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Trip Start Dec 26, 2003
Trip End Mar 28, 2005

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Monday, March 14, 2005

The two weeks plus back in the north of England was spent reminding my parents what their youngest son looked like and catching up with the few friends that remain in (or have returned to) the north.

I also reminded myself how vastly superior properly cellared and nurtured northern beer is to that dreary dishwater that is thrown at us by Australian ephemerals in London. Actually, I did this rather regularly. If England has one particularly positive thing to say about it, it is the fineness of northern England's beer, particularly when enjoyed in front of a fireplace in the early afternoon of a chilly March day.

The directness in speech and friendliness of Merseyside's inhabitants is striking on a return visit, too. People talk to each other, just polite smalltalk, but it exists; rather than the average London inhabitant, who pretends that he is not sharing a city with ten million other people as he buries his head into his newspaper.

It is a pity that the Rivers Mersey and Dee, and hence the Wirral which is penned in by these two rivers plus the Irish Sea, do not exist on the Travelpod map. I guess it could be worse, Newcastle doesn't get a mention whereas Sunderland and Middlesbrough do. How bizarre.....
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