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'East Lancashire is the friendliest place in the world'

AN all-American recruit at an IT firm is convinced East Lancashire is one of the friendliest places in the world.

Jonathan Browne, 44, has been brought in to head up the sale operation at Holker Network Solutions in Pendle.

And after swapping Conneticut for Colne, Jonathan is sure he made the right move by the warm welcome has received.

The Nutmeg State native is currently living in Blackburn and is using his experience of Stateside sales techniques to get ahead.

His trans-Atlantic accent has already proved a talking point among customers from across the East Lancs area.

Jonathan said: “This is all so exciting for me and if there is a friendlier or more welcoming place anywhere in the world than East Lancashire then I would like to see it.”

The Michigan State University political science graduate came to the UK to settle with his fiancee and is now happy to call Lancashire home.

He added: “Holker is a company with a big heart and a great philosophy. The guys here just want to do the best they can for clients and from what I hear and see their best is excellent.

“I like to think I can add to the mix with my experience and determination to succeed. IT is competitive, you have to be good to survive, but I feel the business is set to take off in a big way.”

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10:31pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Dickiepayshey says...

PR-wise the bloke seems to have set off on a fair footing.
PR-wise the bloke seems to have set off on a fair footing. Dickiepayshey
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10:35pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Rose Rouge says...

"100% of those polled believed that East Lancashire was the friendliest place in the World (Sample Size = 1)"

Kinds words, but rather scraping the barrel in terms of a 'news' story, don't you think?

And perhaps based on a significant proportion of comments left on articles on this site (assuming that most of the commenters are East Lancs residents) you might come to an altogether different conclusion.
"100% of those polled believed that East Lancashire was the friendliest place in the World (Sample Size = 1)" Kinds words, but rather scraping the barrel in terms of a 'news' story, don't you think? And perhaps based on a significant proportion of comments left on articles on this site (assuming that most of the commenters are East Lancs residents) you might come to an altogether different conclusion. Rose Rouge
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10:46pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Cha'mone MF says...

He clearly hasn't been to Darwen, Nelson, Bacup or Brierfield yet.
He clearly hasn't been to Darwen, Nelson, Bacup or Brierfield yet. Cha'mone MF
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11:21pm Fri 23 Mar 12

carrman2 says...

Is this guy having a laugh? I thought Brierfield was in a foreign land
Is this guy having a laugh? I thought Brierfield was in a foreign land carrman2
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11:43pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Miss_Redd says...

So far... That makes 2 of us from the US in the area! Oh...and one girl who worked at the Starbucks last year. :) if you happen to read this.... We seriously need to get a forum going!!! I am also in the dot com world. Welcome! I love the folks here... Even though they are sure I am barking for moving from California to " here"
So far... That makes 2 of us from the US in the area! Oh...and one girl who worked at the Starbucks last year. :) if you happen to read this.... We seriously need to get a forum going!!! I am also in the dot com world. Welcome! I love the folks here... Even though they are sure I am barking for moving from California to " here" Miss_Redd
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12:43am Sat 24 Mar 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Here, there's nowt wromg with Darreners. I sometimes wonder though people may be the friendliest but they are also the most miserable. Is that possible? for instance, you meet someone and they say,"Hi how are you I'm great, long time no see", followed by, "you'll never guess whose just died". Or guess whose got cancer?
Here, there's nowt wromg with Darreners. I sometimes wonder though people may be the friendliest but they are also the most miserable. Is that possible? for instance, you meet someone and they say,"Hi how are you I'm great, long time no see", followed by, "you'll never guess whose just died". Or guess whose got cancer? Keep Darwen Green
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6:17am Sat 24 Mar 12

shytalk says...

Lets see if he still thinks the same after a Saturday night out in Burnley or Blackburn.
Lets see if he still thinks the same after a Saturday night out in Burnley or Blackburn. shytalk
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7:09am Sat 24 Mar 12

britguy says...

**** knows what Conneticut must be like then.
This says an awful lot about America.
**** knows what Conneticut must be like then. This says an awful lot about America. britguy
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9:27am Sat 24 Mar 12

born n bred blue says...

wait till he meets some brummies, by christ they are the most misserable bad mannered sour faced people in this land COYB
wait till he meets some brummies, by christ they are the most misserable bad mannered sour faced people in this land COYB born n bred blue
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9:51am Sat 24 Mar 12

Chris P Bacon says...

The north is friendly. Friendly until you mention one town in another town. Blackburn/Burnley, Liverpool/Manchester
, Leeds/Manchester, Sunderland/Newcastle ad infinitum. One town/city's residents will try and get one over on the other town despite the fact there's far more that unites them than divides them.

But this is playing right into the hands of the lederene swine. The nobility and aristocracy would MUCH rather you bicker amongst yourselves about each other rather than unite and ask questions about them.

They rule because they were born with a silver spoon in their mouths but you and me, we weren't and if there's questions to be asked, they'd want us asking them of each other rather than of them.

Let's all remember the British soldiers fighting in the WWI trenches finding more in common with the German soldiers being killed in their trenches than with the murderous generals who sent them to kill each other. They got out to play football with each other and that is what we should aim for, if not, then the lederene swine have won. Again. And remember they threatened to shoot any soldier who played football or swapped fags with a soldier of the other trenches even though they were closer in class, outlook and status than the ones forcing them over the top.
The north is friendly. Friendly until you mention one town in another town. Blackburn/Burnley, Liverpool/Manchester , Leeds/Manchester, Sunderland/Newcastle ad infinitum. One town/city's residents will try and get one over on the other town despite the fact there's far more that unites them than divides them. But this is playing right into the hands of the lederene swine. The nobility and aristocracy would MUCH rather you bicker amongst yourselves about each other rather than unite and ask questions about them. They rule because they were born with a silver spoon in their mouths but you and me, we weren't and if there's questions to be asked, they'd want us asking them of each other rather than of them. Let's all remember the British soldiers fighting in the WWI trenches finding more in common with the German soldiers being killed in their trenches than with the murderous generals who sent them to kill each other. They got out to play football with each other and that is what we should aim for, if not, then the lederene swine have won. Again. And remember they threatened to shoot any soldier who played football or swapped fags with a soldier of the other trenches even though they were closer in class, outlook and status than the ones forcing them over the top. Chris P Bacon
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10:01am Sat 24 Mar 12

twinkerthescout says...

@Miss_Redd ... Another American here. Guess that makes me 3! Born & raised in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Moved over here for love.
@Miss_Redd ... Another American here. Guess that makes me 3! Born & raised in Huntington Beach, Calif. Moved over here for love. twinkerthescout
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12:14pm Sat 24 Mar 12

Miss_Redd says...

twinkerthescout wrote:
@Miss_Redd ... Another American here. Guess that makes me 3! Born & raised in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Moved over here for love.
Moved here for the same reason! I always tell folks " well if it wasn't for the weather, it must be for love"! How long have you been here for? Do people give you " that look" when you tell them you moved from California ?? You know the one!! There is sometimes an audible gasp and they say "Why?!?!??!?" LOL

I may open a thread over on the forum for expats... Probably under the news heading. Although maybe I should choose entertainment? My forum name is Benrese.
[quote][p][bold]twinkerthescout[/bold] wrote: @Miss_Redd ... Another American here. Guess that makes me 3! Born & raised in Huntington Beach, Calif. Moved over here for love.[/p][/quote]Moved here for the same reason! I always tell folks " well if it wasn't for the weather, it must be for love"! How long have you been here for? Do people give you " that look" when you tell them you moved from California ?? You know the one!! There is sometimes an audible gasp and they say "Why?!?!??!?" LOL I may open a thread over on the forum for expats... Probably under the news heading. Although maybe I should choose entertainment? My forum name is Benrese. Miss_Redd
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12:20pm Sat 24 Mar 12

Steve4x4 says...

What a joke, you couldnt make this **** up, total rubbish.
What a joke, you couldnt make this **** up, total rubbish. Steve4x4
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3:56pm Sat 24 Mar 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
The north is friendly. Friendly until you mention one town in another town. Blackburn/Burnley, Liverpool/Manchester

, Leeds/Manchester, Sunderland/Newcastle ad infinitum. One town/city's residents will try and get one over on the other town despite the fact there's far more that unites them than divides them.

But this is playing right into the hands of the lederene swine. The nobility and aristocracy would MUCH rather you bicker amongst yourselves about each other rather than unite and ask questions about them.

They rule because they were born with a silver spoon in their mouths but you and me, we weren't and if there's questions to be asked, they'd want us asking them of each other rather than of them.

Let's all remember the British soldiers fighting in the WWI trenches finding more in common with the German soldiers being killed in their trenches than with the murderous generals who sent them to kill each other. They got out to play football with each other and that is what we should aim for, if not, then the lederene swine have won. Again. And remember they threatened to shoot any soldier who played football or swapped fags with a soldier of the other trenches even though they were closer in class, outlook and status than the ones forcing them over the top.
Thats unusual, you actually having an opinion on something instead of just spelling. At least you admit you are a commoner, now all you need is a job :0). Ever thought about typesetting, sounds just up your street.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: The north is friendly. Friendly until you mention one town in another town. Blackburn/Burnley, Liverpool/Manchester , Leeds/Manchester, Sunderland/Newcastle ad infinitum. One town/city's residents will try and get one over on the other town despite the fact there's far more that unites them than divides them. But this is playing right into the hands of the lederene swine. The nobility and aristocracy would MUCH rather you bicker amongst yourselves about each other rather than unite and ask questions about them. They rule because they were born with a silver spoon in their mouths but you and me, we weren't and if there's questions to be asked, they'd want us asking them of each other rather than of them. Let's all remember the British soldiers fighting in the WWI trenches finding more in common with the German soldiers being killed in their trenches than with the murderous generals who sent them to kill each other. They got out to play football with each other and that is what we should aim for, if not, then the lederene swine have won. Again. And remember they threatened to shoot any soldier who played football or swapped fags with a soldier of the other trenches even though they were closer in class, outlook and status than the ones forcing them over the top.[/p][/quote]Thats unusual, you actually having an opinion on something instead of just spelling. At least you admit you are a commoner, now all you need is a job :0). Ever thought about typesetting, sounds just up your street. Keep Darwen Green
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12:44am Sun 25 Mar 12

twinkerthescout says...

@Miss_Redd Are you kidding? As soon as one word of my accent is heard, people look, and if anyone's in speaking distance, I get bombarded with all the questions. I feel like a broken record =)
Your forum idea sounds lovely, but I don't know where these forums are =)
PS I have questions for you about the transition. Email me? twinkerthescout@yaho
o.com
@Miss_Redd Are you kidding? As soon as one word of my accent is heard, people look, and if anyone's in speaking distance, I get bombarded with all the questions. I feel like a broken record =) Your forum idea sounds lovely, but I don't know where these forums are =) PS I have questions for you about the transition. Email me? twinkerthescout@yaho o.com twinkerthescout
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