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Martin Dust
08-05-2007, 08:34 PM
The fish tank, the shops, the hole, the tramps, how space age it felt....
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i107/bdefoe/sheffield_hole_in_the_road.jpg


You?

sufi
08-05-2007, 09:04 PM
http://www.itu.int/partners/images/photos/73.jpg
ihosy

mistersloane
08-05-2007, 09:54 PM
The fish tank, the shops, the hole, the tramps, how space age it felt....
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i107/bdefoe/sheffield_hole_in_the_road.jpg


You?

that's weird, i thought that pic for a second was the bullring in waterloo, similar, no shops though, it was where everyone who was homeless was in london, gone now n all.

nomos
09-05-2007, 02:00 AM
my grandparents' house on my dad's side in winnipeg. it was the only house that remained constant while i was growing up. i had an experience once, when deeply lost in thought, where i was suddenly back there in my mind and able to explore it intimately. i could look in every room and corner, including the little spaces i explored when i was small. remembering paint, carpet and linoleum patterns, i the sounds of doors, closets and drawers, as well as how they moved. the feeling of being along in the basement and all the curious things that drew me down their on my own (russian records, a tube shortwave, curious things in the pantry). smells: potato pancakes on the counter, mushrooms drying in the oven, russian food being made, dill by the side of the house, crab apples, sneaking raspberries, tomato plants wafting in the basement bathroom window, pickled things, mothballs, soaps, the garage, the fridge, the drawer where loose tobacco was kept. it was like a storehouse of sensual memory had briefly opened in my brain. it was really powerful.

petergunn
09-05-2007, 08:53 AM
http://homedir-a.libsyn.com/podcasts/1267ebe28a0d564e62aed5ae9a0d15be/46418bfc/braindamage/images/bgarden1.jpg

Freakaholic
09-05-2007, 03:39 PM
I really disliked LA the one year i lived there, but hte one place i enjoyed was Griffith park.

while its not gone, it is burning:

http://www.laist.com/attachments/la_malingering/DSC_8610.JPG
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/pics/breaking/0509wildfires.jpg

Ive been back in Chicago for 4 years now, and id say that park and Topanga Canyon are about the only places there that I miss (now that Chicago has El Pollo Loco!).

mos dan
09-05-2007, 04:12 PM
http://www.geocities.com/westhollywood/1007/sevilla.jpg

Sevilla, Spain.

Lived there for four months in 2005. Came back. Failed to ever quite recover. The lifestyle, the locals, the atmosphere, the architecture, the nightlife, the food, the weather... what the hell am I doing here again?

The worst thing is someone had written in the fresh concrete on this one side-street by the park 'be where you want to be'. I know it's trite and sounds like something out of an airport novel, but it really did say that, and I do still think about it longingly.

nomos
09-05-2007, 04:57 PM
Rain forest on the edge of Clayoquot Sound (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayoquot_Sound) on the West coast of Vancouver Island. Unlike Vancouver and Victoria, it gets no protection from the Pacific so waves, winds and rain can be wild.

http://www.deeptime.net/files/dissensus/longbeach1.jpg http://www.deeptime.net/files/dissensus/longbeach2.jpg

Ancient trees, vast sand beaches. When the tide is out, it leaves behind towering rock-islands topped with trees and wrapped in in star fish, anemones, and mussels. Some are close together, creating slippery hallways to explore. I was only there for a foggy day and night in 1996. Quite magical :)

Mr. Tea
09-05-2007, 06:26 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5b/Isle_of_wight_satellite.jpg/800px-Isle_of_wight_satellite.jpg
Grew up there between '86 and '99. Lovely place, and now my parents have bloody well moved to France! Bastards.*





*just kidding, if you're reading this!

sodiumnightlife
10-05-2007, 11:40 AM
http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/8/8b/300px-Mentmore_Cottages.gif

I miss the house i lived in from ages 0-6. was the nicest house in the nciest place i ever lived. woulda been shit to grow up in as a teenager though, glad i moved to scotland.

I also miss vancouver island, i've got family in Saanichton and i've been a fair few times, there's so many beautiful bits up round there.

martin
10-05-2007, 12:38 PM
I miss High St Kensington Market. Good place to go and pick up weird cheap books, mags and records and meet loads of bored goth girls. OK, so you could hardly move, the place stank of joss sticks and every 6th stall was some Indian bloke selling 'ANARCHY' or 'FUCK THE POPE' T-shirts, but it was a nice place to waste a Saturday afternoon. The hairdressers were all on acid, by the way.

Gabba Flamenco Crossover
10-05-2007, 03:14 PM
http://www.tokushima-kankou.or.jp/foreign/english/yamasiro/img/ooboke.jpg

Oboke gorge in Shikoku, Japan.

http://www.etravelphotos.com/mexico/photos/2003la-014-20s-w.jpg

San Christobel, Mexico.

Grievous Angel
10-05-2007, 04:03 PM
Acklam Hall, Hammersmith.

A fantastic little venue that was hidden away in a west London nook. I saw loads of bands there, most memorably Big Black and Head of David.

http://bibbly-o-tek.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/ticket-acklam-78-11-18.jpg

http://www.urban75.org/music/images/beggar-03.gif

Can't even find a picture of it now.

Grievous Angel
10-05-2007, 04:06 PM
And, most of all, Oaxaca in Mexico. Not so easy to go there any more.

http://www.oaxacamio.com/tourist_attractions/oaxaca.jpg

http://elenemigocomun.net/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/oaxaca_resources_bw-sm.jpg

STN
10-05-2007, 04:09 PM
I miss High St Kensington Market. Good place to go and pick up weird cheap books, mags and records and meet loads of bored goth girls. OK, so you could hardly move, the place stank of joss sticks and every 6th stall was some Indian bloke selling 'ANARCHY' or 'FUCK THE POPE' T-shirts, but it was a nice place to waste a Saturday afternoon. The hairdressers were all on acid, by the way.

God I miss that place too, even though it's almost single-handedly responsible for me looking like a complete tit for four years straight (bondage trousers, anyone?). One of the hairdressers was called Children of Vision, what was the other one called?

I also miss Gossips in Soho and a barmy little pub in Bristol called The Portcullis, which is still there, but I never get to go to it. I also really miss Earl's sandwich shop on Southampton Buildings.

Lichen
10-05-2007, 04:15 PM
A proper Chelsea pub populated by fallen upper-class types, jobbing actors, booze-wracked ex-footballers, heroic, unrepentant boozers of every hue and a man called Ron. ;)

Turned into battleship grey gastro horror and then fell victim to property developers.

borderpolice
10-05-2007, 04:23 PM
San Christobel, Mexico.

The houses in San Christobal are gorgeous, aren't they?

Edward
10-05-2007, 06:29 PM
http://parks.sfgov.org/site/uploadedimages/recpark/Capital_Improvement_Division_New/MVC-018S.JPG

I used to live about 1 minute's walk from this photo in the Mission District of SF. I was really unhappy in a lot of ways but I miss the sunshine and somekind of feeling I got there. I suppose I was unhappily in love.....
A year later the internet kicked off and the dotcom yuppies moved in, rent skyrocketed and the whole character of the place changed for the worse.
I used to like walking around the Mission, there were weird Mexican comic shops, good cheap Taquerias, amazing murals and graf, little record shops etc.

Mr. Tea
10-05-2007, 06:33 PM
A proper Chelsea pub populated by fallen upper-class types, jobbing actors, booze-wracked ex-footballers, heroic, unrepentant boozers of every hue and a man called Ron. ;)

Turned into battleship grey gastro horror and then fell victim to property developers.

Bah. The way pubs get treated in this country is a crime against humanity.
Fucking greedy breweries, soulless developers, idiots who'd rather drink pissy lager out of a plastic cup while some clueless cunt 'drops tunes' so loud you can't hear yourself think, or pay ten quid for a poncey burger in a wanky bar with less personality than a Starbucks, than actually go to a real *pub*...

*grumble grumble grumble*

Edward
10-05-2007, 07:17 PM
The other day I went to the dogs at Walthamstow and on the spur of the moment I ordered a bitter instead of a lager.
It was a revelation. Never again will I drink that fizzy shit. (maybe)
is this the onset of middle age?
or nostalgia for sipping my dads pint in the 70s?

JP Nut
10-05-2007, 08:30 PM
Bah. The way pubs get treated in this country is a crime against humanity.
Fucking greedy breweries, soulless developers, idiots who'd rather drink pissy lager out of a plastic cup while some clueless cunt 'drops tunes' so loud you can't hear yourself think, or pay ten quid for a poncey burger in a wanky bar with less personality than a Starbucks, than actually go to a real *pub*...

*grumble grumble grumble*

SECONDED

most decent places in brighton have had that kind of "makeover"

Martin Dust
10-05-2007, 08:34 PM
The other day I went to the dogs at Walthamstow and on the spur of the moment I ordered a bitter instead of a lager.
It was a revelation. Never again will I drink that fizzy shit. (maybe)
is this the onset of middle age?
or nostalgia for sipping my dads pint in the 70s?

Fear not Edward, it's just common sense clicking in :) Next time you're up North we'll take you for some proper smooth bitters - massive fan of bitter myself.

Mr. Tea
10-05-2007, 10:04 PM
most decent places in brighton have had that kind of "makeover"
There's a very funny send-up of this in The Brightonomicon, Robert Rankin's last-but-one-or-two novel (set, as the name suggests, in Hoxton-on-Sea), in which a bar regularly changes between being a normal pub, a trendy bar and various kinds of 'theme' bars several times per day.

And to Martin - welcome brother, you're now ONE OF US! You don't have to be middle-aged, I've been a real ale nut since the age of about 16. :D

Edit: gah, Edward, not Martin! Sorry. You've both got b/w avatars, is my excuse. :)

sodiumnightlife
11-05-2007, 01:09 AM
i swear drinking lager every night form a rider makes you want to never touch the stuff again, though i'm now big into my russian stuff, think its called baltika. there was a pub in sheffield where you could get the stuff on tap, the extra strong version of it, 9%! I like theakstons, that's a bitter isn't it? That's because of my dad.

Lichen
11-05-2007, 07:57 AM
Next time you're up North we'll take you for some proper smooth bitters

I don't get the smooth bitter thing at all. Does it extend beyond Boddingtons and John Smiths? Is it possible to buy "normal" bitter up north?

martin
11-05-2007, 08:38 AM
God I miss that place too, even though it's almost single-handedly responsible for me looking like a complete tit for four years straight (bondage trousers, anyone?). One of the hairdressers was called Children of Vision, what was the other one called?
.

I had a pair of bondage kecks when I was 16, I thought they were alright! (though I did get rid of the in-between-the-legs strap which was just pointless) But in Luton they were considered really radical, though you'd sometimes get women in their late 30s asking if you were into Bay City Rollers. They were about a tenner back then, I think?

Children of Vision rings a bell, I knew someone who knew someone who knew someone who worked there (the one on the top floor). They used to make some sort of LSD cake, apparently you knew they were tripping when they'd start playing 'Nutbush City Limits' really loud. It was funny cos you'd get dead straight US /German tourists who thought they'd pop in for a quick trim while they were there, and would come out, crying their eyes out, with electric turquoise bob cuts.

Garageland was OK records-wise, do you remember the upstairs (small) record shack with the really MISERABLE woman with dreads?

Martin Dust
11-05-2007, 08:38 AM
I don't get the smooth bitter thing at all. Does it extend beyond Boddingtons and John Smiths? Is it possible to buy "normal" bitter up north?

It does yes, the some really good local ones and yeah it's possible to get standard bitter, Black Sheep being one of the best cheap pints going...

IdleRich
11-05-2007, 08:49 AM
"It does yes, the some really good local ones and yeah it's possible to get standard bitter, Black Sheep being one of the best cheap pints going..."
Ah, Black Sheep, that reminds me of when I lived in Nottingham, which I suppose brings it neatly back to the places you miss theme. Although I guess it's really the time I miss more than the place, living away from home for the first time, being (more) young and innocent but thinking that I wasn't etc

matt b
11-05-2007, 08:52 AM
'smooth' bitters were/ are an attempt by the corporate brewers to create bitters with the same easy care characteristics of lager, forgetting that bitter has to cask conditioned, looked after by a knowledgeable landlord.

proper bitter is still big round here- just about every town has its own brewery, my favourites being timothy taylor (keighley), whose landlord bitter, when well-kept is a stunning drink and the copper dragon brewery (skipton).

black sheep is very fine and even tetleys can be nice

oh, and i miss this pub:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/leeds/citylife/pubs/bowling_green.shtml

STN
11-05-2007, 08:57 AM
Nothing wrong with good lager (Balktika, Okocim, Lech, Freedom, Kastel Kru, Peroni).

Favourite bitters (or are they ales? what's the difference?) are Black Sheep, Landlord, Deuchers and Tribute (from the St Austell Brewery) as well as all the Hall and Woodhouse ones (especially Blandford Fly).

Saying that, I'll drink pretty much anything and was considering a 'Very Strong Booze' thread, to debate the merits of Special Brew as set against King's HSL, Lynx Altra and all that other good stuff.

Lichen
11-05-2007, 09:22 AM
Aged 10-12 I lived up here. I miss it terribly and sometimes wish I'd never moved down south.

Edward
11-05-2007, 09:24 AM
Wow talk about derailed. Sorry, threadstarter.
Maybe we should start a beer thread over in "misc"

So I'm going to Nottingham this weekend, what should I be drinking?

Guybrush
11-05-2007, 09:25 AM
http://ecclesia.org/truth/womb.gif
Obviously.

matt b
11-05-2007, 09:36 AM
Wow talk about derailed. Sorry, threadstarter.
Maybe we should start a beer thread over in "misc"

So I'm going to Nottingham this weekend, what should I be drinking?

castle rock is a brewery- their pub/brewery is near the station- you could use it as a gateway to the meadows (somewhere i DON'T miss)

i haven't been out in nottm for about 6 years, but bunkers hill in hockley is a city centre freehouse with a good range of beers. or go up mansfield road to lincolnshire poacher (used to do good food too).

Immryr
11-05-2007, 09:51 AM
there is already a pretty lengthy thread in the misc section about beer, i seem to remember. and yes, ale is the way of the future (past).

matt b
11-05-2007, 09:53 AM
Aged 10-12 I lived up here. I miss it terribly and sometimes wish I'd never moved down south.

where's that then?

john eden
11-05-2007, 10:23 AM
Acklam Hall, Hammersmith.

A fantastic little venue that was hidden away in a west London nook. I saw loads of bands there, most memorably Big Black and Head of David.



Acklam Hall is now subterrania, iirc. Big Black / Head of David was at the Clarendon Hotel, as was the Butthole Surfers / Shamen / AR Kane gig.

Martin Dust
11-05-2007, 10:52 AM
Wow talk about derailed. Sorry, threadstarter.
Maybe we should start a beer thread over in "misc"

So I'm going to Nottingham this weekend, what should I be drinking?

Black Sheep, Farmers Blonde or Spitfire :)

I don't mind the thread going off target....

I miss this place, we lived next door in a squat for a while
http://www.rocknroll.f9.co.uk/pubs/limit.htm

http://www.ex-rental.com/blindyouth/bandarchive/limitadsmall.jpg

Mr. Tea
11-05-2007, 11:01 AM
Timmy Taylor...Black Sheep...Theakstons...Castle Rock...

*drowns in own saliva* ;)

Lichen
11-05-2007, 11:04 AM
where's that then?

Lammermuir Hills

Half an hour south of Edinburgh. Fifteen minutes from lovely beaches at Gullane and North Berwick.

Our house was on the tree line. I could step out the door and roam for hours without seeing a car. Very rare in the UK. I used to dangle a worm into the loch you see there.

Martin Dust
11-05-2007, 11:18 AM
The ability to shit in your own pants and not care (joking) Not really a place tho.

I also miss going to Beautiful Downtown Bramhall Lane, the sooner Warnocker leaves or dies in a pile up the better.

Edward
11-05-2007, 11:50 AM
What does that mean?

I miss Fat Cat records in Covent Garden and the feeling of discovering amazing new records there every time I went in.... a time as well as a place.

Martin Dust
11-05-2007, 11:53 AM
What does that mean?

I miss Fat Cat records in Covent Garden and the feeling of discovering amazing new records there every time I went in.... a time as well as a place.

Which bit Edward? Shitting in my pants :) or Bramhall Lane?

matt b
11-05-2007, 12:16 PM
Lammermuir Hills

Half an hour south of Edinburgh. Fifteen minutes from lovely beaches at Gullane and North Berwick.

Our house was on the tree line. I could step out the door and roam for hours without seeing a car. Very rare in the UK. I used to dangle a worm into the loch you see there.

nice

sodiumnightlife
11-05-2007, 02:09 PM
http://www.west-scotland-marine.com/Carna/Carna2.jpg

The island of Carna. Went there for a family holiday once, we were the only people on the island. It sits just below the Ardnamurchan peninsular and is simply stunning. There's a road and some villages on Ardnamurchan (highly reccomended in itself) but to the south the Morvern Hills are almost deserted. the cottage came with its own boat for the week, spent alot of time fishing with my grandpa. Amazing amazing place.

Edward
11-05-2007, 02:29 PM
also miss going to Beautiful Downtown Bramhall Lane, the sooner Warnocker leaves or dies in a pile up the better.

that bit.
where is bramhall lane and who is warnocker and why do you with him/her death?
it is intriguing.

IdleRich
11-05-2007, 02:35 PM
where is bramhall lane and who is warnocker and why do you with him/her death?
it is intriguing.
I fear that you will be a lot less intrigued when I tell you that he's talking about football.

Edward
11-05-2007, 03:17 PM
oh ((sigh))

what a geek i am

mms
11-05-2007, 08:15 PM
What does that mean?

I miss Fat Cat records in Covent Garden and the feeling of discovering amazing new records there every time I went in.... a time as well as a place.

yeah that place was live, all dark and downstairs, never knew who might come in, shrinkwrap and fresh imports, a strange haven from the outside world.

Slothrop
11-05-2007, 10:22 PM
castle rock is a brewery- their pub/brewery is near the station- you could use it as a gateway to the meadows (somewhere i DON'T miss)

i haven't been out in nottm for about 6 years, but bunkers hill in hockley is a city centre freehouse with a good range of beers. or go up mansfield road to lincolnshire poacher (used to do good food too).

The Plough in Radford does (and brews, come to that) Nottingham Brewery beers which are even better than Castle Rock. Only a couple of other places you can get them, though. The Sir John Borlaise Warren on Canning Circus normally has Deuchars and Landlord on...

tryptych
12-05-2007, 01:42 AM
At the risk of further derailment...

Coniston Bluebird has got to be one of the best nothern ales. Get it all over the Lake District, and can find it bottled down south too.

And for real lager, Cain's Liverpool Lager is fantastic.

Young's Kew Brew is a great southern ale, although the only place that seems to sell it now is Kew gardens, at pretty steep prices.

ripley
12-05-2007, 02:46 AM
Bjorklidden, in Sweden, above the arctic circle. I went there with my parents in 2003 in June and watched the sun slide around the horizon by a glacial waterfall.

Being a city kid, well a suburban one, but without much relationship to nature, this was the first time I just sat and watched a place empty of humans for hours.

and the total opposite: brick lane market, in all its ridiculous glory, plus those weird cheap little bagels.

Edward
12-05-2007, 09:06 AM
those weird cheap little bagels.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN WEIRD????!!!! (not really angry)
also, how big do you expect a bagel to be?


off to nottingham tonight, ust gonna be there overnight doing a bit of DJing but hopefully will find a good beer wherever I end up.

sodiumnightlife
12-05-2007, 10:45 AM
no they are quite weird: the salt beef one, howmuch slat beef do you need?! They're crazy! I saw si pegg in that shop, meand my friend called to him softly.

tox
12-05-2007, 12:18 PM
I miss The Electric Cinema (http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/features/2004/03/electric_cinema.shtml) in Birmingham. It's the UK's oldest working cinema and while I was there was a real one of a kind place. They showed a good selection of double features, sold homemade cakes (through necessity, none of this pretencious "Innocent Smoothie" style rustic homemade shite) and you had to buy a quaint little membership to get tickets there. The buildings facade was decorated with these weird naked fiberglass manakins staring out into the street. People would wonder in thinking it was a blue-movie place on a fairly regular basis. Needless to say, apart from the regulars, there wasn't much custom.

I worked there every Saturday for about 18 months from around 16yrs old. Then after the X-mas break 2003 I went to work as usual on the Saturday morning only to find a note on the door saying it had closed for good. Gutted.

Still miss the place, the people, and the movies to this day. Learnt loads about art, film and music hanging out there at the weekend. And they served a mean guiness cake too!

The place has now re-opened as a "luxury indepedant cinema" which is just horrible. I dragged myself there the other day to watch Science of Sleep and despite the pangs of nostalgia it just wasn't the same. Being surrounded by yuppies eating olives on leather sofas rather than the regular film nuts we used to get passing through is really disappointing.

Man I miss that place :(

Edward
12-05-2007, 12:22 PM
Yeah we could do a whole thread about closed cinemas....

I grew up in Bedford which is a crap town, one good thing was it had the biggest cinema screen in the UK where I saw Star Wars, Tron etc etc as a kid. It was also used as a venue and the Beatles & Hendrix and others played there.

Then they knocked it down and built one of those multiplex places on the edge of town so you needed a car to get there, all the screens were tiny. The demolition site of the old cinema stood empty for about 15-20 years and now it's a Lidl.

Martin Dust
13-05-2007, 06:44 AM
oh ((sigh))

what a geek i am

Sigh indeed so much so I can't sleep because we need a result today :)

Martin Dust
13-05-2007, 06:51 AM
Yeah we could do a whole thread about closed cinemas....

I grew up in Bedford which is a crap town, one good thing was it had the biggest cinema screen in the UK where I saw Star Wars, Tron etc etc as a kid. It was also used as a venue and the Beatles & Hendrix and others played there.

Then they knocked it down and built one of those multiplex places on the edge of town so you needed a car to get there, all the screens were tiny. The demolition site of the old cinema stood empty for about 15-20 years and now it's a Lidl.

Sheffield had lots of cinemas, take a look here:
http://www.rocknroll.f9.co.uk/cinemas/cintable.html

I loved the Rex, Wednesday nights, two horror films for 50p. They never bothered if you looked underage and it was close to home.

Bettysnake
14-05-2007, 08:21 PM
ihosy

Did you go to Fianaranstoa and did some guy make you pay to go and see his wildlife park which was actually on a traffic island?

petergunn
15-05-2007, 09:21 AM
no they are quite weird: the salt beef one, howmuch slat beef do you need?! They're crazy! I saw si pegg in that shop, meand my friend called to him softly.

london bagels are ok...

salt beef is ok too...

however, montreal bagels and smoked meat trump them both...

a good smoked meat is better than nyc pastrami or london salt beef...

sufi
15-05-2007, 09:54 AM
Did you go to Fianaranstoa and did some guy make you pay to go and see his wildlife park which was actually on a traffic island?
went to fianarantsoa a few times, good place :)
one time i waited 5 days for a bus there,
but bumped into my mate from pimlico aka 'the vazaha who resemble jesosy'
unfortunately i never encountered the traffic island nature reserve :(

John Doe
15-05-2007, 01:31 PM
I miss the Compendium Bookshop in Camden. It stocked just about everything in terms of avant-garde/left field fiction, poetry, thought etc and had a truly staggering collection of periodicals. Nothing was too obscure. Real bookshops like that, alas, just don't exist anymore. I used to spend hours browsing and came away with some genuinely memorable reading I'd probably never had discoverd otherwise (Rilke, Celan, Elouard etc).

Martin Dust
15-05-2007, 09:17 PM
That was a great store.

sufi
15-05-2007, 09:48 PM
I miss the Compendium Bookshop in Camden. It stocked just about everything in terms of avant-garde/left field fiction, poetry, thought etc and had a truly staggering collection of periodicals. Nothing was too obscure. Real bookshops like that, alas, just don't exist anymore. I used to spend hours browsing and came away with some genuinely memorable reading I'd probably never had discoverd otherwise (Rilke, Celan, Elouard etc).
likewise index books in brixton...
phenomenally good african writers section, sorely missed :(

Chris
16-05-2007, 05:26 PM
I miss the farm in Nebraska where I lived when I was four. It was in the absolute middle of nowhere, with nothing but never-ending corn fields and cow pastures in every direction as far as the eye could see. We had a small, white, country church on one side of the house where my dad preached, and an old graveyard on the other side. The best part about having lived there, is that it almost feels like I lived in 1930s America for that short time of my life, because the only signs of civilization around were rusty old antique cars and junk that had been abandoned on the side of the road; plus I was always listening to old records of songs from 1930s and '40s Disney films, which only adds to the effect of these memories seeming like they took place in an older era. Very hauntological really. I pretty much spent my days catching frogs and chasing the chickens around; great times for a four-year-old. Sometimes when we were out driving, a stray cow would start chasing our car down the gravel road; you could almost hear the banjo music playing in the background, fucking perfect. It was all so old timey... I don't think we even had a tv that year... or if we did, I never had any need to watch it...

We got to visit the place one more time when I was 10 or so, but the farm, church, and graveyard were flattened by a tornado a year later.

ripley
17-05-2007, 12:35 AM
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WEIRD????!!!! (not really angry)
also, how big do you expect a bagel to be?

since I only lived there for a while, I wouldn't say I was a New Yorker at all. (I do miss new york a ton, maybe I'll get specific later. Brunch at Enid's in greenpoint or buying dancehall 7"s at Fat Beats from the japanese lady are high on the list)

that said. Bagels. New York. that's it. they are the best, and the ur-bagel. everything else is just a bit weird. (not necessarily bad, though! I'd take Brick Lane "beigels" over flavorless Bay Area bagels any day)

Martin Dust
26-05-2007, 03:05 PM
The upstairs room in the Hallamshire Hotel, great for seeing local bands.

Martin Dust
29-05-2007, 09:22 PM
When my only worry was what was for tea:)

sufi
01-12-2011, 10:52 PM
Rain forest on the edge of Clayoquot Sound (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayoquot_Sound) on the West coast of Vancouver Island. Unlike Vancouver and Victoria, it gets no protection from the Pacific so waves, winds and rain can be wild.

http://www.deeptime.net/files/dissensus/longbeach1.jpg http://www.deeptime.net/files/dissensus/longbeach2.jpg

Ancient trees, vast sand beaches. When the tide is out, it leaves behind towering rock-islands topped with trees and wrapped in in star fish, anemones, and mussels. Some are close together, creating slippery hallways to explore. I was only there for a foggy day and night in 1996. Quite magical :)
hmm yes this place, almost exactly as you describe, with dripping eagles up in the foggy pines, those goose neck barnacles and massive timbers washed up thickly along the high tide mark.

bruno
01-12-2011, 11:27 PM
i miss canada terribly sometimes. i miss camping, our trips to elk island, the wide open spaces. our journey from edmonton to toronto through the prairies, winding through forests. i also miss the snow. and i miss the smell of insect repellent, weirdly. chile has many of these things, but not in the same proportion. the sensation in canada is that the land and sky is infinite, at least it was in my eyes. the only comparable thing here is the desert and sea, and i miss both, too.

craner
04-12-2011, 09:09 AM
Yeah, and massive breakfasts and French-Canadian girls.

luka
04-12-2011, 09:39 AM
i miss east london a lot, and the worst thing is, it wont be there when i get back.

craner
05-12-2011, 10:05 AM
But Usaine Bolt will be in town!

luka
05-12-2011, 10:07 AM
no one i know from newham managed to get olympic tickets. its a scam.

craner
05-12-2011, 10:12 AM
It might even be an elaborate hoax.

luka
05-12-2011, 10:14 AM
a put-on, a racket, a ruse....

craner
05-12-2011, 10:22 AM
A CGI spectacle. Does this 'Usaine Bolt' character even exist? What is the meaning of a 'Tyson Gay'?

baboon2004
05-12-2011, 10:41 AM
I hope some kind of embarrassing disaster befalls the Olympics, such as Boris Johnson getting his head stuck in a horse, or mysterious last-minute adverts on Gumtree for an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

routes
06-12-2011, 09:43 AM
someone i know is renting their posh flat near stratty for 3 months over the olympic period to some international press agency for stupid amounts of money.