Why the surprise?

The Midlands might be undergoing something of a minor cultural renaissance – with Sven-Goran Eriksson taking over at Notts County, three local teams in the Premier League and even the Coventry band the Specials touring again to loud acclaim. But for local people, it seems that this is not enough to command their loyalty. Given half a chance, three-quarters of the population would leave tomorrow.

I mean, seriously, have you ever been there?

Further, it\’s happened before. Where do you think all those troglodytes in the mining villages of South Wales come from?

3 thoughts on “Why the surprise?”

  1. Philip Scott Thomas

    Where do you think all those troglodytes in the mining villages of South Wales come from?

    Well, there’s obviously a bit of British social history I’ve missed here. Can anyone explain this one?

    Tim adds: There was heavy emigration from the Black Country to the Valleys when the Marquis of Cardiff got the mines going.

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