What it means to be Barrovian
Last updated at 09:28, Friday, 05 December 2008
AN email is doing the rounds on the subject of what it means to be a Barrovian.
It is an updated version of an earlier message and it contains a lot of truth.
Called Barrow: The Best Cul-de-Sac In The World it should have many readers nodding in agreement, and might provide a chuckle for those who do not have home computers who may be seeing it for the first time.
The things far-flung Barrovians miss about the town are:
- The accent.
- Knowing every other person you pass on the street.
- The legends — Russ the dog walker, Cheeky Charlie etc.
- The statue outside McDonalds — reuniting chavs every Saturday.
- Paulo Giannis — a quid a shot.
- Not taking a coat on a night out.
- Going to town just to waste time.
- Andy’s chippy.
- Preston Street Working Men’s Club and its inappropriate jukebox.
- The seagull-killing wind turbines outside Tesco.
- Pie and peas at parties.
- Being able to call trousers pants without getting funny looks.
- Pronouncing the ‘l’ in almond.
- Walney Bridge.
- The ice cream at Roa Island.
- The fact that every night is karaoke night.
- Having a brew solves everything.
- The constant gale force wind.
- Having dinner at 12 and tea at five.
- The Evening Mail: “I’m not dead” says dog-walker Russ”; “Roose man dies in bid to reach pie.”
- Pie shops.
- The hysteria when it stops raining for a day.
- Tacky Christmas lights.
- Horse-sized seagulls.
- Ghost hunting at Furness Abbey.
- Knowing that people from Barrow are Barrovians and people from Walney are Walneyites.
- The same music in every club on the Gaza Strip.
- Feeling like a traitor when drinking in Dalton or Ulverston.
- Being able to get a taxi straight away when you want one, not three hours later.
- Gigs in the park.
- The frog slide at Dalton Leisure Centre.
- Taxi drivers’ life stories.
- Marsh’s Sass.
- Everyone knowing everyone else’s business.
- No matter which way you look, you see the sea.
- The pigeons.
- The bloke on the corner of Portland Walk who sells the Evening Mail.
- Being nearly run over by the street sweeping machine.
- A chippy on practically every street.
- Barrow carnival day even though it always rains.
- The fact that you can get your hair cut in a different hairdressers every time because there is about three million of them.
First published at 11:46, Thursday, 04 December 2008
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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