Friday, March 02, 2007

S66 = "My Place"

For almost 30 years on and off, S66 postcode area was "My Place". It was where I was born, just outside the town of ROTHERHAM, and spent my childhood, attended primary and secondary school, and then returned to on and off during holidays as a student, and then at weekends when I started teaching, until my parents moved away from the area. I still visit occasionally, in fact I passed through S66 earlier this week on the way to a meeting in Sheffield at the headquarters of the Geographical Assocation (of which more later this year)
The area is now the subject of a book which I've just read a review of in the INDEPENDENT, and have ordered on Amazon (if you do want to buy a copy of any book by the way, please consider clicking through via my BOOKSHOP.
The book is called WELCOME TO EVERYTOWN. The author chose S66 to represent the UK and spent 6 months there.
"Philosopher Julian Baggini pinpointed postcode S66 on the outskirts of Rotherham, as England in microcosm – an area which reflected most accurately the full range of the nation's inhabitants, its most typical mix of urban and rural, old and young, married and single. He then spent six months living there, immersing himself in this typical English Everytown, in order to get to know the mind of a people."

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