Some information about this Swindon blog
Okay. So the blog title, Born again Swindonian, gives the impression that I was born in Swindon, left and returned in later years. Hence ‘Born again’. That’s not the case but it’s the best I can come up with that remotely suits my position. I moved to Swindon from a northerly part of the country about 20 years ago. Swindon is now definitely home and I’ve grown very fond of the place.
I’ve begun this Swindon blog to celebrate many of the good things about it. No it’s not perfect. No it’s not Bristol or Bath or Cheltenham or any of those wonderful places. But not everywhere can be. And for all its faults it’s not terrible either. There are a lot of worse places one could be than here. Yes, any interesting buildings that might once have existed in the town centre have been replaced by concrete blocks. But that’s true of every town centre in the land.
Despite all of these things Swindon is anything but soulless. Beneath a sometimes uninspiring exterior there is most definitely a healthy heart of art and culture and parks and green spaces and good food and of course its rich railway heritage!
So tiring of all the,’the best thing about Swindon, is the train pulling out of it’ cracks I thought I’d try and redress the balance a bit. And anyway, given the extortionate cost of a train ticket to and from Swindon thanks to the greed of FGW, how can that statement even be true?
So, I want to use this blog to write about the things I already know and love about Swindon and the things I’ve yet to discover. To paraphrase the preface in the current issue of the Swindon Heritage magazine: ‘ … to celebrate Swindon’s rich heritage and spread the word to those who still doubt Swindon and its many qualities.’
I hope someone out there will come on the journey with me. 🙂
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