Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon takes to airwaves to extol virtues of the town

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RENOWNED explorer Michael Palin may have crossed the Himalayas, survived the Amazon jungle and trekked to both Poles, but ask him where he hasn’t visited and his answer is always the same – Middlesbrough.

All that may be about to change as Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon took to the airwaves yesterday to extol the virtues of the town on the Tees – and extend an invitation to the Monty Python star.

Mr Palin was guest editing the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 and during a discussion with the travel writers he revealed the one place he had not been to was Middlesbrough.

Mr Mallon was then introduced as a surprise guest on the programme and invited Mr Palin to sample first-hand the rich industrial and artistic history of Middlesbrough and the surrounding area after he was asked to describe the “exotic” place he lived in.

As he waxed lyrical about the virtues of the town, and promising a personal tour, Mr Mallon said a tour of chemical and other industries of Teesside would be the starting point for any visitor keen to know about the town’s heritage.

Continuing his enthusiastic soliloquy, Mr Mallon said Temenos, the mima art gallery, iconic Transporter Bridge and Middlesbrough’s Centre Square would all be of interest to visitors whilst the links between Middlesbrough and Captain Cook would be of particular interest to explorers.

Mr Palin expressed surprise that Captain Cook was from Middlesbrough, saying he thought he was from Whitby.

Picking up on Mr Palin’s soft spot for railways, Mr Mallon added that a trip to Middlesbrough could include travelling on the route of the world’s first passenger railway line – which he pointed out was later extended to Middlesbrough.

“Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas have so much to offer visitors and it would be a pleasure to show Mr Palin around,” said Mr Mallon.

At first Mr Palin seemed to warm to the idea, before saying: “Maybe I shouldn’t. Maybe it should always be somewhere I’ve not been to – a destination beyond the clouds.”

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The Temenos sculpture , with the Transporter Bridge in the background

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7:10pm Mon 30 Dec 13

darloboss says...

but ask him where he hasn’t visited and his answer is always the same – Middlesbrough.
smoggys love em or like the rest of the world loath them
but ask him where he hasn’t visited and his answer is always the same – Middlesbrough. smoggys love em or like the rest of the world loath them darloboss

11:38pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Colcat says...

darloboss wrote:
but ask him where he hasn’t visited and his answer is always the same – Middlesbrough.
smoggys love em or like the rest of the world loath them
To be honest, because the grammar is so bad, I am not exactly sure what that comment means, but any way I read it just reinforces the impression that darloboss is either a troll or (worse) really is a completely bigoted and small minded idiot.
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: but ask him where he hasn’t visited and his answer is always the same – Middlesbrough. smoggys love em or like the rest of the world loath them[/p][/quote]To be honest, because the grammar is so bad, I am not exactly sure what that comment means, but any way I read it just reinforces the impression that darloboss is either a troll or (worse) really is a completely bigoted and small minded idiot. Colcat

9:26am Tue 31 Dec 13

Jackaranda says...

Colcat wrote:
darloboss wrote:
but ask him where he hasn’t visited and his answer is always the same – Middlesbrough.
smoggys love em or like the rest of the world loath them
To be honest, because the grammar is so bad, I am not exactly sure what that comment means, but any way I read it just reinforces the impression that darloboss is either a troll or (worse) really is a completely bigoted and small minded idiot.
There's nothing wrong with the grammar, well I understand it anyway, keep up the good work boss!!
[quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: but ask him where he hasn’t visited and his answer is always the same – Middlesbrough. smoggys love em or like the rest of the world loath them[/p][/quote]To be honest, because the grammar is so bad, I am not exactly sure what that comment means, but any way I read it just reinforces the impression that darloboss is either a troll or (worse) really is a completely bigoted and small minded idiot.[/p][/quote]There's nothing wrong with the grammar, well I understand it anyway, keep up the good work boss!! Jackaranda

11:56am Tue 31 Dec 13

darloboss says...

Colcat ouch got me again she's just against anyone who is anti bike and has a limited vocabualary all she can do is call people troll
Colcat ouch got me again she's just against anyone who is anti bike and has a limited vocabualary all she can do is call people troll darloboss

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