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The experience confused and saddened me.
Have you ever been to Milton Keynes?
it was alright.
i've also been there on a training course. again, it was alright.
just, you know, forgettable.
(of roundabouts - I like the double ones)
But as it's very specific to this discussion...:
A rock-rave retrospective on Milton Keynes, written by three of it's sons.
The Concept:MK, named after the FAMOUS shopping centre, The Centre:MK.
Just can't be fucked to drive two and a half hours to ride a few rails in a giant fridge anymore though.
Felt very strange to be there and not to go into the giant fridge.
tweice for ozzfest (1998 and 2000 i think) and once for that big day out thing that was on there . all three times i remeber cursing the place as it was so shit, its liek a massive industrial estate! i got stuck ther after one of those two as i missed the last train back and had to spend the night on the floor of the bus station. so its not my favourite place in the world!
it's just roundabouts and complexes. Really wierd. No personality whatsoever. Confusing place for sure.
so I'm there from time to time
it's got everything you could ever want
apart from a soul
which isn't an issue for some, i guess
It's ok, plenty worse places. I remember watching a programme where the Mini Miss UK pageant was being held in Milton Keynes. Team Madison arrived from Glasgow. Surveying the view from the hotel room, madison's mother piped up "Its nice Milton Keynes ent it? It's like Hollywood!"
it's alright I've been worse places.
i worked there twice, for four months each time. i quite like it, mostly because it looks like a 1970s Gerry Anderson vision of The Future.
i grew up just outside milton keynes, my best mate lives there. best things about milton keynes:
willen lake and the peace pagoda
red routes for bikes
the bench in the "new bit" of the shopping centre that is really a book
worst things about milton keynes:
Getting mugged in Campbell Park with a broken bottle
I can understand how it can seem a bit soulless, especially after having spent so much time in Edinburgh. But, huh, i love it. So there.
I was really surprised. Is it still at Woughton Leisure Centre? I saw Miocene there in January 2001.
back in the day good times, unfortunately it seems to only be booked by tribute bands these days Pearl Jammed anyone?
I saw Ash there! Also I did my GCSE Geography coursework on it. Ahahaha.
ITS NOT EVEN IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HOW DARE YOU BEDFORDSHIRE4LIFE
AM I RITE?
(I'm from Luton, so as we were high-fiving I stole yr wallet SUCKS TO BE YOU)
A progressive county.
It is so awful.
We weren't meant to go on the rides, but we did. During term-time in the week it was dead, so we'd just mess about and go on the boats and the climbing wall "testing" them.
One year someone got decapitated. We weren't allowed to talk about it and people who did got fired.
Oh also the Rides Manager was an alcoholic and frequently showed up stinking.
horrible place, completely and utterly souless. I like towns and cities to have a bit of personality, Milton Keynes has none at all.
it looks like an airport that was abandoned to tramps in the 1970s.
nope, I live in Northamptonshire for many years, not Northampton. The places I lived in weren't much better than MK but at least they had some kind of soul, even if the soul was tainted with an unescapable feeling of shitness.
I moved to somewhere decent the first time I was able to choose my location.
Some REALLY weird places, though. Like Rushden. That place is like another world. Also, the native Northampton accent is probably the worst in the history of humanity.
...and I actually quite like the place. Nice and green, plenty of parks, good shopping and that just about enough half-decent things to do. Don't think it's soulless at all, just because it's different.
Also, it's about four-thousand times better than Bedford, but that's not really saying much. Not much at all. Bedford has a soul, it's just fucking black to the core.
I often find that when people say somewhere doesn't have "a soul" they actually mean "old buildings".
when compared to almost every other post-war new town - Stevenage, Harlow etc. It's still a bit too Le Corbusier but that'll all change over the next 20 years.