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    STATUES

    by davidjo Written Nov 19, 2012

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    London is dotted all over with with statues and a within the space of 300 metres i came across 5 statues in Portland Place, but the one below didn't appear to have a plaque with a description on it. Other statues that i did see were of Quinton Hogg who was a British politician, General Vladysaw Eugeniusz Sikorski, a Polish military and political leader who led his country in exile during the 2nd world War, Joseph Lister, the British Surgeon who discovered the merits of sterilising equipment, and Field Marshall George Stuart. I personally was not aware of who all these people were, bu i is fun to research and learn about there achievements, so now i will photograph any statue for this purpose.

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    BLUE PLAQUE

    by davidjo Updated Nov 19, 2012

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    Blue Plaques are signs organised by English Heritage to commemorate a famous person who lived in the building. In just 300 metres i came across 5 of the plaques attached to buildings Portland Place. There are 850 plaques, the first of which was installed in 1867 to commemorate Lord Byron but since then the building was demolished but the oldest surviving plaque is of Napoleon 111 , also 1867.

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    BLUE PLAQUE

    by davidjo Written Nov 18, 2012

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    Blue Plaques are signs organised by English Heritage to commemorate a famous person who lived in the building. In just 300 metres i came across 5 of the plaques attached to buildings in Great Portland Street. There are 850 plaques, the first of which was installed in 1867 to commemorate Lord Byron but since then the building was demolished but the oldest surviving plaque is of Napoleon 111 , also 1867.

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    RED DOUBLE DECKER BUS

    by davidjo Written Nov 18, 2012

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    familiar site

    The red double deckers in London has become a recognised symbol on the streets, first used after the second world war. They were shorter than the single buses but could carry more passengers. Over the years newer models were designed especially to allow access for disabilities.

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    Talk to someone who knows ...

    by Jerelis Written Sep 21, 2012

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.

    However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.

    For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.

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    Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 21, 2012

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    Two round pins system.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the United Kingdom is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to England with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

    There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

    Outlets in England generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

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    THE LONDON CAB

    by balhannah Written Sep 7, 2012

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    Seeing the London Cabs travelling in droves along the streets of London, well, it brought a smile to my face!
    Just like in the movies, there are dozens of them lined up behind each other, all in a hurry, that is, if the traffic jams let them!
    No longer all Black, these days, they are all colours.

    I was interested in them, and wondered why they are named the "Hackney Carriage."
    This name refers to a taxicab licensed by the Public Carriage Office in Greater London or by the local authority.
    Up until 1947, Hackney carriages were a two-wheeled, one-horse hackney vehicle called a Noddy, then cars replaced horse-drawn carriages.

    Have you ever been in a Taxi where the driver doesn't know where he is going?
    In London, hackney-carriage drivers have to pass a test called "The Knowledge," so they know the London streets, important buildings etc., receiving a yellow badge for the suburban areas and a green one for all of London. Those who have just passed the "knowledge" are known as 'butter boys'
    Somehow, I think they still get lost!

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    LONDON CITY

    by balhannah Written Sep 6, 2012

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    London City

    The City of London is an area of London that has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages. It is now only a tiny part of the metropolis.

    My photo is of a boundary marker I saw. I thought it quite impressive to our signs at home, that is all they are, but here, St. George's Dragon was on the post, spitting fire and holding the St. George shield.

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    British cuisine - Steak and kidney pie

    by kris-t Written Jun 24, 2012

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    My Steak and kidney pie
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    An other sentative dish of British cuisine - Steak and kidney pie (other names: Kate and Sidney pie, snake and kiddy pie, and snake and pygmy pie).

    Rich meat and kidney filling and light golden pastry makes Steak and kidney pie a British favorite.

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    British cuisine - Christmas pudding

    by kris-t Updated Jun 24, 2012

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    My Christmas pudding

    It's interesting that originally the pudding was designed as a method of preserving meat in the early 15th century!

    The ingredients of today are very different to what was originally used in medieval England and also are very different from family to family.

    My Husband's family use to make pudding with prunes, potatoes, carots and lots of suggar. I prefer more complicated recipe with cooking time about 8-10 hrs.

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    British cuisine

    by kris-t Updated Jun 24, 2012

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    London, England
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    Starting tip about British cuisine I can not get rid of the wish to quote phrase from "Pourot"
    movie - "British don't have cuisine, they have a meal"... But don't they really?

    Let see: English cuisine, Scottish cuisine, Welsh cuisine....
    I think this definition of British cuisine is quite right: "unfussy dishes made with quality local ingredients, matched with simple sauces to accentuate flavour, rather than disguise it".

    British dishes: fish and chips, the Sunday roast, steak and kidney pie, and bangers and mash, Cheshire cheese, the Yorkshire pudding, Arbroath Smokie, and Welsh cakes.

    Also at Christmas time the traditional Christmas pudding in this list.

    We wount forget also that the custom of afternoon tea and scones has its origins in Imperial Britain.

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    British cuisine - Bread and butter pudding

    by kris-t Updated Jun 24, 2012

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    My Bread and butter pudding

    This old-fashioned English family favourite is yummy and goes easy on the wallet.

    Note: Day-old bread works best in Bread and butter pudding.

    Maybe it's not too much English way to do, but I soak sultana for pudding in two spoons full of Amaretto :)

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    Pagentry

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 26, 2012
    A guardsman in The Mall

    London is the best place in the world for pagentry. Our Queen is the worlds best known monarch and as popular today a at any time in her reign.
    The Queen's Guard changes in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11:30am daily from May to July, and on alternate dates throughout the rest of the year. It is best to arrive by 11 am as several other ceremonies happen outside the palace. There is no Guard Mounting Ceremony in very wet weather.
    At Horse Guards Arch, Changing of the Guard takes place daily at 11.00 am (10.00 am on Sundays) and lasts about half an hour; it is normally held on Horse Guards Parade by the arch of Horse Guards Building at Whitehall.

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    New tube Tarif 2012

    by Robin020 Written Feb 2, 2012

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    Zone Cash Oyster pay as you go Travelcards
    Peak single Off-peak single Peak price cap Off-peak price cap Day Anytime Day Off-peak 7 Day Monthly Annual
    Zone 1 only £4.30 £2.00 £2.00 £8.40 £7.00 £8.40 £7.00 £29.20 £112.20 £1,168
    Zones 1-2 £4.30 £2.70 £2.00 £8.40 £7.00 £8.40 £7.00 £29.20 £112.20 £1,168
    Euston - Zone 2* £4.30 £2.10 £2.00 £8.40 £7.00 £8.40 £7.00 £29.20 £112.20 £1,168
    Zones 1-3 £4.30 £3.10 £2.60 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £34.20 £131.40 £1,368
    Euston - Zone 3* £4.30 £2.90 £2.60 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £34.20 £131.40 £1,368
    Zones 1-4 £5.30 £3.60 £2.60 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £41.80 £160.60 £1,672
    Euston - Zone 4* £5.30 £3.30 £2.60 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £41.80 £160.60 £1,672
    Zones 1-5 £5.30 £4.40 £2.90 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £49.80 £191.30 £1,992
    Euston - Zone 5* £5.30 £4.10 £2.90 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £49.80 £191.30 £1,992
    Zones 1-6 £5.30 £4.80 £2.90

    £15.80
    £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £53.40 £205.10 £2,136
    Euston - Zone 6* £5.30 £4.50 £2.90 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £53.40 £205.10 £2,136
    Zones 1-7 £6.40 £5.30 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £58.00 £222.80 £2,320
    Euston - Zone 7* £6.40 £4.80 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £59.20 £222.80 £2,320
    Zones 1-8 £7.50 £6.40 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £68.40 £262.70 £2,736
    Euston - Zone 8* £7.50 £5.90 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £69.80 £262.70 £2,736
    Zones 1-9 £7.50 £6.40 £3.70 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £75.80 £291.10 £3,032
    Zones 1-9 + Watford Junction £11.80** £8.20 £5.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £76.00 £291.90 £3,040
    Zones 1-9 + Grays

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    £7.20 £6.20 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Euston - Watford Junction* £8.80 £7.30 £4.30 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £76.00 £291.90 £3,040
    Zone 2 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £8.40 £7.00 £8.40 £7.00 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 2-3 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 2-4 £4.30 £2.20 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £24.20 £93.00 £968
    Zones 2-5 £5.30 £2.60 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £29.00 £111.40 £1,160
    Zones 2-6 £5.30 £2.60 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £36.40 £139.80 £1,456
    Zones 2-7 £5.30 £3.70 £2.60 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £37.80 £145.20 £1,512
    Zones 2-8 £6.40 £4.30 £2.60 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 2-9 £6.40 £4.30 £2.60 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 2-9 + Watford Junction £6.40 £4.30 £2.60 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 2-9 + Grays - £4.60 £3.70 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 3 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 3-4 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £22.00 £85.50 £880
    Zones 3-5 £4.30 £2.20 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £24.20 £93.00 £968
    Zones 3-6 £5.30 £2.60 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £29.00 £111.40 £1,160
    Zones 3-7 £5.30 £3.20 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £37.80 £145.20 £1,512
    Zones 3-8 £5.30

    £3.70
    £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 3-9 £5.30 £3.70 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 3-9 + Watford Junction £5.30 £3.70 £1.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £51.40 £197.40 £2,056
    Zones 3-9 + Grays - £4.30 £3.60 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 4 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £10.60 £7.70 £10.60 £7.70 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 4-5 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £ 8.50 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 4-6 £4.30 £2.20 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £24.20 £93.00 £968
    Zones 4-7 £4.30 £2.60 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £27.40 £105.30 £1,096
    Zones 4-8 £5.30 £3.20 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 4-9 £5.30 £3.20 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 4-9 + Watford Junction £5.30 £3.20 £1.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 4-9 + Grays - £3.70 £2.70 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 5 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 5-6 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 5-7 £4.30 £2.10 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £27.40 £105.30 £1,096
    Zones 5-8 £4.30 £2.60 £1.50 £19.60

    £11.60
    £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 5-9 £4.30 £2.60 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 5-9 + Watford Junction £4.30 £2.60 £1.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 5-9 + Grays - £2.40 £2.10 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 6 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £15.80 £8.50 £15.80 £8.50 £22.00 £84.50 £880
    Zones 6-7 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £27.40 £105.30 £1,096
    Zones 6-8 £4.30 £2.10 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 6-9 £4.30 £2.10 £1.50 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 6-9 + Watford Junction* £4.30 £2.10 £1.50 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 6-9 + Grays - £2.40 £2.10 £20.20 £15.20 - - - - -
    Zone 7 only £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £27.40 £105.30 £1,096
    Zones 7-8 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 7-9 £4.30 £1.60 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 7-9 + Watford Junction* - £1.60 £1.40 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zone 8 only* - £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zones 8-9 £4.30 £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zone 9 - £1.50 £1.40 £19.60 £11.60 £19.60 £11.60 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840
    Zone 8 + Watford Junction* £2.70 £1.50 £1.40 £20.20 £15.20 £20.20 £15.20 £46.00 £176.70 £1,840

    * the pay as you go single fares quoted here only apply to journeys wholly on the Euston - Watford Junction route

    **single cash fares for Zones 1-9 plus Watford Junction include travel across London (e.g. Watford Junction to Upminster). For journeys from Zone 1 to Watford Junction the cash fare is £11.80

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    Public holidays

    by Robin020 Written Feb 2, 2012

    What holidays do we have in England?
    In England we have about eight national holidays each year. These are:

    New Year's Day (January 1st)

    Good Friday (varies)

    Easter Monday (varies)

    Early May Bank Holiday (first Monday in May)

    Spring Bank Holiday (last Monday in May)

    Summer Bank Holiday (last Monday in August)

    Christmas Day (December 25th)

    Boxing Day (December 26th)

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