Class issues

What makes a seaside take one path or the other? While Bournemouth had embraced the tat: bungee jumping (not from the pier, unfortunately) and market stalls selling tacky bangles (yes, Danny added to his wrist bindings), Boscombe, not five miles away is Modernist and inching toward gentrification. It’s not, or shouldn’t be,  a class thing but that does compound it. Boscombe had more people with small children called Dylan who were encouraged not to moan with an exhortation to come and chase a seagull rather than a clip round the ear. 


We left them both and are now heading to the Isle of Wight, everything about the ferry crossing worries me.

14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands 2008, subsequently not placed. His new book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”, it's out now. Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It's Not Shit.

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