75 miles to the nearest escalator

November 1, 2010 - Wales

“Tell me, I hear they have cappuccino in Aberystwyth now. Is it true?”
“Yes,” I said. “It’s true.”
The man smiled and gave a slight shake of his head. “My, my. And an escalator? I hear there is an escalator there now?”
“No, I don’t think so. I think the nearest one is still in Shrewsbury.”

Malcolm Pryce, “Don’t cry for me Aberystwyth”

Whilst the Malcom Pryce books are not 100% true (for example, the town is not run by a gang of mobster druids, and there’s not a strip joint at the end of the pier) they do contain a grain of truth, and as far as I know there is no escalator in Aber. There’s also no Marks & Spencer, or Starbucks, which as far as I’m concerned is absolutely bloody marvellous. I’m feeling the lack of a branch of Lush though.


  1. roger says:

    No Lush?
    When can I come?

  2. Lucy says:

    Would you like anything importing when I visit this weekend!!

  3. bill says:

    Just steer clear of the Druids, look you.

  4. martin says:

    No Starbucks is a good thing but can one get a decent coffee anywhere?

  5. admin says:

    Roger – yes you can come to aber whenever you like.
    Lucy – thanks for the offer, but I’m ok for Lush stuff right now!
    Bill – haven’t seen any yet, but I’ll try my best to avoid them
    Martin – there are some great little independent coffee shops, and there’s a costa on the main street but I’ve not bothered with that one yet.

  6. Mo says:

    I recommend a follow-up to this.
    I have been told that there is actually an escalator now, although I am not sure where. Sadly, Starbucks are set to move in to The Union in a few months time. I am sure I am not the only person who has a problem with that.
    In related news, Tesco are heading to Mill Street, and Sainsbury’s look set to arrive fairly soon too.

  7. Great site. Found it the other day because of a friend who emailed me about a certain mayor. Keep up the good work.

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