Hello there. I notice that, with the exception of adding pointless Gorky's videos, my posts often have a negative character. This is probably due the horrendous nature of the world and the pathetic existence of humanity within it. I am generally a happy person, this might not always seem obvious, but I am. To prove it I thought I would attempt to think of 10 things I like about Castleford; in no particular order of significance.
1. My family. The Elys have lived in Cas for about a million years or something, we have a lot of cool history, we have been members of the Salvation Army since it started, are brass banding folk, worked in factories ( particularly the Rowntrees factory which was bought by Nestle). Castleford is a big part of my family, and also me, even though I don't live there and hopefully never will.
2. Pronunciation of the word won't as 'waint' as in 'I'm off t't shops, ah waint be long'
3. On sundays when there is a rugby match, and whole families walk to the ground in orange and black Cas Tigers paraphanalia.
4. Yvette Cooper is our MP, and she is really rather cool.
5. Castleford will never vote Conservative.
6. cocker spadge as a term of affection.
7. The old fashioned sweet shop in the market. The pic and mix that used to be in Woolworths.
8. My junior school, a cool Victorian building which has these wooden boards which we painted with representations of ourselves when I was at school. They picture of me with my trombone and Salvation Army tambourine which is still up there more than a decade after it was painted.
9. The fact that old men like my granddad really do wear flat caps.
10. The library. It used to have a competition where you won a prize if you read 10 books in your summer holidays ( yup I won that one every time). I used to rent britpop albums there and then put them on tape( and later minidisc). Their cd section formed my music taste. the fact that there was little all else to do but read probably made me an English Lit student. It's also a fantastic building.
There you are - balance.