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Essex gets a city

nadger
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Essex gets a city

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17364651
Really pleased to see that Milton Keynes, that calls itself The New City, didn't make it  Cheesy
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Chelmsford, Perth and St Asaph are to gain 'city status' to mark this year's Diamond Jubilee.

Chelmsford vaguely rings a bell.
Perth I thought was already a city in Oz  Crazy
St Asaph? - Is it named after Asphalt that they use on the roads or something?  Cheesy
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@nadger, I'm pleased to see Chelmsford has been given the honour.  Well deserved. It is one of the south-east of England's fastest growing towns.  It has one of 2 cathedrals in Essex, the other being the Catholic one in Brentwood.
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well at least the football team wont have to change the name it has had since 1938
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It is one of the south-east of England's fastest growing towns.  It has one of 2 cathedrals in Essex, the other being the Catholic one in Brentwood.

I'd hardly call Essex the South East of England. Especially not the South part. Isn't Brentwood the town thats in Towie? - That being the case how can it be two towns?
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Erm, it's in the south east.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=essex&hl=en&ll=51.76104,0.670166&spn=5.814999,16.907959&sll=53.80065...
The above illustrates how Essex is in the south-eastern quadrant of England. It doesn't have to be on the southern border to be deemed the south!
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Hmm a fair point James! I always thought that the south was classed as anything south of London. No idea why but thats the way I've always understood it.
If england is made up of quadrants, then where is the middle and which one of them does it fit into?  Wink
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I'm referred to as southern and from Hertfordshire (first county due north of London.
Imho, anything south of Milton Keynes is what I would refer to as 'south'. Being from the south coast is something different entirely, of course.
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You try looking up information on it, they class it as Eastern, South East is below the Thames  and I live in Essex
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James
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I suppose that it's perception based more than anything - How up to date is that?
Or are we merely basing this in historical regions which no longer exist?
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that is up to date, most references call it East, BBC is another one
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From the BBC article on the announcement:
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Chelmsford, home to Essex County cricket team and Anglia Ruskin University, is one of the fast-growing towns in the south-east of England.

When it come down to it does it really matter?
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I live in Chelmsford, and would consider it the East of England, or East Anglia.  My query would be; what benefit do I get from living in a city, rather than the county town?  Other than having a Lord Mayor and city councillors (with, I expect, the higher expenses that go with it)
OK, it's got a cathedral - it had one anyway: the football team was named "Chelmsford City" around 70 years ago, but some drunken idiots who'd just fallen out of a pub - that just shows the intelligence of football fans: the county cricket ground is there - it was already.
So what do I gain? (apart from the local council having the opportunity to put rates up, since they're now a city, and can therefore go on even more foreign holidays at my expense)
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John