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Worst place to live and why?!

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1. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

In response to 'Sponsor Jackflash around the world' thread, we were comparing notes about where is the worst place in Britain to live. Thought I'd throw it open to everyone so we get a world perspective!

Which is the worst place you have lived and why?

Mine is Reading in the UK, I lived there for 2 years...as soon as I arrived I wanted to get out, but it took 2 years of hell!

Broad Street Mall with it's lovely 70's blue neon lights...spending a fortune on a Saturday night out with people who had no spark of life in them (even the students!). Apologies to anyone from Reading, but it was such a bad experience! Even now when work asks me to go there I refuse, I never EVER want to go back to that place! As I am originally from Liverpool and have a northern accent, people looked at me really strangely when I spoke and couldn't understand a word I said...sad state of affairs!

Donna

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

As mentioned, Aylesbury, although i managed to avoid actually living there permanently. I just had to commute there instead. Worst place in Britain full stop (i.e. not living) is probably High Wycombe bus station, especially after about 7pm...

Most places are relatively similar anyway - same shops, kinds of pubs, groups of people - just dressed up in regional differences, and there`s very few places in the UK I couldn`t live if i had to (having said that, i have no plans to ever some back in live in the UK at all, which is possibly more telling...)

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Stoke on Trent is pretty awful. The bus station there is one of the worst places in the world, but the whole of Hanley (stokes shopping centre area) is so depressing.

And anyone ever been out on a saturday night in Barnsley South Yorkshire? Ugh. Fights, White socks,sovreign rings, fake burberry, orange make up etc

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

I agree about stoke, makes reading seem like new york.

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting magykal1

I agree about stoke, makes reading seem like new york.

Stoke must be hell on earth, I feel compassion with its inhabitants

6. Posted by Scrotum (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

guys, i dont think you can beat where I am living.. Lets see, in the middle of Atlantic, on an Island, total population 290 thousand, where i LIVE..... 15 people, closest "town" 40 kilometers, Town inhabitants, oohh, lets say 500?.....

7. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

Quoting Scrotum

guys, i dont think you can beat where I am living.. Lets see, in the middle of Atlantic, on an Island, total population 290 thousand, where i LIVE..... 15 people, closest "town" 40 kilometers, Town inhabitants, oohh, lets say 500?.....

wow, seclusion! There was a documentary on British TV last night about the UK changing its licensing laws and it compared Iceland and what had happened there since licensing laws were relaxed! is it really that bad in Iceland? someone I work with visited Iceland on holiday and really liked it!

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting loubylou

someone I work with visited Iceland on holiday and really liked it!

I think going there on holiday is relaxed but to live there!!! I would feel really isolated on such an island somewhere in the ocean:)

9. Posted by Scrotum (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

wow, seclusion! There was a documentary on British TV last night about the UK changing its licensing laws and it compared Iceland and what had happened there since licensing laws were relaxed! is it really that bad in Iceland? someone I work with visited Iceland on holiday and really liked it!

Its not a joke man, its THAT bad.

In any case, seclusion is the word. But it´s ok guys, dont worry about me, in 2 weeks Mainland Europe Here i come -->>>>>

I think going there on holiday is relaxed but to live there!!! I would feel really isolated on such an island somewhere in the ocean

Where you gona work?

OH, its not the Iceland thing thats isolating (everythin is an Island really, just different sizes), its the amount of "population". Reykjavik have 50% of the entire population, then you have to go up to Akureyri to get to next "big" town (other side of Iceland).

But if your a heavy boozer, you will love it. I dont drink, so i dont really fit in on this island, its pretty much a drink and party everyday mentality. If they are off, they drink, heck, if they work, they drink.

10. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

You are lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.

Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of 'ot gravel, work twenty hour day at mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!

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