The Oxford Children’s Comics Festival is underway right now, but I’ve decided that – rather than enjoy a lovely day in Oxford reading comics – I’d much rather have my car break down on the way there, leaving me stranded in Sheffield (for any international readers – this is considered to be a terrible fate amongst the British. But not as bad as being stranded in Crewe! God help you if you’re ever stranded in Crewe). To celebrate not being at the festival, here are some photos of Sheffield.

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  1. Just to be clear to all The Beat’s international readers, but being stuck in Sheffield is far from considered a terrible fate. In fact more people who graduate in this fine city choose to stay here than any other city outside London in the UK. It has a higher proportion of park land than any other European city , likewise more trees per capita. It is also one of the safest cities in the WORLD, with crime rates so low even some New Zealanders would be surprised.

    Its the home of Henderson’s Relish (if you don’t know you should), Pete McKee (see previous), Jarvis Cocker and Pulp, the rules of association football and stainless steel, to name but a few.

    It is the friendliest, most glorious place I have ever been, on this old planet and being stuck in Sheffield is a damned sight better than going to some southern softy place… even if the people who live there can be a bit defensive!

    Please note all facts right as of the last time I heard them, and may be entirely mis-remembered!

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