History UsefulNotes / TheMidlands

30th May '18 5:56:40 AM AgProv
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The Midlands is usually considered to contain the historic counties of Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and Huntingdonshire are occasionally considered part of the Midlands but fall outside the regions of the West Midlands or the East Midlands and are more often considered parts of UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry, UsefulNotes/EastAnglia or the UsefulNotes/HomeCounties. Lincolnshire is part of the East Midlands region but its northern part falls inside the Yorkshire and Humber region and the county is often excluded from being part of the Midlands because of its large coastline. Opinion is divided as to whether most of Cheshire, (outside its northern industrial belt and the bits in the orbit of Liverpool or Manchester) counts as OopNorth or Midlands.

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The Midlands is usually considered to contain the historic counties of Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and Huntingdonshire are occasionally considered part of the Midlands but fall outside the regions of the West Midlands or the East Midlands and are more often considered parts of UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry, UsefulNotes/EastAnglia or the UsefulNotes/HomeCounties. Lincolnshire is part of the East Midlands region but its northern part falls inside the Yorkshire and Humber region and the county is often excluded from being part of the Midlands because of its large coastline. Opinion is divided as to whether most of Cheshire, (outside its northern industrial belt and the bits in the orbit of Liverpool or Manchester) counts as OopNorth or Midlands. \n Similary, the northern part of Derbyshire, the spur pointing up into the Pennines and bordering Lancashire and Yorkshire, is often considered as the southern boundary of OopNorth. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement opinions vary]].
30th May '18 5:53:19 AM AgProv
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* In its heyday, the Airfix plastic model company marketed a series of typically British buildings as kits the modeller could assemble and paint as accessories to a model railway layout. These included a church, a pub, a windmill, a railway station, and other buildings thought to be quintessentially English such as a thatched cottage and a detached dwelling house. After long research to find the most English place possible, so as to create models of its iconic buildings, they settled on Oakham, Rutlandshire. Some of Oakland's buildings are still available to this day as model kits; the town officially became, for Airfix, The Most English Place In England.

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* In its heyday, the Airfix plastic model company marketed a series of typically British buildings as kits the modeller could assemble and paint as accessories to a model railway layout. These included a church, a pub, a windmill, a railway station, and other buildings thought to be quintessentially English such as a thatched cottage and a detached dwelling house. After long research to find the most English place possible, so as to create models of its iconic buildings, they settled on Oakham, Rutlandshire. Some of Oakland's Oakham's buildings are still available to this day as model kits; the town officially became, for Airfix, The Most English Place In England.
30th May '18 5:52:33 AM AgProv
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* In its heyday, the Airfix plastic model company marketed a series of typically British buildings as kits the modeller could assemble and paint as accessories to a model railway layout. These included a church, a pub, a windmill, a railway station, and other buildings thought to be quintessentially English such as a thatched cottage and a detached dwelling house. After long research to find the most English place possible, so as to create models of its iconic buildings, they settled on Oakham, Rutlandshire. Some of Oakland's buildings are still available to this day as model kits; the town officially became, for Airfix, The Most English Place In England.
30th May '18 5:46:28 AM AgProv
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* Creator/EricIdle's ''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'', the joke being that Rutland, the least-populous of all counties in England, would have its own TV station, and so be extremely low-budget.

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* Creator/EricIdle's ''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'', the joke being that Rutland, the least-populous of all counties in England, would have its own TV station, and so be extremely low-budget. There is also the "joke-name" aspect; people are often surprised Rutland actually exists and wasn't made up as a Python-sh fake place. [[note]]Rutlandshire is so small it doesn't even appear on the header map at the top of this page; you can find it at the bottom right-hand corner of Leicestershire, bordering onto Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. For a long time a local government reorganisation dissolved it as an entity and absorbed it into Leicestershire but outcry and campaigning restored it.[[/note]]
25th Mar '18 4:36:40 PM Tightwire
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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities. In Leicestershire over 50% of the population is an ethnic minority, and Leicestershire also hosts the largest Diwali celebration (aka Hindu Christmas) outside of India. Special mention goes to Narborough Road, also known as the Golden Mile for its absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks (it's literally door-to-door), and practically every business is run or owned by an ethnic minority. Leicestershire is notoriously proud of its multicultural society and while racism is of course always a bad thing, there it becomes ''completely'' unacceptable, considered even lower than knife and drug crime - and rarer.

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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities. In Leicestershire over 50% of the population is an ethnic minority, and Leicestershire also hosts the largest Diwali celebration (aka Hindu Christmas) (the Festival of Light) outside of India. Special mention goes should go to Narborough Road, also Road in Leicester, commonly known as the Golden Mile for its absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks (it's literally door-to-door), and practically with every business is run or owned by an ethnic minority. Leicestershire is notoriously proud of its multicultural society and while racism is of course always a bad thing, there it becomes ''completely'' unacceptable, considered even lower than knife and drug crime - and rarer.
25th Mar '18 4:32:07 PM Tightwire
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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly Leicestershire. That's right; over 50% of the population of Leicestershire is an ethnic minority, usually Middle-Eastern, African, or Indian. Leicester also has the largest Diwali celebration (aka Hindu Christmas) outside of India. Special mention goes to Narborough Road, also known as the Golden Mile for its absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks (it's literally door-to-door), and practically every business is run or owned by an ethnic minority. Leicestershire is notoriously proud of its multicultural society and while racism is of course always a bad thing, there it becomes ''completely'' unacceptable, considered even lower than knife and drug crime - and rarer.

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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly Leicestershire. That's right; minorities. In Leicestershire over 50% of the population of Leicestershire is an ethnic minority, usually Middle-Eastern, African, or Indian. Leicester and Leicestershire also has hosts the largest Diwali celebration (aka Hindu Christmas) outside of India. Special mention goes to Narborough Road, also known as the Golden Mile for its absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks (it's literally door-to-door), and practically every business is run or owned by an ethnic minority. Leicestershire is notoriously proud of its multicultural society and while racism is of course always a bad thing, there it becomes ''completely'' unacceptable, considered even lower than knife and drug crime - and rarer.
25th Mar '18 4:32:07 PM Tightwire
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25th Mar '18 4:24:51 PM Tightwire
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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly Leicestershire. That's right; over 50% of the population of Leicestershire is an ethnic minority. In a way, that means they're not an ethnic minority. Special mention goes to Narborough Road, also known as the Golden Mile for its absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks (litterally; it's door-to-door), where practically every business is run or owned by a foreigner.

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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly Leicestershire. That's right; over 50% of the population of Leicestershire is an ethnic minority. In a way, that means they're not an ethnic minority. minority, usually Middle-Eastern, African, or Indian. Leicester also has the largest Diwali celebration (aka Hindu Christmas) outside of India. Special mention goes to Narborough Road, also known as the Golden Mile for its absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks (litterally; it's (it's literally door-to-door), where and practically every business is run or owned by an ethnic minority. Leicestershire is notoriously proud of its multicultural society and while racism is of course always a foreigner.
bad thing, there it becomes ''completely'' unacceptable, considered even lower than knife and drug crime - and rarer.
7th Dec '17 5:56:51 PM DrVonOppendown
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** Jeremy Clarkson's scorn for the culture of this region shows up occasionally, mostly when discussing cars that were great but then "ruined" by being built here. In particular, he bemoans what became of the Range Rover because of this during their Bolivia Special. It's worth noting that Clarkson himself is from OopNorth.
18th Sep '17 2:35:35 AM Tightwire
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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly Leicester, where the percentage of minorities now outnumber native Englishmen. Special mention goes to Narborough Road (also known as the Golden Mile for its almost absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks), where practically every business is run or owned by a foreigner.

Midlanders are often thought of as being stupid, possibly due to most accents being non-rhotic with vowels so sloppy that they can successfully drag on any nearby consonants too. This results in the Midlands Drawl, which involves either taking as long as you can to say as little as you can, or saying as much as you can as slowly as you can. [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands The Black Country]] accent makes people assume 'thickie' whereas a Staffordshire accent is more generic. An East Midlands accent actually sounds much like OopNorth to the untrained ear.

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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly Leicester, where Leicestershire. That's right; over 50% of the percentage population of minorities now outnumber native Englishmen. Leicestershire is an ethnic minority. In a way, that means they're not an ethnic minority. Special mention goes to Narborough Road (also Road, also known as the Golden Mile for its almost absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks), banks (litterally; it's door-to-door), where practically every business is run or owned by a foreigner.

Midlanders are often thought of as being stupid, possibly due to most accents being non-rhotic with vowels so sloppy that they can successfully drag on dirty up any nearby consonants too. This results in the Midlands Drawl, which involves either taking as long as you can to say as little as you can, or saying as much as you can as slowly as you can. [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands The Black Country]] accent makes people assume 'thickie' whereas a Staffordshire accent is more generic. An East Midlands accent actually sounds much like OopNorth to the untrained ear.
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