Friday, 5 September 2014

First post for BuzzFeed

This piece went viral and was promoted by the editor to the UK front page. Here's the link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/oliviaswash/reasons-why-teesside-is-great-odc2#2zb8gu6



26 Reasons Teesside Is The Most Glorious Part Of The North-East

It’s not all smog and parmos.posted on April 28, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.

Teesside tends to be deemed the maligned little bro of the North East of England, countlessly winning ‘worst place to live in the UK’ titles.

Teesside tends to be deemed the maligned little bro of the North East of England, countlessly winning 'worst place to live in the UK' titles.
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1. We’re here to show you it’s NOT like a scene fromBilly Elliot - it’s actually pretty good.

We're here to show you it's NOT like a scene from Billy Elliot - it's actually pretty good.
Robert Cook / Via Flickr: 112756724@N02

2. Wherever you are in Teesside, it’s probably less than 10 minutes away from stunning countryside.

Wherever you are in Teesside, it's probably less than 10 minutes away from stunning countryside.
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This is at the top of Roseberry Topping, where for hundreds of years climbers have carved their names into the rocks at the top.

3. Pretty nice, huh?

Pretty nice, huh?
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4. And this is Cleveland Way.

And this is Cleveland Way.
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5. This is a stone’s skim from Redcar, where scenes were filmed for the Oscar-winning film Atonement.

This is a stone's skim from Redcar, where scenes were filmed for the Oscar-winning film Atonement.
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6. The view of the steel works is strangely beautiful.

The view of the steel works is strangely beautiful.
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7. The industrial skyline inspired Sir Ridley Scott (who grew up in Stockton) in the film Blade Runner.

The industrial skyline inspired Sir Ridley Scott (who grew up in Stockton) in the film Blade Runner .
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8. Not only is Teesside beautiful, but it’s also cultural…

Not only is Teesside beautiful, but it's also cultural...
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MIMA (that’s Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) has housed the work of artists from Picasso to Anish Kapoor, and works with the community through outreach projects.

9. The music scene is small but perfectly formed.

26 Reasons Teesside Is The Most Glorious Part Of The North-East
Sound It Out is the only vinyl record shop left in Teesside. With a SXSW Accepted documentary based around it and the friendliest staff around, we reckon it’s all we need.

10. We’ve given rise to some pretty good music…


Paul Smith, singer of Maximo Park, is from Billingham.

11. Whitesnake (the masters of Dad-rock) are fronted by David Coverdale, who is from Saltburn.

Whitesnake ( the masters of Dad-rock) are fronted by David Coverdale, who is from Saltburn.
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12. As well as this glorious Tees-folk song.

13. And of course there’s the people…

26 Reasons Teesside Is The Most Glorious Part Of The North-East
Bob Mortimer, half of one of the best comedy double acts of all time, is from Acklam.

14. The great explorer Captain James Cook grew up in Marton, Middlesbrough.

The great explorer Captain James Cook grew up in Marton, Middlesbrough.
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15. A Teessider invented matches.

26 Reasons Teesside Is The Most Glorious Part Of The North-East
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John Walker of Stockton, to be more precise, invented the Friction Match in 1826.

16. The late great Richard Griffiths was from Thornaby.

The late great Richard Griffiths was from Thornaby.
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17. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was constructed by a Middlesbrough company.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was constructed by a Middlesbrough company.
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Dorman Long won the contract, and it took 1,400 men eight years to build.

18. The first public railway in the world was in Stockton and Darlington.

The first public railway in the world was in Stockton and Darlington.
It basically spurred the Industrial Revolution, don’tcha know?

19. The mighty Parmo.

The mighty Parmo.
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The takeaway of choice for pretty much every Teessider. Originally a ‘Chicken Parmigiana’: chicken, breadcrumbs, bechamel sauce, lots of cheese. Best enjoyed drunk.

20. The Grade II listed Middlesbrough Empire is the most beautiful gig venue and nightclub.

It’s a working theatre built in 1897. Charlie Chaplin once performed there!

21. You can go to the pub with a fiver and come back with change.

That’s £1 for a half, £1.50 for a pint at PoundPub in Stockton.

22. Yarm - the quaintest little town in Teesside.

Yarm - the quaintest little town in Teesside.
Via Olivia Swash / BuzzFeed
Yarm won the accolade of Britain’s best high street a few years ago.

23. We have some “unusual” landmarks - but you can’t make fun of them. Only Teessiders can.

We have some "unusual" landmarks - but you can't make fun of them. Only Teessiders can.
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Anish Kapoor’s big net… thing… Yep.

24. Redcar’s Beacon, or the ‘Vertical Pier’.

Redcar's Beacon, or the 'Vertical Pier'.
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25. The Transporter Bridge. Does what it says on the tin.

The Transporter Bridge. Does what it says on the tin.
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26. And if you’re still not convinced, we think Jeff Stelling puts it perfectly…


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