The locals have an accent and vocabulary which will baffle outsiders, and foreigners in particular.
When I went to Uni there, it took me about 3 weeks to get the hang of it (in spite of my mum being from the city, and us visiting regularly when we were young).
The only comparison I can think of is the difference between French as spoken in Paris, and what you hear in a village in the south west.
Good luck - that's the only advice I can offer!
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Up to you...
Coming to Aberdeen I was told (by several people, even locals) to avoid two areas at night: the docks and Seaton Park. The harbor area is supposed to be a no-go at night (especially for women), but I don't think this shoud be taken as a general advice for everyone. You can be mugged (or not) in every bigger city, so I reckon it is just more likely to happen there...
Seaton Park has no electricity and therefore no lights at night, again this can't be taken generally as no-go area, just bear in mind that it's safer to cross it in a group.
Be Careful what you take a picture of!!
I caught sight of Aberdeen Arts Centre reflected in the building while looking at Marischal College accross the street - not realising the bigger building is Aberdeen Police Headquarters - sorry Officers didn't mean to include you with the Arty Set!!
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Deep fried Mars Bar/Pizza!
Don't ever consider eating a Scotch meat Pie, deep fried pizza/Mars Bar or a maccaroni pie.....! Not the best food that the north has ever come up with - no wonder Scotland has the highest CHD rate in Europe. Sorry to all you people out there that enjoy them!!!
'Blazing' Men On Streets Of Aberdeen
When someone says that they're 'blazing' around here, they're drunk.
And they do love their booze around here (you name it - whisky, beer, etc.). Even in high noon you can find 'blazing men' traipsing along the streets.
Occasionally they'll approach you & talk to you. Usually it's harmless, but sometimes they can be rude or explicit (especially to SYTs - 'Sweet Young Things' when in their 'blazing' state, they have an enormous courage in chatting up ladies at bus-stops, waiting at traffic lights, & trying to get them home with them). If they get ignored when talking to someone, they can get rather annoyed and abusive sometimes (mostly verbally though, but rare cases sees physical violence).
Just a note of warning when faced with such situations - just be nonchalant about it & courteous with any responses (don't get too friendly but don't snub the 'blazing men' off).
For some of you, acting like you don't understand or can't speak English can help (with my oriental, chinese looks, I put on a heavy chinese accent and go like, "oh, so-lly, me no speek a E-ing-e-leesh ah" - it works everytime everywhere I go) ;-)
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This picture shows wreckage...
This picture shows wreckage being recovered.....
IT MADE ME FEEL SICK AND THINK OF THE POOR MEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES !
The official report on the accident condluded that there was a failure of the aircraft's gear wheel and it was critical of the manufacturers, Boeing of America. Boeing have disputed the conclusion of the official enquiry.
The disaster effectively grounded the fleet of three Chinook helicopters operated by British International Helicopters from Aberdeen airport and they did not carry passengers again.
Early in 1989 they were sold to Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Forty-five crew and oilrig...
Forty-five crew and oilrig workers died
when a giant Chinook helicopter,
on a 135-mile shuttle flight from the Brent oilfield,
crashed into the sea off Sumburg head, Shetland,
a few miles short of its destination:
there were just two survivors.
I did this trip many times and feel lucky it was not me that got killed in this crash.
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