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I just know you are gonna sooo love this

On 7 Feb 2012 at 12:31pm Simon wrote:
Bills !? Wickle !? FLINT ! FFS as the kids might say.
Check this out...

Check it out here »
On 7 Feb 2012 at 1:22pm someone else wrote:
Oh dear God, that's beyond a parody of a parody.

How will we all cope should they move back to Shoreditch?
On 7 Feb 2012 at 1:45pm grafter wrote:
You lot keep quiet, I need people like that to feed my children! (Not literally.)
It's amazing what people will read on a blog though isn't it. I might start one about my observations while paint is drying....can't be a bad idea.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 1:50pm simon wrote:
Pipe down Adamcewzki !!
On 7 Feb 2012 at 2:09pm grafter wrote:
If only!
On 7 Feb 2012 at 2:23pm Cliffite wrote:
The fact that they have posted the "Being a d!ckeahd's cool" video makes me think that they are at least a little bit self-aware but shame they list a lot of tourist twine shops as being reasons to visit. Although I prefer Le Magazin although was better when first opened as an overflow from Bill's.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 3:19pm Castle Gate wrote:
It's written for visitors isn't it, and it aims to be brief, as a blog entry should be. It claims neither to mention only the best places, nor to be comprehensive. Disagreement with Alex Manson-Smith's choice is absolutely understandable: it might even be quite instructive if someone (oh, maybe me) pulls together a compilation of as many individual written portraits of Lewes as can be found, and makes something appropriate out of them. A blog, maybe.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 4:13pm Simon wrote:
Written for visitors by a visitor. I just thought it was very telling that the aspects that stand out for Alex and therefore presumably attract visitors of her ilk are precisely (in the main) the same aspects that repel so many local residents.
No mention of the brewery, the castle, the priory, any of the history, the 15th century bookshop, the Lewes pound, Tom Paine, Bedroom, Harveys shop, the Gardeners Arms, I mean, I could go on...
On 7 Feb 2012 at 4:31pm Vampire Buffet Slayer wrote:
The steep climb to the Pelham Arms made me chuckle.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 4:41pm bastian wrote:
but suerly that is the new idea of tourism..a consumer paradise..not all that history stuff.. so boring.At least it does mean that tourists will not be in the places we treasure..the brewery especially.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 6:20pm Southover Queen wrote:
I thought it was written by a shopper, which is why her only excursion outside the immediate environs of the Cliffe was a mention of the Pelham Arms, the long journey to which was broken by a visit to Wickle. Well you would, wouldn't you? School Hill is awfully steep and it's nice to have a rest browsing another shop.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 6:40pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Can't believe she didn't mention the brewery shop or the butcher and fishmonger in the Riverside.
Tempted to tell her she could avoid the hellish climb to the Pelham by going along Grange Road and up Keere Street.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 6:59pm Alex wrote:
Hello! Gosh, I had no idea this would be controversial. I was just, in my own small way, trying to draw attention to some shops and cafes I think are quite nice. No harm meant.
Simon, yes it is written for visitors by a visitor. Can't deny that. And you're absolutely right, there are a ton of glaring omissions, not least Harvey's Brewery, but it's already too long as it is, and I wasn't sure the brewery fitted strictly into the eating/drinking/shopping categories. Same goes for the priory and castle.
I realise that, to you insiders, my choices are achingly boring and predictable, but a lot of people outside Lewes don't know about them, and Bill's, just by dint of sheer size and popularity, I think deserves a mention. Wickle, too. Flint is a bit of an overpriced twine shop, granted.
But, at the end of the day, it's just a lighthearted, flippant guide meant for people who've never set foot in Lewes, not seasoned locals like yourselves. Sorry for annoying you all.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 7:22pm Simon wrote:
Point taken, Alex. No offence meant on this side, perhaps just a little exasperation !
Strangely enough I find that Harveys brewery shop seems to cover all my eating/drinking/shopping needs !
Good luck with your blog.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 7:44pm Southover Queen wrote:
You didn't annoy me Alex, but you have wandered unwittingly into a den of DFL haters. For them, mentioning Bills and Wickle in the same breath is absolutely guaranteed to bring on a conniption fit. My strong advice is to continue exactly as you are and have a lovely time settling into living in this heavenly part of the world. (And I have a house-full of finds from the antique/junk shops - I do recommend the flea market for tattier and more serendipitous treasures)

On 7 Feb 2012 at 7:54pm Expat two wrote:
I think you've all been had by Nathan Barley's ex. Its got to be a parody, surely nobody's really that smug?
On 7 Feb 2012 at 10:14pm mrmzholland wrote:
Everyone knows the coolest place to be in Lewes is at home complaining about the internet.
On 7 Feb 2012 at 11:45pm ADT wrote:
Good on you Alex. Ignore the usual suspects. I imagine your blog might have sounded more 'outdoory' in the summer. Seemed perfectly reasonable to me.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 12:01am SickofWhingers wrote:
How hilarious that the morons criticising a writer for writing, all brag about their love for the local brewery. You couldn't make it up. Welcome to Lewes Alex, we're not all like these fools, honestly, even those of us born and bred in the neighbourhood.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 8:32am Alex wrote:
Thanks, SickofWhingers, ADT and mrmzholland for the nice comments. As the new girl, it's actually pretty upsetting to have your neighbours gang up anonymously and trash you (I think some people call it online bullying?)
Yes, expat 2 and someone else, it's tongue-in-cheek. I'm certainly glad that didn't escape your notice!
When you see me in the street, do make sure you all say hello, you being all such a friendly and welcoming bunch.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 8:39am Simon wrote:
I'm not sure that pointing out to someone supplying a visitors guide to a town that there is more to it than half a dozen overpriced and rather pretentious shops and cafes counts as moronic. I don't think anyone was criticising the writing, though by Alex's own admission her list was 'a bit w@nky'.
Still its given you something to whinge about eh ? SoW.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 8:48am Simon wrote:
''As the new girl, it's actually pretty upsetting to have your neighbours gang up anonymously and trash you (I think some people call it online bullying?) ''
Totally over the top. No-one has ganged up. Comments are either constructive, positive, supportive or 'tongue in cheek'.
If you are going to write satirical reviews for public consumption then you need to be prepared for people to comment one way or the other. Not everyone will get you subtle brand of humour Alex.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 8:56am Alex wrote:
OK, fair enough. But I just think the veil of anonymity allows you to be meaner than you might otherwise be. Anyway, the last thing I want is a fight! I just said some nice things about your town, that's all.
And being an 'outsider' means I've lived in places where the high streets are all identikit branches of Pizza Hut, Snappy Snaps and Starbucks, or lined with Poundlands, betting shops and Chicken Cottages. Those two are your alternatives, I promise you. You don't know how lucky you are.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 9:01am Simon wrote:
What do I care ? I live in Haywards Heath.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 9:19am Cliffite wrote:
At the end of the day (*sic) it's a case of someone from London thinking that London is the greatest place evah unintentionally riling Lewes locals who think that Lewes is the greatest place evah.
I don't think anyone was directly attacking you and as others have said, publish something publicly on the internet, be prepared to take all forms of feedback.
However, I look forward to a blog post in future, once you've been here a lil longer, that explores all the great other places to eat / socialise etc that aren't Bills
On 8 Feb 2012 at 9:41am The Twister wrote:
It is just unfortunate my dear , that you appear to have, not the slightest understanding of what makes you and other DFLs like you, so hilarious.......
On 8 Feb 2012 at 9:48am SickofWhingers wrote:
Why is this forum so full of c**ts? It really brings shame on the town.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 10:28am Southover Girl wrote:
Alex - good blog. It is a side of Lewes that many love. Don‚??t' let the guys above get you down. They stick up for ‚??their‚?? Lewes, but mean no harm. We all love this town in our own way, and believe me, as an ex Londoner who's lived here for over 20 years I still feel very lucky to have found this town.
It first attracted me by its vast number of book shops, butchers with pheasants and ducks hanging in its windows, ladies in gloves and pearls shopping with wicker baskets and the gun shop on western road (now closed) - I thought I stumbled on a town that time forgot.
I for one love the fact that you mention how lefty the town is.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 10:46am Colonel Sand Paper wrote:
Greetings my friends! I am Colonel Sand Paper, chief of Chicken Lounge, biggest chain of Chicken shops on the south side of the Thames. Soon I open my new Mega-Chicken-Lounge in your Lewes high street. Make lots of shekel and litter the be-jesus out of your chocolate box nimby town. Gods willing!
On 8 Feb 2012 at 11:31am bastian wrote:
I think it was the stuff about the over rated affection for real fires that amused me..poor you..having not yet learned the art of fire making.Ah well, one pities the survival rates for those people who have lived all their lives in the comfort of a city.
You wait til you find your firat sheep carcus on the downs..the full horror of the country still awaits.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 11:51am king cnut wrote:
Is it me but I get the feeling that those born & bred in Lewes and surrounding area fail to appreciate just how good Lewes is. I've been here 30plus years and still love it. Perhaps they should try living in B'Hill or Uckfield for awhile or God forbid a Midlands town.
now if they could only sort out the North St ind estate, add a decent riverside walk the length of Lewes and some more bridges I would be in heaven.
And the more blogs about Lewes the better as far as I'm concerned.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 11:57am Loyal Subject wrote:
My Liege, you are wise indeed! So much good stuff in your post, more bridges, outstanding! As you say, B'Hill (Bugess Hill, I assume) what a toilet that is!
Lewes, Lewes, Lewes...........etc
On 8 Feb 2012 at 1:17pm ADT wrote:
Christ. Imagine if you'd written something horrible about the place.
On 8 Feb 2012 at 2:26pm Clifford wrote:
Isn't this the most divine bit darlings? 'I bought some coat hooks here for about £20 ‚?? similar ones in Anthropologie cost ¬£68.'
On 8 Feb 2012 at 11:51pm the old mayor wrote:
I did note she whined about her old flat in London which cost her £50 a week now being worth ¬£800k. The same has happened here. Cottages worth ¬£150k are now ¬£450+ and larger properties worth ¬£500k now ¬£1,25m !! Thanks to those DFLs
On 9 Feb 2012 at 10:21am Southover Queen wrote:
If you don't want to sell your house for loads of money, don't. It's not the buyer's fault that local people ask a high price for their house is it? And while you're at it, ask to see their birth certificate to check they're Lewes born and bred.
On 9 Feb 2012 at 12:21pm Independent Thinker wrote:
Alex, keep in mind this forum is not only anonymous, but people can change their name every time they post. Don't make the mistake of thinking views on here are representative of the town. My guess is the "anti-DFL" brigade is a few individuals, at most, posting under multiple names, who are also responsible for the vast majority of the nastiness you see on here. In the real world Lewes is an incredibly welcoming and friendly place to come to.
On 10 Feb 2012 at 6:47pm Agodawfulmidlandtownie wrote:
I came across this blog by accident. I just had to read What the fuss was about. She's made the place sound a lot nicer than it's inhabitants, who come across as being a bunch of inbreds. DFLs sound ok though.
On 10 Feb 2012 at 6:47pm Agodawfulmidlandtownie wrote:
I came across this blog by accident. I just had to read What the fuss was about. She's made the place sound a lot nicer than it's inhabitants, who come across as being a bunch of inbreds. DFLs sound ok though.

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