Friday, January 4

Sawdustpies n Whippets

I see the good old BBC have run true to form with their usual portrayal of Barrow as a grim northern town to be avoided at all costs. In Thursday nights winter special "The Hairy Bikers Return Home" Dave Myers home town of Barrow was edited down to about five minutes of the worst views of the town they could find. None of our spectacular beaches or views of Piel Island or Furness Abbey were shown; all we got were depressing scenes of dereliction and decay. No one in their right mind would say that the dangerously derelict paper mills were representative of Barrow in a true light. And yet again we had the seemingly obligatory shots of the Barrow Island tenements even though it had nothing to do with the storyline, why is the BBC so anti Barrow? Maybe it's the fact that we build nuclear submarines here and this doesn't fit in with the well documented political bias ingrained in the corporation. Here's a quote from the BBC website which says it all.
"Si and Dave have been on the road for more than two years. After all their global travelling and culinary adventures, it was time to go back to their roots to discover what they have on their own doorsteps. First stop was Dave's birthplace, Barrow-in-Furness, home to whippets, sawdust and Northern soul food. The Boys stopped at Green's, where warming meat and potato pies have been made for generations"
So then according to the BBC we in Barrow all live in grim tenements with sawdust strewn floors and walk our whippets through the dereliction whilst scoffing meat n tatty pies.

6 comments:

Rosalind said...

Hush, Bob! If the world finds out about our wonderful beaches, we'll be overrun!

Bob said...

Aye maybe but I believe Greens pie shop was mobbed this morning. Ows yer whippet then eh!

Peggy said...

We know, from your blog and lovely photos of the place that Barrow can be much much more than its stereotype.

Agent Orange said...

You forgot the haute couture flat caps n pit boots.

Bob said...

peggy:thanks Peggy and we know that your bit of the UK is very nice too by your pics and words.

Bob said...

agent orange: haute what? none of that French muck here. Aye and no pit boots as we had no coal mines round here.