Blackburn Things to Do
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My favourite bit of countryside around Blackburn is Witton Park and Pleasington - and then going towards Houghton also.
All this is on the West side of Blackburn.
Witton Park is easily accessible by road and there is a very large Car Park at the front entrance.
From Witton Park you can walk along the river until it meets Tower Rd - then follow tower road for 2 mins past the cricket pitches until you come to the bottom gate (which is an entrance to the cemetery and crematorium - do not go up here - but take immediate left along track then sandy path on right (second right to be precise otherwise you end up the bike track - and sometimes motorbikes here - so beware)
Follow sandy path for 7 mins - past all the curious cows etc and it brings you out at Pleasington village and the Butlers Arms - the Butlers Arms serves food and is very popular - being picnic tables outside also. Further down the road - about 3 mins is another pub The Railways - and of course you get the train here - it is the Colne - Blackpool line - normally about every hour - but less on sundays.
Blackburn were the Chelsea of their time in 1991 as the club was bought by a local millionaire Mr Jack Walker and with the arrival of Kenny Daglish as new manager and some very big name signings (most notably Alan Shearer) there were shock waves around the country. Blackburn changed from being a mediocre 2nd Division club into Premiership title contenders in a very short period of time - securing the Premiership title from Manchester United in the 1994-95 season.
Being a supporter however it has been a rollercoaster ride ever since then with some lows including being relegated to the 1st Division and some highs including being promoted again and winning The Worthington Cup at Cardiff Millenium Stadium.
This pic was took on the 3rd November, 07. Rovers went into this game having won 7 out of 7 of their last games in all competitions so confidence was very high and we give Liverpool a run for their money - in fact Liverpool looked very poor in this game - we made them work very hard. Rovers come the closest to scoring - hitting the woodwork twice - and Kuyt from Liverpool was to miss the easiest chance of the game from what looked around 6 or 7 yards out to fire wide over the top - Brad Friedel (Rovers - many years ago was a Liverpool player) made some fantastic saves to ensure the game finished 0-0.
Brem Emerton was offically the Sponsored Man of the Match - but in my opinion there were many outstanding players for Rovers on the night including David Dunn (magnificent) and Brad Friedel.
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The Leeds to Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in the UK - i think it is 127 miles
The canal comes right through the heart of blackburn and provides a very nice green corridor through the urban landscape - from these pictures here it is hard to believe you are in the urban landscape - canals really do provide a haven for nature and wildlife
You are very likely to see lots of Ducks and Moorhens along the canal along with other wildlife
You are supposed to get a Permit from the Water Authority if you intend cycling along the canal and display it on your bike - not sure what would happen if you did not haev one - perhaps the worse that can happen is you could be asked to leave.
If you are walking - enjoy! If you are cycling - also enjoy - but respect other users of the canal such as walkers and fishermen - i drive with caution when approaching people and use my bell - which is easier than saying excuse me - and far more polite than shouting something. (However you will have to search hard and long to get a bell like mine because it come from a market stall in Amsterdam that sold - well - bike bells. My bell is quite loud but people are not yet used to bike bells in this country - but on the canal it often does the trick)
Preston New Rd Yew Tree, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2
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Great English Breakfast. One of few places where you can get a good cup of tea - and you can have a pot of tea.
It is near Blackburn college so at term time it gets very busy with students and with "mums" who take their children to the nearby local primary school.
At other times it gets very quiet which is a shame because the food is very excellent. Perhaps many people do not know it is here - it is just set off the main town centre but nethertheless is only 2 mins away.
Favorite Dish: Full English Breakfast. I seen many people eating the lunches and these look very nice too - they do specials such as home made pie.
Blackburn Local Customs
I lost most of my dialect so i have to think about this and remember again - A lot of people talk quite strange to other places in England - ok some things here are England and some just Blackburn
butties - sandwiches
bog - slang for "the toilet" "Where is the bog?"
how do - hello
wicked - good
pukka - English for good - ie with food - pukka pies
nippy - cold
brew - ie with a cup of tea - you are invited in somebodies house - they might say "Would you like a brew" - to which they would probably say "Do you want tea or coffee"
mingin - slang for not good - may also mean smelly/ unpleasant smell - ie "that balti pie is mingin"
fag - a cigarrette - somebody on the street might say "Have you got a fag"
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People in England - but especially in North England and in Blackburn always like to say "please" and "thank you"
I remember my French teacher always used to say - say "sil'vous plait" and (er - the French word for thank you which isn't danke)
Je nais sais pait, pour qua
But in Blackburn - "please" and "thank you" will always do - a little politeness will go a long way here- and people here are very friendly and will go out of their way to help you.
Also remember to say "excuse me" if someone is blocking your way
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