Reach for the sky! 🙂
Do you get the feeling that you’re misrepresented? Well, not personally, but where you live. Nottingham’s been my adoptive home time since the turn of the 90s and I have a soft spot for it. It’s not got the coolness of Manchester or bustle of London, but it has – at least to me – a certain charm. It’s a very young city. The two large universities keep the ‘yoof’ element topped up and the effect on the city’s nightlife, shopping and environment can’t be ignored.
It also seems that you can’t turn the page or switch on the TV without hearing the words “Nottingham” and “gun” – usually in the same breath. Given the portrial of the city in the media, you would think this is South Central LA!
“Kids going to school in Kevlar parkers kicking the empty crack vials and spent shells from last night’s rumble in the urban jungle. Mum’s packing two Nines while Dad rides point. Word! This is Nottingham where the modern day outlaws ride roughshod through our streets….”
As a famous armchair intellectual once said: My ar*e! 🙂
Now I’m not saying that Nottingham doesn’t have any crime, all major cities have their problems but it really isn’t how the place is shown on TV. Sure, our local hero is a robber, but don’t let that put you off 🙂 Compared to the larger cities, like London and Manchester, crime rates here – per X number of people are lower. Plus for all this talk of shootings and drive-bys, I’ve never seen one and I’ve lived in some sh***y areas of the city.
I guess we’re back to the old adage about a good story and the truth.
[ The Offspring with Come out and play ]