Friday, February 19, 2010

Tonbridge Expats where are you?...

Right there are around 60,000 residents of Tonbridge (although that probably includes the 'and Malling') Then, I'd estimate, there are around 10,000 or so who have lived in the town and have moved away. Add to that the ones who have relatives or know someone who lives in the town, around another 280,000 at a conservative estimate, and you have a staggering 350,000 people who have a direct interest in Tonbridge and therefore indeed TonbridgeBlog. So it would be especially nice if we heard from some of those Tonbridge expats strung across the globe. The odd comment does come in from Australia, Canada and the States so lets have more. What are you missing about your days in the town?....

10 comments:

jmoo2 said...

I immigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1990 with my parents - have kids of my own now.

Used to live in Albany Close & went to Slade.

I miss being able to follow you on Twitter cos you blocked my account (jmoo2). I only asked if I could follow you :(

I also miss the crisps, the cakes my Nan's Shepherds Pie. Basically the food.

James

Paul Bailey said...

I can think of plenty of things that ex-pats won't be missing about Tonbridge. but I'm just too plolite to list them!!!

Anonymous said...

We no longer want to come back to Kent or the UK, its gone down hill .

Clearly being run by corrupt corporations, after reading this we feel quite relieved.

'Outstanding' Peter Gilroy was worth the money

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent_messenger/news/2010/february/4/peter_gilroy_outstanding.aspx


What is going on in our beloved country?

Anonymous said...

It's called Common Purpose trained chief executives and officers, running everything in our schools, nhs, police , you name it they are in it

Sir Francis Bacon had it right- Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

Anonymous said...

MEP- helping to wakeup the masses

watch bottom left

http://www.ukcolumn.org/video/

Tonbridge blogger said...

jmoo2 Welcome to Tblog, I'll try to unblock you on Twitter if I can! It must have been when I was paranoid about who was following me and you must have sounded dodgy! Anyway crisps are v bad for you and you can always buy the Jamie Oliver "Ministry of Food" cookery book which, I'm pretty sure has a brilliant recipe for Shepherd's Pie in it. It might not have quite the emotional attachment as your Nan's but I bet it's pretty close in taste. You can always put some tiger prawns on the barbie and crack open a few tinnies to drown your sorrows as you reminisce about dear on Tonbridge....

Paul Bailey said...

You've been listening to too much Government propaganda TB, if you think crisps are bad for you, and as for jamie Oliver - well do me a favour!

Seriously, although I've lived in the town these past 25 years, Tonbridge hasn't really got all that much to start getting nostalgic about, so let's not kid ourselves otherwise.

ps. I'm not sure our Antipodean expat will be impressed with your rather cliched view of Australian life. Prawns on the barbie and cold tinnies all sounds very stereo-typed and, I think, rather inaccurate.

pps. Did you really think you had a stalker?

jmoo2 said...

Would be appreciated if you can un-block me.

Just go to https://twitter.com/jmoo2 and click the 'UnBlock' link on the right hand side under "Actions".

Cheers,

James

Hallum said...

I'm never going be an expat, as I love living in Tonbridge. It's a great place to be. We moved here 30 years ago, brought up a family, and have never looked back. The town has a nice tight centre, which is adjacent to marvelous parks and leisure facilities. We have many cultural clubs and societies,and are surrounded by beautiful walking countryside. Within 40 minutes the train delivers us to the west end of london, and for holidays abroad, gatwick and the channel tunnel are less than an hour away.
As long as our council resists siren calls to turn us into a bland 'anytown', and builds to our character (castle, river etc) Tonbridge will continue to be a wonderful place to live.

Tonbridge said...

I moved to Tonbridge only a few years ago and think it's a great town with a lot of potential. It needs a bit of TLC and regeneration in places, but i'm sure that will come in good time.