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Who would’ve thought that I’d be the one writing this blog post? Well, Hannah certainly has had her say on Arctic monkeys throughout the show, so I’ll try and talk a bit more about Sheffield as an actual place now, not just the original home of Alex Turner and Co. Did you know that it is the third largest district in England? I am not quite sure what districts are, but hey, that’s an achievement. Good for you, Sheffield.  But seriously though, it has 569,700 people, and it doesn’t have a metropolitan area. So that is actually quite impressive. In addition to that, if you listen to Arctic Monkeys’ first album (Whatever You Think I Am, That’s What I’m Not) you’ll probably get a pretty decent idea of what life as a teenager there is like. I’m not saying anything good or bad about that, just throwing it out there. In addition to this, Sheffield is also home to the world’s oldest football club! Sheffield FC has existed since 1857, and had their heyday as recently in 1904! They won an FA amateur cup that year! Also known as the Steel City for its history of production, Sheffield has in recent years pushed a green-city initiative, with over 60% of the city now having green parks. I think that is really nice to hear, an effort to beautify a city is always a good thing! Apparently, they have the largest trees:people ratio in all of Europe. I’m not sure how a statistic like that is found out, but assuming it’s true, it’s a nice one! From the reading I’ve done over Sheffield, it seems like a place that historically might have been viewed as a grimy industrial city, but has really worked to change that image. Going back to Arctic Monkeys’ debut album, I get the feeling of that dark, grimy place. Perhaps that would serve as better inspiration than a nice place full of parks. I’m glad I could learn at least a little about the city, sorry that none of that info came out during the actual broadcast! As always, I’ll leave the goodies below.

Playlist: http://khdx.fm/playlists/sheffield/