“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
― Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Things I Learned In The UK
There is nothing the Brits love better than musicals where they already know the songs, drinks that light up in the theatre, and drag queens, as in Mamma Mia, Thriller, Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock you and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
The UK did a composite of the worst drivers in the UK. The worst woman would be a hairdresser from Gloucester, driving a BMW. Hairdressing must be lucrative in Gloucester.
An ATM is called a hole in the wall. As in, the hole in the wall is not working.
Buckingham Palace seems to be a lovely place to grow up.
If you are starving and you don’t know what you would like to eat, the food department at Harrods would not be the place to go. ( so big and overwhelming. )
The guards at the Tower of London are called Yeoman Warders or the “Beefeaters”. Their job description is to look after the prisoners in the tower and guard the crown jewels. Their actual job is tour guide. They are called Beefeaters because up until the eighteen hundreds, they were paid in part with chunks of beef.(life seemed a lot easier –no vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians – just beefeaters)
I love watching the news on the BBC. It is much less stressful than CNN. If it rains a little more than usual here, we are on Storm Watch. An engine shuts off on a plane in the air and they have “ a bit of a problem”.
If you have no sense of direction, then walking from the National Gallery in London to Harvey Nichols is probably not a good idea, unless you have done it before and for some reason, your feet go in the right direction and you get there
There are no sales in Edinburgh or London when I am there.
In the UK, they say sorry instead of excuse me, which does make it better when they bump into you.
In London, you can be engaged just by closing a bathroom door.
In the Uk, everyone says no worries. We have recently taken that one. I still worry.
If you are walking down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and you see men on stilts, Vikings, people in animal costumes, a lot of Elizabethans, mimes, magicians and assorted costumes; and they happen to be begging, cajoling, pleading, persuading, enticing, sweet-talking you into seeing their plays, you have arrived in August at the Fringe Festival .It is one of the largest and most popular theatre arts festivals in the world. My daughter has performed there and my son has worked there. It is one of my favorite places to be in August.
The Edinburgh Tatoo, which has been sold out in advance for the last two decades, plays every night in August. It is a ceremonial performance by military musicians. There are military corps from all over the world playing bagpipes and drums. It has turned into quite the extravaganza and like nothing else I have ever seen. I have to say I teared up at the end when 8000 people linked arms and sang Auld Lang Syne with correct pronunciation.
Not everyone in Edinburgh speaks like Sean Connery and sometimes understanding the Scottish brogue can be a bit of a problem. I just smile and nod and I hope I didn’t agree to anything important.
In Heathrow Airport there is a sign with a picture of a woman and two men. It is not the international symbol for menage a trois, It means elevator(?)
The Saatchi Gallery is always closed when I get to London.
The Tate Modern is always open when I am there. I love to walk from there across the Milennium Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Heathrow Airport has the best sales in July.
The British Museum houses all the antiquities that the British plundered from other countries. It probably would have been great to see the Rosetta Stone , Elgin Marbles and ancient Egyptian statues in their own countries instead of the Hall of the Stolen Goods.
If you have no sense of direction in Scotland, it doesn’t matter because when you ask one person for directions, everyone on the street will stop and give you their opinion as to the best way to get there.
Traditional British food is anything high in cholesterol and fried in grease. They have names like Bubble and Squeak ( some left over mashed potato and cabbage pancake -no bubbling or squeaking), Bangers and Mash (sausages and mashed potatoes), Haggis (pork guts cooked in sheep stomach, ) beans on toast (Brits are obsessed with toast) Yorkshire Pudding ( not pudding –bread),Cornish Pasties (meat in a pastry almost as good as the many different types of canned meats), black pudding (sausage? Is everything edible called pudding?) Scotch eggs (hard boiled egg fried inside a sausage inside a pastry). Dessert can be Sticky Toffee Pudding (yum) or (yes) Spotted Dick. (yellow cake with raisins) followed by digestive biscuits .(need I say more here?)
The most common phrase in the UK seems to be “Is this the queue?
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