Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 18817 posts, RR: 54 Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2560 times:
Mine is Barnstaple, North Devon, England.
1) Oldest borough in the UK
2) A regular winner of the Britain in Bloom competition, winning in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2003. It also won the Abbis Cup in 1996 and 1998 for Regional Supreme Champion, the Nations in Bloom - Best Town in the World in 1996, the Entente Florale - Best Town in Europe in 1996, and World in Bloom in 1998.
Not bad for a market town with less than 25,000 people.
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
BMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 62 Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2548 times:
Since when was Devon in Wales?
York, Yorkshire, England
1) Founded by the Roman Legion in AD 71
2) Suffered major flood damage in the year 2000
3) Population is 123,000
4) Hosted the "Royal Ascot" Horse race in 2005
5) Home to one of the most famous Universities in the World**
**Full of many Hot Female American Students as well
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11110 posts, RR: 63 Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
25,000 people and 1 Pe@rson
My village is called Roborough, population about 200 and nothing interesting has ever happened here, and I doubt it ever will, lol.
However right next door, literally just separated by a single field is Plymouth population 350,000+, which is famous for the following;
Devonport Military Dockyard,
The first railway suspension bridge in the UK (Royal Albert Bridge by I.K. Brunel),
The first road suspension bridge in the UK (Tamar Bridge, think it was 1962/3),
The first bridge ever to be moved whole, in one go; two 500m long sliproads were shifted by hydraulic rams onto a new set of piers after the first ones started to suffer from concrete cancer.
Sir Francis Drake played bowls on the Hoe whilst the Spanish armada sailed towards him, then when he had won his game he went out and beat them.
The Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to America and to found the new world.
The National Marine Aquarium.
One of, if not the highest commercial airports in the UK - although ask most people in the city and they couldn't tell you what a plane was, let alone if we had an airport.
Lesser Claims to Fame;
Highest teenage pregnancy rate in the UK,
About a quarter of a million chavs.
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3597 posts, RR: 21 Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2515 times:
Hometown: Marshfield, WI
Claims to fame
1) Largest roundbarn in the world
2) 3rd largest Medical facility in the U.S. (450 doctors in a town of 18,000)
3) Former Nixon Secretary of defense Melvin Laird (69-73)
Current town: Kashimo, Japan
Hinoki wood used for the reconstruction of center support beam at Himeji Castle, Ise Shrine, and for maintenance of imperial household properties like the Kyoto Palace.
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Eilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2475 times:
First in the world in Tampere:
1974 NMT mobile call
1978 ATM machine
1984 Biodegradable implant
1985 Electromechanical film (EMFi)
1991 GSM mobile call
1993 Analogue Cellular Data Card – Nokia
1994 GSM Data Card – Nokia
1995 Internet call – TeliaSonera
1995 Walking forest harvester
1996 Personal Digital Assistant - Nokia Communicator
1997 Data Suite – Nokia
1997 GSM card phone
1998 Digital x-ray image – Imix
1999 WAP Server – Nokia
2000 Automated mine loading
2001 Gaming and camera phones
2003 FogScreen walk-through display
2003 Automated container terminal