England Warnings and Dangers

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England Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets, Beggars, Crime and Scams

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Just returned from a weekend in London. Although we felt reasonable safe most of the time - in the areas crowded with people please keep an eye on your belongings! We were watching a street performance by the London Eye when my husband saw how a bloke in front of us took a phone from the lady's handbag... he stopped him in the same second and told...

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  • Crime and Safety

    Manchester Warnings and Dangers

    This car hire company took £750 from an deposit for a few minor scuff marks. They ask you to authorise credit cards with tour pin code on collection.Then invent ways to not refund deposits. AVOID THIS COMPANY OR REGRET IT!

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  • Dodgy Areas

    Birmingham Warnings and Dangers

    I’m a guy in his mid-twenties who has lived and worked in Birmingham all his life. From pubs to offices I’ve seen it all as well as being well travelled throughout the UK and various other counties. I’ve been mugged once as a young teenager in Birmingham and attempted mugged 3 times. Twice in other cities and once here. The opportunist thinks that...

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  • Punting

    Cambridge Warnings and Dangers

    Getting in and out of the punt wasn't as tricky as you might think, we didn't wobble much at all and I don't think we were in danger of tipping over. But as we were sitting in the punt, Donna's sunglasses fell in the river, fast reflexes prevailed and Donna was able to retrieve them. Not so lucky was Joy who's cellphone went overboard as she was...

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  • Traffic, Driving and Crossing the road

    London Warnings and Dangers

    If you drive a car into central London (see map) or hire a car, then you are liable to pay Uncle Ken's congestion charge (even if buffon Boris runs the place these days). It operates Monday-Friday in the day and costs TEN QUID a day. (7AM - 6PM) There are several ways of paying it - so look at the listed website. Some car hire companies like...

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  • Rising Bollards

    Cambridge Warnings and Dangers

    In preparation for my journey to Cambridge, I did review all of the tips on VT's Cambridge travel page. The "warning or danger" category only had two entries: punting and rising bollards. I had to read more about both as I thought punting is what the Dallas Cowboys do on fourth down and had absolutely no idea what a rising bollard is. Rising...

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  • Taxis

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Single females should NEVER take unlicensed mini-cabs. Check the GLA website advice regarding taxis, and minicabs. They also provide a phone number listing licensed cab firms in your area: "You can text HOME to 60835 and receive the numbers of licensed minicab and black cab firms in the area you are texting from. This service - the first of its...

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  • Pigeons

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Im not usually in the city centre at lunch time to be one of the lunchers said to usually be at risk of bombarding pigeons (though have once had the unfortunate experience of being in the tragectory of a malicious seagull at Brighton)...but it does pay to keep your observation skills on alert when in areas known for pigeon over-population.....and...

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  • Public Transport (not taxis)

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Catching a bus in London is easy - good information at the bus stops and recorded announcements once you are on the bus to say where it is going and what the next stop will be. That is until you get on one of the new three door buses in the evening as we did (18/3/14) - through the day these new buses have a conductor who presumably shouts out...

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  • Money Matters

    London Warnings and Dangers

    I had ordered my money from the bank before travelling over to London. I had asked many other questions - for example how much money to have on hand before I started to withdraw from the ATM. I ordered my chosen amount and the bank gave me 50£ notes. I was informed very few places accept the 50£ notes due to so much counterfeiting I must have...

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  • Food Vendors

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Just a wee bit of a problem for us yanks, seems as though most of the pubs have great beer and even the fish & chips are decent, but the tartar sauce is served warm and it could be off. I should have asked how long ago the tartar sauce was made, or perhaps just used a squeeze of lemon. I spent a full day, recovering. When eating anything warm,...

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  • Parking

    London Warnings and Dangers

    It is becoming more and more difficult to park in London as there are many restrictions. Be careful where you park as many places are reserved for residents. Make sure that you purchase a ticket from the machine and display it properly. Should you use a parking meter you must leave the parking space before the time runs out, and you are not allowed...

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  • The English Cuppa...

    1 of the great benefits of travelling outside my own country, is that suddenly the tea not only becomes drinkable, but is actually a delight to taste...From Sweden to Ukraine, I could write eulogies to the piquant local brews available, (& in Ukraine, even on the inter-city buses, the tea is top quality, & served by an alluring hostess, not that...

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  • HEDGE'S

    If you are driving the backroad's around Kent and Sussex, be aware that the road's are narrow, which is not a real big problem, the main problem is not be able to see the scenery because of the high Hedge's.We found we drove for mile's and mile's, seeing nothing, until we emerged in a Town.Luckily, not all of England is like this, and in other...

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  • Road works

    "When encountering road works, stay in lane, slow to a safe speed, and pray you'll emerge this side of Christmas. If the road works are taking place at Christmas, pray you'll emerge this side of eternity"- Top Gear Overall, driving is probably the most convenient way to get around in England, especially if you're into more off-the-beaten-track...

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  • Dock leaves cure nettles' itching

    Walking along the towpaths of the canals of England is wonderful, but beware of the stinging nettles. Fortunately, the use of dock leaves is indeed an absolute cure for the terrible itching. They have large leaves and always seem to grow near the stinging nettles, as though God had planned it as a way to ease the travelers' pain. The benign looking...

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  • Airport body scanners - UK No Opt Out

    Hello all I’ve created this thread to share information with you regarding your rights and the security body scanners currently being trialled in 3 UK airports.I hope this information helps you to make an informed choice when booking your flights.The 3 airports in the UK trialling back scatter technology body scanners* are Manchester International,...

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  • DO NOT FEED THE PIGEONS !

    Three human diseases are known to be associated with pigeon droppings: Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, and Psittacosis. They all result in years of unimaginable pain and then death. There are no known medicines to alleviate the pain or prolong life. OK. Only the names of the diseases are true, but do you want to contract anything you cannot...

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  • Giant Hogweed

    We are lucky to have few dangerous plants or animals in the UK, but it is worth being aware of Giant Hogweed, especially if you have children.It isn't native. It was introduced as a garden plant in the 1800s and gradually spread across the country. It especially likes riversides, which is where I took the photo (the hogweed is the white...

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  • Snow.....oh no!!!

    Despite what you may think from Hollywood, Charles Dickens and 'olde Englande' Christmas cards, heavy falls of snow are really not very common in much of England.On the high ground (e.g the Pennines, the Lake District, Northumberland), yes.....but from the Midlands southwards heavy snow lying for more than a few hours is not a usual part of our...

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  • Drunken disorderly

    Some cities in England can be overrun with lots of drunken people on Friday/Saturday nights. It has become more and more of a problem over the years. Social drinking is an integral part of English culture and numerous people have a problem knowing when to stop. Watch out for the young men who take a leak in the street.

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  • The road works at Stow-ono-the-Wold

    We must have driven through Stow every day of our stay in the Cotswolds area (it seems to be tricky to avoid this little place) and whilst we loved the town we didn't like being stuck in the traffic hold ups due to road works.

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  • On the road

    Whether driving, cycling or simply crossing the road as a pedestrian, it is crucial that you remember that in England we drive on the left! If you are accustomed to driving on the right this will take some getting used to, especially if you’ve brought your own left-hand drive car on holiday with you. Be especially careful at junctions, where a...

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  • DO NOT SLOW DOWN FOR SCHOOLS

    Shocking? You don’t know the half of it! Yes. That is a picture of a School Sign you would find along the busy road. It does not tell you to slow down or stop. There are NO signs that tell you to slow down or stop or even caution around a school here. There are NO reduced speed zones in front of any school. There are no flashing lights – nothing....

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  • HEDGEHOG KILLERS !!!!

    This is a Reliant Robin. Yes it is a car. Yes it is a car with 3 wheels. Invented in the 1970’s this odd little vehicle has a reputation for killing small, cute, little hedgehogs. Just think about it. With a 4-wheeled car Mr. Hedgehog may actually be passed OVER by the car instead of squished into road pizza by the tyres. Mr. Hedgehog doesn’t stand...

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  • YOU MUST STOP THE HORROR !

    THIS TIP IS NOT FOR THE SQUEMISH! Yes, these are pictures of a PUB that has closed. I don’t mean for the night. I mean FOREVER! Oh – the humanity! Over 50 Pubs a year shut here. Just look at these gruesome photos. The opening hours sign doesn’t have any opening hours. Those are solid steel mesh screens up on every door and window. Can this terrible...

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  • 'Wild camping'

    Wild camping (that is, setting up a tent or parking a camper van wherever you feel like it) is not actually legal in the UK, although it may be tolerated. Every bit of Britain is owned by some individual or some organisation (quite often the Royal family or the aristocracy!). According to the strict letter of the law permission must be obtained...

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  • BAD BRITISH PLUMBING NO. 3

    OK! Can anyone see the potential health issue here in the Gent’s toilet? For some reason builders in this country want men to stand as humanly possible to other men when they use the urinal. No cubicle, no small walls, no space. Then just to take the absolute **** they do something like this. I really did not want to wash my hands after using this...

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  • BAD BRITISH PLUMBING NO. 2

    I have no doubt that when water taps were first invented they had separate taps like these. Not only are they still made like that here, they are all too common. So what’s the problem? Well one is hot and one is cold. You are supposed to put the plug in the sink and mix the water together to wash you hands. Now where does it all go wrong? Well for...

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  • BAD BRITISH PLUMBING NO. 1

    Does this sink look a little small? Of course it does. You really couldn’t actually get full sized adult hands into it. Then it gets worse. Much much worse. You see the twisty water control? Well to get hot water you have to turn the stupid thing ALL THE WAY AROUND. This means that the water comes out with immense pressure, lands inside the...

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  • Expensive travel

    Buses or coaches are cheaper than train travel, but bargains can be had, just needs time to find, always ask for the budget deals.use a daily, weekly travel card for value.Be careful of cancelled trains and avoid rush hours which occur in other places as well as cities.

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  • The worst Chinese takeaway in England.

    I'll tell you that it is located in Hastings and that it is near the Morrison's supermarket. I will say no more about location as I don't want to be sued for libel.I made the following observations which hopefully paint a picture :Menu for an awful Chinese takeway.1. Produce a badly printed menu on tatty cardboard with various crossings out and new...

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  • Monkeys in Safari parks

    England has a number of great stately homes that have tried to raise much needed cash by converting their extensive grounds into Safari parks. Longleat and Woburn are good examples..The Safari park at Longleat (the first in the developed world) features a drive through a number of enclosures. A by-pass is provided for the monkey enclosure, although...

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  • Dog Walking - Bag it and Bin it

    The English have a reputation as a “Nation of Dog Lovers”, and dogs have played their role in English life for centuries, either as workers, company for the old or sick, or as loyal family pets. They have also accompanied our Royal Family over the years and Queen Elizabeth II has her pack of faithful corgis.There is however an unfortunate side...

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  • Overpriced rubbish at theme parks.

    Any tourist attraction in the UK, especially those aimed at children have to compete hard in terms of entry price. It is not surprising therefore that they try to widen their profit margin in other areas. This invariably means that the catering put on in theme parks, zoos and the like is overpriced, unhealthy rubbish. Of course, many attraction may...

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  • SPEED CAMERAS !

    Speed Cameras are evil. There is no reasoning with them and they do work, all too effectively. There are about 6,000 speed cameras on UK roads – and the numbers are growing. They are both fixed and mobile. At the very least you usually do get a waning sign. If you do see a camera sign, SLOW DOWN! Below are the different types of mechanical beasts...

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  • Traffic , traffic and more traffic

    Despite being one of the most crowded nations on planet earth, England has never really got around to building a decent modern transport network. The Romans had a fair go, and I've included a map of their efforts, as it is still about as much use as a modern map when you take into account all the congestion. Apart from hiring a car with a fancy GPS...

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  • Minicabs

    There are about 50,000 minicabs in London, apparantly. The government are beginning to bring in regulations, but it is likely to remain the preserve of some very dodgy characters for some time to come. Many are legal and perfectlty fine, just follow these rules. Elsewhere in the country the difference is not always as clear - and minicabs might be...

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  • Public toilets...

    It is an almost unbelieveable fact that you can be fined Five Thousand pounds or spend six months in jail, for placing advertising in an telephone box. Despite this threat some 13 Million "Tart cards" are placed in London's phone boxes annually. They are alot less common in other cities, but you still see them about.The history of them in fact goes...

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  • Beware of monsters on the shore at...

    Canvey Island, EssexBe careful about what you might find washed up on the shoreline...this one should have made the X-files !Back in 1954, a rather mysterious and ugly reddish-brown creature in a decomposed state was washed up on Canvey Island. It was said to be some form of marine life, with protruding eyes standing about two and a half feet tall....

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  • 1066 and all that

    I had always imagined that Hastings would be a rather pleasant place to visit, south coast resort with a pier and tons of history.No a bit of it. The actual battle that means the town is known the world over actually took place about 10 miles away at a place now called 'Battle' (now I wonder why it is called ?)The town itself does have a castle,...

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  • Fog

    Driving in England is not always the greatest. The roads are not well kept, you compete with large transport trucks (lorries) or farm equipment-tractors and the like, if you miss your exit it is possible that you will be go way out of your way to find another way back, and there is always the potential for weather to creep up on you. In the Fen...

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  • La conduite à gauche

    On a beau le savoir que les Anglais conduisent à gauche, mais quand on traverse la rue les réflexes reviennent tout de suite. Alors, faites très attention avant de traverser la rue! J'ai failli me faire frapper 2 ou 3 fois. Après je regardais toujours droite-gauche-droite-gauche-droite-gauche à n'en plus finir... Alors attention!

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  • Why two taps?

    Well, I did saw such also in Finland, but in very old house, so why the hell in England they still use this way even in newer or renovated houses? Either you freeze or burn your hands in this system.

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  • Tanks!

    This little warning is something that really came as a surprise to me. When you approach Stonehenge by road, there are tanks all ove the place. And you will also hear the loud booming of practice fire. It seems there is a military base of some sort nearby. Just an FYI.

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