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    19 Things Everyone Who Grew Up In Staines Will Understand

    West Staines Massiv.

    1. You’ll NEVER be able to call it Staines-Upon-Thames.

    2. You have this conversation all the time.

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    “Where are you from”



    *hard stare*

    3. But obviously you mastered this gesture in primary school.

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    4. And tried to spot your house in the movie.

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    5. Sometimes you just tell people you’re from Surrey to avoid having to talk about Ali G.

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    But not the posh part.

    6. You spent your teenage years in Lammas Park.

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    Picnic in Lammas Park? Everyone will only bring Doritos or Strongbow.

    7. Strolling round the Elmsleigh Centre was a legitimate weekend activity.

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    Possibly going via McDonald's to get some chips to share among five of you.

    8. You tried to sneak into The George without ID at least once.

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    When you were finally old enough to get in, you realised it was full of your former teachers and your parents' friends.

    9. You attended MANY swimming pool birthday parties here.

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    It might not *look* amazing from the outside, but that inflatable thing was AWESOME.

    10. Followed by a slap-up birthday dinner here.

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    Or Pizza Hut.

    11. You still have no idea what this statue is for.

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    12. You know that Staines Market is an incredibly strange place.

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    The best place to go if you want to get your phone unlocked but also need to buy a tiger blanket and some warm olives.

    13. You miss the posh Greggs.

    @balconyshirts Staines has a Greggs Moments. Uxbridge needs to up its game - tables and chairs just don't cut it.

    Your life was too short, posh Greggs.

    14. You remember the days BEFORE the Two Rivers.

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    Today's kids don't know how lucky they are with their pedestrianised high street and ample parking.

    15. All of your teenage dates happened in Staines Nando's.

    16. Every important family occasion was celebrated here.

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    Weddings, funerals, birthdays, all at the Thames Lodge.

    17. You knew someone who worked at Thorpe Park.

    18. You've always wondered what it's like inside this building.

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    Sometimes there are mysterious flashing lights coming from the second floor.

    19. But even though all that might have bored you at times, you’ll always call this town home.

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