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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #45 on: September 17, 2002, 11:36:35 PM »
Wish I had known that you can buy ciggies in 10s or 20s. [smiley=smoking.gif]

The guy asked me "20?" And I reply, "yes, I'm 21."

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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #46 on: October 04, 2002, 10:31:43 PM »
My list could go on forever of what I wish I had known.....

No medicine cabinets in the bathrooms (my meds, and plasters are stored in a tupperware container on top of the kitchen cupboard)

No mirrors in the bathroom, unless you buy your own and put it up, and then there is usually a window in front of the sink, so you end up putting it above the toilet.

Continuing with the bathroom theme LOL, does anyone else get claustraphobic when using your downstairs toilet (could they make them any smaller)

I've yet to change a lightbulb after 8 yrs., cos it kinda trips me out that you don't screw them in.

I am the proud owner of a "leccy cooker" (seems to be a novelty in my area), however my MIL has cooked my T'giving and C'mas turkeys for the past 8 years, cos the oven isn't big enough to get a decent sized turkey in....

I could go on and on.......
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #47 on: October 05, 2002, 02:39:37 AM »
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..... No medicine cabinets in the bathrooms  .......

No mirrors in the bathroom, unless you buy your own and put it up, and then there is usually a window in front of the sink, so you end up putting it above the toilet.  ......

Every house I ever lived in in the UK had a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, or at very least room to put one, even scruffy houses back when I was a student.  All my friends' houses also had medicine cabinets, so far as I recall.

Every bathroom also had a mirror above the wash basin, and I have never seen a bathroom with a window above the wash basin.

I lived in the UK for more than thirty years, in Sheffield, Gloucester, and London; maybe you aren't living in Britain but on Planet Liverpool?  
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #48 on: October 05, 2002, 10:51:00 AM »
I suppose is depends on the area & the age of the place as well... our apartment is brand spanking new and has no medicine cabinet (or closets, or any storage for that matter) and has a window precociously placed in the bathroom as well. :D At least it treated glass though, with little swirly designs, to keep up the apearance of mystery.  [smiley=laugh4.gif]
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #49 on: October 05, 2002, 11:49:24 AM »
I have to admit that our current flat didn't come with a mirror  in place and a window right smack dab in front of the sink.  It is very inconvienient.  Luckly there is a good size ledge on the window so we bought one of those mirrors that can just sit there.  Unfortunately, my husband is very tall and it proves pretty useless to him. :-/  Our last flat did have a mirror and cupboard, but it was never used as it was too small to hold much.
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #50 on: October 05, 2002, 09:17:23 PM »
We have a flat in a house from Victoria's reign. Our bathroom has neither cabinet nor mirror. And it has a great big window right in front of the sink, which is right next to the toilet. Like Marlespo, it's treated so you can't make things out, but it still trips me out. What I find even funnier is that it's a carpeted room. In fact, the colour sucks, but it's the best carpet in our flat.   ::)
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #51 on: February 14, 2003, 02:41:41 PM »
1.  Supermarkets all come stocked with fifteen different varieties of vanilla ice cream in hundreds of different brands, as the British haven't realised that chocolate tastes much better and maybe we could do with some different flavours, Hmmm?  

2.  Milkshakes aren't made with ice cream, what??  Ordered one at a restaurant and all I got was some lousy shaken milk that wasn't even cold . . . gross!

3.  People at the till say thank you dozens of times during the checkout process.  Put the products on the counter, "thank you."  "That will be £10.95, thank you."  Hand over money, "Thank you."  Finally escape the grotesquely overdone "politeness" and she'll say it one more time as you leave . . . and the British think we Americans are excessive???  

4.  The British are apparently trying to starve their citizens, else gain profit by making people buy in bulk . . . resaurant sized portions leave a lot to be desired and everything in the grocery store is incredibly miniature.  Anybody heard of a gallon of milk or a head of lettuce bigger than a baseball?  Vanilla and almond extract bottles are good for one recipe, and their bananas are five inches long.  Everything is on a smaller scale!  The roads, the houses, the cars, the food!  Wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, only I had to buy 8 miniature sized bags . . .

5.  I'm glad the fact that my husband strangely does not rinse dishes doesn't mean he's mutated . . . seems it must be a common thing here!  What if the water is slightly dirty and there's some stuff on the dishes and you don't rinse it off?  I don't want soap on my dishes!  Needless to say, I always wash the dishes now.

6.  If Americans think McDonald's french fries are greasy and fattening, they obviously haven't had thick-cut, deep-fried in fat chips from the local chippy . . . is there anything so unhealthy and terribly delicious?

7.  What's with potato chips in tiny little packages?  I have to eat three or four to have a "normal" portion, but it looks like I've been a pig!  And "roast chicken" flavoured crisps?  Good grief!

8.  Butter on EVERYTHING.  It doesn't matter how "wet" your sandwich is going to be, it won't be "wet enough" if butter isn't smeared on both slices of bread liberally.  

9.  My husband refuses to let me ask for some sort of container to take food home in when we're finished at a restaurant because it's "low class," he claims.  I paid for my food and the right to eat it . . . at home or elsewhere!  What the heck is low class about that?

10.  For people who seem so proper and worried about taking food home from a restaurant, they have no problem asking where the toilet or the loo is, even in a high-class place.  I prefer to keep the toilet in the restroom and use the restroom for whatever purpose I have to use it, whether that includes the toilet or not.  I am constantly surprised to see garish signs with arrows that proudly announce "toilets" in very classy style . . .

11.  Amazing toilets that don't overflow!!  They'll retain some things for future flushes, but they don't overflow!  When I first saw a British toilet I thought it was broken because there was so little water in it, like a puddle instead of a lavatory.  Found out that was normal . . .

12.  I really don't mean to be gross, but feminine products are regularly flushed down the toilet.  Ummmmm . . .?  David informed me that putting those things in the waste basket is "unheard of" in England, but . . . "it certainly won't flush down the toilet, will it?"  In America, the products clearly state, "do not flush!" and I still can't bring myself to do it . . . I'm afraid it will overflow!  

13.  All the lemonade is fizzy . . . grrr!  Next time I visit America, I'm bringing back one suitcase dedicated entirely to Country Time Lemonade.

14.  I want TWO sheets on my bed, one below and one on top!  

15.  I guess I'll shut up now.
P.S. It was fun venting like that!  
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #52 on: July 12, 2003, 12:05:05 AM »
I've read threw this and I must say I've had a few chuckles.

Rubber- Eraser.... first time my nephew said I lost my rubbers I about died laughing..HE Ment he lost his erasers for school..No one could figure out why I was laughing

Don't ever say your husband is a pain in the FANNY...that's a way to piss off the MIL real quick

First dinner with family..Don't cut up everything and lay your knife down...Nephew said "look nan she's rude*


Don't get out of car in a parking lot (car park) and say CAN I PLEASE GET out of this parking spot..as you people have NO driving curtisy...I did that first week in England..was not a good thing.


Car park.....it's a parking lot.

Colour vs. Color.... whose spelling is correct..WHO CARES..I can't spell correctly half the time anyway.


Leever or Lever..just flip the switch already.

Piltchers and beetroot sandwiches..EWWWWWWWWWWW..

and what's with the no sex toy shops.. Just thought I'd add that. No porn...I'm going home....I'm telling ya..first boat to Ohio..I'm on it ha ha ha.

Yes..I'm perverted..and you didn't know this...where have you been LOL


anyway that's my laugh for today.
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #53 on: August 29, 2003, 02:10:25 PM »
They don't have phenazopyridine hydrochloride here!  You have to IMPORT it and it's ridiculously expensive.

You can't get Valium unless you BEG...and even then they're not keen on giving it to you.  If I'd known that I'd have brought a 500 pill economy-sized bottle with me.

Forget about places like Sam's...they don't exist here (at least not in this part of the country)

Stamp duty!

Maternity leave here STINKS.

Rice cookers here come in only one size: GIGANTIC!

No closets.

Tiny ovens.

No country music stations.

No good Mexican food (and I mean NONE).

People here really seem to think that all Texans are ignorant trailer trash!  (Ahem...we are NOT!)

There's  no flat rate for telephone calls like there is in the U.S.; even local calls are charged by the minute!
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #54 on: November 19, 2003, 10:55:28 AM »
read through just a few pages so hoping what i add isn't repetitive:

needing pretty much the exact change for the bus
the buses running every half an hr or is it an hr? on sundays and sometimes every hr late at night, not being allowed to take coffee on the bus and getting thrown off of it (happened to my brit bf!)

not having a shop that's opened 24 hrs a day...hey i lived in ny all my life, when i needed a cig at 12midnight i could just walk to the nearest corner shop (which was on every corner)
Packing your own bag when food shopping (know this was mentioned) but it's worth bitchen about, especially when there aren't any customers behind you!  or when there are having to rush to get all your purchases in a bag!  asking for eggplant and zucchinis which are aubergines and courgettes (sp?)

being considered an "unqualified" teacher even though i taught for eight years and knowing if you came from another EU country than you would meet the qts here

not being able to find a place where a quick cup of coffee would cost less than a pound

not having any diners around where i could go for brunch on a sunday morning and order a waffle with strawberries and bananas mmmm miss that
and my new york bagels! fresh bagels everywhere in ny...(though sainsbury's fresh ones aren't that bad) but to just go in and order a cream cheese bagel with lox *sigh*

not having a sushi place around! disaster!
nor being able to order food and getting it delivered when you just aren't in the mood to cook!

having to learn the different spelling of words such as favourite, realise...etc (makes playing scrabble a confusing matter...though, bu and i use both the american and brit ways of spelling :) )

i'm sure there are plenty more that i could add eventually...having just been here for a few months!


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #55 on: November 22, 2003, 05:30:36 AM »
lol it seems as if the English language has everyone on here in a tizz.   Remember English is our language and was just adopted in the US.   Therefore it goes without saying our pronounciations are correct, and have not been changed for hundreds of years.

1.   one thing ive not seen mentioned that our electrical plugs are usually three pronged and square and the power system is 240 volts not 110.

2. British police do not have to carry guns.

3. Cost of living is very much higher.

4. Taxes of foods etc in shops in the form of vat is already included in the total and not put on as state tax at the end and on top of that amount.

5. There is public transport of some form in most rural areas, unlike that in the US.  We dont even have a cab service near us.

6.  The Uk is truely a melting pot of all races and eating out can be great fun even though we dont like "doggie bags", ugh leftovers to carry home.


Sorry my wife rhia thinks im being cheeky but what the heck - at least you can say im to the point not beating about the bush. :P ;D ;)  
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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #56 on: February 06, 2004, 05:15:47 PM »
Does the word Awesome mean anything different in the UK?  I use it sometimes to describe somethinng or just a happy 'Awesome!' is thrown in and he looks at me oddly. ???


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #57 on: February 06, 2004, 05:19:55 PM »
no it is the same but it isn't used a lot here and i think is associated with US surfer dude speak


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #58 on: February 06, 2004, 05:46:46 PM »
I would say that "wicked" is heavily used in the same way as we would use "awesome", but I don't know if "wicked" is used as much back in the US making it more prevalent here.


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Re: LIST: Things about The UK you wish you had kno
« Reply #59 on: February 06, 2004, 05:52:37 PM »
My Godmother's daughter (in the US) used to say "wicked" all the time (this is going back about 20 years...) and I thought she was so cool for it.

Now my 10-year-old thinks EVERYTHING (or is that evryfink?!) is wicked!  Mostly he shortens it to "wick."
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