1. It’s cute when anyone from Liverpool or Manchester call themselves ‘Northern’.
You’re all Southern softies to us, we’re afraid. Even you, Yorkshire.
2. Castles? They’re no big deal.
Seeing how we can choose from *deep breath* Alnwick, Aydon, Bamburgh (above), Belford, Bellingham, Bellister, Belsay, Berwick, Blenkinsop, Bothal, Bywell, Callaly, Cartington, Chillingham, Chipchase, Cocklepark Tower, Cotherstone, Coupland, Cresswell, Dally, Dilston, Dunstanburgh, Edlingham, Elsdon, Etal, Featherstone, Ford, Halton, Haltwhistle, Harbottle, Haughton, Langley, Lindisfarne, Mitford, Morpeth, Norham, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Rothley, Thirlwall, Twizell, Wark in Tyndale, Warkworth or Widdrington Castle. (That’s more than any other county, if you couldn’t guess).
3. Stonehenge is overrated.
The Duddo Stone Circle in Duddo, Northumberland is a prehistoric collection of stones from the Neolitihic period just as mysterious and beautiful as the South’s more famous World Heritage site.
In fact, it’s better, because there is no visitor centre, food vans or grown men pretending to be druids to spoil the magic.
6. What it’s really like to belong to the Night’s Watch.
George RR Martin confirmed in a 2000 interview that the inspiration for the massive wall Jon Snow hangs out on in Game of Thrones was based on none other than Hadrian’s Wall, the former Roman wall and UNESCO World Heritage Site that partly runs through Northumberland.
Meaning Northumbrians have been fending off Wildlings - make that the Scottish - for centuries.
7. This guy owns everything.
“Whose is that field, over there?”
“That’s the Duke’s land.”
“What about those nice houses?”
13. When you speak to people from London in December and you’re like:
14. Finally, that more than 30 miles of secluded beaches…
Unspoiled coastline, officially designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty…
15. Make you happy to belong to England’s biggest and most remote county.