Sheffield Warnings and Dangers

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    Beggers!

    by suvanki Updated May 20, 2014

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    As with all city centres, Sheffield attracts a fair number of beggers/ homeless people. Some may be genuine, but there are a number of fakes, I'm afraid it can be difficult to differentiate. There are a number of charities in Sheffield, offering aid to the genuine homeless, including the Archer Project based at Sheffield Cathedral and Emmaus ( my own personal favourite charity)l

    Around Fargate, West Street, Division Street, and in subways are the most common haunts, especially outside bars, and next to "hole in the wall" cash machines, where they'll sit, sometimes with a dog for company - on the whole these are quite harmless. Around the train station/ bus interchange/Pubs/ cafes near here are the places I've been approached recently by youngsters turning on the tears, with a well planned story of how they've left case/ bag on the train, which had all their money, and they need to get to ---- by ----, and they need £---- to get there - if You phone their mum, she'll let you know this is genuine and she'll send the money straight away etc etc etc....Yeah right!!!

    I'm afraid I've become hardened to the requests for change, especially since some of these have been exposed by local press, and I've personally known one of these "down and outs" to have wealthy parents, who he is still in close contact with, and a comfortable flat, but begs to fund his drug habit.

    There are a number of charity shops such as Shelter, in the city, where you can offer a donation, or to the Big Issue Sellers, who hang around Fargate, the station area etc

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    Chuggers

    by suvanki Updated Aug 8, 2012
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    For those of you who don't know ...
    Chuggers= Charity Muggers.

    I've recently had the misfortune to encounter a particularly virulent specimen at Sheffield Train Station, working for Cancer Research UK - (and a week later had another team of these Chuggers (British Heart Foundation)- on my doorstep at 20.20 hours)

    Sadly, it's not a unique practice in Sheffield - most major cities and towns will have an infestation of these 'Happy Clappy' (usually) students, jumping out at shoppers/commuters, with a silly dance and 'asking' if they can talk to you..

    Yesterday, at Sheffield train Station, I had an encounter with these 3 GreenPeace
    Chuggers - They're not volunteers, and I doubt that they have an interest in GreenPeace, apart from the money making opportunity for themselves.

    Since my encounter with the Cancer Research UK Chugger, I've read up a bit more about this particular practice. (after reporting him, and my displeasure at their tactics)

    to be continued...

    Meanwhile....

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174113/Crackdown-chuggers-Fundraisers-stifle-streets-study-warns.html

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/poll/2012/jul/16/chuggers-regulated-report-charity

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    First Impressions of Sheffield!

    by suvanki Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    Leaving the station  September 2006
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    UPDATE- This was written in 2006, after years of being embarrassed by this eyesore - now it is a source of pride

    If arriving by train, this might be your first sight of Sheffield!

    Please don't be put off - The station area (along with much of Sheffield) is undergoing a redevelopment, so at the moment, it resembles a builders yard, with a longer walk to the taxi rank. ( The last I heard was that you come out of the station doors(past WH Smiths on your left) then turn left, and you should see the taxi rank about 200 yds away)

    This quite depressing shot was taken in January when I'd just arrived back from a week in Marrakesh, it was 3 in the afternoon and drizzling rain just added to the atmosphere.

    The building in the background is part of Sheffield Hallam University ( formerly Sheffield polytechnic). A lot of the buildings seen from the station are grey concrete 1960's/ 70's style unattractive buildings, built to replace the blitz damaged city.
    However, Sheffield is now dragging itself up by it's boot laces, and the city is in the process of modernisation, with some attractive areas such as the Winter Gardens, The Peace Gardens and Millenium Galleries forming part of the new look Sheffield.

    UPDATE - The station facelift is now complete- I recently got to see it in all its glory when I travelled too and from Birmingham recently by train. I was well chuffed (impressed!) The concourse is clean and tidy, with a very impressive water feature. See my other pics. It was even more impressive returning at night, when the fountains were illuminated, and I could see that there were coloured lights in the paving - Made me proud of our city!!

    There are still lots of cranes, roadworks etc in the city - but the end is in sight - hopefully the area around the markets will soon be cleaned up, as this is quite an eyesore

    2012 - Still waiting for the market to be closed - The new site is ready on The Moor. Apparently, when Castle Market is finally demolished, there are plans to 'open up' the foundations of Sheffield Castle, which are under the market.

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    Students!

    by suvanki Updated Sep 11, 2010

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    Now, I don't have anything against students as such, (I was one myself years ago!) BUT!!! They have little or no road sense!! Must come from years of being transported from home to the school gates in mums car. Never having to learn their Green Cross Code!! :-0
    They just wander aimlessly across busy roads, without realising that there's a 4 wheeled killing machine about to enter their territory. Whether by themselves or in a group, (when they resemble lemmings or sheep, just following the person in front of them)

    On closer examination, you might see a wire attached to their ear drum, transmitting music to their brain cells, and/or a mobile phone. Combined with their probable hangover, deservedly earned at any one of the many student friendly hostelry's that Sheffield has, and we're looking at potential road kill!!!

    Should imagine most parents are concerned about their off-springs gap year, travelling to exotic scary places..Noooooo!!!! They should be more worried about their little darlings safety crossing roads!

    So if you're tempted to drive around Sheffield, please be extra aware when the student population is about! (This also applies to areas around schools etc)

    This practice can be observed around the Uni/Royal Hallamshire Hospital/ Glossop Road/ Broomhill/Crookes/Walkley/West Street/Division Street Areas, either during or out of licensing hours!

    There are also those who just wander into the road (not necessarily students), who arrogantly believe that they have the right to cross the road, regardless of traffic, and will 'dead eye' you as they saunter across the road-GRRRRRRRR!

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    Speakin t lingo

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    mt glass

    A few pointers to get you on your way....say it as you read it.....

    or eight.......................hello
    sithi..............................goodbye
    oy..................................excuse me
    nesh.............................cold
    ot....................................warm
    smart............................good
    crap...............................bad
    sor eight.......................it is ok
    tha tekken micky?.......are you having a joke?
    cake oil.........................mouth
    grub...............................food
    stuffin thee cake oil.....eating
    kisser............................lips
    chops.............................teeth or jaw
    pasties...........................feet
    trolleys............................trousers
    kegs................................underwear
    boyts................................shoes
    dosh.................................money
    shrapnel..........................coins
    dog an bone...................phone
    boozer..............................pub
    nick...................................police station
    five o ................................police man
    copper..............................police man
    in the ***e.......................trouble
    spot on............................. not in trouble
    appy az larry.....................contented
    got monk on.....................unhappy
    jo baxi...............................taxi
    dog....................................ugly woman
    darlin..................................pretty woman
    mashin..............................make a cup of tea
    slurp...................................drink a cup of tea
    ta ........................................thank you
    tarrah..................................good bye
    nuff sed..............................keep quiet

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    Chatsworth House

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Written Jun 30, 2003

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    River At Chatsworth

    If you decide to visit Chatsworth (Please see must do activities ) keep an eye on your children...there is a large river in the grounds, and every summer it is inviting for the children to play in it......every year you can see this. There can be large volumes of people in the summer months so this is difficult to control. Every now and again you hear about the children drowning in this river. Please be aware !!!

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    Homeless

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    The Moor

    There is an increasing amount of people in Sheffield that are begging on the streets. Some are genuine and some are not. Acouple of years ago there was an article in the local paper about a young man begging for money......the people walk past........feel sorry and give him money........at the end of the day he was being picked up in a mercedes car. Use your judgement and find your own conscience.

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    Language barriers

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    no bull and cows in here please

    Sheffield like most places has its own accent, if you get talking to the locals you might find it a little hard to understand at times especially if you are in a pub. After 10pm everyone will be your best mate and try to put their arm around your shoulder.....at this point you will have no idea of what is being said......tell tale signs to spot this situation before it develops is the persons eyes starting to go a little pink...numerous phone calls at the bar from their wives and maybe ten or twelve empty pint glasses on the table.

    This situation is perfectly safe as long as you dont mention football.

    You will achieve maximum respect if you manage to emulate the local tongue and come out with phrases and sayings but remember some times the words can have double meanings......

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    Cars

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Written Jun 16, 2003

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    can get real crazy

    If you are taking your car into the city center dont waste your time by looking for some where free to park. You might aswell use the many car parks situated around the center. They are not so expensive when you consider how much it will cost you on the bus. Beware if you leave the car in a car park that belongs to a shop. One of my friends did this and a few days later they got a nasty letter wanting over one hundred pounds in fines because they exceeded the time limit allowed ( 2 hours ) the letter looks all oficial as if it is from the police or council...the letters are genuine but can be intimadating. At the end of the day you have to pay because there are small notices stating the rules of parking, but they are not always easy to see. My friends was quite upset with all this because they are foreign and dont fully understand the system here, and when they are told they will be apearing in court...you can imagine the rest.

    Its not a good idea to leave valuables on display in the car when you are out and about. If you go to the supermarket be prepared for the good old tradition of " how many scratches can you get on the car in an hour ? "

    The car in question always is white as well...I think this tradition is not just kept to Sheffield...My brother has experianced the same in the south of England, and yes always the white car too.

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    You may well be approached by...

    by eurotravels Updated May 18, 2003

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    You may well be approached by someone in the train or bus station areas telling you that they need to borrow money to get home/court/probation office etc etc. Don't fall for it - it's a scam. They're very convincing (I'm one of the suckers who got stung for a small amount of money). Don't feel guilty about telling them to 'bog off'.
    I wrote this last year but they are still at it, I got approached again during my visit in May. The station even felt that it was necessary to put warnings up. If someone approaches you in the train station please tell a member of staff.

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    Gratefully pinched...

    by caprice4u2 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Gratefully pinched From the Stanley Holloway record


    There's a famous seaside place called Blackpool

    that's noted for fresh air and fun

    And Mr. and Mrs. Ramsbottom went there with young Albert, their son.

    A fine little lad were young Albert, all dressed in his best, quite a swell.

    He'd a stick with an 'orse's 'ead 'andle, the finest that Woolworth's could sell.

    They didn't think much to the ocean, the waves they were piddlin' and small.

    There were no wrecks and nobody drownded, fact, nothin' to laugh at all!

    So, seeking for further amusement they paid, and went into the zoo,

    Where they'd lions and tigers and camels and cold ale and sandwiches, too.

    There were one great big lion called Wallace whose nose was all covered with scars;

    He lay in a som-no-lent posture with the side of 'is face on the bars.

    Now Albert 'ad 'eard about lions- 'Ow they was ferocious and wild;

    To see lion lyin' so peaceful just didn't seem right to the child.

    So straightway the brave little feller, not showin' a morsel of fear,

    Took 'is stick with the 'orse's 'ead 'andle and stuck it in Wallace's ear.

    You could see that the lion didn't like it, for givin' a kind of a roll,

    'E pulled Albert inside the cage with 'im and swallered the little lad - 'ole!

    Now Mother 'ad seen this occurrence and not knowin' what to do next,

    She 'ollered 'Yon lion's et Albert!' An' Father said 'Ee, I am vexed.'

    They complained to an animal keeper who said 'My, wot a nasty mis'ap;

    Are you sure it's your boy 'e's eaten?' Pa said, 'Am I sure? There's 'is cap!'

    The manager 'ad to be sent for; 'E came and 'e said 'Wot's to-do?'

    Ma said 'Yon lion's et Albert, and 'im in 'is Sunday clothes, too!'

    Father said 'Right's right, young feller, I think it's a shame and a sin

    To 'ave our son et by a lion and after we paid to come in.'

    The manager wanted no trouble, he took out his purse right away,

    Sayin' ''Ow much to settle the matter?' Pa said 'Wot do you usually pay?'

    But Mother 'ad turned a bit awkward when she saw where 'er Albert 'ad gone.

    She said 'No, someone's got to be summonsed!' So that was decided upon.

    And off they all went to p'lice station in front of a Magistrate chap;

    They told what 'ad 'appened to Albert and proved it by showing 'is cap.

    The Magistrate gave 'is opinion that no one was really to blame,

    And 'e said that 'e 'oped the Ramsbottoms would 'ave further sons to their name.

    At that Mother got proper blazin' 'And thank you, sir, kindly,' said she-

    'Wot, spend all our lives raisin' children to feed ruddy lions? Not me!'

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