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Bedford - what you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask !
Bedford in General
Member Name: WHISTLINGTOADS
Bedford in General
Date: 21/07/01, updated on 21/07/01 (191 review reads)
Advantages: Friendly, unpretentious , people
Disadvantages: Completely, barmy, council
A mad tour......
The Old Chapel on Mill Street, to become a restaurant/bar downstairs & a club upstairs.
Lurke Street car park where two Bosnians decided to steal a fast car and drove it through the barriers and over the edge of the fifth floor to their death - it was an automatic...
The Oasis beach pool - a chuffing big pyramid out of context with the other scenery !
Demolish It Now Building
THE BUS STATION !! IT IS DISGUSTING AND DANGEROUS. Most of the town centre. Don't forget the car parks.
Oasis, it's got terminal concrete cancer, sick building syndrome and bad feng shui.
County Hall - it suits the councils mundane attitude & dead ideas. They just like spending our taxes on £150 a bottle Champagne dinners for themselves. what lovely people.
Hmm - the County Council Offices near Kingsway because it is seriously fucked up in many many ways. Also the Plaza - for obvious reasons - not least the fact it is a seedy, nasty little dive that smelt like a kennel on the one occasion I dared to go there!
County hall - what a testemony to tasteless concrete architecture
The police station It's very grey and has lots of policement inside If you need to go there it takes ages to get served I don't think it's nice to stay there either
The tower block at DeMontfort Uni Polhill. It's dated and too tall for the area, and also badly decorated inside.
The Plaza, for reasons stated above. My house.
Bedford College - bomb it! Burn it! Bury it!
The Best Things
The river's quite pretty with Swans, and the villages round and about are pleasant. Trains to London go very regularly so it's very easy to get out of Bedford, which is a good job as it's one of the dullest places I've ever had the misfortune to live in.
Lidl - what a great supermarket. The Limehouse - what IS that all about? Also Bedford's's only 8 miles from Car
lton, where The Fox pub runs its legendary pub quiz every Thursday night.
The music & the bars. It has potential to become quite a club & pub central town. But the council dont like it (even though it does attract people from MK & other areas)
The people are great, and so is the atmosphere, just start talking to someonw and you'll make friends no probs!
The diversity and lack of snobs - of course EVERYONE ignores all the little public school boys and girls who concentrate on nothing more than sipping Pimms down the Executive Club (sad place) while still unwrapping the car Daddy has just bought them for their 12th birthday ! Other than that though people in Bedford are great - we've got our psychos, weirdos, crackpots and mad people but everyone else seems to be geniune and nice - therefore avoid all places other than Esquires and the Hobgoblin.
Maulden Wood where the bluebells in springtime do bloom the heart with gladness...
Excellent music provision at all levels, good medical provision, easy to get to London, Oxford, and Cambridge.
The Worst Things
I've been told of so many "dodgy" areas in Bedford I don't know where to start. I've been approached by countless mobs of arseholes looking to cause trouble. The bus services are crap. The one way system is off another planet. And while there are a lot of very nice people in Bedford who are friendly, outgoing and only too pleased to help, I think they're in the minority. The centre of town seems permanently overrun with school kids in Kappa gear skiving off school to have a fag and piss about or look after their kids. The nightlife is limited, it's far too expensive for what it offers. All the shops are being shut down so it's not even like you can shop properly anymore and it's always messy.
The attitude. It's not what you know or how hard you are, it's who you know in this town. Everyone is always trying t
o be better than everyone else.
If you move here from other places it is a hard place to make friends because of loads of attitude which can make it really unfriendly. Don't look at people and don't smile at strangers on the street because they'll think you're being a bit funny with them. Trying to look different by the way you dress really stigmatises you here.
Getting beaten shitless on a Saturday night, smell of rotting cabbages from September to November, losing your heart to 16 year old art students. Too many people trying to fill the baggy jeans with attitude.
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