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Old 11.04.2018, 17:07
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Re: Experiences: what's so good about England, anyway?

Indian restaurants that actually give you a discount when you collect a takeaway.
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Old 11.04.2018, 20:04
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Re: Experiences: what's so good about England, anyway?

A dear friend who moved back to the UK 2 years ago then came back here for 9 months only to return last month was overwhelmed by the lack of pastoral care in kindergarten/primary school as compared to her childrens' two schools in the UK.
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Old 12.04.2018, 19:05
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Re: Experiences: what's so good about England, anyway?

I think we can all agree there are pros and cons of living anywhere. If you had to commute two hours everyday on grimey London transport, you would hate London. If you desperately need to get something from the shops on Sunday in Zürich... you get the point. Its not bad here, but for someone from the UK, its just not the UK and you miss all the really nice things and tend to forget about all the really horrible parts. Selective memory.
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Old 11.06.2018, 23:19
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Re: Experiences: what's so good about England, anyway?

Having recently done this, I can tell you my experiences..

Its dirty, its got some incredibly run down ugly architecture, public transport is dirty and dumb (so many buses instead of trams?), you need to take very great care cycling, the benefits system is only there in name, its not accessible because there are so many restrictions, you are left starving, thats why there are so many food banks.

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So someone explain the office-banter, so we know what we're missing here?
I overheard one of my colleagues (two desk rows away so I couldn't have been the only one) in a business context, in all seriousness with some qualification beforehand though, use the phrase 'polishing a turd' in a business conversation. every time I see him now I start laughing, I hope he doesn't think I am laughing at him. I work in a somewhat serious business now where what we do as a company significantly affects peoples well being.

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Melon - apart from a few country pubs - it is impossible to take dogs anywhere in the UK. Here dogs are welcome in all restaurants, cafés and even shopping centres. Where we have our flat in UK (1 hour by train to London) - it is an absolute nightmare- Even small independent Cafés say 'we don't mind- but we will lose our licence' etc. We have 3 favourite country pubs where we can take them nearby, and we have to book ahead and sit in a special 'corner'.

And our apartment is in a small development where even owners are not allowed dogs - and that is the norm. We had to adopt our daughter's dog (Slinky the dachs) - when she returned to UK - as it was near impossible to rent a decent place with a dog.

You have been very unfortunate with your location and neighbours - unfortunately for you, and them (the dogs, nt the neighbours!)
Yes the housing crisis is real and is magnified at least 10 times if you have a pet, never mind multiple pets, you can't even throw money at this problem, only about 1% of properties allow pets, you can offer all sorts of things, like extra deposit, loads of rent in advance it wont make any difference, steam cleaning carpets, nope. I was nearly living under a bridge 6 times bouncing from airbnb to airbnb while trying to find something more permanent (you will have more luck with airbnbs accepting pets but you have to negotiate with them for staying longer than a month), I found my current place when I joined a local dog facebook page (only heard about through getting friendly with another dog loving / owning neighbours). Bless him he rented his annex apt to me even though I was unemployed with a dog and its not totally out in the sticks. My dog had to get on with his pets tho, two kitties and a sturdy little old staffie, which thankfully mine did. You are h.i.g.h.l.y unlikely to be this lucky. I'm just warning you. Bring a tent or get a car you can sleep in (hence the Volvo nice mpg and. if the apocalypse comes and takes the form that I have to sleep in my car with my dog, I can ), because you might need them.

The people are just wall to wall awesome, I've met so many lovely people of all ages. I think you have to get out of London to experience this.

I love that I can vote in a country who's future and the people in general I care about. It is still the greatest nation on earth.

I freaking love Waitrose, I have not yet tired of their sour cherry pie and thick double cream (omg that stuff is like crack with the pie) even though I've bought it a lot and their organic chicken livers and pretty much everything they sell, butter chicken, chicken korma...nomnomnom


There are nice dog communities and dog related activities

Lots of volunteer opportunities, whether its cleaning up your local park or whatever.

Allotments, I love mine!, took my dog and went and weeded a bit this evening, chatted to the allotment owners, who have been so kind to me showing me the ropes and lending me items and even helping me with weed cover.

The NHS, I love it so much, I don't know what I would have done without it.
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Old 12.06.2018, 06:54
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Re: Experiences: what's so good about England, anyway?

I also love the PDSA,
Depending on what benefits you are on they provide either reduced cost or free veterinary services. My old dog would be dead without them. Despite the rental market for people with pets being so awful and not being able to take them to many many many many places its still a pet loving nation with a safety net if things go horribly wrong. by the way normal vet costs are more in the uk than in Switzerland by my estimation.

I love that my landlord and his partner got backyard chickens, 1 quid each for 6 past their sell by date ex free range laying hens, (they were due for the chop and the farmer sells them off after 2-3 years when they start laying less) they are so lovely, curious friendly and make lovely chicken noises, after a few weeks in the chicken palace, they are now allowed to free range and stay in the yard.

did I mention I love Waitrose

I can still shop at my beloved Aldi too
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Re: Experiences: what's so good about England, anyway?

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What's best ?
The English

They do not stay home and quietly wait for the days to pass them by.
Pink Floyd are saying quite the opposite
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Ticking away the moments
That make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours
In an off-hand way

Waiting for someone or something
To show you the way

Staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today

Hanging on in quiet desperation
Is the English way

The time is gone
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Old 13.06.2018, 18:32
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Pink Floyd are saying quite the opposite
That reminds me - I've got more important things to do than wander around EF.
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Old 13.06.2018, 21:48
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Re: Experiences: what's so good about England, anyway?

I quite like visiting the UK. But I wouldn't like to live there.

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Old 13.06.2018, 22:22
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Yes the housing crisis is real and is magnified at least 10 times if you have a pet, never mind multiple pets, you can't even throw money at this problem, only about 1% of properties allow pets, you can offer all sorts of things, like extra deposit, loads of rent in advance it wont make any difference, steam cleaning carpets, nope. I was nearly living under a bridge 6 times bouncing from airbnb to airbnb while trying to find something more permanent (you will have more luck with airbnbs accepting pets but you have to negotiate with them for staying longer than a month), I found my current place when I joined a local dog facebook page (only heard about through getting friendly with another dog loving / owning neighbours). Bless him he rented his annex apt to me even though I was unemployed with a dog and its not totally out in the sticks. My dog had to get on with his pets tho, two kitties and a sturdy little old staffie, which thankfully mine did. You are h.i.g.h.l.y unlikely to be this lucky. I'm just warning you. Bring a tent or get a car you can sleep in (hence the Volvo nice mpg and. if the apocalypse comes and takes the form that I have to sleep in my car with my dog, I can ), because you might need them.
zoopla.co.uk, select what you're looking for and then on the 2nd page use the filter (top of the page on the right) to select "allows pets".
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Re: Experiences: what's so good about England, anyway?

Also have a look at Lets For Pets http://www.letswithpets.org.uk/

I followed their guidelines when refurbing our UK house, and passed their landlord pack to the rental agent when I'd finished with it. We secured a tenant within 36hrs of the ad going live on Rightmove. She has two dogs, was the first viewer, has excellent references, and she paid the deposit in full during the viewing. She'd been wrestling with the possibility of having to find a new home for one of her dogs, because no landlords would take two.

The dogs have their own little rental policy with their names and ages, plus the terms of their tenancy. It's really basic stuff, like the owner must clean up their poop, keep the dogs worming treatments and vaccinations up to date, and must inform the landlord if they get a flea infestation so that a professional cleaning service can be hired. Also, the tenant has to ask the landlord in writing before getting any more animals.
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What about the bad reputation of English girls, that they are ugly, fat, and dirty? I was a student in the USA when I went to London and during my 4 days there I saw many beautiful girls. However, upon returning, an English classmate asked me to describe the girls I saw and he said that probably 99% of them were foreigners. The British girls I have met in mainland Europe or in the US were indeed very, hum, "meh". So, where in England can we find beautiful ladies with that nice accent?
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What about the bad reputation of English girls, that they are ugly, fat, and dirty? I was a student in the USA when I went to London and during my 4 days there I saw many beautiful girls. However, upon returning, an English classmate asked me to describe the girls I saw and he said that probably 99% of them were foreigners. The British girls I have met in mainland Europe or in the US were indeed very, hum, "meh". So, where in England can we find beautiful ladies with that nice accent?
British girls are adept at recognising slimeballs and avoid them accordingly.

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I never got that impression in London.
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I never got that impression in London.
There aren't any British girls in London.
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What about the bad reputation of English girls, that they are ugly, fat, and dirty?
We prefer to call it having character.
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We prefer to call it having character.
Making a lemonade and all that....
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What about the bad reputation of English girls, that they are ugly, fat, and dirty?
What’s wrong with dirty?
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Probably going out with the slovenly, unkempt, fat English guys.
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What about the bad reputation of English girls, that they are ugly, fat, and dirty?
Only the ones I used to date.

I think they wash as often as their European counterparts.
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