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How Not to Sell a city

Based on a conversation with chilperic...

  • Preston has Europe's largest bus station.

  • Preston is England's newest city.

  • Preston is said to be the town on which Coketown was based in Dickens' Hard Times.

  • Preston has the tallest spire in England on a church which is not a cathederal.

  • The Preston Bypass was England's first motorway.


There. Don't you want to visit it now?

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owlfish
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
That sounds like St. Albans to me. But who am I to disagree with song lyrics?
lazyknight
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
:-P
ms_cataclysm
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
... convenient for the motorway?
chickenfeet2003
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I've been there. It's rubbish. And I've got a terrible pain in the diodes down my left side.
purplecthulhu
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
I suspect Coketown has rather different connotations these days...

But they might still be accurate!
owlfish
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
For all I know...
gillo
Dec. 22nd, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
For many years the M6 was officially "the London to Preston motorway".

Dickens was so horrified by Preston that he wrote
Hard Times
to exorcise the experience...
sioneva
Dec. 22nd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
The museum was pleasant enough.

Gosh, I wish I were in Preston RIGHT NOW!
owlfish
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
I do have a list of more compelling reasons to visit. The museum's on that list.
evieb
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
I've read Hard Times ... why is resembling the town from it a good thing?
owlfish
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Sarcasm, my dear, sarcasm. These are all claims to fame which fail to lure people here. I do, in fact, have a list of more compelling reasons to visit Preston, but none of these are they.
hobbitblue
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Its got at least two industrial estates on main roads into which careless navigators can be accidentally diverted when driving. Twice.

(so glad they invented reliable GPSes)
owlfish
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Dinner tonight was in the middle of industrial estates in a Chinese restaurant. Everyone navigating there via GPS units got lost en route. Those with hand-scribbled directions had no troubles finding it. Fortunately we were in the minority, third group: those who already knew where the restaurant was.
hobbitblue
Dec. 23rd, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Heh, I will take hand scribbled direcions over the GPS any day, and when we travel we tend to check the route *before* trusting to the GPS, its handy for un-losing you when you take a wrong turn though, which has always been one of our biggest troubles - parents used to quiz us about how many industrial estates we'd visited when Forest had just learned to drive a few years back, and I remember being in floods of tears in one in Preston cos I'd screwed up the mapreading.
lazyknight
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Newport can also lay claim to Number 2...
owlfish
Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
No, it can't. It's in Wales.
tisiphone
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
The Preston Bypass was England's first motorway.

This simply demonstrates that generations of Britons have considered Preston to be as desirable a holiday spot as I do, doesn't it?
moon_custafer
Dec. 23rd, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Sounds like Preston needs to sponsor an Icelandic Saga!
owlfish
Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Ooo, I like this idea.
seph_hazard
Dec. 23rd, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Hmm. My father is in Preston right now. I've always thought it was a bit grim...
owlfish
Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm here too! It's a decent enough place to live-and-work, I think, not having ever really done either here.

C. is from here so we visit several times a year.
rfmcdpei
Dec. 23rd, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Depends. Might it make a good setting for some cyberpunk or post-apocalyptic science fiction show?
owlfish
Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
This is a very appealing concept. There's a certain amount of aviation industry based in Preston which could tie in nicely. There's a steam train too, which would be appropriate.
wibblepot
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Having grown up near there, yes it is grim, but at least it isn't Blackpool!
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