I just found this post on Facebook, one of the “On This Day” posts that I wrote in “Notes” from 2009.
Still makes me chuckle.
“I went to Grimsby yesterday, quite unexpectedly. I lived there at the back end of the 70’s and early 80’s . . . It’s been a long time since I’ve been there. I was expecting change, but unlike most towns I’ve been back to recently, Grimsby has actually grown and developed instead of just run itself into the ground.
I mean, it’s not like the greatest town in the country or anything but it’s pleasing to see such a former shit hole pick itself up by the bootstraps and say ‘I’m not having this!!’
Grimsby suffers largely by having the word ‘Grim’ in it’s name. It put’s people off and it really shouldn’t. I mean Grim is one of the names of Odin. Grimsby, therefore, translates as ‘Odin’s Town’. That’s a pretty bloody noble provenance!
Anyway, the point is, I had this weird moment yesterday when I noticed that a lot of building had taken place and unlike the usual thing when crap is built on previously lush areas, I found myself saying “When I lived here, all this were car parks”.
That’s *got* to be a step up!”