Welcome to Blackpool : Twinned with your darkest thought


We sorted the Pontins thing and the mood on the car lifted, or Danny’s mood lifted which is sort of the same thing. Sullen sleepy science replaced with sword attack from the back seat.

Nothing quite dampens the mood than Blackpool though. Crass consumerism, rotting facades and not a single smile to be seen in the four hours we spent there. Well there was one, on the face of the young reporter from the Blackpool Gazette who seemed to find our quest hilarious. We posed for pictures by Central Pier and shared an unspoken bond that although we all knew the place was vile none of us could say. We parted with us all a little in love with her.

Jon was voted the ‘14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands’ in 2008. Subsequently he has not been placed. He’s been a football referee, venetian blind maker, cellar man, and a losing Labour council candidate: “No, no chance. A complete no-hoper” said a spoilt ballot. Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama performed on Twitter when he persuaded a cast including MPs and journalists to give over their timelines to perform Twitpanto. But all that is behind him.

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