I've been away for a bit. And while away visited a few other UK towns and cities. They all leave you with some impression, you pick up on certain features which stand out, for me walking the streets is usually the general state of the place and I can report that as a couple of examples Edinburgh is packed with tourists and Newcastle has a fair bit of graffiti but that both are pretty clean and tidy.So I get back home to Ipswich and on Monday lunch time take a walk around the town centre, probably the first time I've done it for about 3 weeks or more. And do you know what struck me about our town? There is litter everywhere, there is seagull shite everywhere, there are weeds everywhere, every path is filthy dirty with stains from people spillages looking like its never ever cleaned up, there are broken pavings patched up everywhere, flaking paint, decay and damage everywhere...I;m not saying other towns and city don't have some of this, but having not been here for a while it just stood out, you are walking through a sea of mess, filth and rubbish where ever you go here, its not like that elsewhere.This town is a bloody disgrace...I hope visitors don't see it like this, but a fear they may well do.