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Travel Writing Knowle, yes Knowle, not Knowle-West. Some people can make that mistake and it drives you crazy. For those who do not know the difference, Knowle is a quiet place where nothing much goes on, where as Knowle-West is a place where a lot of crime takes place and really it is the kind of place you would not like to live. Now that you, Mr Smith live in Knowle you are looked upon by some people as common. Really it's true, but Knowle is not all doom and gloom. I've lived there for almost four years, but there are very few hot spots to amuse yourself. There is Broadwalk shopping centre, some big name stores, like 'Iceland', Somerfield and 'Bon March´┐Ż' all crammed into one small area. Oh, and don't forget to pop into Riva Bingo while you are there. Broadwalk is like an oven, it was built before air conditioning became compulsory and its not been installed since, so you'll often find a crowd standing in the frozen food section of Somerfield, who seem to employ some very strange people like the woman who flicks through every page, then give you a strange look before you can buy a magazine. ...read more.


Not surprisingly he missed and he wasn't very happy. Other attractions you can find in Knowle are 'Mr Crispins' fish and chip shop, a couple of banks, a pub, hairdressers, a vast number of estate agents and most recently 'Choices' video shop. There is one shop though that beats the rest, it is only around the corner from where I live and it is called 'Star Value'. It is run by a man named Sanjay. He sells everything from chocolate bars to paint and brushes. He even rents out videos for a reasonable price. To top it all he even opens for most of Christmas Day. How many shops do you know, that do that? Luckily, Knowle is not in the middle of no-where and so you can escape the insanity of the place within a few minutes, and amuse yourself elsewhere. It is just a ten minutes bus ride away from the city centre and around a twenty-five minutes walk to the cinema and bowling alley. For all your shopping needs it is just a five minutes drive to Tesco, which is open 24 hours a day. ...read more.


There is the woman who accused me of shop lifting because I picked up a CD to look at the tracks and then, there is a man who threw me out of his one pound shop because I asked how much something was. Never be put off by this small number of people. Living in Knowle has had a great influence on me. I moved to Knowle from the countryside, and I really knew nothing about living in the city, I had done so before but only when I was younger. When I moved to Knowle I had no real confidence to go out on the streets alone, but after a month I was used to living in the city and I had the confidence to go out on the streets by myself. I think that moving to Knowle has helped me a lot, as many of my friends live in the city and I believe that if my parents had decided to stay in the countryside I would have no real social life because no one would have lived near me. I would really like to thank my parents for deciding to move back into Bristol. ...read more.

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