Blogging positive on all things Swindon
I’m Angela Atkinson and I’m Born Again Swindonian – amongst other things.
I moved to Swindon back in the 1990s from a part of the country devastated by the 1980s pit closures. Coming to Swindon was truly like coming to the land of milk and honey.
Swindon afforded me opportunities and facilities that were not easily obtainable back in my part of Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire. And that’s a big part – but not the whole story – behind my fondness for, and advocacy of, Swindon and the decision to build this Swindon-centric blog.
I’m aware of Swindon’s flaws. But who can show me the perfect urban conurbation? A good friend of mine, Carole Bent, once wrote a beautiful line or two, exhorting us all to look for the glitter in the concrete and the sparkle in the cement. Now I daresay that was a metaphor and not a direct reference to the urban landscape. Yet it’s applicable. It’s fair to say that the glitter in Swindon’s concrete is sometimes elusive. But look hard enough and you’ll see it twinkle. And this blog is a testament to that.
Swindon – Soulless?
Never! 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!
I came here in the early 1990s from a once-mining village on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border. Nearest town Worksop. Nearest city (and it wasn’t that near) Sheffield. Other nearby places, Mansfield and Chesterfield. So, as you see, on the edges of three counties in effect. Derby, the county town, was waaaaaaaay the other side of a large county – never went there, never had cause to. Here be dragons was Derby.
When I left my part of the world to move to this part of the world, I left behind an areas ravaged from the legacy of the 1980s miners’ strike. Coming here truly felt like arriving in the land of milk and honey. Hence to a large extent my fondness for, and advocacy of, Swindon and the decision to create this Swindon blog.
The blog has a Facebook page where you will find links to what’s on the blog and much more besides, so connect with me there.
Personal profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaedits-bas/
Company page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/born-again-swindonian/
In yet another guise I run a proofreading and copywriting business AA Editorial Services. You can find out more about here: http://www.aaedits.co.uk.