Anyone fact check this stuff?!
I’ve heard some rubbish in my time but the first half of this program is misinformation bordering on offensive.
Firstly starting with “”Where not to go”?! And then just listing major northern cities with no explanation. How to misinform in one sweeping generalising statement! Including Birmingham in the list of northern industrial cities would be hilarious if it didn’t show a startling level of ignorance.
Chester, good to see it mentioned but it is not 8 miles from the welsh border. The suburb of Saltney crosses the border. Would love to know where the 8 mile figure came from? The Rows are not a “Shopping Mall”! How to misdescribe a unique architectural feature! And they also aren’t gothic in style, but hey don’t let that stop you throwing in that random “fact”. Then the explanation that the pubs aren’t designed for visitors? I’m now beginning to wonder if the people talking had ever set foot in the city.
Obviously you can’t mention Liverpool without a mention of the Beatles. Any chance of a mention of the architecture, art, culture in the city? Obviously not!
And then we reach the high point. Rolling out old stereotypes about it being “grim up north”, “hard northerners, southern softies”. Then the throw away comment ( I’m presuming it was an attempt at humour?) about northerners wanting to move South. What a load of drivel, and I’m saying that as a northerner who happens to live in the south!
I gave in listening at that point. Life is too short to listen to this stuff. I’m just sorry that it is giving the wrong impression to people who might want to visit.