The lorry driver in me...
I've spent a bit of my time driving lorries around. I had a lot of it in north Wales and got to know the place really well. I always used to say, the best road in Wales is the road leading you out of it. But i was only joking when i said it. Really, i think the Welsh people are great and a lot nicer than the English are. Most of it depends on who you meet, though. You can find the good and bad in everyone as Paul McCartney once said. The Welsh hate to lose at Rugby Union to England. I know that for a fact. All road signs in Wales are in English and Welsh. That's because there English and Welsh speakers are living there. It's 165 miles to the hotel i used to stay at.
An interesting fact: a singer doing a performance one night managed to swap his wireless microphone for my bottle of beer. I flushed the loo, the noise was relayed to the crowd who loved it and i got a standing ovation when i returned.
The scenery in Wales was quite spectacular to an ordinary Englishman (your honour) and breathtaking too. Close to Mount Snowdon is the village of Llanberis which needs to be explored, if you're into that kind of thing. When it's light you can see the mountain and will really be in awe of it. The nearby Horseshoe Pass is well-worth the visit too.
Wales is one part of the UK i visited. Whilst there i stayed in a hotel overnight and returned the next day.
Not everybody wanted to be away from their families, which is understandable. Going to Wales was definitely an experience though.
Another experience was going to Sheffield. It was tough-going mentally when you went there, but i'm glad i went. It is a brilliant city to go to and you really feel the vibrance of the place when you're there. There is an energy that courses through your veins and makes you realise (even after all this time) what a special place it is. And how lucky you were to be there. Its hilliness is different to Leicester even though it's not THAT far away. I remember Stannington very well it's a a place that, once you go to it, you'll never forget it.
i had many years of driving a lorry. I include Birmingham, Worcester,York, Coventry, Leicester and Burton-on-Trent among my visits. It was never easy. I didn't expect it to be. It's a young man's job. But how young is young? You needed to be at least 25 to drive a HGV and if you weren't a man before you started the job, you were a man when you finished it. That's for sure.