Manners are the main cultural tip here.....some thing that is slowly dying. It will be much appreciated to stand up on a bus and let the old or women sit down...open the doors for the person following you..not speaking with your mouth full etc etc.
Starring at someone can be seen as aggresive behaviour and can provoke allsorts of reactions and get you into a huge amount of trouble if you are staring at the wrong person.
Just because some one calls you a mate it doesnt mean they like you.....if they cal you mucker you know you are the good friends and you can stare all you want.
Another custom that is worth remembering is "mashing" english like to drink their tea, so if they tell you they are going to get mashed and would you like to join them, it doesnt mean they are going on an orgy of druggs....just making a simple cup of tea.
It is custom to pay your way if you go out with any locals to a resturaunt or bar.....they will try to not let you pay, but if you dont you will be classed as a "cheap skate" or "tight fisted" and you will loose any respect you had. If you are invited to some ones house and offered biscuits with your tea feel free to accept them, if you are offered for a second time and take more biscuits, your host will keep smiling but will class you as a "greedy git" in their heads. After all outings or visits and the guests have left, it is traditional for the hosts to discuss if their guests fall into theses catogeries. If they do it will be discussed at great lengths and any observations will be in minute detail.
For the guys out there if you want to follow English traditions and customs, when you go to the pubs dont buy half pints, go for the full pint. It feels much better drinking a pint and looks a lot less effeminate.
Sporty Sheffield 2
Swimming- Ponds Forge hosts international swimming and diving competitions. Besides its Olympic size Pool, there is a leisure pool with slides, wave machine and river flume. Adult and child sections. Some hotels, leisure centres (Hilsborough and Concorde) and gyms have swimming, plus old fashioned baths such as Upperthorpe.
Snooker- The Crucible Theatre is well known as the venue for the annual World Snooker championships. Around the city are some snooker halls with numerous tables. Pubs offer pool, a few have snooker tables.
Rock climbing- Indoor centres offer climbing walls and bouldering- The Forge, and The Wall. Also the nearby Peak District for the real thing.
Walking- inner city walks, such as The 5 Weirs. The Round Walk, Trans Pennine route, plus many more. Further afield are the peaks and valleys of the Peak District. Local walking groups- look in The Sheffield Star or Morning Telegraph for details.
Skiing- Sheffield Ski Village offers dry slope skiing.
Ice Skating- The newly opened Ice Centre next to Don Valley Stadium, or Queens Road near(ish) the train station.
Low Diff Lock
As you can probably gather I like off roading 4x4 style but only with Land Rovers
The photo shows you typical terrain on the edge of Sheffield ( Stanage Edge ) This type of driving is perfectly legal as long as you stick to the permitted By Ways.
The photo was taken after we had to stop to negotiate a rather large boulder thats was just dying to rip a chunk out of the belly of the Range Rover.
The Range Rover survived another day ;o)
Not may people will realise...
Not may people will realise that sheffield has a
dry ski slope which is situated to the north of the city about 15 minutes drive from the city centre.
For more info see below.
Cheap and tasty noodles on Devonshire Street
We ate at Yummy’s Noodle Bar late one Saturday evening in July 2010.
We had spent the day enjoying live music, and a few drinks, on the adjacent Devonshire Green as part of Sheffield’s free annual music festival, Tramlines. We were ready for a filling meal and, as Yummy’s was within the barriers on the festival venue and we’d already earmarked it some weeks previously as a place to try, we ventured inside.
The interior is small, with seating for around 20 people at a handful of two and four seater tables. It was about half full when we visited, but had undoubtedly enjoyed a steady flow of custom throughout the day due to the crowd of festival goers. We wisely made our way to Yummy’s shortly before the end of the festival in order to avoid the post-event crowds, so we enjoyed our meal as thousands of people were watching the famous rap artist Tinchy Stryder on stage just a hundred metres away. While we couldn’t see his performance from inside the restaurant, we had no problem hearing it; it literally rocked the walls at Yummy’s…or at least caused them to vibrate somewhat!
The interior décor is rather simple; plain tables, functional chairs and a few colourful pieces of artwork on the walls.
We sat at a table near the doorway and the waitress informed us that we needed to make our way up to the counter when we were ready to order. The counter is located on a raised terrace in the back corner of the restaurant.
In keeping with the rest of the set-up at Yummy’s, the menu is rather simple; a laminated, double-sided piece of A4 paper. Don’t let that fool you though; there’s a lot of choice squeezed onto that small menu! In fact, as the dishes are individually numbered on the menu, I can tell you that there are around 130 options to choose from. These include a variety of soups and a mindblowing selection of rice and noodle dishes. Some of these include spare ribs, others include pork chops. Chicken, pork, beef, king prawns and duck all feature heavily on the menu.
One area where Yummy’s menu differs from other noodle bars that I’ve visited is that as well as Oriental options, there is also a section of the menu devoted to Italian-influenced oven-baked spaghetti dishes. One dish in that section is a rather intriguing sounding “Chinese Style Spaghetti Bolognaise”.
Prices are very reasonable, with the majority of dishes priced between £5 and £6.50.
Attempting to ignore the loud music and absorb the information on the menu, we eventually made our choices and I made my way up to the counter to place our order. While I was up there, I was also asked to help myself to chopsticks, forks, spoons and napkins; the food would be served at our table but everything else, including drinks, was my responsibility.
Yummy’s doesn’t serve alcohol, so I scanned the fridge behind the counter and decided that cans of 7 Up were more appealing than bottles of iced tea at that time. The cans of soft drinks cost around £1 each.
I opted for:
Spicy King Prawns with Noodles - Cost: £6.00
This dish was under a section of the menu headed “Spicy Szechuan Style Rice and Noodle Dishes” and was the first area of the menu to catch my eye.
I was hoping for something hot and spicy…and I wasn’t disappointed!
The dish consisted of a large portion of thin noodles with perhaps 8 large prawns, green peppers, red chillies, diced onions, lots of chilli seeds and a very hot sauce. It was probably hotter than any such dish I’ve enjoyed in Sheffield (my lips and tongue were still tingling an hour after finishing the meal!) but not so hot as to diminish my enjoyment of the meal. I’ve had better prawns elsewhere, but they were fine, and the overall quality of the dish was excellent.
Emma, being not so keen on spicy dishes, chose her meal from the “Oven Baked Rice and Spaghetti” section of the menu:
Oven Baked Ham and Shredded Chicken in a Creamy Cheese Sauce with Spaghetti - Cost: £6.30
This dish was available with rice or spaghetti; Emma opted for the latter.
She received a large bowl of spaghetti in a creamy sauce, topped with slices of ham. There was much less chicken than ham, and the sauce also contained a few onions and green peppers.
Emma enjoyed her meal and was suitably full at the end due to the large portion. Her only minor criticism is that the cheese sauce was a little bland, especially once the other ingredients (which were relatively sparse) had been eaten and only the sauce and spaghetti remained.
Overall, we both enjoyed our meals and agreed that we’d be visiting again in future. I already have a vision in my mind of sitting in there slurping hot soup and spicy noodles on a cold winter’s afternoon!
Great quality, great value and a large choice of noodle and rice dishes – we’ll certainly be back for another visit!