Local Humour and dialect
There can be no better introduction to the local atmosphere of Sheffield, it's people, humour and language than getting hold a copy of the dark British comedy 'The Full Monty'.
The film begins (ironically enough) with an old promotional film of the city, and then proceeds to follow the fortunes of half-a-dozen unemployed steelworkers. They take the rather drastic step of becoming a troupe of male strippers, a-la the 'Chippendales'.
(Indeed the working title was ; Eggs, beans and Chippendales)
Faithfully using a number of locations around the city, the film climaxes with their first sell-out performance. Movie legend has it that the scene was filmed a number of times in the club, as the men stripped down to their undies. Only in the final take did they go for the 'Full Monty' (total nudity) and the camera, trained on the audience this time took in their genuine stunned amazement.
A great film, and very, very funny. Watch it.
Sheffield United Football Club.
Uniteds nickname is The Blades which is to do with Sheffields steel industry.United play in the English First Division. To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.
Four old fashioned washer-dryers.
The national lottery in the UK has helped to kick start some pretty impressive tourism based projects in the UK. Unfortunately for every Eden project there is a Millenium Dome (a complete waste of 400 Million quid or more). Sheffeild's quite enormous white elephant was the Museum for Pop music, standing in something that resembled four giant washer-dyers from a lauderette for giants.
After eating up 15 million smackers of goverment cash it spectaularly went belly-up and crashed in a pool of it's own barbiturates and vomit. (OK less prosaically it went bankrupt).
I guess the planners wanted to produce a 'Landmark' building, but it now just serves as a the home of Sheffeild Hallam University's student Union.
If you like wacky modern architecture then you might be interested to detour to it (it lies in the centre near the Railway Station)
Ironically, it is probably home quite a good deal of new live music as a student venue.
North Anston... my second...
North Anston... my second home...Ok...when I go 'home' to mummy...generally my sister comes over with her two girls to see us...
so, we like to wake up, struggle for 2 hours getting the kids to get out of bed..dress/eat/leave the dog alone/come out of that room its got your uncle in it snoring/bribe eyes from simpsons (mine that is ;-), love that show)/stop arguing/stop strangling each other/get dressed again, cos the 3 year old is a natural born streaker/ get in the car/ get out of the car to go to the toilet/get back in/ get back out cos one can't find their coat/money/ugly little one eyed doll...anyway..we get ready to go SHOPPING :-)
Picture this if you dare...
EIGHT females together aged 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 30 something, 30 something else, and 50 something more..thats EIGHT ...(DANGER) women on a shopping mission guys...
aint that just your idea of hell on earth, well believe me any guy would not be welcome either, this is the sistahood in full effect..no, actually no not true, we need someone to carry the bags ;-)
So, really the world is our oyster, well Sheffield is...so where will we go?
The obvious choice is Meadow Hall
...huge, scary, full of shops and bankrupsy opportunities...positives:- Lots of choice, cheap 'n' cheerful to designer expensive, I can't resist 'Poundland',
I tell you I would still go in there if I was a millionaire cos I love bargain shops...in case it needs clarifying, everything in the shop is one pound..and you can buy everything from dog leads to knickers.
You can also 'borrow' Meadowhall pushchairs, and wheelchairs, which is very useful, the benefits of these large scale indoor centres, is that they are more aware of the needs of people who use wheelchairs and parents of kids in pushchairs etc, good access... Mothercare, great babychanging facilities..
Negatives..well the locals call it Merry Hell (or maybe thats just my family) Anyway, on a parr with The Trafford Centre, it is brash, crowded, not for the faint hearted on a saturday and lots of pedestrian road rage.
The baby sister of Meadow Hall...I cant recall the exact location, but its near to my mums if that helps..no? ok Ill try and find out...nice for the unhardened shopper, who wants to practice before they play with the 'big boys' at REAL shopping lol
Got to love Rotherham, the less worldly version of Sheffield, in fact its a funny ol' place, a great limited choice of rubbish clubs...lol now, now Rotherhamites, don't get 'face on', I was born in Rotherham, so Im allowed to 'take mickey'!
well I went to Rotherham College of Arts and technolgy...I did a GNVQ in Graphic Design, at first...soon realised that wasn't me, cos everyone was very presise and neat and I kept sitting on tubes of paint, deviating from the lesson plan and generally not being of a conscientiously graphical type mind ..
so I transferred to fine art..aaaah yep this was right, two years of 16 -18 year old self indulgence I WAS SALVADOR DALI'S protege, well we all think that at 17ish..I was pretentious, stylishly 'troubled', angst (spelling?) filled, thankfully not spotty teenager...but I did actually do very well and got a distinction..
I went on to do my foundation there for a year, then my degree in London and sheffield and my Masters in Manchester..so Rotherham, bless you, I kinda love you :-))
Sorry I forgot I was talking about madness and shopping not education and teenage drama...
Rotherham has some great shops (my kind of great) It has the thrifty minded single parent of three wild girls, corner of the market covered, namely PRIMARK...love that shop, like a Marks and spencers poor relation, but the quality of clothing is good, just a darned site cheaper...
Good market on two floors outside and two floors indoor.. the usual markety stuff, but I have to say that Rotherham, like many of the South Yorkshire small towns, is an inexpensive place, people are really brilliant, down to earth and funny...
so anyway, have a mosey around the market, you will find lots of bargains, shoe stalls, fabric, clothing, makeup, this 'n' that type stalls, fruit, veg...not great for multi cultural food items, but hopefully one day they will come into this century and realise there has been a Black and Asian community residing in Rotherham for years.
Seriously, have a good look around the shopping area, there are many little 'branch offs' that lead you into another part, you can't get lost, you just can't so, ask, look and explore.
Other interesting features of Rotherham:-
Rotherham Library...nice library, with some artwork scattered around, check out the graffiti-esque mural around the back, if its still there, its great done by school kids from around the area.
I love cliggy park as we call it, there is a nice little area for your kids to play, a sort of mini fair, which is a permanent feature, you buy a ticket that covers a number of rides, its small, innocuous and my kids love it, also a paddling pool, nice in hot weather, tell your kids to keep their shoes on, there are also some exceptionally sad looking donkeys that can be ridden for a price, they bring tears to my eyes whenever i see them :(
Check out the Museum that is based within Clifton park, it is a lovely museum and I have spent many years as a child visiting this great place.
Tiny Restaurant in Broomhill
Another little gem of a restaurant that you might walk past a hundred times, buit never eat in. From the outside the restaurant looks a bit cold and souless as it is tiled floors and marble topped tables, but once it fills up, it is a very familiar atmosphere becasue it is so small. So small in fact that you are practically in the kitchen - you can watch the chefs prepare your food!
There is a great menu, mainly skewed towards Italian sea food, some vegetarian, some meat and a specials board.
What else, Oh yes it's bring your own wine! Huzzah! I had a delicious seafood chilli linguini and my girlfriend had a swordfish steak in an olive oil sauce and both were delicious.