I wanted to start a blog that documents the (actually plentiful) good things that are happening here in my home city of Stoke-on-Trent. I can’t really put my finger on why I felt the need to do this, but having googled ‘Stoke-on-Trent’ at approximately 6.31pm this evening and reading the results under the so-called “news” section, it summed my feelings up perfectly really as the headlines included: “£1 million Stoke-on-Trent Cocaine Gang jailed for 51 years;” “Stoke-on-Trent man rearrested after woman’s death” and “Business declines for Stoke-on-Trent Cafe.”
So today, I’m writing this blog because Stoke-on-Trent is definitely doing better than cocaine, murder and poor business growth in the hospitality sector. But tomorrow it could be because Stoke-on-Trent is supposedly “the worst place to live” or has the “unhappiest people” or as a result of any of the other numerous negative stories that seem to dominate public opinion of this superb city. As in that very same list of ‘Stoke-on-Trent news items, there were headlines proclaiming that Stoke has been awarded the 2016 “European city of Sport” title along with stories that link to the city’s triumphant industrial history, yet I had to scroll down a fair way to see these kinds of articles.
I can’t really tell you what to expect, but when you’ve spent too long listening to ridiculous conversations on the number 8 bus (like the time I overheard 2 girls talking about the time difference between England and Wales….) or you’ve accidentally walked past the terribly depressing sight that is the old Hanley bus station and surrounding eyesores; I’m hoping what I have to say will be a gentle reminder that Stoke-on-Trent is still full of all sorts of exciting & inspiring goings-on.