I watched 'Location Location Location' last night on channel 4 which is essentially a property show, showing the 2007 poll for the 20 best and 20 worst places to live in the UK, surprisingly, Hull came second in the worst category.....I say surprisingly, because it's usually voted the worst place to live in the UK and for a couple of years it was dubbed "Crappist Town" after a certain book called 'Crap Towns' was published. Naturally the local paper kicked up a fuss and also claimed that unlike the other places in the poll, our surrounding villages were not included in the survey....something to do with the way Hull's boundaries are marked out.
The thing is, these polls only go on national statistics like crime figures and education results, pollution and so on. They don't come and spend any time in our city sampling it's culture, lifestyle, vibrancy etc., to make an informed judgement. I have said it before and I'll say it again, I would rather live in Hull then most other cities in the UK. Middlesborough was voted the worst place to live, so the question is....what have they not got that we have?
Sure, crime levels are a bit high, we have too many (of the no good type) immigrants, we are bottom of the pile for educational results, but there is a lot going for Hull and in general it's a nice place to live, and getting better!
Finished late from work today, due to a faulty steam valve causing a 2 hour delay in starting my process.
The picture is of my watch, I cant help using that particular photo effect, it makes things look so cool and pop arty!