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

  • Harrods

    London Local Customs

    in the very charming distrit, in london city. The luxury shop par excellence of London. Just arrive here in the season of discounts. It is well worth exploring all the floors. In decoration is present trends.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bristol Castle Locomotive

    Bristol Local Customs

    GWR 7013 Castle Class The Castle class locomotives were a group of 4-6-0 steam locomotives built by the Great Western Railway. When introduced the Castle Class were heralded as Britain’s most powerful express passenger locomotive, Bristol Castle (Lot 367 : 7008-27) was built at the Swindon Works and made its debut in July 1948, the locomotive...

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  • Weighing the Mayor

    High Wycombe Local Customs

    On the third Saturday of May, the incoming and outgoing Mayors, along with the Mayoresses (or Mayors' consorts) are weighed at a public ceremony in the town centre. Wycombe is the only town in the country to have this custom. The story goes that Queen Elizabeth I stayed in Wycombe (why not - she is said to have stayed everywhere else!) and...

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  • Salisbury Cathedral

    Salisbury Local Customs

    I wanted to see the Salisbury cathedral (which is sort of on the way back to the house our daughter is renting in Cheltenham) because I remembered studying paintings of it when I was in school. I had taken Bob to see the two paintings of it by Constable at the National Gallery while we were in London. Constable painted several of this cathedral...

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  • July – Leamington Carnival

    Royal Leamington Spa Local Customs

    The 2016 carnival, took place in Leamington town centre on Saturday July 9, had a gaming and technology theme to celebrate the town’s ‘Silicon Spa’ heritage. It featured more floats than in previous events and all stalls for the festival taking place as part of the day had sold. The carnival was resurrected in 2014 having not been held in...

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  • The Sun

    Banbury Local Customs

    Banbury has a sun on its coat of arms. We saw the sun symbol in many different places as we wandered around. For example on banks, plant holders, Banbury Cross, the old town. Banbury's motto is 'DOMINUS NOBIS SOL ET SCUTUM' - The Lord is our sun and shield

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  • Tourist Office

    Winchester Local Customs

    I needed accomadation for two nights so went to the tourist office.The helpful lady there found me a lovely guest house..The tourist office is in the Guildhall building. The building has a flight of steps outside,this is not the entrance, there is a new door at ground level at the side of the steps.

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  • Bradford Mills

    Bradford Local Customs

    I tend to like visiting former industrial cities. I think it is wonderful that we used to produce so much. Bradford was the wool capital of the world. Fantastic. But I need to be careful not to over romanticise; that achievement came at a price. In the hey day of the Industrial Revolution Bradford's mills would have been filled with poor,...

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  • Local Brewery

    Whitstable Local Customs

    I always like to try local beers when I travel, and in Whitstable that means either the beers of Kent brewery Shepherd Neame, which are ubiquitous on the town, or perhaps searching out the even more local Whitstable Brewery beers. Of the latter, I tried and really liked the Oyster Stout, so called because it recalls the 18th century when stout was...

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  • Famous people

    Rochdale Local Customs

    Lord Byron the poet was born in Rochdale. also John Bright the first Quaker to sit in the House of Commons. The English actress, singer, comedian Gracie Fields was born in 1898 above her grandmothers fish and chip shop in Moleworth Street .She spent the later part of her life on the isle of Capri .A statue was unveiled to her near the town hall...

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  • Enchanted Woodland

    Brentford Local Customs

    For the last few years in the run up to Christmas (late November through to early December) Syon has been transformed into an Enchanted Woodland. The area all around the lake is illuminated in different colours, designed to pick out the beauty of the trees and create magical reflections in the water. Some displays are static, while in other places...

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  • Market Day

    Crewkerne Local Customs

    Crewkerne's market is first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086, at which time it was probably associated with the church and abbey on whose grounds it was held. Sometime around the town's redevelopment in the late 16th and 17th centuries the market moved to its present central position where it ran until the late 1990's. It was then relocated...

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  • Signposts

    Chard Local Customs

    There is one, and one only, tourist signpost here in Chard, that pictured. It tells you where the Council Offices are (both locations), where the library is, the distances (but not the directions to) Chard's three twin towns (none of which I've ever heard of) and finally a useful direction, to the local public toilets. Obviously the local tourist...

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  • Jelbert's Ice Cream

    Newlyn Local Customs

    These days ice cream has so many different flavours it can take me half an hour to make up my mind which flavour I want, but I don’t have that problem at Jelbert’s. There’s only one flavour - vanilla - but you can have it in a cone or in a tub. It gets a bit more complicated after that because there are small cones and large cones and small tubs...

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  • Arts And Crafts

    Chagford Local Customs

    For such a small town, little more than a village really, Chagford is a vibrantly busy place, as attested to by the volume of traffic which seems permanently snarled up in The Square. Its popularity is not just due to its attractiveness for tourists, and indeed even mid-summer visitors are out-numbered by locals, but by the wealth of small shops...

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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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  • Scones, Jam & Cream - Afternoon Tea...

    Saint Mawes Local Customs

    Time was moving on and late afternoon approaching. The hunger pangs meant I needed something to eat and my wife needed a rest. We came to the Rising Sun Beer Garden and the notice said Scones Jam & Cream with a pot of tea. We found a good table with a view and placed our order just before cut off. A pleasant surprise when the tray arrived with...

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  • The Village Sign

    Girton Local Customs

    As many villages in England have got a village sign that symbolises the history of the place, Girton also has got one. The sign it was erected in 1985 after two members Paul Clare and Michael Davies from the local Scout Group raised the money with the help of the local people. The top of the sign is a design taken from a Roman leather belt that...

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  • Doggett's Coat and Badge

    London Local Customs

    The Doggetts Coat and Badge is a Nicholson’s pub on the South Bank next to Blackfriar’s Bridge. It’s of modern construction, so it doesn’t have any pedigree as such, but the name of it has an interesting background. Thomas Doggett was an Irish actor who used the Watermen (boatmen) of the Thames to transport him from where he worked in the City of...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Banbury Cakes

    Banbury Local Customs

    While wandering around the old town we saw several bakeries selling Banbury cakes, so we had to try some. Banbury cake is a spiced, currant-filled, flat oval pastry cake. Banbury cakes have been made in Banbury according to secret recipes since 1586. They were first made by Edward Welchman, whose shop was on Parsons Street. They were actually...

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  • Chagford Leat

    Chagford Local Customs

    Chagford's leat (pictured) probably dates from about the 16th century, its water diverted from the River Teign. This would have been the town's water supply and also used for irrigation and to power the town's mills. The leat is mostly culverted these days but there are well-maintained open sections here on New Street and on the hill...

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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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  • Lion Head Moorings

    London Local Customs

    We took a riverboat tour, during which our tour guide pointed out these beautiful lions heads along the embankment of the river. He said the legend is they were placed there so Londoners would know of they were in danger of flooding. There is a poem that went with it - I wrote it down later, so I may not have it exactly right, but you'll get the...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Time Zone

    Oxford Local Customs

    Oxford is in the county of Oxfordshire England, the Time Zone is in Greenwich Mean Time, ( GMT ] in winter and British Summer Time (BST ) in summer. CURRENCY is the British Pound, ( £ ) the Pound is divided into 100 pence. English BREAKFAST is a cooked meal in the morning, this is called a full english,can include bacon, eggs ( fried or scrambled...

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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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  • City Centre Murals Trail

    Glasgow Local Customs

    I had never heard of the City Centre Murals Trail, but I had been noticing a lot of the ends of buildings in Glasgow being covered with huge paintings. After a while I got interested and started photographing some. The idea is simply to add a bit of beauty to scenes that might otherwise look unattractive. I think it is a good idea and will download...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Green Park

    Glasgow Local Customs

    A steamie is a Scottish word for a communal wash house, where women went to wash their clothes. The first steamie in Glasgow was opened in 1732 on the banks of the Camlachie Burn which flowed across Glasgow Green. A steamie was more than just a place to wash clothes, it was a meeting place for women - somewhere they could exchange gossip, have...

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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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