28th April 2017


Via Buzzfeed: 24 Things That Aren’t Completely Awful About Swindon or

Put another way: Great Things about Swindon

Hello listeners. In case you’ve missed it on social media this post is mainly a share of a Buzzfeed article with the snappy title:

24 Things That Aren’t Completely Awful About Swindon

It’s a fab article that highlights lots of super things about our town. That’s always ace to see and it deserves a share for that reason alone. It was written by Clare Wilson and you can find her on Twitter: @clarewilson86

In the article she writes about lots of things that I’ve mentioned on here in the past so it’s also a perfect opportunity to remind me – and you of some them.

  1. Number 1 on Clare’s list is the Magic Roundabout. I’m v.fond of that thing. I wrote about it during my degree studies so it has a category all it’s own on this blog: https://swindonian.me/category/the-magic-roundabout/
  2. No 4 for Clare is the Outlet Centre. Formed from the old GWR works it is indeed lovely and I’ve written about it several times. Here’s one post about it: https://swindonian.me/2013/10/22/swindon-designer-outlet-village/

The old hooter on the Outlet Centre - great things about Swindon

  1. 7&8 feature the Lawns park and Lydiard Park  – wonderful places for a walk for sure!

The Lawns: https://swindonian.me/2014/11/23/lawns-park/

Lydiard Park: https://swindonian.me/2013/05/17/ten-things-i-like-about-swindon-no-1-lots-of-parks-and-green-spaces/

Lydiard House - - good things about Swindon

Of course there’s more parks and open spaces than those but they’re good ones to highlight.


4. I’m soooooo pleased she mentioned the Art Deco diving board at Coate Water. It’s unloved but a gem nevertheless.  https://swindonian.me/2013/11/30/coate-water-diving-platform/

Art deco diving platform - great things about swindon

She’s hit on quite a few other things that I’ve featured on here which is great. For instance Baila  Coffee and Vinyl  and Darkroom Espresso and of course the incredible Museum of Computing.: https://swindonian.me/2013/08/19/ten-things-to-celebrate-about-swindon-no-6-the-museum-of-computing/

I love too that she mentioned the David Murray John Tower – if only as point of navigation. I LOVE that building for all sorts of reasons. But I especially love how, when I’ve been away, and am coming home on the train that’s the first thing I see. And I know then that I’m home. In Swindon. It’s on my list of great things about Swindon for sure.

There’s much more in Clare’s article so give it a read. And thanks to her for writing it and getting it out there and for reminding us all of how surprising and super Swindon is.

There’s also much more in general. The main problem with Swindon is that there’s a plethora of fabulous stuff. And that’s no bad problem to have eh?


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