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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Has anyone ever been to Andover?
    Boring in the extreme, but not as bad as Basingstoke and Blackwater

    Big news is that Slough is much better than days gone by - still a worthy contender though

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Boring in the extreme, but not as bad as Basingstoke and Blackwater

    Big news is that Slough is much better than days gone by - still a worthy contender though
    I'd have to respectfully disagree with you there Fred, so far as Basingstoke is concerned anyway, not actually been to Blackwater.

    Andover is just a cultural vacuum for mine. It has no redeeming features whatsoever. At least Amazingstoke has a few decent shops and a bit of greenery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    I'd have to respectfully disagree with you there Fred, so far as Basingstoke is concerned anyway, not actually been to Blackwater.

    Andover is just a cultural vacuum for mine. It has no redeeming features whatsoever. At least Amazingstoke has a few decent shops and a bit of greenery.
    I can only assume you have been distracted whilst in Basingstoke - as for Blackwater how can you do anything other than hate a place where the only two shops are Aldi and Lidl, although in fairness it does have an attractive French quarter

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Has anyone ever been to Andover?
    Yep. Dull, but inoffensive.

    Interesting to hear about Wisbech. Seemed alright last time I was there. Must have gone downhill pretty quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    I can only assume you have been distracted whilst in Basingstoke - as for Blackwater how can you do anything other than hate a place where the only two shops are Aldi and Lidl, although in fairness it does have an attractive French quarter
    Ha, yes. During my trips to Basingstoke - the ones I've undertaken recently, anyway - I have found it difficult to maintain concentration on the detail of my immediate surroundings, this much I must admit.

    Whilst it does have a lot of undesirable areas, the town centre has always struck me as relatively reasonable. Particularly since the development of Festival Place, which has made it a lot better than it used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Yep. Dull, but inoffensive.
    The general architecture and atmosphere of the place might be, but the state of some of the inhabitants...on other hand....

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post

    Interesting to hear about Wisbech. Seemed alright last time I was there. Must have gone downhill pretty quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    The general architecture and atmosphere of the place might be, but the state of some of the inhabitants...on other hand....
    The nicest guy I've ever known - almost criminally nice - lived in Andover at the time. Mind you, he was from Burton-on-Trent, so hard to call him a local.

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    Anyone who's ever had to go through Accrington will know how dire a place that is.
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    So bad even Bradman wouldn't go there for big money.
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    Yeah, but there was a ripper bird who served me at a bakery for my couple of days there. And as far as 'Spoons pubs go, wasn't the worst.

    Spent most of my time there reading books from the charity shop though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    I'd have to respectfully disagree with you there Fred, so far as Basingstoke is concerned anyway, not actually been to Blackwater.

    Andover is just a cultural vacuum for mine. It has no redeeming features whatsoever. At least Amazingstoke has a few decent shops and a bit of greenery.
    Yeah Amazingstoke is not THAT bad.

    Went to Southend the other week, admittedly I did not see the town itself which may be perfectly charming but my god the area around the ground....

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    Yeah. it's the only bit I've been to as well, and it's ****ing horrendous
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    Most of the areas around football grounds tend to be absolute dumps in my experience.

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