Local traditions and culture in United Kingdom

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  • Lots of different accents -...

    by SusanneBeck Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Lots of different accents - some nice, some awful, and some so hilariously funny! There's the london cockney accent that ya can 'ear in the bleedin' popular tv programme, eastenders. Also de sound Tay Town (liverpool) accent - there's nowt like it! If ye want tae heor a hinny accent, gan tae The Toon, wheor ye gan heor the sexy geordie accent. If thee want ta 'ear summa' rate english, listen ta t' Yorksha accent. Also, don't forget the brummie accent of the grate city of birmingham. Dinnae miss e' scottish accent either . Finally, listen out for the royalty type old beans who speak well spoken murdah this. Absolutely top hole - I have to say.

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    The United Kingdom? - Visitors...

    by joecooper Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The United Kingdom? - Visitors sometimes do not understand what exactly the UNITED KINGDOM is. This may sound obvious, but you may even be wrong yourself (That includes the British)! Take a look at my travelogue United Kingdom - what does it mean? for full details.

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    Rude Boyz - In mostest English...

    by joecooper Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Rude Boyz - In mostest English cities yous can check people known as 'Rude Boyz'. Dey is usually of Asjun or Afrikun background but dey can also be white. Dey listun to ip-op tunes, drive second 'and beemers, own about 50 pairs of trainers and wear stupid baggy tracksuits.
    Dey is usually a bit thick innit? Ali G is a comic characta played by an Oxford graduate who pretends to be a Rude Boy of de white variety - claimin e is black. If yous check any real rude boyz, don't laugh at them cuz de will not be chilled. If yous need elp understandin dem, use dis translata innit? Boyakashak!

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    Legal Ages. So, how old do I...

    by joecooper Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Legal Ages. So, how old do I have to be to:
    Drink alcohol? 8 in a private house, 14 in a pub with a meal, 18 in all other circumstances. Buy alcohol? 18. Smoke tobacco? 2 in a private home (I'm not joking!), 16 in all other circumstances. Buy tobacco? 16. Play the lottery? 16. Gamble in any other manner? 18. Get into a club? 18 minimum with 21, 25 and 30 being common for certain clubs or nights. Have hetrosexual intercourse? 16. Have homosexual intercourse? 18. Buy glue? 16. Buy matches? 16. Buy cigarette papers? 16.

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    Smoking - Smokers may find...

    by joecooper Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Smoking - Smokers may find themselves a little more restricted as to what they are used to. Smoking is becoming less and less socially acceptable. The USA (particularly California) is known for ity's strict smoking rules and the UK is probably the 2nd least tolerant country after there. There are no-smoking areas in almost all restaurants and even some pubs. The Weatherspoon's chain of pubs actaully have smoking areas and there is no smoking at the bar. You have to be 16 to buy cigarettes in the UK although there are calls for this to be raised to 18. It is common place to see kids smoking still, just like this little blighter!

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    British English In the UK we...

    by joecooper Written Aug 25, 2002

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    British English In the UK we use BRITISH ENGLISH. That is, we have slightly different rules to the rest of the English speaking world when it comes to spelling and sentace construction. Most people learn 'Standardised English' or 'Global English' which is basically American English which has been renamed to justify itself! This is very annoying to British people. Although we can accept the use of 'Global English' as making it simpler for non-English speakers to learn, it gets on our teats when used in our own country. See my travelogue for a whole list of examples, greater explanation and links!

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    Britain is the last place in...

    by MartinR Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Britain is the last place in Europe not to use the metric system of measuring. Despite European Law now outlawing the use of the imperial system you will never hear a briton use the word Kilo, Meter, or litre. The pound, yard and pint still rule

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    In the uk people like to queue...

    by MartinR Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In the uk people like to queue (stand in line). You can burn our flag, rubbish the queen or urinate on the house's of parliment, and people will just shrug it off, but pushing into a queue will at best lead to arguments at worst Well........................

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    for me, london = wimbledon =...

    by husain Written Aug 25, 2002

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    for me, london = wimbledon = tennis. if you are a lover of the game, u must visit the AELTC and Tennis museum at wimbledon.
    More Info: take the district line on the tube to the southshields tube station, and then its a 10 minute walk from there.
    The museum also has an interesting Souvenir shop.

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    TIC TIC TIC

    by LarsLous Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Something I must tell you absolutely is : in the United Kingdom, you have in most places Tourist Information Centers (TIC). In here, you get every help and information you need, whatever it might be.
    I really want to thank those people, because without the staff in the TIC, we would have had much more problems on our travels.

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    Learn how to queue!! We Brits...

    by StirCrazy Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Learn how to queue!! We Brits like to think we are polite and orderly, if not exactly patient. Whether it's waiting for the bus, to be served in a shop or to get on the escalator, remember it's not survival of the fittest in the UK but 'first come, first served'. Push to the front and you may hear no complaints, but rest assured there will be icy and indignant stares boring into the back of your neck!!!

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    The English have a reputation...

    by Jaybers Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The English have a reputation for being reserved and for having an impenetrable sense of humour. This can often be true - the average (particularly older, upper class) Englishman (and this is a sweeping generalisation) is not as loud as the average American. As a race we tend to grumble and smile through our teeth rather than complain, snipe behind backs rather than insult to peoples faces and, yes, we tend to enjoy a whitty quip more than a pie in the face. That being said, none of this means that the English aren't warm, friendly and charming and the younger generations are much less inhibited (perhaps due to the influence of American TV).

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    Be warned - the English are,...

    by Jaybers Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Be warned - the English are, on the whole, not gifted linguists. Language education in schools is nothing like as extensive as on the continent, with the result that most have a few words of French/German and/or Spanish which they have probably forgotten.

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    Great Britain General Information

    by Ash59 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Great Britain, the dominant industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface.

    As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, a founding member of NATO, and of the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy; it currently is weighing the degree of its integration with continental Europe. A member of the EU, it chose to remain outside of the European Monetary Union for the time being. Constitutional reform is also a significant issue in the UK. Regional assemblies with varying degrees of power opened in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in 1999.

    Maritime power

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    Tipping

    by Ash59 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    You should give a tip in a restaurant, cafe or coffee shop for good service, where the sevice is provided by someone taking your order at the table and then bringing the meal to you. Normally, the tip is between 10 & 15% according to service given, unless it is already added to the bill. If something is added to the bill (it will be shown as a seperate item), if you did not get the service that you think that you were due, you have every right to not pay a tip.

    There are one or two exceptions to the tips rule. Basically, if you pay before receiving the meal, then you are not expected to pay a tip, although there may be a tips box near the till, should you wish to do so.

    Most taxi drivers expect a tip, although it is not a right. There is no set rule as to how much to give them.

    Most people, especially in the larger towns and cities, are usually quite cool towards other people and rarely pass a greeting to a stranger in the streets. They are not being rude, it is just our way until we get to know someone. If you are in the countryside or villages, the attitude changes and you will find a more friendlier atmosphere.

    Food, Glorious Food!

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