One calendar month ago I relocated from the Home Counties and became a resident of Nottingham. So, in a little over four weeks, what have I learnt about my adopted city. Let’s have a little recap.
- My house has a birthday. It was born on April 24 1931. I know this because my house contents insurance company refused to transfer my insurance until I could tell them what year the property was built and I had no clue. Phill has rented the house from the council for more than 20 years. When I went to register with the city council as living here, I asked a member of the team when the house was built. I didn’t expect an answer that was quite so specific. I now feel compelled to have a birthday party for the house next April 24th.
- I am spoilt for choice for things to do. Take next weekend for example, I could go and see and exhibition, or enjoy some music in the park. In Aspley, where we live, there are some community events going on. This leaflet and the one at the top were pushed through our letterbox yesterday. But also Nottingham Pride is on next weekend and I really want to go. Toyah Wilcox is playing.
- There is a great literary tradition in the area – the poetry of Byron, DH Lawrence to Jon McGregor and Georgina Wilding, Nottingham’s first young poet laureate. Her poetry is posted as public art. Nottingham is European City of Literature. I’ve found amazing independent bookshops like Ideas On Paper and great second hand bookshops.
- There appears to be a lot of creativity in the city. I want to explore shops like Handmade Nottingham and Sneinton Market which is being turned into a new creative hub.
- There is a plethora of places to eat and drink. Loads of really varied places from street food pop-ups to tapas to fine dining, from pubs to cocktail bars and tequila shacks. There are Asian supermarkets, Middle Eastern supermarkets and a Polish butchers. All of these places have to be explored.
- There are more barbers shops than I have ever seen in one place. I have no idea why.
- Nottingham has a superb public transport system.
That’s quite a lot to be going on with.