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22 Things Everyone Who Grew Up In British Suburbia Will Understand

"Doing lifts back from town this Saturday".

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1. Most of your friends' houses looked like one of these.

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Your fanciest friend lived in a mock Tudor house.

2. And at least one of your friends lived in a cul-de-sac.

Which was the perfect place for bike riding/roller blading/scooters.
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Which was the perfect place for bike riding/roller blading/scooters.

3. All childhood birthday parties involved going to some retail park with a cinema, bowling, lazer quest and a Frankie and Benny’s in the carpark.

And they were absolutely awesome, obviously.
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And they were absolutely awesome, obviously.

4. You've spent half your life saying you live “just outside [insert cooler sounding town name that people have heard of]”.

Just outside that red line :(
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Just outside that red line :(

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5. Your local highstreet likely had a Pizza Express, Ask, a Zizzi’s, and a Carluccio's.

Why are people in suburbs so obsessed with moderately priced Italian food?
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Why are people in suburbs so obsessed with moderately priced Italian food?

6. You had none of the perks of living in the countryside.

Like nice hills/fields. None of this.
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Like nice hills/fields. None of this.

7. But unlike your friends who grew up in cities you probably had a garden.

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And a climbing frame or a trampoline if you were fancy.

8. Your school had some lame rivalry with the nearest school.

If you saw them in the highstreet in their uniforms you would give them dirty looks. Of course you never *actually* had any fights though.
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If you saw them in the highstreet in their uniforms you would give them dirty looks. Of course you never *actually* had any fights though.

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9. You were always slightly behind city kids when it came to cool new trends.

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But not as far behind as countryside people, obviously.

10. You spent all your pocket money on train tickets “to town”.

And used whatever was left to buy Topshop pants/things from Claire's/McDonald's etc.
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And used whatever was left to buy Topshop pants/things from Claire's/McDonald's etc.

11. When you got bored of town you'd spend the rest of your time hanging around a skate park.

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12. Your parents had to pick you up from all parties.

Mum won't pick me up from a party tomorrow night. I have no way of getting home

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Ask mum to pick me up from this shitty party and she decides to bring the whole family along. Mum, dad and dog waiting in the car for me

Lol imagine trying to get a bus home after 9pm.

13. But you still did your fair share of walking home after sunrise.

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14. The first person to learn to drive in your friendship group became everyone’s personal driver.

And you always promised to give them petrol money. Which you obviously never did.
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And you always promised to give them petrol money. Which you obviously never did.

15. When you learned to drive the first place you went was the nearest McDonald’s Drive-thru.

YESSSSS.
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YESSSSS.

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16. And driving to the “big Tesco” late at night was a legitimately thrilling activity.

Maybe to get some snacks for the movie marathon you were having in your parents' front room.
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Maybe to get some snacks for the movie marathon you were having in your parents' front room.

17. “Doing lifts” on weekends was a very common way to make money.

Doing lifts for all you drunken messes tonight! Message me🚗

Made £150 from doing lifts last night 💸💸💸 #sasscars

"Doing lifts in town this Saturday, £5" – literally all of your Facebook. People who grew up in cities will never understand this.

18. Because the last train home was probably at about 11.30pm.

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And getting a taxi home would be a ridiculous amount of money.

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19. The first club you went to was almost certainly an Oceana or similar.

Which you may or may not have snuck into using your sibling's ID. And it was horribly grim.
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Which you may or may not have snuck into using your sibling's ID. And it was horribly grim.

20. There was no point trying to get into a pub underage.

Because it would probably be full of your parents' friends.
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Because it would probably be full of your parents' friends.

21. So most of your illict underage drinking was done in your friend's lounge when their parents were out.

Probably with something ridiculous you stole from their drinks cabinet, like Cinzano or Advocat.
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Probably with something ridiculous you stole from their drinks cabinet, like Cinzano or Advocat.

22. Because The Inbetweeners was basically a documentary about your teenage years.

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