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Bedford in General
Member Name: lilmissmup
Bedford in General
Advantages: Close to London and MK, Nice river
Disadvantages: High crime rate, bad shops, no entertainment.
I live in Bedford and have done my whole life apart from a few years in Birmingham when my parents divorced and my mum moved away.
I was born here and am a Bedfordian.
Bedford is approximately 50 miles north of London which is one of the things I do really like about the town, you can hop on a fast train and be there in 45 minutes.
Close city's are Milton Keynes and Cambridge.
According to the 2001 census Bedford population was 147,925.
The town has some nice areas of beauty, it has a large park with a pond it it and lots of space to relax, play games and also tennis courts and 2 playgrounds in it.
The river is lovely, its well kept and a great place to spend a summer day, its the best thing about the town.
The shops in Bedford are not very good and its not a fashion hot spot, it has the basic fashion retailers and Debenhams is the biggest department store in the town but it has a lot of cheap shops, more pubs on the high street than shops (or so it seems anyway) and it has no music shops in the town, yes none, if you want CD's or DVDS you have to go and get ripped off at W H Smiths or get it second hand at CEX.
If your young and like to go pubbing and clubbing there are a lot to choose from but if your more into theatres and concerts you will find a lack of good performances, it has the corn exchange where old artists, tribute acts and comedians play but no upcoming or famous artists.
There is one cinema but its very grubby inside, doesn't always show the latest films and is not easy to get too unless you drive.
Areas to avoid in the town are Queens Park and Midland Road, they are renowned for violence and drugs, Bedford does have a murder every few months or so and it always seems to happen in these areas.
Nicer areas to live are Putnoe, Brickhill and near the river and park.
Bedford is an ok town, I don't hate it but I don't love it and I would not recommend it to anyone who doesn't live here.
Summary: Its ok but nothing to shout about.