Lion Bar - Roar!
I know this is silly but one of the fave things I discovered in Europe actually started in London. The Lion Bar!! I love chocolate, and this little wonder really caught my fancy. So much so that I managed to find and eat them in France, Italy and Switzerland. I am going to write to Nestle and ask them to bring them into Australia they are that good. Roar!!
The Albert Memorial
Located in Kensignton Park just across from the Royal Albert Hall you will find the impressive Albert Memorial, built for the German prince 15 years after his death. Check out the bronze statues of Albert inside the momument which is loosely based on a medieval market cross.
The London Eye
The London Eye is one of the most well known sites in London. The large Farris Wheel yields great views of the city. I've been told that its fairly expensive for a ride and you have to make reservations.
A lot can be said for London's clocks.
I find them very interesting, always different in design, and incredibly enough, nearly always with the right time, never mind how ancient they might be!
The first clock is found on Lower Regent Street (left hand side), heading away form Piccadilly Circus.
It is almost a piece of artwork, a monument of its own. It's one sided, not overly ornate (like so many are), but is still detailed and beautifully put together. Its style seems to be a baroque one.
The second clock I have shown is one at Waterloo Station.
It has four different sides, but is not four-faced... each side is an element on its own. It is also an old clock too, quite art deco in style.
The third clock is one found on the East Tower of The Tower of London. It stands really far out and is really BIG when standing beneath it.
The only two faced clock in London is one really old one on Fleet Street. When I next go there I will take a picture of it and pop it on here.
One might think I am slighty craxy for enjoying things like clocks.. but when you live and work in a City where there is so much 'old world' charm, it would (to me), seem a shame to ignore that which makes it so special.
Taking the Mickey? Who / What? Mickey Mouse?
You really are taking the mickey, aren't you?
A way of making lighthearted fun of someone in a particular situation, similar to, "You must be joking!"
As an example, I used to not answer the phone, (on purpose) when a certain English gentleman rang, only because I knew he would leave a message, and I could hear his dashing voice again later.
Only he knew at the time, I was expecting his call, so his message would be... "You really are taking the mickey, now aren't you, sitting there with the phone in your hand, thinking I will leave a message!"
There is a slightly different phrase meaning the same thing, a bit more rude, but meant in a joking sort of way. Beyond taking the mickey, there is taking the p*ss, and is often used in general conversations in England.
Being pissed in England means being drunk, not mad or angry, and p*ss artists are known to have aquired the art of being nearly constantly pissed. (drunk)
Of course we both share the other meaning, to urinate, but if you were to say to an America, "I'm pissed!" it would seem almost like fighting words, and you may be told to calm down, don't let it upset you, etc.
Being mad in England isn't angry at all. It is meant as silly, crazy, daft, over the top, insane, etc.
It could be said in a friendly tone, such as, "Are you mad, woman?" to someone wanting to set the alarm, just to see if the sun will rise, instead of rain clouds, whilst on holiday (vacation).
Or, it could be taken to the other extreme by saying something like, "That dreadful bloke just killed his own Mum, He's mad, I tell you, absolutely mad!"
It is said, that if you hear a word you have no clue of it's meaning, more than likely it means "idiot" in a friendly sort of way. Insults are hilarious, it might seem in England. Mostly all in fun if amongst friends, though.
See the website below for the most commonly used insults circulating in the UK.