Sunday, 27 September 2009

Blacking it up

Blackpool was...

Incredible, exhausting, busy (in stark contrast to my last visit), fattening (hello fish & chips, doughnuts, hot chocolate with whipped cream), loud, trashy, full of monstrous hen nights and stag dos, expensive, shattering and mildly frightening.

In other words, it was loads of fun. I can't say that I'd want to go there for a romantic holiday but for a day or two, and if you take it for what it is, it's hilarious. Example: a man dressed as a banana queuing up in a newsagents to buy something. Noone batted an eyelid.

Pup in a Cup ftw

We rode on the trams, went on a few rides at the Pleasure Beach (why does that sound like a strip club to me?), I had a Slush Puppy at the age of 27, we bought some rock, saw the illuminations and then battled our way back to the car through hoards of stags, hens and a weeping girl sitting on the pavement (why is there always one weeping girl?).

My companions for the day were my friend from work and her three kids. Just one thing: remind me to never have three kids. Incessant cries of 'Can I have this?', 'Pleeease? Buy me this!', 'I need a wee', 'I'm tired', 'I'm cold', 'Are we nearly there yet?'. I swear, they're nearly as demanding as a boyfriend.

But not quite.


Jeni said...

Sounds like you had fun - I am ashamed to say I have never been, but seems like a good place for a long weekend away!

Helen said...

Oh don't be ashamed of that. Be thankful, haha! It is lots of fun for a weekend, as long as you expect to see hoardes of women dressed in next to nothing at 2pm, falling out of bars. It's a who's who of awful hen do costumes!

Anonymous said...

Ah Blackers...xmas illuminations and those red toffee dummies!!
Loved them as a kid, but I think I'd vomit now!!

I can't believe they still make slush puppies! excellent.

Ex Manc in New Zealand :)

Helen said...

Slush Puppies have been taken to a whole new level. There's a Slush Puppie Bar (tm) at the Pleasure Beach. You can put as many different flavours (in varying degress of luminosity) as you want in a cup. To be honest though, it just means your drink ends up being brown!