I’M ONLY A PUNTER BUT ..

I’m sick of the way Northerners are portrayed down South. The North is not overrun with flat-capped whippet fanciers. When are people going to realise there are large amounts of cash firmly anchored in the North of England and, importantly, massive amounts sailing in from outside?

I’m sick of the way Northerners are portrayed down South. The North

is not overrun with flat-capped whippet fanciers. When are people going

to realise there are large amounts of cash firmly anchored in the North

of England and, importantly, massive amounts sailing in from

outside?



All right, I’ll come clean, I do come from that part of the world, but

how many people still think the North is all about mining and factories,

mushy peas and chip butties? Why are people still surprised to find that

many Northerners have taste and style and sizeable disposable

incomes?



In truth, money makes money is much more accurate than the old muck and

brass scenario.



There’s no such thing as the North/South divide. Civilisation does not

start and end at the Watford Gap. It’s a popular myth fuelled by

Londoncentric Southerners to protect their sense of superiority. Leeds,

Manchester and Liverpool have all filled Sunday supplement pages with

their urban chic, the 24-hour initiative, clubbers driving up from

London to go to Cream, Up Yer Ronson etc, etc. Popular culture aside,

there’s a thriving arts scene as well. Far be it from me to quote

statistics, but every night Manchester sells more seats than anywhere

outside London’s West End.



And if you thought our interest in clobber begins and ends with a ferret

down the trousers, think again. Harvey Nichols opened its first store

outside London in Leeds. Harrods and Selfridges are following suit, to

say nothing of Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Donna Karan. And never

mind mushy peas and chips, we’ve got serious restaurants, too. Mick

Hucknall has a place in Manchester, so has Bill Wyman.



Now about that ferret ...



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