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Glorious celebration of all places
on 18 November 2011
Mark Steel isn't a comedian, he's a philosopher who makes observations so telling that they're just naturally funny. Whilst others of his profession take tours of Britain and write twee little observations about the scrapes they get themselves into, Steel dives headlong into the action and celebrates the toe-curling uniqueness of a place in the way that only a local usually can.
My particular charming favourite was his entirely reasonable praise for the concrete hippo of Walsall, which has become the main meeting spot of the town and - at the time of his writing - had gathered 1,644 members for the "Walsall Hippo Statue Appreciation Society" on Facebook!
This is a glorious celebration of what makes ALL places in this world uniquely great - its people - and Steel quietly discovers through his observations that people's sense of location quite literally makes them.