United Kingdom Local Customs

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    Handsworth 'Mummers'
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    Terry Gorman Picture of 'Coles Corner'
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United Kingdom Local Customs

  • Eating / Drinking

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    When I told one of my friends I was going to Edinburgh, he said "You must try haggis!" I asked him what it was, but he told me (ironically) that I'd better just ordered it in a restaurant in Edinburgh. I looked the meaning up in the Longman dictionary, which read: "haggis: a food eaten in Scotland, made from the heart and other organs of a sheep...

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  • Rangers/Celtic

    Glasgow Local Customs

    Football violence - between the fans of 2 teams' supporters - is not limited to Glasgow on the odd occasion when it happens. It happens in every city in Europe. All of these comments are blowing it way out of context and are completely giving the wrong impression. It is a much bigger problem in England. Get over it everybody who keeps commenting on...

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  • Geordie - language

    Newcastle upon Tyne Local Customs

    Perhaps more than any other in the country, the Geordie dialect can seem impenetrable to a non-Geordie, (a Geordie being a native of Newcastle). The differences between this and standard English fall into three main groups: - words that are pronounced differently - words that are unique to Geordie - words that are used differently, i.e. in...

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  • Pronunciation

    Oxford Local Customs

    Oxford has some intuition-defying pronunciations. If you really want to sound like a native you'll have to say Bay-lee-ill for Balliol (college), Bod-lee-inn for Bodleian (library), Maud-Lynn for Magdalen (College & Street), Wuuster for Worcester (College).

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  • English Pubs

    York Local Customs

    While people generally know pubs because of the beer, they are inexpensive places to eat. There is an asociation called CAMRA who works to preserve old pubs and after buying their guide I visited Royal Oak and The Blue Bell which are 2 outstanding pubs with beautiful original decoration. Another one Ive been recommended was The Maltings which is a...

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  • Belfast Pubs

    Belfast Local Customs

    It is a tradition that the School's Rugby Cup Final is held on St. Patrick's Day. In 2005 the finalists were Royal Belfast Academical Institution and their regular combatants Methodist College Belfast. Despite a 10-0 score line in MCB's favour at half-time, RBAI came out fighting in the second half to peg the boys in blue to a ten point tally and...

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  • Miscellaneous

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    In Leith there is a monument to the whalers, showing a harpoon that was used to hunt whales. This want to remember that they used the fat of whales to illuminate the lighthouse which guided the sailors En Leith hay un monumento a los balleneros , que tienen un arpón de los que se usaban para cazar ballenas Con ello quieren recordar que...

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  • Local people/language

    Glasgow Local Customs

    The presence of 43 university departments of Scots language in German Universities as opposed to zero in English universities somewhat shows up the inequalities of the United Kingdom.Glasgow University has always had its Scots language dept as well as its history dept. and this institution has for centuries been a torch bearer in the...

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  • beer...beer..beer

    Newcastle upon Tyne Local Customs

    Newcastle Brown Ale is the best known beer from Newcastle. It's been brewed in the city since the 1920s and it's famous blue star logo has been there since the start. It’s available on draught, in bottle and in cans though the bottled version seemed the most common in the pubs we visited in Newcastle. I had never tried it before my visit to the...

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  • May Day

    Oxford Local Customs

    May Morning is one of Oxford's most popular celebrations. Very many Oxonians (and tourists) party the whole night through only to gather on Magdalen Bridge at the unchristian time of 5.30am. The bridge is horribly crowded, every second person is drunk or stoned, some esoterics are carrying a huge paper sun labelled "Happy May Day, Oxford!"... And...

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  • Fish and Chips

    York Local Customs

    Britains most popular hot take away meal is Fish and Chips. This tasty combination is usually eaten with salt and vinegar; in Scotland sometimes with a special brown sauce. The favourite fish is Cod, followed by Haddock and Plaice. Prices are about 1 GBP for the Chips and about 2,50 GBP for the Fish.

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  • Music Festivals

    Belfast Local Customs

    Every day on Royal Avenue, you will see street entertainers, who are always fun to see. There is the bagpiper player, who is practically part of the scenery every Saturday now! This pic is of two Salsa dancers in front of Tesco Metro on Royal Avenue back in April 2004.

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  • Men In Kilts

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    now you can't come to Scotland and not try the nation's second favourite drink - Irn Bru (Iron Brew). it's made fae girders (not really but it's supposed to give you super human powers - just like this piper has .... hmmm)

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  • Weather

    Glasgow Local Customs

    Scotland, while very scenic is famous for the weather being unpredictable. It can change very fast in a short space of time, especially in mountain and sea areas. When packing, always best to ensure for all types of weather. During the summer months, the hours of daylight are long and it may not get dark until after 11pm.

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  • girls...girls...girls

    Newcastle upon Tyne Local Customs

    You may notice when you visit Newcastle that there is the occasional coat shop....This is for Tourists only who think Newcastle is cold.... All year round in Newcastle on a night time you will see that nobody wears coats and it is deemed downright silly to even think of wearing one... Even the women go out with the shortest of skirts and the...

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  • Punting

    Oxford Local Customs

    Punting is a very popular passtime, particularly in the summer. I think punting is exclusive to Oxford & Cambridge - I've never seen it elsewhere. It's a lot more difficult than it looks - have a look at my punting travelogue for more...

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  • Driving

    Belfast Local Customs

    If you are travelling to Belfast from Dublin or other city in Republic of Ireland you need known that meazurement units change from Kilometer to Miles and meters to yards, and the signs about distances are different in the same road when you cross the border.

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  • Festival, Tattoo, Hogmanay, Etc.

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Before the festival begins, there is a Cavalcade of floats advertising the participants. It was not advertised because of security,but we heard from a friend and made our way to Prince's Street down which the parade would drive. There were already people waiting at noon, though the parade was due to start at 2.30pm. We grabbed good positions near...

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  • Bagpipes

    Glasgow Local Customs

    On a warm sunny day's walkabout around Glasgow's west end, and with the World Pipe Band Championships due to take place next weekend, at Glasgow Green, I diverted my explorations into the park, not only to see what's new but also to listen to the pipes and drums....... The park always looks at its best in August, when all the trees have...

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  • Rowing

    Oxford Local Customs

    Rowing is one of the most popular sports at Oxford, and amongst the colleges the competition is fierce. Whilst the drawbacks of rowing are all too obvious - early starts at 6am, training 7 days a week, early nights, cutting back on study and/or a social life, and counting calories (in some cases), there is something about the sport that continues...

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  • Viewing murals.

    Belfast Local Customs

    It has recently become popular to visit areas of Belfast where there are murals painted on the gable ends of rows of houses. Some of these areas can be fairly rough areas and should really be avoided, especially in July or when there is civil unrest. The local people feel they live in a zoo when visitors come to gawk at them and photograph their...

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  • Money

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    If you reside outside of the European Union, you will most likely be able to claim back the VAT (value added tax 17.5%) you have paid. Make sure you keep all your receipts. Some shops, selling more expensive goods, operate a scheme for overseas visitors outside the European Union, to sell to you without VAT at the time of buying.

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  • New Year/Hogmanay

    Glasgow Local Customs

    This picture is of fireworks at midnight at George's Square. The Scots really enjoy New Year (Hogmany) and have some of the world's largest parties. It is considered that the first person over the threshold on Hogmany brings luck (especially if they are tall dark and handsome (some chance!!) not many tall Scotsmen let me tell you!. Warning do not...

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  • Art & Culture

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Edinburgh has along history of being often at the centre of Scottish art and literary activity - in more modern times film and television have also become apart of the city and the area around it. Many fictional characters have been turned in film and television. On a visit to Edinburgh I encountered this first hand! The photographs show the...

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  • Tips For Travellers

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Bus 35 will also get you into the center of Edinburgh at £1.20 instead of £3.50 the Airlink charges. Both buses can be found at their respective stops right outside the airport doors. Also, consider buying a day pass which allows for unlimited travel on the buses for one day for only £3.00. Finally, be sure to have the exact amount as no change is...

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  • Shopping

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Instead of going out, we opted to prepare food for ourselves with wholesome organic chicken, fresh vegetables and cheese. It's open every Saturday 2am til 2pm. First Saturday every month, slow food cooking demos for...

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  • Accent

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Very helpful indeed. aboot - about auld - old bairn - child ben - mountain bonnie - beautiful brae - slope braw - fine cock-a-leekie - chicken and leek soup coo - cow dae - do deid - dead doon - down eejit - idiot efter - after frae - from frein - friend Glaswegian (Weegie) - of/from Glasgow glen - valley gowk - fool greet - weep guid - good hae...

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  • Buildings Etc

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Castle Rock is where Edinburgh began. Much damaged and often changing hands in the long and punishing wars of independence against England, Edinburgh Castle began to assume its present appearance in 1356. In the fifteenth century King James III began using the Castle as an ordnance factory - which must have dramatically reduced its desirability as...

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  • Tours Etc

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    A stopover at the famous CAITHNESS GLASS FACTORY at PERTH proved to be very fruitful for me. I managed to buy a very special piece (engraved & personalised) for my cousin, Irene's wedding. The Caithness Glass Story: * Opened its first factory in Wick in 1961. * Regarded as one of the foremost makers of handmade glass & introduced engraved...

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  • UK Passport...

    The British passport is issued to anybody resident within the United Kingdom 0f Great Britain & Northern Island, & is valid for 10 years...The British passport was originally introduced in 1920, in a blue-cover; in 1998 the design was replaced with the current burgundy cover, but retained the 32-page format...The British Passport has become more...

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  • Follies...

    A folly is a building with no actual purpose, built for its ornamental value alone, typically in the grounds of stately homes & parks...It should not be surprising then, that there are many such of these ornamental structures to be found throughout the British Isles...Most follies were constructed during the 18th Century, but their...

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  • FREE FOOD!

    You do not have to be a 'freegan' or a 'survivalist', in order to enjoy a free dinner in Britain!Free food is all over the place, depending on season - all you need is the initiative & energy in order to go & gather it...1 of the things that embarasses me most about my own country is the laziness of my own race in doing this, because it mostly...

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  • Peafowl...

    An extraordinary feature of the British countryside is the number of non-native species which have not only managed to survive in the wild, but have actually thrived far from where they evolved...These creatures lend an extra dash of colour to the British countryside, & most especially so, those immigrants from India; Muntjac Deer; Pheasant; &...

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  • It's Behind You!

    One of the most colourful characters that features in a traditional pantomime is the much loved pantomime dame. A man in heavy make-up, consisting of sequins, fake eyelashes and glitter, wearing an outrageous costume, complete with high heels, stripy stockings and a large elaborate wig, has long been part of this all singing, dancing, comic festive...

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  • The Day After Christmas.

    The origins of Boxing Day, 26 December, are unknown, but from the Middle Ages onwards, it was traditionally the day when householders gave money in earthenware Christmas 'boxes' to their servants and tradesmen. Food left over from the previous days Christmas meal and small gifts were given to employees and tenants by the householder during the...

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  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

    Most of us are familiar with traditional Christmas fare such as roast turkey and mince pies, but the reasons why they have become associated with Christmas time have, for the most part, been forgotten.Mince pies first made their appearance in Britain during the thirteenth century. They were made from actual meat, rather than the sweet mincemeat we...

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  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

    The origins of carol singing date back to pagan times. Songs, accompanied by the 'round dance'. a folk dance which involved participants dancing together in a large circle, were performed at pagan festivals throughout the year, especially at harvest time.The first carols specifically about Christmas first appeared in 1426, with 'wassailer's, the...

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  • Deck the Halls.

    Whether it be real or artificial, large or small, the custom of having a Christmas tree in the home during the festive season is rather a recent one.The practise of decorating the home during midwinter in an ancient tradition. The Romans used seasonal foliage to decorate their houses, while pagans used evergreen boughs such as box, fir laurel and...

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  • The Full Monty.

    A plateful of fried bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and fried bread, with possible some black pudding and a helping of baked beans, served with a couple of rounds of toast, all washed down with a mug of hot tea, the Great British Fry Up' is considered something of a national dish in the UK.Also known as the 'Full English or 'Full Monty', the...

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  • If You Want to Get Ahead ...Get a Hat!

    A city banker or stockbroker with a bowler hat sitting neatly on his head and a newspaper and rolled umbrella under his arm was once a familiar sight on the streets of London. The bowler hat has always been associated with professional occupations, but was in fact, invented for a very special purpose.In the year 1849, a politician called Edward...

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  • Lest We Forget.

    After four years of conflict the First World War finally ended with the signing of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany, and on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, on the Western Front the guns fell silent.Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, has been commemorated on 11 November since 1919, although official...

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  • Don't Shoot the Messenger!

    They cry of 'Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!' was once a familiar sound heard the length and breadth of Britain, as the town criers brought official notices and up to date news to their respective communities.Town crying has its origins in ancient Greece and the practise was brought to British shores by the Normans during the Norman invasions. The word 'oyez'...

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  • Christmas Lights...

    During November, some British people are in the habit of covering their entire house & garden, with coloured lights & ornaments...Some of the decorating done might be described as 0ver-the-top, with every space available - windows, walls, roof, & chimney, if there is 1, used to display the increasingly elaborate seasonal decorations on the...

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  • The Lord Mayor's Show.

    The oldest civic procession in the world, the Lord Mayor's Show is held in London every November to celebrate the election of London's new mayor.With its marching bands, floats, horse-drawn coaches and a spectacular firework display on the Thames Embankment, the Lord Mayor Show attracts thousands of spectators from all over the world along its...

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  • Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

    When Guido ('Guy') Fawkes was caught and arrested for guarding a stash of gunpowder destined to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London and assassinate King James I on 5 November 1605, little did he know that his part in the 'Gunpowder Plot' would still be celebrated today.The Gunpowder Plot was the brainchild of a group of Catholic sympathisers...

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