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2nd April 2011

Liverpool @ 18:08

Having a weekend in Liverpool. It's nice to catch up with peeps. Chew the fat. Make plans all parties know will never be fulfilled.

Smithdown Road has changed. Fast food shops everywhere. It is a shade of the place it was when I lived there above the fishing tackle shop. The vibrancy has gone. The cosmopolitanity eroded. I get the idea of how it should be. I can imagine how it could be. Fine dining. Interesting mix of food choices. But no. It's kebab, burger or pizza? How about some nice fried "chicken"? Maybe you'd like some suspicious meats in sauces? Cheap, mass produced junk. Street food.

Sure, at the other end of Smithdown, along Allerton Road, the nouveux riche pretend that the teaspoon of over priced nouvelle cuisine they are nibbling at will burst their belts or somehow cause them to become unattractive to the casually smart shaven meat heads that they hope to drag, cavewoman like, back to their rabbit hutches. The longer I am away the more I notice changes for the worse. Progress, I'm told.

And yet the underlying theme this weekend is middle class job insecurities. The lack of work and prospects. The realisation that society thinks that late thirties is past it. It seems that my friends and I have all realised, we are not where we should be. We've found that Ten years have got behind us. No one told us when to run. We've missed the starting gun. Exactly as Uncle Roger told warned us.
 
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From:louenn
Date:3rd April 2011 11:54 (UTC)
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I think it feels worse when you go back to a place where you used to live - I get the same feeling of "What??!" when I go back to Congleton. (Although I did often have that feeling when I lived there, so maybe it doesn't count.)
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From:stegzy
Date:5th April 2011 20:38 (UTC)
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I would have that feeling too if I lived in Congleton.

Could be worse though...could be Birkenhead.
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From:louenn
Date:5th April 2011 21:35 (UTC)
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This is very true.
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:3rd April 2011 14:47 (UTC)
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I don't know where the time goes :0(
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From:stegzy
Date:5th April 2011 20:39 (UTC)
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It is turned into mustard.
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From:billzy
Date:5th April 2011 11:23 (UTC)
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I like it round allerton road :)
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From:stegzy
Date:5th April 2011 20:39 (UTC)
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You fit it well :-)

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