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Do You LIve In 'The U.K City Of Culture 2013'?

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2013 will see a British city holding the first ever title of 'City Of Culture'.
Many cities have put in an application.

Aberdeen
Barnsley
Birmingham
Bradford
Brighton and Hove
Cheshire West and Chester
Chichester
Cornwall
Derry
Durham
Gloucester
Cheltenham
Hull and East Yorkshire
Ipswich and the Haven Gateway
Lancaster
Manchester
Salford
Norwich
Pennine Lancashire
Portsmouth
Southampton
Sheffield
Southend-on-Sea
Swansea
Wakefield
Many cities have pulled their applications (!)

The city winning the title for 2013 will enjoy a golden opportunity to have the spotlight of national attention focused on them. They will have the chance to show the rest of the UK and the world what they have to offer.
The shortlist of cities will appear in January next year and will have until May to put in their full bid.
The winner will be announced in July 2010.






Updated On: 11/8/09 at 07:54 AM
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hmmm i like the fact that Manchester and Salford both have entries...

but i think if any were to get it Salford would win... for the simple fact the beeb moves up then... and i'm sure the lowry could pull something out of the bag to help showcase it!
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I thought Liverpool ha it last year?
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Yeah im pretty sure Liverpool has had it before, and I thought maybe Newcastle to...less sure on that though
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Yeah it was Liverpool *giggles*

It should so be Manchester this year
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Is it something different or is it every 4 years or something????
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OK, Liverpool was European City Of Culture.
This is something new, just UK cities!
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*giggles again at Liverpool.....culture* lololol
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Liverpool has now reverted back to city of no culture, the hub-cap museum is worth a visit though.

Edinburgh is the city of culture every year, so guess that's why it is not running.
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Barnsley!!!!!!
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Obviously London lacks culture :p haha
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I'm obviously routing for Southampton, I mean, we have the highest amount of Eastern Europeans than any other UK city (in terms of percentage), and the majority of British people are students, we have ONE theatre which misses all the big tours as we are so close to London, one shopping centre, which is, awful, two half-decent clubs, one good concert hall, a football club which is doing the worst it has in years... What else have we got to boast about?
I suppose it's close to Bournemouth... Only good thing I can think of really!
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Interesting facts about Southampton
1. The Pilgrim Fathers chose Southampton as their point of departure from England
and both Mayflower and Speedwell were here in August 1620. Plymouth, in
Devon, only became a departure point when the two ships put in there following
the Speedwell springing a leak.
2. In the Napoleonic Wars, French prisoners, held in the building that is now the
Maritime Museum, carved their names there and these carvings can still be seen.
3. Southampton has the oldest Bowling Green in the world dating from before 1299
and it is still in use. Every August a unique competition takes place there for the
Knighthood of the Old Green, the winner being entitled to be called ‘Sir’ within the
club.
4. Southampton’s Cenotaph is the ‘model’ for the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.
Sir Edwin Lutyens took his design for Southampton, simplified it and it became
accepted as the design for London.
5. The Ordnance Survey moved to Southampton from London in 1841 following a
fire at the Tower of London where they had been based. They have been in
Southampton ever since and in 1846 a detailed colour map of the town was
produced by the OS, a unique and fascinating reference source for local
historians.
6. Southampton was the first local authority in the country to call its offices and town
hall a Civic Centre.
7. The long railway tunnel into Southampton Central, from the east, partly follows
the line of an intended tunnel for a canal that was never completed.
8. St Michael’s Church has the oldest brass lectern in the country dating from
around 1350 and which is in the form of an eagle. It was originally the lectern in
use at Holy Rood Church and was rescued in 1940 when that church was largely
destroyed in the Blitz.
9. In 1554 Philip of Spain arrived in Southampton, stayed 3 days, heard Mass at
Holy Rood Church then left in heavy rain with 3000 men on his way to marry
Queen Mary at Winchester Cathedral on 25 July.
10. The cockerel on top of St Michael’s Church is hollow and, when work is done to
the spire of the church, a note is put inside the weathervane.
11. On 1st May each year, May Day is welcomed in by the choir of King Edward VI
School singing from the top of the Bargate.
12. The area called The Marlands, on part of which stands Southampton’s Civic
Centre, is a corruption of Magdalene Fields, once the site of a leper hospital
dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.
13. Southampton has a Court Leet that still meets once a year and the Mound, where
the Court Leet was held in medieval times, survives on the northern part of
Southampton Common. On the day of Court Leet the Sheriff of Southampton
takes part in the ceremony of ‘Beating The Bounds’.
14. Southampton’s Victorian Cemetery on the south west side of Southampton
Common is the second oldest such cemetery in the country owned by a Municipal
Authority and retains its original buildings from 1846.
15. In 1946, Southampton was the departure point for six voyages of the liner Queen
Mary taking 9000 GI Brides and their 4000 children to New York.
16. Southampton had one of the earliest municipal water supplies in the country. In
1420, the town took over a fresh water supply, the pipes for which were originally
laid down by Franciscan Friars in 1304. One of the Friars’ stone Conduit Houses
can still be seen opposite the main entrance to the Mayflower Theatre,
17. Henri Portal, a Huguenot refugee, escaped to Southampton from France and in
1724, in Hampshire, founded Portals, the company that was granted leave to
produce paper for Bank of England notes.
18. The Mayor of Southampton is also Admiral of the Port and, in procession, the
Silver Oar of Admiralty is carried with other Civic Regalia.
19. In the 15th Century, the Water Gate Tower, at the Town Quay end of the High
Street, was leased, at times, at an annual rent of one red rose but the lessee was
responsible for repair and maintenance of the tower in time of war.
20. The hymn writer, Isaac Watts, was born in Southampton and educated here at
King Edward VI Grammar School then in Winkle Street in the Old Town. His
statue is in Watts Park, facing the Civic Centre and, at 8am, 12noon, 4pm and
8pm after the hour has struck from the Civic Centre Clock Tower, there can be
heard the opening bars of Watts’ hymn ‘O God Our Help In Ages Past’.
21. The writer Jane Austen and members of her family lived in Southampton between
1806 and 1809. A new Jane Austen Trail is linked to a series of plaques in the
Old Town tracing her associations with Southampton.
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Sorry POL, fell asleep after (1), but what's with the political-style catchment areas? Cheshire West and Chester (tour locations as seen on Hollyoaks!), Ipswich and the Haven Gateway (gateway to where?)...

Are there any official definitions for what constitutes a 'city' rather than an urban - or even rural - sprawl and what defines 'culture' (other than mould)!?

Actually maybe Mold should win by deliberately misinterpreting what's required? re: Do You LIve In 'The U.K City Of Culture'?
Seen some shows in my time....
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I was always under the impression that in order to be classed as a city, the said area had to have a cathedral?
"Rock Of Ages is about as original as gay men at a clap clinic" - SANDM2
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That was always my understanding as well Sam but it seems to have gone out of the window judging by that list. I suppose 'Area / Town / Place of Culture' doesn't have the same appeal or alliterative qualities.... re: Do You LIve In 'The U.K City Of Culture'?
Seen some shows in my time....
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"Where are you going today?"

"That place of culture"

i dunno...has a lovely ring to it tbh, especially when said in an essex accent :)
"Rock Of Ages is about as original as gay men at a clap clinic" - SANDM2
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Well before Chester was ever considered, they should concentrate on replacing the Gateway Theatre - at least with a "performing arts space" the city council have promised.

The studio theatre one part of the Gateway is all that remains open, and run by the very excellent "Tip Top Productions".

Oh for the Royalty Theatre, or indeed the good work done by the Gateway in it's heyday!
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Im pretty sure they now determine whether it is a city on Population!