Where's the best place(s) to live?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by domtyler, 27 Feb 2008.

  1. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Llangollen's always struck me as a nice place. Fantastic scenery, the most kick-ass aquaduct ever just down the road, a selection of pubs etc and not too far from snowdonia, the seaside, and rail links.
    And the whole sheep thing happens further to the west, as any fule kno. (once Patrick has told them so)
  2. OP

    domtyler Über Member

    In Llangollen, a "Playstation" is not what most people would think of, a small black box of technological wizardry that plugs into the TV, but a nine month old ewe tethered to a post in the back garden! :blush:
  3. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I don't think you'd need to tether a yew, most trees don't wander very far.
  4. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    And if you think I'm swapping with you...........:blush:

    But, as for things to do here's a story from the local paper today. The chap who got six years lived 12 feet from me on the other side of the road. :angry:

    A JEALOUS husband has been jailed for six years for savagely beating up a workman whom he wrongly thought was sleeping with his wife.

    Steven Dunne travelled to Liverpool city centre from his home in Llangollen armed with a 2ft pickaxe handle to confront Phillip Allerton, a man he believed was sleeping with his wife.

    But in a series of bizarre coincidences, he ended up hitting Phillip Hall, a work colleague of Mr Allerton’s, causing him serious injuries, scarring him and leaving him with a permanent lisp.

    Site supervisor Dunne, 43, of Trem-y-Creigiau, had rung Mr Allerton the night before the assault on December 17 last year, shouting abuse and threatening to go to a building site in Hanover Street, where he worked, to confront him.

    Unbeknown to Dunne, Mr Allerton took the following day off work.

    The next day when Dunne arrived at the site, he saw Mr Hall leaving his wife’s office.

    The court heard that at the exact moment Dunne rang Mr Allerton’s phone to confirm his identity, Mr Hall lifted a cigarette to his mouth.

    Wrongly thinking he was answering his phone, Dunne shouted out “Phillip” and when Mr Hall turned round he was confronted by Dunne brandishing the wooden axe handle.

    Dunne hit Mr Hall at least five times around the head, continuing even after he fell to the ground.

    Mr Hall was off work for five weeks and now talks with a permanent lisp.

    Dunne admitted causing grievous bodily harm, saying he had gone only to confront Mr Allerton, but had seen “red mist” and picked up the piece of wood.

    But Mike Stephenson, prosecuting, said Dunne had deliberately worn workmen’s clothing to get on to the building site and had taken the weapon.

    Jailing him for six years, Judge Bruce MacMillan said: “You travelled from your home to Liverpool specifically to confront this man you thought was having an affair with your wife.

    “You weren’t going to argue with him, you came to teach him a lesson.”
  5. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    Nah. Ripley's where its at....

  6. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I know Norfolk well and love it. Old Mr Attrick (God rest his soul) retired there near Sheringham, and I, as Master Attrick spent many happy years visiting friends in Burnham Market where you bought your Sunday papers at the butchers and eggs at the cobblers.

    I still visit fairly often and have seen many changes. The saddest thing is the gradual loss of the rural Norfolk accent.
  7. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    There's a man in the village where I live, who I periodically see out and about. He'll always say hello and pass the time of day. Unfortunately hsi Norfolk accent is so strong the only word I understand is 'hello' and after that I just have to hope I'm saying 'yes' and 'no' in the correct places :blush:

    Mind you, I have a Geordie accent, so he probably has the same problem with me :biggrin:
  8. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    domtyler - there is a huge financial place in chester; mbna bank european hq. theres also a m&s financial place nearby.

    cheshire has loads of really nice country lanes for cycling, and if you're a big earner it's a pretty nice area to live, or if on a budget, there's north wales.
  9. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    it's a nice bush though :biggrin: :smile:
  10. OP

    domtyler Über Member

    Chester looks lovely I must say. My main problem is that the type of job I do is quite specialised and only available in the Investment Banking industry. I have just spent an hour looking at what is available outside the CoL and it would mean quartering my earnings. :smile:
  11. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    I second Gavin's vote for Edinburgh (not that I'm biased).

    It's not too big but definitely not too small. Has one of the best arts festivals in the world (shame about all those wingeing londoners that come up and spoil it/are part of the reason it exists), tons of history and beautiful scenery. An hours ride south or north takes you to beautiful countryside. It's cosmopolitan but not full of complete a$$holes who'd step over you if you were dying in the street like London.

    It's a nice place.

    But the bad weather nearly compensates for all of the above!
  12. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    I hope not - being as 3 houses in my street are English holiday homes, and one is attached to mine. Don't want them accidentally burning my house down! :smile:

    North West Wales is definitely the place to be. You might not have a corner shop, any reliable public transport but guaranteed you'll have at least two pubs. Being out in the sticks you rarely see a police car or any members of the local authority so can blatantly flout the smoking ban and any opening hour restrictions (I don't smoke and rarely drink mind, so naturally don't condone such behaviour).

    If you're somewhat inclined towards sheep there are plenty of them (and green wellies for that matter) The farmer round here doesn't seem overly bothered about his sheep. One of the locals here was fed up with the sheep eating all her flowers etc so shut them in her garden and told the farmer to come and get them or she'd send them to slaughter. He never bothered to get them so she sent them to slaughter. So he won't miss the odd one or two;).
  13. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Sorry, just thought my post has come over a little anti-London - I actually really love the place!
  14. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Not everyone's cup of tea, but there are some really nice places in Sheffield (I'm biased, of course). HSBC have some big anonymous looking buildings with their logo on it, which anybody who doesn't work there doesn't have a clue what goes on there. I think it's investment banking related stuff.

    You're on the doorstep of the Peak District and close to M1 etc. Plenty of parks and open spaces, shopping at Meadowhall w/free parking.

    I won't go on, as you've probably already ruled it out due to it being too close to bonj.
  15. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    The Mendips and the Quantocks are both lovely areas, close to the South West, lovely cycling and the motorways are easily accessible for the rest of the country. Lovely walking as well.:smile:
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