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England Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets, Beggars, Crime and Scams

    London Warnings and Dangers

    So you've packed everything, ticked it all off on a meticulous list and you are ready for an adventure in London. Did you remember to pack some common sense? London is a very safe place but like any other large city it's not immune to theft and criminal activity. Violent crime against tourists is extremely rare but pick-pocketing can problem....

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  • General safety tips

    Newcastle upon Tyne Warnings and Dangers

    No real dangers to speak of. Same as anywhere although police are clamping down on anti social behaviour in town centre.Don`t drink too much or you could find yourself locked up for the night if you are deemed to have had too much and are spoiling it for others.

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  • Crime and Safety

    Manchester Warnings and Dangers

    Avoid the inner city areas of rusholme and moss side like the plague, rusholme in particular is a breading ground for crime , depravity, and Alienation. so as you can imagine the people living here are in a class of thier own, skint and depressed individuals, who only have one mission in life. to make your life HELL!! im a manc so i know what...

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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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  • Dodgy Areas

    Birmingham Warnings and Dangers

    Birmingham is by far and away the worst city the UK has to offer. The city is filthy, uneducated, architecturally desolate, culturally void and inhabited by the most appalling attempt at humanity. The highlights are the Bull Ring and Grand Central which are just tacky monuments to cheap unadulterated concrete jungle consumerism. There are only two...

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  • Local Tides

    Lyme Regis Warnings and Dangers

    If you plan to walk from Lyme to Charmouth, or the other way, check the tide times first. You can easily get cut off by Church Cliffs (just east of Lyme) and there is no escape route as the cliffs are almost sheer. People have died there in the past, so take care. Watch the mudflows from the landslip too ... they can be very deep and will suck you...

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  • Paid Parking

    Truro Warnings and Dangers

    Late afternoon on arrival we thought we would visit the town centre, park the hire car and walk the streets. What a nightmare, one way streets, streets to nowhere, no parking signs, and as we tried to avoid all this we ended up lost and hot under the collar. We eventually sighted a Tesco Store and a large car park owned by Tesco. Into the...

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  • Prince of Wales Pub

    Rickmansworth Warnings and Dangers

    After having visited Rickmansworth on a few occasions previously which were all concerned with the Grand Union Canal which I love, I recently revisited as part of walking the London LOOP, a long-distance trail which circumnavigates the capital. I had visited the nearby Olde Greene Manne pub (see seperate tip on this page) and felt a touch...

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  • Traffic, Driving and Crossing the road

    London Warnings and Dangers

    I've lived in London for a few years and I noticed that some tourists are not as careful as they should be when it comes to..crossing a road!! People drive extremely fast in particular areas and you don't want to be killed, so make sure you always check carefully if there's any vehicles racing and try as much as possible to use the...

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  • Match days

    Newcastle upon Tyne Warnings and Dangers

    Newcastle has, in the past, had a bit of a reputation for being a rough town, but it's probably not as bad as its neighbours, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, and probably much safer now than it used to be. During the daylight hours, in the city centre, it's very safe. It's a party town, though, and after hours things can change. Like any town in...

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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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  • Landslides

    Lyme Regis Warnings and Dangers

    You may want to explore the landslip to the east of Lyme, but take great care. The earth is still moving, and mudflows can trap you and suck you down. Take care even in summer, weather, as the area rarely dries out fully. Remember that all the cliffs along Lyme Bay are unstable, and keep well away from them if the weather has been wet.

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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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  • Bird droppings

    Newcastle upon Tyne Warnings and Dangers

    I nearly put this tip under ‘What to Pack’ because a hat or even umbrella wouldn’t go amiss if you find yourself under the nests of the Tyne Kittiwakes. You could even add earplugs to that list as well. This is particularly relevant when the birds return to the Tyne each spring to nest, which was when I was here on my latest visit. They’re not...

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  • Pigeons

    London Warnings and Dangers

    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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  • Public Transport (not taxis)

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Here is a tip on a little know ruling when using an Oyster card. Its called the minutes rule and Transport for London do little to advertise it. Basically if you are making a journey across London and changing method of transport - say tram to train, or tube to bus etc beware. You must present your Oyster card at a reader within so many minutes of...

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  • Money Matters

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Many Other countries in the world don't charge Commision Rates in the Money exhange transaction but here in The United Kingdom, most Bureau De Change charge a commision fee from 3% to 15% per money exhange transaction, depending on the amount you would exhange and the currency you would exhange into Great Britain Pounds of which the only exception...

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  • Food Vendors

    London Warnings and Dangers

    Do not be tempted into buying hot dogs or burgers from any of the street vendors that plague the West End of London. They are unlicensed and therefore unregulated and the standards of food preparation and hygeine would, quite frankly, make your hair stand on end. I know a number of people who have become very ill after eating from these...

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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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  • Sightseeing

    London Warnings and Dangers

    London is a great city to visit, but perhaps unfortunately you’re not the only person to think so! It is always crowded with tourists, and to make the various sights even busier, sometimes we locals like to go along too! So it’s good if you can to plan ahead and consider what might be the quieter times to visit. Of course it is obvious that...

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  • THEFT MEANS DEATH IN HALIFAX

    The city of Halifax has been granted the right by the Monarch to behead criminals who are confirmed to have stolen goods worth at least 5 pence (10 US cents). 4 Constables (Policemen) must testify to the theft. Fair enough. This is very very real. The beheading is done by this ingenious contraption – the Gibbet. The bad news? They don’t enforce...

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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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