Blogging positive on all things Swindon
Okay. So the blog title, Born again Swindonian, gives the impression that I was born in Swindon, left and returned in later years. Hence ‘Born again’. That’s not the case but it’s the best I can come up with that remotely suits my position. I moved to Swindon from a northerly part of the country in the early 1990s. Swindon is now definitely home and I’ve grown very fond of the place. The blog name is meant to be a play on the more common connotation of ‘born again’ – and I am somewhat evangelical in my mission to dispel the all-too-common perception that there is nothing in Swindon to enjoy and celebrate. But there is – and that’s why I started the blog.
No Swindon isn’t perfect. No it’s not Bristol or Bath or Cheltenham or any of those wonderful places. But not everywhere can be. And for all its faults it’s not terrible either. There are a lot of worse places one could be than here. Yes, any interesting buildings that might once have existed in the town centre have been replaced by concrete blocks. But that’s true of every town centre in the land.
Despite all of these things Swindon is anything but soulless. Beneath a sometimes uninspiring exterior there is most definitely a healthy heart of art and creativity and culture, parks and green spaces, good food and coffee and of course its rich railway heritage!
Tiring of all the,’the best thing about Swindon, is the train pulling out of it’ cracks I thought I’d try and redress the balance a bit. And anyway, given the extortionate cost of a train ticket to and from Swindon thanks to the greed of FGW, how can that statement even be true?
So this blog was conceived as way of addressing that received wisdom about the town – and as a means to amassing material for a travel writing module that I followed in my 3rd year at UWE when I did my degree – the travelogue I wrote, centred around the West Swindon sculpture trail is one of the pieces that came out of that and can be read on the blog here: http://swindonian.me/2014/05/24/the-west-swindon-sculpture-trail-a-travelogue/
My starting point when I began blogging back in May 2013 was my personal, and far from definitive, list of: Ten things to celebrate about Swindon: http://swindonian.me/category/ten-things-to-celebrate-about-swindon/ There are of course many more and indeed the blog has grown enormously since then.
As Swindon Heritage said in the preface to an issue of their splendid Swindon Heritage magazine: I use the blog ‘ … to celebrate Swindon’s rich heritage and spread the word to those who still doubt Swindon and its many qualities.’
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