“A tip for those moving to Cheshire, who want
to make an instant impression, is to buy their
furniture from the delightful, but rather eccentric,
premises of Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield.
It’s not just that the firm sells high quality and
expensive furniture, after all how would a visitor
know that you obtained it from“Argy Bargy”
as customers affectionately refer to the retailer?
However, one of their distinctively liveried delivery
vans pulling up outside your house sends a
clear sign to the neighbours that your taste is
good and your bank balance is more than
In this lighthearted and slightly irreverent look at
‘How to Survive in Cheshire’ the author reminds us
not so much that England is united by its uniformity,
but that we delight in defining subtle differences of
character, speech and social circumstances delineated
by something quite absurd – a county boundary.
In this highly amusing book Geoff pokes gentle fun at
many of the foibles shared by him and his fellow
Cheshire-ites, drawing on a wealth of stories
concerning people and places – each with a wry look
at what makes Cheshire so distinctive.
But he warns
against ‘outsiders’ taking too many liberties with
Cheshire’s idiosyncracies – “Just remember,” he says,
“when next winter’s ice and snow brings the
country to a halt, who supplies you with all that salt!”
Geoff Simpson is a writer and public
relations consultant who has lived in
Cheshire for the past 35 years. For 15
years he was Head of Public Affairs for
the Co-operative Wholesale Society.
He is a Trustee of the Battle of Britain
MemorialTrust, a Council Member of
the Friends of the Imperial War Museum
and a member of the RAF Historical
Society and the Guild of Battlefield
Guides. He has written many articles
and a number of booklets on aspects
of the history of the RAF in the Second
World War including A Dictionary of the
Battle of Britain published by Halsgrove in
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 042 8, hardback, 210x148mm, 160 pages. Published October 2010.