I’m currently staying at the Weather Vane in Stoke-On-Trent as I’m going to Keele University tomorrow (it’s my ‘firm choice’ uni). I have to admit, I’m a little surprised at how… northern the accent is here (although I’m sure many would disagree). It sounds kind of like the Liverpool accent, but maybe that’s just me. I’ve been to Leicester and Nottingham before, and didn’t think their accent was anywhere near as obvious. If anyone’s from the North, please share your thoughts on this. Perhaps it’s because I’m from Essex – though I DO NOT speak like those on TOWIE! Honest! Anyways, the hotel-place is nice (only £40 for a twin room), and the city centre has some good shops. We had a look at the indoor market today, and discovered that the fruit there was a lot cheaper than at home (99p for strawberries, 89p for a huge bag of apples!). I’m glad I’ve got Keele as my 1st choice and Westminster as my 2nd, as I don’t think I’d be able to afford to live in London!