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Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:16 pm
by Szabo
The huge Klong Toey Slum in Bangkok is pretty grim. As is Stoke-on-Trent.

Probably a toss up between the two of those for me.

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:48 pm
by icehaven
Maryport. We did however get to watch a man fall off his horse while riding across the beach. He was OK and got straight back on, so good for him.

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:51 pm
by Northern Pete
Southampton is a total shithole.

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:46 pm
by Moscow Olympics
Mansfield is grim, it's like a downmarket Bury with a worse market.

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:08 am
by GustavusTheGreat
Depends ....

Phnom Penh in Cambodia is filthy, dirty, noisy and smelly, but rather cool at the same time.

As for the UK, it would have to be Bratfud or Blackpool. Total Shitholes from what I have seen of them.

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:45 am
by Thing2
The jewel of Kent that is Sittingbourne

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Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:26 am
by The Good Doctor
Withernsea
Frizzington, Rowrah, Cleator Moor - pretty much the whole of the A5086 between Cockermouth and Egremont. And yet just a few miles to the east ...
Carnsore Point

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:49 am
by meanmrmustard
Peter North wrote:Southampton is a total shithole.


Seconded

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:06 am
by Blackout
Scunthorpe: A Tour, In Pictures

On arrival, this is the vista which greets us...

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It seems there have been some unpleasant goings on...

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One of the town's hottest nightspots, the Schnapps Bar. Not shown: A4 posters on pillars depicting the faces of people whose ASBOs preclude their visiting said establishment. I am really not making this up.

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Blackpool? What's wrong with....

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...oh yeah. Chippy, strip club, watching cheap fireworks in the rain. Yep, you may have a point.

Further afield (I'm not as exotically travelled as some of you) Eastern Europe has some particularly unattractive places. We had a great time at OFF Festival last summer, but you probably wouldn't go to Katowice for the sightseeing...

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Out-shithole-ing all this lot, however, is Duisburg, Germany, a city entirely constructed of motorways and concrete. This may, admittedly, be partly thanks to the RAF (it was one of the most comprehensively bombed cities in the whole war, on either side) but apparently the place was horrible long before that, spending most of the 19th century as home to Europe's largest sulphuric acid factory. These days it boasts a very large number of blast furnaces (and a rusty industrial port) and the air is heavy and brown. Sadly I do not have any online photos, but you genuinely couldn't capture the sheer misery of walking round the place anyway.

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:08 am
by SPT
Mons Quiff wrote:Mansfield is grim, it's like a downmarket Bury with a worse market.


Indeed, though it's a jewel compared to Sutton in Ashfield.

But my vote goes to Hinckley, Nuneaton's downmarket neighbour.

(Though in fariness I've not been to any of these places in a few years - and don't plan to - they might have improved...)

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:13 am
by avocetboy
I dont like to knock my home town, but Boston, Lincolnshire is a total shithole.

Recently labelled the most obese town in britain, scene of the 2004 world cup riots following Portugals defeat of England, 30 % of the population is from Eastern Europe which, unfortunately stirs up racial tensions. Their accent is appalling ("right" is pronounced "reeeeeet"), they call themselves "yellowbellies", there are no hills and market days bring out the freaks.

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:58 pm
by kevo
SPT wrote:
Mons Quiff wrote:Mansfield is grim, it's like a downmarket Bury with a worse market.


Indeed, though it's a jewel compared to Sutton in Ashfield.

But my vote goes to Hinckley, Nuneaton's downmarket neighbour.

(Though in fariness I've not been to any of these places in a few years - and don't plan to - they might have improved...)


I remember when BSP played Mansfield Town Mill in 2003. I arrived in the middle of the afternoon. It was the hottest day of the year and the whole town appeared to be drunk! Scary place, but not particularly a dump.

North of the border, Sighthill near Edinburgh is pretty grim and the whole central Scotland strip is an eyesore - Coatbridge anyone?

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:07 pm
by kate o
kevo wrote:
SPT wrote:
Mons Quiff wrote:Mansfield is grim, it's like a downmarket Bury with a worse market.


Indeed, though it's a jewel compared to Sutton in Ashfield.

But my vote goes to Hinckley, Nuneaton's downmarket neighbour.

(Though in fariness I've not been to any of these places in a few years - and don't plan to - they might have improved...)


I remember when BSP played Mansfield Town Mill in 2003. I arrived in the middle of the afternoon. It was the hottest day of the year and the whole town appeared to be drunk! Scary place, but not particularly a dump.


No, it's definitely a dump. My brother's school insures the teachers cars against the inevitable keyings, tyre slashings and window breakings, just to encourage them to work there because they all drive in, being wise enough to not actually live in Mansfield...

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:55 pm
by Bingo Stevens
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Stockton-On-Tees is etched in my memory forever as the biggest shithole I've ever been too, Merthyr Tydfil's a scary place too.

Re: Biggest shithole you've ever been too?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:27 pm
by SPT
The Good Doctor wrote:Withernsea


Blimey - I did teaching practice at the school there one winter 15+ years ago before abandoning my PGCE. It's an empty, purposeless part of the country and no mistake. The sea seems to agree and is making every effort to save the inhabitants from themselves by stealing the land. So bleak though that it had a certain nobilty, even in its vacant arcades and fairs.