I would like to say, Welcome to Stratford upon Avon and the Stratfordian’s blog. If you have been following me for some time you will notice a change.
I have decided to start again. The old Stratfordian site was getting a bit overcrowded and I felt it needed a make-over. Plus the fact that there were a few new things that I wanted to try. So here we are with…
nothing. not a lot a slowly growing site. I hope you will continue to follow me and find something you like on the site.
For any new readers, this is a webpage coming from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, UK. Which as you know (?) is famous for William Shakespeare who lived and died here. In fact he’s buried at Holy Trinity Church just up the road.
Also just up the road…
…is a blooming huge theatre dedicated to showing off everything the bard wrote (37 plays + one or two more helping out his mates).
Unfortunately The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is having, (like theatres throughout the land) a bit of a bad time at the moment because of Covid 19, so there is in fact nothing on, (although they have taken my advice and put some outside theatre on at The Dell). (Interestingly, Shakespeare himself was not unfamiliar with episodes of disease interrupting his creative output, but that’s another story).
I got the idea of writing this blog because apart from the need to found new outlets for my writing (and frustration), I wanted to comment on this odd little town and give anyone who was interested some idea of what it was like to live in a town that was (in my view) in danger of being consumed by tourism.
But hey, don’t get me wrong, I love the place.
Stratford upon Avon has given me all sorts of opportunities. It has opened doors for me and introduced me to all sorts of strange and wonderful people (who I think are called friends). I have had no regrets since arriving from Bristol all those years ago (1970. wondering as I looked over the town from the back of a bus, ‘what the hell is this backwater’), I’ve enjoyed myself, got married and had kids here.
I’ve also wondered, in no particular order, ‘Where’s our bypass?’. ‘What does it takes to improve the place?’ ‘Why doesn’t someone do something’? And that old chestnut, …‘forget Shakespeare, what about the residents’?
I make no apologies for my moaning and groaning, using as my excuse, I only do it because I love the place. And if there are to be any changes then I want them to be for the better.
So once again, Welcome to the Stratfordian’s blog – my mouthpiece. I ought to say that I try not to take myself too seriously. A lot of what I write is tongue in cheek and written because I think it’s funny. (You may not but because The Stratfordian is my blog-I do-so there).
I also want you to join in.
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I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any ideas that I should consider, I would appreciate it if you would tell me.
One other thing,
The Stratfordian’ blog costs me money so you will see an ad now again appearing on its pages. Please have a look and if you do buy anything you should know that I will receive a small commission that helps me to keep The Stratfordian going,
Meanwhile…here’s some THINGS TO DO IN STRATFORD UPON AVON
Or… have a look at the (more to be added later) 3 EATING & DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS THAT I LIKE