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The positives of living in the UK?


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#41 Padge

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:26 AM

The British coastline, amazingly diverse and with some absolutely beautiful towns and villages dotted along it and stretches of isolation despite this being thought of as an overcrowded island.

 

Our ability to laugh at ourselves and our freedom to laugh at and satirise our politicians.

 

The NHS.

 

The traditional English pub and the large diversity of real beer available. I like strolling into a pub I haven't frequented before and finding a new (or old for that matter) beer I haven't come across before. 



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:40 PM

The British coastline, amazingly diverse and with some absolutely beautiful towns and villages dotted along it and stretches of isolation despite this being thought of as an overcrowded island.

 

Our ability to laugh at ourselves and our freedom to laugh at and satirise our politicians.

 

The NHS.

 

The traditional English pub and the large diversity of real beer available. I like strolling into a pub I haven't frequented before and finding a new (or old for that matter) beer I haven't come across before. 

 

Watched Robson Greene's documentary about Northumberland, an area of outstanding beauty yet still undiscovered by many. Also, the coastline in Northern Ireland is amazing. 


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:52 PM

Watched Robson Greene's documentary about Northumberland, an area of outstanding beauty yet still undiscovered by many. Also, the coastline in Northern Ireland is amazing. 

That reminds me of Bill Bryson's reaction to seeing Durham for the first time. He was actually angry about it. Why? Because he'd lived in Britain for all these years and nobody had told him that such a beautiful place existed.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:55 PM

Watched Robson Greene's documentary about Northumberland, an area of outstanding beauty yet still undiscovered by many. Also, the coastline in Northern Ireland is amazing. 

I have a very selfish desire to keep areas like Kielder Forest quiet.  It's one of the few truly undisturbed yet truly beautiful places in Britain.  Too many beautiful areas of Scotland are over-visited meaning it's hard to get every bit of peace from them.


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#45 Bob8

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:10 PM

Scandinavians are seen as very well behaved, and they are as long as everything is going as expected.  The trains were cancelled for the storm and it has been a battle of everyone for themselves ever since.  The behaviour would not be acceptable in the UK.  We may be a mess when things are OK, but often pull ourselves together when things go wrong.  Many more sensible nations are the opposite way round.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:55 PM

I have a very selfish desire to keep areas like Kielder Forest quiet.  It's one of the few truly undisturbed yet truly beautiful places in Britain.  Too many beautiful areas of Scotland are over-visited meaning it's hard to get every bit of peace from them.

Indeed. You wouldn't want Donald Trump building a golfists' playground there, would you?


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#47 Saint Billinge

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:59 PM

I have a very selfish desire to keep areas like Kielder Forest quiet.  It's one of the few truly undisturbed yet truly beautiful places in Britain.  Too many beautiful areas of Scotland are over-visited meaning it's hard to get every bit of peace from them.

 

The wonderful thing about Northumbria is the quietness when out and about on the roads. It's certainly true that it is not on the same radar as such places like the Lake District. I did once get attacked by a tern when visiting the Farne Islands. ;)  


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:52 PM

 

The days where you could join a Rugby/Cricket club as a non paying member so you could take advantage of the cheap beer is long gone.

 

Try Leigh RUFC have their own bitter Round Ash goes down a treat.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:49 PM

Try Leigh RUFC have their own bitter Round Ash goes down a treat.


Haven't Saints got their own beer as well?
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#50 Bostik Bailey

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:32 AM

Haven't Saints got their own beer as well?


Yes but it is a bog standard Robinsons Keg brew. As far as beer at a sports ground goes its ok. But it's nothing to write home about.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:19 AM

I have a very selfish desire to keep areas like Kielder Forest quiet. It's one of the few truly undisturbed yet truly beautiful places in Britain.


"Undisturbed"? It's a man made forest and reservoir.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:57 AM

"Undisturbed"? It's a man made forest and reservoir.

That's very true but it's home to some of the UK's most endangered species, it's fantastically beautiful at the right times of the year and it's ignored by so many people for your reasons that it's almost deserted all year round.  In terms of sheer beauty, it's not quite to the quality of Loch Lomond, Glencoe or the Lake District but it's far less covered in tourists who'll happily spoil it with litter and other mess.

 

Take, for example, the east side of Loch Lomond, it's the only area of Scotland where you can't go wild camping because so many people have exploited that privilege and ruined it for the rest of us.  The idea of wild camping is that you leave the area as you found it yet you get parties of people turning up in vans, having parties, leaving their litter and spoiling the areas.


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#53 Larry the Leit

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:11 AM

"Undisturbed"? It's a man made forest and reservoir.

 

Much of our natural landscape is manmade.  Humans have been at it for thousands of years.



#54 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:03 PM

Much of our natural landscape is manmade. Humans have been at it for thousands of years.

Correct
Sheep have had a massive effect on the Lake District and the dales: without them both places would look very different
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#55 JohnM

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:44 AM

This, too. "In the OECD as a whole, the poor employment situation had a major impact on life satisfaction. This trend is not visible in the United Kingdom where, from 2007 to 2012, the percentage of British people declaring being very satisfied with their lives increased from 63% to 64%."

 

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:55 AM

chippy tea

 

a true english institution, which I don't indulge in very often these days

 

had one last night from Midgeleys in West park. Triple mushies(which I admit is pushing it a bit), brown sauce big mug of tea.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:17 PM

Most of the world things far more of Britain than we realise.  I bought my cap from the Engelsk Herremagasin (English Gentlemens' Store), which is a large store for anglo-phile Danish men.  Englishmen are pretty much the first choice of Scandinavian women.  Even the Faroe Islands and adopted strong tea with milk and fish and chips from the UK.


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#58 Futtocks

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:30 AM

Most of the world things far more of Britain than we realise.  I bought my cap from the Engelsk Herremagasin (English Gentlemens' Store), which is a large store for anglo-phile Danish men.  Englishmen are pretty much the first choice of Scandinavian women.  Even the Faroe Islands and adopted strong tea with milk and fish and chips from the UK.

There's a strong streak of Britophilia in Japan, too. Original-model Minis, red telephone boxes, old Garrard turntables, etc. - loads have been shipped to Japan over the years.And they just love Scotch whisky.


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#59 ckn

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:39 AM

China built it's own Thames Town


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#60 Wiltshire Rhino

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 07:15 AM

Englishmen are pretty much the first choice of Scandinavian women.


Really? Where's my passport?




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