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22 Struggles Of Growing Up In A Crap British Town

How can there be that many different types of pound shop?

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1. Most of the buildings in your town “centre” were made of concrete.

"That's it, make it look slightly less nice than a prison, lovely." – your town planners.
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"That's it, make it look slightly less nice than a prison, lovely." – your town planners.

2. And you had one big roundabout that everyone was terrified of driving round.

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3. But driving was the only way to get around, because your buses were shit and ludicrously overpriced, and only came about twice a day.

"Oh everything's cheaper outside London," they say. NOT FUCKING BUSES.
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"Oh everything's cheaper outside London," they say. NOT FUCKING BUSES.

4. All the bus shelters were mainly places for slightly scary local teens to smoke.

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5. If you had a train station, it was exceedingly bleak.

And usually populated by more intimidating local teenagers.
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And usually populated by more intimidating local teenagers.

6. There was a popular nearby fly-tipping spot.

Town councillors were always getting photographed in the local paper standing with their arms folded next to all the abandoned mattresses.
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Town councillors were always getting photographed in the local paper standing with their arms folded next to all the abandoned mattresses.

7. And a really creepy subway that you were terrified of walking through at night.

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8. But you had one quite nice view that was the only bit shown on the council website.

"Oh yes this is totally what the whole town looks like and not just a good angle."
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"Oh yes this is totally what the whole town looks like and not just a good angle."

9. Your high street had more charity shops than anyone could ever need.

All selling cardigans from M&S that still had "St Michael" sewn into the label.
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All selling cardigans from M&S that still had "St Michael" sewn into the label.

10. There was a shop with bins, washing up bowls, and miniature garden chairs carefully displayed on the pavement outside.

Inside they sold loads and loads of glass mixing bowls and rubber gloves.
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Inside they sold loads and loads of glass mixing bowls and rubber gloves.

11. And your town wasn’t nice enough for a Poundland, so you had some rip-off versions.

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12. There was always one really random retailer in your high street, and nobody could understand how it made any money.

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Congrats to the people who ran a scuba diving shop for five years in my hometown, 65 miles from the sea.

13. And it was probably stuck between a load of boarded-up shops.

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14. But there was still one really run-down department store.

If you want some lampshades that look like they're from the 1980s then a crap British town's BHS is the place to go.
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If you want some lampshades that look like they're from the 1980s then a crap British town's BHS is the place to go.

15. There was great excitement whenever some new representation of civilisation opened in the high street.

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We all remember where we were the day Costa opened.

16. And there was probably a lot of local hype when a Tesco opened nearby.

It was definitely on the front page of the paper.
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It was definitely on the front page of the paper.

17. Your town was inexplicably twinned with somewhere abroad that sounded quite fancy.

Nobody you knew had ever been there.
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Nobody you knew had ever been there.

18. The local market sold mostly tiger blankets and phone cases.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-KING-SIZE-1-PLY-SNARLING-TIGER-FLEECE-KOREAN-STYLE-PLUSH-MINK-BLANKET-SOFT-/301041541623?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=cDI%252BbUE%252FtJhFjW44zkheitUHBwA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

Along with loads of knock-off clothing brands.

19. For entertainment you could go to the nearest cinema, which was definitely in the middle of a massive car park.

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20. Or you could hang around the bottle bank with more intimidating local teens.

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21. And you could always visit the local “flat-roof pub” if you fancied a really ~interesting~ night.

Lovely place for a glassing.
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Lovely place for a glassing.

22. But while it was pretty shit, it was almost worth it for the local paper headlines.

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