I have a fondness for Stoke-on-Trent (because I studied at Keele Uni and met my wife at Makro near Newcastle-under-Lyme). Certain areas are both grim and beautiful. I love its honesty and unpretentiousness, and enjoy visiting the few surviving pottery factories (and the remains of those that have been left to ruin), which present a snap shot of bygone times. Forget the Caribbean – gimme a dose of reality!
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