August 17th, 2007
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The North South Divide


Recently, Roy Keane (ex Manchester United player, current Sunderland FC manager and living legend) launched a tirade against certain footballers, who refuse to move to Sunderland because their wives want to live in London.

“If they don’t want to come because their wife wants to go shopping in London, it’s a sad state of affairs.”

Photo © Peadar O’Sullivan, used with permission

Personally, I have to agree with him. Why would you choose to play for Watford, Crystal Palace, Luton, Millwall, or Charlton (teams in lower divisions) over Sunderland? I mean, they love their football up in Tyne and Wear, which is more than be said for the geographically illterate Prawn Sandwich Brigade that seem to occupy the stands in a number of London clubs*.

But I really want to talk about the perceived North South divide.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really notice it on my frequent trips to London – not least to begin with. I mean, it didn’t seem that much more expensive down there, certainly compared to Liverpool or Manchester. But I suppose I was drinking beer, rather than buying a house.

However, I did notice a few changes over time, the fact that people are always in such a rush to get to places. I also noticed how packed it was, how people didn’t make eye contact and just assumed you were some nutcase because you were talking on the Tube (usually with Han).

For that reason, I don’t think I could live in London. Even Manchester seems a lot friendlier and nicer, plus it’s a little cheaper, and despite what certain bloggers say – I have yet to be raped.

So I’m prepared to give up that extra £25,000 a year, as I’m happy at waking up at 8am, getting out of work at 5pm, and having evenings to relax or work on this awesome blog.

But the question I want to ask you is – Brits: do you feel there is a North/South divide (and if so, which do you prefer)? Non-Brits: Is there a similar divide in your country?

Right, this weekend’s activities involves sitting on a coach for 8 hours on Saturday to watch Colwyn Bay play Middle of Nowhere FC. The journey will be grim, the result may not go our way, and I’d probably be ill on Sunday. It’ll be a long trip.


I cannot wait.

* Huge generalisation I know, but a conversation had with a massive Arsenal fan from the South East once “Who do you support?” “Colwyn Bay” “Where are they based?” “Wales” “Where’s Wales?”.

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