland is absolutely excellent If they had more Uni's with tenured employment open with travel (moving) costs then I would be back and loving it.
Australia is great (well the best damn land on the planet) but it has little history, so little developed culture. If we can develop this and get some point to all the relaxed friendliness, then Australia would always win on all counts.

Ta for letting me express my thoughts BTTO
2002-10-31 09:15:57 PM  
Yup thats why the colonies saved england ass in world war 2
2002-10-31 09:16:31 PM  
Actually, this thread seemed to be pretty flame-free until TooMuch2AM got a little carried away... a little, "this-place-is-nice, this-other-place-sucks" in which I was enjoying learning about some parts of the UK I had never heard of.
2002-10-31 09:41:37 PM  
Christ, TooMuch2AM, you're probably one of those asshats who still think Brit-land should rule Ireland. :-P

I'm not defending America or anything, but are you seriously implying that you want your dialect(s) of English to have anything to do with ours? That a good ole boy Texas accent isn't any different than a snuffy BBC accent?

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