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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?

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

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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.

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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.

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    And usually populated by more intimidating local teenagers.

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

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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. / Via

    "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.

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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.

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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.

    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.

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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.

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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.

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    Nobody you knew had ever been there.

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

    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.

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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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