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Surreyman  (Level: 257.1 - Posts: 2766)
Tue, 5th Dec '06 4:26 AM


If you happen to be coming to the UK for Christmas, we here are truly hospitable and friendly, and welcome our tourist friends with open arms.

We always wish to make your time with us a truly memorable experience.

We know, too, that genuine tourists do like to enter into our lifestyle as
far as possible.
And, of course, the tourist season is now building up. Maybe you are due to
come to the UK?
Here, then, are some practical daily hints and tips of which newcomers to
Britain may well be unaware, and which will help you greatly to have a deep
and lasting memory of your visit to our green and pleasant land.

You will often be told that something costs 'a quid'. Nominally, this equals
20p (about 35c USA). So never pay more than this, even if the seller claims
otherwise. He will only be bargaining - in practice, the use of this word is
an offer to deal. So offer perhaps 10p per 'quid' as a starting point.

London taxis are state-subsidised. No taxi trip that takes an hour or less
should cost more than a maximum of £1 - approx. $1.75 USA. Fraudulent taxis,
however, abound, with illegal pseudo-meters installed. Ignore these and any
amount that the cab driver claims is shown and is payable. If the cab driver
'appears' to get 'angry' it is simply a bargaining act. To keep the peace,
tell him you'll add a 10p tip. He will then realise that you are 'in the
know' and will withdraw gracefully with his £1.10.

If said cab driver - or anyone else - continues to try and treat you like a
'tourist' and becomes violent, tell him that you will be willing to settle
the matter 'outside'. This is the Brit term for going to the nearest Tourist
Information Centre and having the matter decided by an impartial mediator.
He will not want the hassle and will immediately back down.

If you're male and need to visit a British barber, after your haircut he may
well discreetly offer you 'something for the weekend'. This is a euphemism
for providing a prostitute. If you wish one, then fine, just enter
negotiations (an extra tip of about 10p should cover all costs).
If you do not wish this service, the best tactic is to immediately stand and
leave the barbers without paying (the offering of prodtitutes is of course illegal and he
will not dare to chase after you for his money).

Pubs always have especially good beers available for customers 'in the know'
. When asked for your order, ignore the beers obviously on offer and tell
the barman that you'd rather have his 'goolies'.

In the better class hotels your bags might be carried to your room for you
by a porter. Unlike in many other countries, the provision of this service
is included within your room hire cost. So when he holds his hand out, he is
being British and polite. Do not insult him by offering a tip. He is simply
expecting you to shake his hand in thanks.

Do have a lovely Christmas in the UK!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Tue, 5th Dec '06 7:53 AM

Wow, those are some truly great tips!
My in-laws are heading there for the holidays and I will make SURE to send them a copy of these helpful hints. Thanks so much, Surreyman! [y]


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 5th Dec '06 8:12 AM

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