Wimbledon Local Customs

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    Morris Dancing

    by jo104 Written May 11, 2006

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    Men with bells on their trousers, hankerchiefs in the air & doing pat-a-cake with sticks strikes one as a bit strange

    Morris Dancers appear as if out of thin air in a busy town centre do their dance & do a collection. It is quite a colourful and noisy display.

    I was amused to see Morris dancing taking place outside Morrisons supermarket :-)

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    Games evenings!

    by Jenniflower Written Apr 23, 2006

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    The gals (the victors!!!!!)
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    This may not be a local custom for everyone living here but it is for us! haha We LOVE hosting games evenings... getting a bunch of girls and boys together (of course, the teams are always boys against girls!) :)

    Last night we had 11 people in our home... we played games (Cranium a firm favourite!), drank wine and laughed ourselves silly all night - it is amazing how well people get on even though meeting for the first time! Such a variety of people were here from various places in my life:

    Cape Town church friend (Saffa)
    Fellow student from Wits Tech (Saffa)
    Friend met through another friend - Italiano!
    Wimbledon church pals (English and SA folk)
    VT pal (Aussiemadcow)
    Work coleague (mad Frenchman hehe)
    Family (even madder!!! haha)

    The evenings are casual, fun and a good time to get to meet others and socialise.

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    Wet weather policy for Wimbledon Tennis

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    If it rains...

    ~ If there is less than one hour of play because of rain on the court, ticket holders will be refunded.

    ~ Purchasers of ground passes at the turnstiles can get a full refund if there is less than one hour of play on any of the Courts 2-19.

    More info on the wet weather policy on the website below!

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    The cover's coming off! Yay!

    by Jenniflower Written Jun 23, 2005

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    The cover's coming off! Yay

    I saw the Wimbledon Centre Court team do this a couple of times the first Saturday I went along to watch, and they are VERY quick at doing this.

    A restless crowd is not a happy crowd, and everyone is keen to see as much tennis as possible... especially when there are threatening clouds looming!

    Security is very good too. Tight, which it needs to be. Bags are thoroughly searched and there are security guards everywhere.

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    Tents on the grass courts?

    by Jenniflower Written Jun 23, 2005

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    The tent is up when it rains

    The referee decides when the covers should be put on and taken off the grass courts of The Championship.

    If the weather bureau says there will be rain, they might keep the covers on... or else play may start and if the rain comes down, the game will be stopped and the covers hastily put on.

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    Expensive real estate!

    by Jenniflower Written Jun 23, 2005

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    Estate Agents galore!

    London house/flat/apartment prices are far too high, and Wimbledon falls into this bracket in a big way. It is located in the Borough of Merton, which is within the Greater London perimeter.

    Being first time buyers we searched for a home we could afford and wasnt too far commuting-wise (zone 3) and ended up buying a place that needed to be totally gutted and renovated.

    The Real Estate people must make a ton of money... there is such a high demand for property and sellers can basically name their price often it seems.

    We are grateful to be on the property ladder already. Not the easiest thing to do in London. Home prices have eased off this year thankfully.

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