I'm an 'essex man', because I was born in the county, but don't believe the stereotype about us, 'essex boys' & 'essex gurls'...
As reviews on this site demonstrates, Essex is a bipolar county, with 2 very different aspects, often existing side-by-side, as unlikely neighbours...
If you read my reviews of Essex places on here, you'll learn that while the county posesses its fair share of industrial estates, factories, & refineries, for every such area, there's a corresponding nature reserve, often right beside it...
Both Harwich & Canvey Island are centres of oil refining, yet the surrounding estuarine environments are some of the most interesting birdwatching natural habitats in all England...
Essex has a reputation of being full of the so-called 'chavs' - a derogatory, slang word, that equates with the eastern European word 'blokka' - a person from out of a housing block estate...
Such Chavs like to believe that they're 'classy', but tend to be anything but, even when they spend their cash on reputable brands, such as Burberry - whose famous check-design became a favourite with Essex Chavs, much to the chagrin of the company!
The company actually lost sales with established customers, when celebrity Essex Chavs started wearing their fashion from head-to-toe, (though most especially head - their style baseball cap being an especial favourite with this social group...)
The county does have estates of the sort of multiple housing, from which those with a reputation for tasteless spending, & more money than taste or sense combined, tend to emerge, but the real truth about so-called 'Essex man & girl', is that they're not actually native to the county...
The 'chav' area of Essex is not the coastal or rural reality, but the inland half of the county, bordering east London, & the actual 'Essex chavs' are often families who moved out of the capitol, into council housing provided for their growing families in towns such as Ilford, or Basildon - the so-called 'Chav county of Essex'...
Plus, a lot of Irish travellers moved into Essex & built their own homes, with or without local authority permission, or greenfield sites where they'd set up camp, & they too have evolved a 'chavvie' reputation...
I don't wish to appear to be shifting the blame towards London, or elsewhere, because it's a fact that all areas have their pro's & con's, & neither am I accusing everybody from a housing estate or tower block, of being a 'chav'...
All I can argue, is that, there are parts of Essex that I love, & other parts that I avoid like the plague, but I'm sure it'd be the same wherever I was in England...
Essex might have its Islington's & Basildon's, but it also has the quintessential English village, Finchingfield, & resorts such as Frinton-on-Sea, not to mention the Dedham Vale - so be fair to the county & don't judge it by such reactionary tv dross, as The 0nly Way Is Essex...Related to:
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The local girls...
There are lots of history and stories about the Essex girls, I am not sure how much I can actually show and tell here, but I guess you can more or less believe the stories that you want and the rest you can use your imagination... ;-)
Don't worry but this is true...
Ongar railway station is one heck of a long way from central London. Despite heading deep into Essex it was a stop on the London Underground system until the 1990's. The central line now finishes at Epping (in Essex). The Epping-Ongar section is now a preserved line that intends to run steam trains from 2009. It should make a great tourist attraction.
This tip is about the area around Ongar station. Rather preprosterously it is home to a colony of 'European black' scorpions. Yes, you heard right, scorpions. No one knows how they got there, although many believe it was a last ditch effort to gain publicity to stop the closure of the underground line - it failed.
On the plus side, they are totally harmless and the size of a medium-sized coin But I still wouldn't take one hope as a pet.
The Monsters of Canvey Island...
Be careful about what you might find washed up on the shoreline...this one should have made the X-files !
Back in 1954, a rather mysterious and ugly reddish-brown creature in a decomposed state was washed up on Canvey Island. It was said to be some form of marine life, with protruding eyes standing about two and a half feet tall. I say standing, because it had two legs, each with five toes arranged in a concave U-shape. The zoologists who studied it, not wishing to cause a panic are said to have cremated the poor thing.
The next year a local vicar found a similar thing, this time about four foot tall (bloody hell, they're growing !). The whereabouts of this creature after it was handed over to 'experts' has never been brought to light. What are we to make of it all ?
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