32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke

AMAZINGSTOKE or Boringstoke – opinion is often divided when it comes to Basingstoke. Those who don’t live here might think the many roundabouts are the only aspect that makes it unique – something top comedians visiting The Anvil always make a joke about. However, anyone who comes from Basingstoke will know there’s more to life here than navigating your way around the one-way system.

Here’s a list of reasons you definitely know you come from Basingstoke. Let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed. 1.

Anyone you ever meet from the town knows someone who knows you. Fact. Be careful what you say!

2. You’ve arranged to meet someone “by the willy” without any hint of irony or humour 3. You turn supermarket names into a plural – Tescos, Asdas, Aldis.

It’s definitely a Basingstoke thing, but why? 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 4.

You know how to pronounce Chineham. Chin-um not Chine-ham! 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke

5. If you get asked in a pub quiz where Burberry originated, you 100% know the answer and are super proud of this 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 6. You omit Basingstoke from your address, instead telling people you’re from Hampshire

7. You, or someone you know, got stuck on the A339 during the snow chaos of 2009 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 8.

You know we don’t actually have an art college 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 9. You don’t time keep by the railway station clock, and if you do then that’s why you always miss your train (or bus)

32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 10. You’ve snickered at the hospital’s automated phone call-back system when it refers to Basingstoke hospital (Baz-ing-stoke) 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke

11. You’re still trying to decide what to have for lunch from Potter’s Walk food court 12. Pack Lane humps? You’ve mastered them.

They are centred nicely down the middle of your car every time, and you shake your head in disapproval at anyone who slows down to 10mph to go over them 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 13. You’ve seen the actual Father Christmas.

Down your road, sat on the back of a truck, waving, and pumping out festive tunes 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 14. The summer holidays don’t officially start until you’ve got a pedalo out on Eastrop pond

32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 15. If you went to QMC, you were called Doris if you were female, and something much ruder if you were male! 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke

16. You’ve spotted former Gladiator Falcon in Festival Place 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 17. You’ve lost count of the number of Gregg’s we have, even though you’ve been to them all

32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 18. Dr Hilary has diagnosed at least one of your ailments 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke

19. You’ve appeared in The Gazette at least once 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 20.

You’ve queued up to meet a celebrity at Waterstones – From Katie Price and Jamie Oliver to Mary Berry and David Attenborough 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 21. You have also seen various ‘celebrities’ at night clubs, including the entire cast of Love Island to date (that’s a slight exaggeration) famous faces from TOWIE and Jedward

32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 23. You remember when scrabbling on the pavement for a penny sweet while watching people dance on floats in fancy dress was the highlight of the year 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke

24. Jumping out of your skin when walking up the stairs in the Willis Museum happens Every. Single. Time

32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 25. There ain’t no spider as big as a Basingstoke spider. Of that you are certain.

Look out! 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 26. Knowing that the Sports Centre isn’t just about sport.

Hands up who’s been to a disco there? 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 27. Trying to exit Festival Place car park is better than Crystal Maze.

It’s been done on purpose to make it a fun challenge, right? 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 28. You would never, ever visit the Lime Pits after dark

32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 29. You know someone who knows someone who knows Liz Hurley’s mum 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke

30. You’ve had a nightmare about Mrs Blunden 32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke 31. You reminisce about the ‘good old days’ when Basingstoke had a host of free events: the carnival, Balloons over Basingstoke, Jammin’ in June

32 reasons you know you're from Basingstoke

32. You’ve noticed that number 22 is missing on this list and have already drafted your letter of complaint to the editor