July 8, 2007

Fish -n- Chips in Wolverhampton

Just now, I'm riding on the Virgin Train from Wolverhampton to London's Euston station. For some reason, it feels like the future. I'm online via my phone's cellular data connection, which works (albeit slowly) going above 100 mph along to English countryside.

That means, dear readers, that I just passed a field full of Sheep (Which I think uk citizens have to, by the Queen's decree, call "mutton" or something) I was in Wolverhampton to speak at Lug Radio Live. It was pretty fun, but Wolverhampton was a bit depressed, as far as towns go.

As a frequent traveler and speaker, I rarely go to areas that are not at the top of their form, economically speaking. Conference traffic is rarely to smallish towns in economic depression. To sum up one aspect of the town one of the other conference goers, upon seeing the shut down and closed up Wolverhampton University, pondered its sale details on eBay, saying ,"One university, unused, for sale, comes with prominent police presence"

Also, the comic book store closed too early for Nat Friedman, Joe Shaw and I to partake of its wares. Too bad, as I think there is a new Powers anthology out.

Sleep and I have been having our regular back and forth. I slept about 7 hours last night, then another 3 , which sounds like the right amount, or even more so, but this is after 26+ hours up with minimal trip-napping. I'm a bit ragged because of it, but I should be fairly well centered by tomorrow morning.

Had some tasty Fish and Chips though.


AmateurLayman said...

Sheep only turn into mutton when the axe falls. There are some advantages to having New Zealanders reading your blog.

Andrew said...

Hey, when did you go from Japan to England.

I am confused.

If you have a chance to go to my home town of Milton Keynes the shopping there is pretty awesome.

vek said...

It was pretty fun, by Wolverhampton was a bit depressed, as far as towns go.

If you're going to rag on a town and offend those living there, at least ensure you can effectively communicate in English. What exactly does "...by Wolverhampton was a bit depressed..." actually mean?

Chris DiBona said...

I meant 'but'. Wolverhampton wasn't all that bad. But the part I was in was a little run down. Sorry!

Barbie said...

Wolverhampton is still struggling to emerge from its industrial roots as part of the Black Country. Even the venue for LRL used to be where they made keys and locks, hence why it's now know as the Chubb Building. As a consequence, although it's now a city, it still often feels like an idustrial town.

Hopefully it hasn't completely put you off, and you'll still be along next year :)

Chris DiBona said...

Nah, it was a lot of fun to visit, but I'm american so I'm wired to find the uk charming I think.

Pete said...

Hi Chris and all

Yeah Wolverhampton does seem to be pretty rundown - although I was born there and my family live close by LUGRadio Live 2007 was my first opportunity to have a proper look around for several years - you should have stayed at the Quality hotel which required a walk across town - whole streets of shops boarded up. It wasn't like that when I used to hang around there.

I have to say having visited Sunderland and Stoke on Trent in recent weeks and seen exactly the same thing I do wonder what's happening to our fair country. Living and working in London you're pretty much shielded from the general run-down air that pervades most places north of Watford these days... depressing :(

Pete said...

Oh, 2 other things. Chris, you just saw a old out-of-use admin building at Wolverhampton Uni. The buildings they currently use in and around town are actually rather impressive, and it's a decent university so I'm told.

Also, visiting the Chubb building was a bit spooky for me, as my grandfather spent his entire working life there as a safe maker... :)