19 Life Struggles That Are All Too Real When You’re From The Wirral

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1. Being called a Scouser by everyone apart from actual Scousers, who refer to you as a “Plastic Scouser”.

 

Thereby confusing your already fragile sense of identity.

Thereby confusing your already fragile sense of identity.

2. Trying to explain to people what exactly a “peninsula” is and realising before you’ve even started that they really don’t care.

 

"It's a body of land with water on three sides…"

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“It’s a body of land with water on three sides…”

3. Having to explain to people you meet on holiday that you’re from ‘near Liverpool’

 

4. Never knowing quite why you live “on” the Wirral and not “in” the Wirral.

 

And then overthinking it and confusing yourself.

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And then overthinking it and confusing yourself.

5. Never properly enjoying a birthday again once you’re too old to visit the Crocky Trail.

 

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6. Visiting actual Brighton and realising the audacity of the name New Brighton in comparison.

 

Although don't underestimate the lure of the Prezzo or Home Bargains.

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Although don’t underestimate the lure of the Prezzo or Home Bargains.

7. Feeling the urge to tell everyone you meet that Daniel Craig is from the Wirral.

 

Imagine if all the Wirral men looked like this coming out of the Marine Lake.

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Imagine if all the Wirral men looked like this coming out of the Marine Lake.

8. Taking your driving test on the Lever Causeway and feeling your rapidly impending death approach.

 

DOES ANYONE EVEN KNOW THE SPEED LIMIT?

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DOES ANYONE EVEN KNOW THE SPEED LIMIT?

9. Dealing with a lifelong fear of marshes because you’ve heard the horror stories of people lost forever after climbing over the wall at Park Gate.

 

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It’s like Game of Thrones* beyond that wall, for all we know.

*Actually, it’s just Wales.

10. Not being able to stop yourself singing along when you hear “Ferry Across the Mersey”. Particularly when they play it on the actual ferry.

 

This land IS the place I love.

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This land IS the place I love.

11. Feeling a sense of loyalty towards shopping centres after all the time you spent hanging out at the Birkenhead Pyramids.

 

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12. Having to accept the ridiculously high fare of any taxi willing to take you back to the Wirral after a night out in Liverpool.

 

One does not simply walk through the tunnel.

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One does not simply walk through the tunnel.

13. Visiting Central Park in New York and being less than impressed because you know the design is based on Birkenhead Park and it will always reign supreme.

 

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Parks and recreational drug users FTW.

14. Counting the number of hours you’ve lost trying to navigate Clatterbridge roundabout and breaking out in a sweat at the thought of driving around it.

 

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15. Joining in with the Wirral’s obsession with golf, particularly during the Open Championships at Royal Liverpool when the celebrity sightings ramp up.

 

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“Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas were definitely seen shopping in West Kirby Morrisons, ask anyone.”

16. Not being sure if you can actually swim or not because you spent all your time in Europa Pools just dodging the terrifying wave machine.

 

Or queueing for the slides that went OUTSIDE the building.

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Or queueing for the slides that went OUTSIDE the building.

17. Spotting the Mersey tunnel in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and needing to point it out every time the movie is on.

All other tunnels, have a day off.

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All other tunnels, have a day off.

18. Venturing out for the night in Birkenvegas and immediately getting in a fight.

 

"Wind yer neck in."

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“Wind yer neck in.”

19. Feeling sorry for people who didn’t grow up with beautiful, beachy shorelines all around them.

 

Just like in The O.C.

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Just like in The O.C.