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Well, thats me...Windsor born and bred (well nearly - my family moved there when I was about 2 years old). I feel its prudent here to point out that I'm not posh, I don't speak like the Queen, and I'm not stinking rich. Such myths curse me wherever I go if I mention my home town. Its just not true. Okay, so Windsor is obviously a wealthy town (even guessing at the kind of mortgage you'd need for the Castle gives that away!), but the wealth comes from a HUGE tourist industry. People flock here from all over the world - and why not? We've got the most magnificent castle I've ever laid eyes on (even in photos), a beautiful riverside setting, shedloads of shiny soldiers to watch, a top rate theatre, more restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Need I continue? That aside though, Windsor is like any other town. People go to work/school, go to pubs/clubs/restaurants in the evening, shopping at weekends (theres even a Tesco just out of town). And we're jolly nice people too. If you do go to Windsor, by all means visit the Castle, take the open top bus tour - but take a walk off Thames Street (the main touristy area) and have a walk off the beaten track. Windsor is a hive of activity when you get into 'local' territory. Apart from anything the places where the tourists frequent will bankrupt you before the day is out. I quite agree that Windsor has a lot to offer the people doing 43 European locations in 7 days - but it offers a good deal more. You might even find out that you're posher than we are!!
Tia is a beautiful German Shepherd, and anyone who knows me, knows that Tia runs my life! My relationship with Tia began one cold rainy day at Battersea Dogs Home and has gone on leaps and bounds ever since. All the good things you hear about GSD's are true, if you use Tia as an example. She is loyal, clever, loving, agile, and willing to do anything for a cuddle. The bad things - well, they just don't exist! Admittedly, GSD's do need a lot of exercise, but what dog doesn't? And there is a certain amount of fun to be had out of playing football in the park with a loving companion (all be it a bad goalkeeper!) Tia is the first dog I have had since I left home, and although I was advised against having a GSD as my first dog, I have not once regretted it. In my opinion, they make a fantastic "beginners" dog, for someone who has lots of love and time to spend with them. They needn't be hugely expensive either. If you're not fussy about pedigree papers, and want to give a dog - ANY dog - a second chance, then Battersea is the place to go. They have all shapes and sizes there - something to suit everyone, and you get a fantastic deal for the money you pay (between £50 - £70 I believe). And whats more, Battersea have at least 2 other branches I know of (Old Windsor and Brands Hatch), so you aren't limited to London. I'd get another GSD any day....and on that note - I must go, because Tia wants to play!
Where is the "war torn" city you see on the TV? Certainly not in the Belfast I visited. Belfast is without doubt one of the most beautiful and most friendly cities I have ever been to (although Glasgow rates very highly as well!). far from being a city split between religions, Belfast is a hive of all things nice. The bitterness does go on - a glimpse of an anti-whatever-religion mural shows the hatred to a full effect - but the only gripe I found with the people i met, was that the pubs weren't open long enough! The hospitality I recieved exceeded anytging I've ever experienced before - people cannot do enough for you. Truly a place worth experiencing. I would recommend Belfast to anyone - my only advice being forget what you see on the TV - its a myth.