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Ron Shillingford has been a journalist since 1982 and has worked in print, TV and radio, mostly in London where he was born. His favourite sport is boxing and exclusive interviews have included Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. His assignments have taken him to America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. He is also the author of three books, one of which, a martial arts handbook, has been translated into Polish, Russian and Japanese.

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Vancouver is nice enough not to ever leave
Ron Shillingford
02 March 2010

Canada’s legendary hospitality extended to my train journey to the airport on Monday. Got chatting with Bill Charlton who claimed to be a distant relative of the footballing Charlton brothers Jack and Bobby. The fact that he referred to Bobby as “Robbie” and claimed to be a former player with the Vancouver Whitecaps made me laugh because when I started looking his details up on my BlackBerry, he claimed he had only been in the reserves. Injuries blighted his football career, conveniently and now the 50-something grandad is a commercial fisherman. Vancouver, as far as Bill is concerned, is the greatest place on earth. That’s why he has never set foot outside of British Columbia, much less for the rest of Canada. But what about the rest of the world? Surely, he’s missing something? Vegas, New York, London, Rio, Beijing… No, insists Bill, everybody comes from all parts of Canada to live in Vancouver, so it must be the best.

An interesting add-on from Bill was that the town of Prince Rupert, just outside of Vancouver, is one of the dullest, wettest places on earth, which is why people from all around the world who dislike the sun, live there, including many Africans. As if on cue, a woman sitting nearby, turned around to confirm it’s true because some of her family live there just to get away from the sun. She hates the climate but bears with it for family unity. Prince Rupert makes Seattle and Manchester in the UK seem like a tropical idyll.  

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