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orly Jul 18th 2014 3:43 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 
I quite enjoy the 4-5 months of snow and ice.

And my wife is Canadian :D

MarylandNed Jul 18th 2014 3:49 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Jingsamichty (Post 11340514)
Some may find this bizarre, but I really like the UK weather. Obviously, the long, hot sunny days of summer are wonderful, but I also really enjoy the cool, grey days and even the rain.

The best, and worst, thing about British weather is that it's so changeable.

I like the fact that you don't need AC in the summer, and you can switch your heating off before you go to bed in winter, safe in the knowledge that you won't freeze to death in your bed. You can sit outside in the evening without being easten alive by mosquitoes, and you don't need to shovel snow.

Yeah, I absolutely loved walking to and from Canons Park tube station in July in the drizzle.

BristolUK Jul 18th 2014 4:21 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Jingsamichty (Post 11340514)
You can sit outside in the evening without being easten alive by mosquitoes, and you don't need to shovel snow.

Ah, bliss.....
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Howefamily Jul 18th 2014 4:46 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 
[QUOTE=Jingsamichty;11340514]The best, and worst, thing about British weather is that it's so changeable.

QUOTE]
Yup, enjoyable days out at Legoland with the kids bringing clothing for every conceivable change - warm coat, rain coat, cardy, wellies, trainers, sandals, sunscreen, leggings, shorts etc etc

We went through them all in one day sometimes it was so changeable, and often unpredictable.. .and how many Legoland and other trips were actually cancelled on the day due to rain, again.
But its ok - you can while away the time in those hideous indoor play areas with overpriced horrible food, sticky floors and chavy kids....

MarylandNed Jul 18th 2014 5:01 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 11340622)

Originally Posted by Jingsamichty (Post 11340514)
The best, and worst, thing about British weather is that it's so changeable.

Yup, enjoyable days out at Legoland with the kids bringing clothing for every conceivable change - warm coat, rain coat, cardy, wellies, trainers, sandals, sunscreen, leggings, shorts etc etc

We went through them all in one day sometimes it was so changeable, and often unpredictable.. .and how many Legoland and other trips were actually cancelled on the day due to rain, again.
But its ok - you can while away the time in those hideous indoor play areas with overpriced horrible food, sticky floors and chavy kids....

I vividly remember my last trip home to Northern Ireland with my kids. I think we saw all 4 seasons on the same trip. One day, it was absolutely chucking it down as we drove through Belfast on the way to visit the Giant's Causeway. My kids were all for abandoning the trip but my brother-in-law told them we'd be OK as the weather can be completely different when we get there. The kids didn't seem convinced. Sure enough, the rain and clouds cleared and it was gloriously sunny for our visit.

Jingsamichty Jul 18th 2014 6:22 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by MarylandNed (Post 11340531)
Yeah, I absolutely loved walking to and from Canons Park tube station in July in the drizzle.

Unless you carried your own dark cloud with you, I doubt you had to do that every day in July, every year.

I'm sure there were some February days you could have done it in shorts and t-shirt.

Crazyhorse1 Jul 18th 2014 7:29 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 
It's important to flag up that this forum is likely to raise negative stories and I find it disproportional to how people generally feel when they immigrate. The majority will move and never look back. If you struggle or want some support, they turn to resources such as this.

Jimbo2012 Jul 18th 2014 8:08 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 11339505)
Within 300 yards of this desk there are now certainly twenty, probably fifty, tattooed people with no obvious means of support, many of whom have the sunken cheeks and rotted teeth associated with meth use. Some prostitute themselves, many beg, all spit a lot. Hooded garments are prevalent even in this weather. They may, of course, be the only chavs in Canada.

Sounds like you have some interesting co-workers there, dbd!

christmasoompa Jul 18th 2014 9:47 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 11340622)
Yup, enjoyable days out at Legoland with the kids bringing clothing for every conceivable change - warm coat, rain coat, cardy, wellies, trainers, sandals, sunscreen, leggings, shorts etc etc

We went through them all in one day sometimes it was so changeable, and often unpredictable.. .and how many Legoland and other trips were actually cancelled on the day due to rain, again.
But its ok - you can while away the time in those hideous indoor play areas with overpriced horrible food, sticky floors and chavy kids....

Or, you could just man up and get on with it. I can't think of a single time rain has made me change my plans in the UK (and I've never taken anything other than a picnic to Legoland), I've never been to indoor play, and my children are outside whether it's 30 degrees and sunny like this week has been, or chucking it down with rain!

Still, our days out in the rain are obviously quieter because of people that change their plans and go to soft play, so that works for me. ;):lol:

plasticcanuck Jul 18th 2014 11:24 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Jimbo2012 (Post 11340856)
Sounds like you have some interesting co-workers there, dbd!

I doubt he meant co-workers but rather street people.

dbd33 Jul 19th 2014 2:23 am

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by plasticcanuck (Post 11341009)
I doubt he meant co-workers but rather street people.

Well yes, but we shouldn't make a hard distinction. It was a co-worker I tried to pull from the Don Jail to go to a technical conference only to find they'd lost him in the system.

Anyone remember Kirsty MacColl?

From an uptown apartment to a knife on the A train
It's not that far
From the sharks in the penthouse to the rats in the basement
It's not that far

Howefamily Jul 19th 2014 4:21 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by christmasoompa (Post 11340942)
Or, you could just man up and get on with it. I can't think of a single time rain has made me change my plans in the UK (and I've never taken anything other than a picnic to Legoland), I've never been to indoor play, and my children are outside whether it's 30 degrees and sunny like this week has been, or chucking it down with rain!

Still, our days out in the rain are obviously quieter because of people that change their plans and go to soft play, so that works for me. ;):lol:

I just found it miserable being soggy all day, nothing to do with manning up. If I am paying money to go to a park then I want to enjoy it

christmasoompa Jul 19th 2014 4:42 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 11341559)
I just found it miserable being soggy all day, nothing to do with manning up. If I am paying money to go to a park then I want to enjoy it

Fair enough, different strokes for different folks. It doesn't bother me in the slightest, in fact my favourite time to walk the dog is in the rain! We're just a very outdoorsy family, and weather doesn't change that.

Teaandtoday5 Jul 19th 2014 6:56 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by christmasoompa (Post 11341573)
Fair enough, different strokes for different folks. It doesn't bother me in the slightest, in fact my favourite time to walk the dog is in the rain! We're just a very outdoorsy family, and weather doesn't change that.

Quite. Besides which I think we've walked around as many forests, parks and beaches in the rain in Canada as we did in Scotland. If the weather stops you, then there must be better places to go than Canada. Plus it's decidedly uncomfortable to wear a waterproof when it's hot and raining!

Novocastrian Jul 19th 2014 7:07 pm

Re: Why did you choose to move to Canada?
 

Originally Posted by christmasoompa (Post 11340942)
I can't think of a single time rain has made me change my plans in the UK

I can. I'm in Coventry now (in short a shit hole with a Cathedral worth visiting) en route to Portsmouth-Cherbourg and home tomorrow. While in the Cathedral this afternoon the proverbial heavens opened and deluges flowed in the place of our Lord.

At this point, I'd already had enough of that dreadful Graham Sutherland and was looking forward to popping out to see the brilliant Jacob Epstein.

The dramatic downpour accompanied by biblical claps of thunder and celestial lightening, prompted me to claim Sanctuary in the Cathedral for a good half hour.

I mean, really!


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