17 Things People From The Midlands Know To Be True
Too often it feels like Britain gets divided into North and South. People talk about the divide in economy and culture between the North and South, which is not surprising when the ‘North’ is supposed to include an entire other country; no wonder Scotland is tired of being lumped in with the English!
But the real question is this: what about the Midlands? The Midlands have a proud history and as much to shout about as the rest of the country, so what’s all this North/South business all about? It’s time to set the record straight, it’s time to show the Midlands the love it deserves.
1. It is not the shithole that people claim it to be
2. It’s actually bloomin’ beautiful in the Midlands
These are the Malvern Hills and we think you’ll agree they are spectacular!
3. Not everyone speaks with a Brummie accent
Only people from Birmingham, funnily enough.
4. However, the dialect across the Midlands is brilliant
Despite the fact that Sammy Johnson looks rather confused here.
6. The king of curries was invented in the Midlands
It’s claimed that the Balti curry was invented in Birmingham; curry houses actually tried to apply for the ‘Birmingham Balti’ to be given EU-protected status.
7. 2 Tone is the best thing to come out of punk
8. Midlanders are the best dressed people in the country
Both Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith are native Midlanders!
9. The Spaghetti Junction isn’t that bad really
It’s actually strangely beautiful underneath
10. The Midlands breeds nice people
Before he started flogging crisps, Gary Lineker was best known for never receiving a caution for foul play during a 16-year career playing professional football. They raise ‘em right in the Midlands.
11. But it also breeds winners
Rebecca Adlington is the most decorated British female Olympian (alongside Katherine Grainger) and one of the stars of the London Olympics.
12. Whether you hate it or love it, Marmite was born in the Midlands
13. As was heavy metal
This is Black Sabbath, who decided to invent a new genre of music after losing the 1969 Worst Hair In Britain Competition. They were robbed. Or rather Ozzy was.
14. The Industrial Revolution really started in the Midlands
15. Mr Darcy, the nation’s great romantic hero, was from the Midlands
16. The Midlands changed superheros forever
Watchmen, by Northamptonian Alan Moore, isn’t just another comic book; it was recognised as one of Time’s 100 Best Novels since 1923.
17. The North and South can fight it out, the Midlands will always be king