We're on vacation, and as we're old fuckers we did a bus tour, we've been to Dublin and several towns in Ireland, Northern Ireland (shithole), Glasgow, Edinburgh and several towns and cities in Scotland, and we're finishing it off in England. Here's my wishful thinking; even though these places are supposedly in a recession and financially fucked, much like HRM, they have realized that tourists and visitors bring in much needed money and provide employment, and so they have made a great effort to make the downtown cores pleasant. Most cities and larger towns have downtown shopping areas that are traffic free, walker friendly and CLEAN! Perhaps His Worship could go on tour and see for himself how a city could be memorable in a pleasant way.
I fully realize I'll hear the old refrain 'if it's so fucking great why don't you stay there' — like my posting says, it's wishful thinking and I am looking forward to coming home, warts and all. —Basil Brush