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>> No. 3353 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 6:01 pm
3353 Stoke/Newcastle
I've just accepted a job.
Is Stoke still shite? Is Newcastle-under-lyme any less shite?
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>> No. 3354 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 6:39 pm
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The library's tiny.
>> No. 3355 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 6:56 pm
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>>3353

Depends where you live. There are areas of Stoke that are proper, proper shitholes and parts of it that are simply just shite. I survived living by the canal on the outskirts of Hanley, walking distance from the "high street" and Potteries shopping center and a couple of minutes drive (or a bit of a trek) to the big 24hr Tesco. Thinking back, the 24hr Tesco was probably what kept me pissed all the time sane.

Newcastle is definitely nicer. There's some nice old pubs around the Ironmarket (although they are a bit "this is a local pub for local people" sometimes, then again all non-chain pubs in Stoke/Newcastle are) and a few decent restaurants.

Nightlife in both places is very student oriented so depending on your age that'll either be right up your alley or be utterly tiresome. I found it utterly tiresome because I'm an old git and you'd usually find me grasping the bar like my last anchor to life in one of the old man 'spoons while praying that this speed overdose wouldn't be the one to kill me. Stoke is just that kind of town, really.

Local transport is a joke and everyone uses minicabs (there are maybe a dozen competing firms and it's no joke cheaper to take a cab than to take a bus, especially if there's two or more of you).

If you can drive my advice would be to find a place in one of what the locals call "the villages", which are usually about a thirty minute drive outside the towns, and only commute in for work or shopping. The rent is cheaper, the houses are bigger, and you have the added bonus of not being in fucking Stoke.

To sum up I would like to present my favourite memory of Stoke, which I hope provides you with a true feeling for the place: A small child, joyriding a mobility scooter while eating a Cornetto and screaming "I'm on fucking steroids!".

Sage for a decidedly rambly and probably fucking useless post. Please feel free to ask anything more specific.
>> No. 3356 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 7:15 pm
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>>3355
That pretty much sums up what I expected.
I don't have a nightlife, so that doesn't bother me.
I drive so no problems with transport, apart from friends or family who might come in on the train.
I have no day life either, so being in the backwater outskirts and driving down the A500 every day suits me fine.
Much of Newcastle and Trentham seems a bit beyond my price range, not helped by student digs pushing up prices probably. So my thoughts are leaning towards Meir/Longton/Blythe bridge, as far as I can tell, they're pretty quiet and decent places, compared to Tunstall/Burslem etc?
>> No. 3357 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 7:17 pm
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Not OP, but is Longport actually hell? It looked like hell.
>> No. 3358 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 8:08 pm
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>>3353
What in gods name kind of pancake is that?
>> No. 3359 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 8:16 pm
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>>3358
A staffordshire oatcake. AKA the best reason to visit stoke.
It's made with oatmeal and yeast, so it's quite light and savoury, then you put bacon and cheese in it.
>> No. 3360 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 9:26 pm
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>>3355
>
To sum up I would like to present my favourite memory of Stoke, which I hope provides you with a true feeling for the place: A small child, joyriding a mobility scooter while eating a Cornetto and screaming "I'm on fucking steroids!".

This has ruined me. Thank you.
>> No. 3361 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 9:31 pm
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>>3359
Thank you. The cheese I can understand, maybe even the bacon, but a sausage? That bit seems odd.
>> No. 3362 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 9:54 pm
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>>3360

I'll be totally honest, Stoke sounds like my kind of place.
>> No. 3363 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 9:56 pm
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>>3361

Have you never had a sausage sandwich? A sausage roll even? It's pretty much the same thing.

Speaking of which, I briefly worked in the finest baked goods shop in Stoke. It was so fine most locals considered it too dear and never went there, thus it shut down. But we used to make these ace sausage rolls with Brie in, that's what reminded me.
>> No. 3364 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 10:05 pm
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>>3363
Sausage + bread, all fine with, try and eat one most days. It's the confluence of sausage + pancake I can't fathom.
>> No. 3365 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 10:20 pm
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>>3356
Tunstall, Burslem, Fenton, and the area near the station described as "Stoke" (as in the town of Stoke not the "city" of Stoke On Trent) are all worth avoiding like the plague.

I think you're definitely thinking in the right direction when it comes to Meir/Blythe Bridge/ Sneyd Green / etc.

>>3357
It might not be the worst place I've ever been but it's in the running.

>>3358
>>3359
Frankly the best reason to visit stoke is the near-orgasmic rush of release you feel as your train pulls out of the station and you realise it's over, you're getting out. Staffie oatcakes are pretty good though. I used to eat mine with peanut butter and banana because I'm a soft southern pansy.
>> No. 3366 Anonymous
22nd February 2018
Thursday 10:34 pm
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>>3365
Incidentally, one of the most interesting uses of google earth, is gauging how shite an area is by counting the number of houses with a trampoline in the garden.
>> No. 3367 Anonymous
23rd February 2018
Friday 11:54 am
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>>3366

I count four trampolines in the 20 square kilometres around my house. Is that good or bad? I thought my area is quite nice, and I base that on my car insurance being 400 quid cheaper than if I was in the next town over.
>> No. 3368 Anonymous
23rd February 2018
Friday 3:58 pm
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>>3367
Sounds decent enough. When you find four on the same street then you want to start worrying.
>> No. 3369 Anonymous
23rd February 2018
Friday 4:01 pm
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>>3368

Where I grew up, having a trampoline (or even a garden) meant you were a posh cunt.
>> No. 3370 Anonymous
23rd February 2018
Friday 5:56 pm
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>>3369
Wouldn't want to live on a street full of cunts, would you?
>> No. 3371 Anonymous
23rd February 2018
Friday 6:41 pm
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I've got a trampoline in my garden and so does my next-door neighbour.
>> No. 3372 Anonymous
23rd February 2018
Friday 7:54 pm
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>>3371
Chavs.
>> No. 3373 Anonymous
23rd February 2018
Friday 8:05 pm
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>>3372
Look where you're posting this, lad. That's a rather redundant statement to make.
>> No. 3374 Anonymous
24th February 2018
Saturday 3:44 pm
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>>3371
I like trampolines in gardens that are dug into the ground. They work much better than those huge contraptions people seem to get from B&Q.

My mind truly boggles over the people who buy inflatable hot-tubs and put those in their garden. Like WTF.
>> No. 3375 Anonymous
24th February 2018
Saturday 7:27 pm
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>>3374

What kind of future three-thousand shit is an inflatable hot tub and why aren't I posting from one right now?
>> No. 3376 Anonymous
24th February 2018
Saturday 7:39 pm
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>>3375

Do you have £449.99 and a back garden?

http://www.argos.co.uk/product/1449127
>> No. 3377 Anonymous
24th February 2018
Saturday 7:42 pm
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>>3376

When I see these not on decking I always think "Why do you hate your grass?"

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