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As a Northerner, and therefore as a man whose soul is fundamentally more pure than anybody born south of Sheffield, I have to say that a recently reported 'official dividing line' of the north and the south of England is #FakeNews. SAD!
A new study by academics at Liverpool University says that the north south divide starts in Leicestershire: sounds like bullshit.
They say the population centre has moved from Upper Midway in Derbyshire to Snarestone in Leicestershire due to an increasing number of people moving to the south east for better employment opportunities.
The study, coordinated by PopChange, used the population data gathered to identify the UK's most densely populated areas - and pinpoint the boundary for the north-south divide.
We all know who's a southerner and who's a northerer here. Credit: HBO
Chris Lloyd, Professor of Quantitative Geography at the University of Liverpool, who led the project, said: "Our study of population changes in Britain finds that the population centre for each Census has moved steadily further south from Upper Midway in Derbyshire to Snarestone in Leicestershire, as the population of the country has shifted towards the south east.
"This reflects a north-south divide in population growth, with more rapid growth in London and the south east of England than elsewhere."
Obviously the south will never hold a candle for the north, but the thing that's most offensive about this to me is the accommodation of the midlands into all the areas that are good and great in England.
Last year I was asked to describe all the things I found weird about the midlands for an article, which you can read here.
Midlander Ozzy Osbourne (Credit: PA)
At the time, I wrote: "Maybe the worst of all the midlander's sins is that they seem to view themselves as northern. They're into gravy, they like to put their chips in a 'cob', and some of the accents are distinctive. But sadly, lads: that's not quite enough."
And, reading it back now, not a single word is untrue.
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