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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Newcastle: the Venice of the North

Lonely Planet has opted for a favourable view of Britain's industrial cities. Cities such as Newcastle, Birmingham and Leeds, it opines, are now as "unmissable" as Rome, Venice or Florence.

While urban regeneration may have made the English cities tolerable for the inhabitants, it hasn't provided them with Byzantine Cathedrals or Renaissance palaces. I suspect that the authors are attracted to lively "street culture" which, in my experience, means town centres overrun with drunken and threatening people, and which is something that Venice has mercifully avoided to date.

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