Inside Middlesbrough: England’s most deprived town

A ‘no deal’ Brexit could cause Middlesbrough to experience poverty and a lack of investment that makes it feel even more like Middlesbrough. Experts warned that the post-industrial Northern town could face the catastrophic long-term situation of being largely the same. Economist Emma Bradford said: “I don’t wish to be too technical, but Middlesbrough suffers…

An offal hoo-hah over faggots…

A cafe owner has had a post removed from the internet after it was deemed too offensive. Jo Evans-Pring, 63, owner of Fanny’s Rest Stop Cafe wanted to promote her faggots so started paying for advertising on Google. Within a few weeks of launching her initial campaign, faggot sales rose significantly so realising she was…

The why’s and wherefore’s of our dwindling support

The original question on ShotsWeb asked why our attendance of 1,539 versus FC Halifax at the weekend was so low and 500 or so down in contrast to our opening home fixture. At first I thought it inconsequential but as the discussion gathered pace, I learned some interesting facts and figures that put some meat…

vis-à-vis… VIZ!

Viz Comic is a British magazine published ten times a year. Since 1979, its irreverent mix of foul-mouthed, childish cartoons and sharp satire has seen its creators hauled over the coals by the United Nations, questioned by Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist branch and exhibited in the Tate Gallery. Now well into its fourth decade and suffering…

An abzorbing pastime

What Is Zorbing? And Is It Really Fun If You’re Over 20? Although it’s one of the stranger extreme sports out there, zorbing is actually pretty simple: Climb inside a big inflated ball and roll down a hill. If it sounds strange, you’re right. If it sounds like fun, you’re definitely right. The plastic ball…

Whatever happened to English summers?

A typical English summer sky It’s early Sunday morning and I see the weather forecast has improved. Instead of 50mph+ wind it’s showing 20mph and the possibility of some sunshine. It’s the middle of August here in the Disunited Kingdom and I haven’t been to the beach for ten days. I decide to give it…