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Old Oct 27th 2011, 2:04 pm
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Originally Posted by iaink View Post
You need to find a different bit of the UK mate.
+1 I don't recognise his description of UK but then I've never lived in London.
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Old Oct 27th 2011, 2:25 pm
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Default Re: Your observations when visiting UK from Canada !

Originally Posted by Atlantic Xpat View Post
+1 I don't recognise his description of UK but then I've never lived in London.
I lived in both East and South West London and don't recognize it either. That said, he must live in a shithole.

I think he should take a trip to the DTES in Vancouver and some of the not so nice areas of the suburbs to wipe the rose tint away
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Old Oct 27th 2011, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by iaink View Post
Maybe I like Canada because of the time I spent in North Beds, it innoculated me to boredom perhaps?. My Dad is still there...

Very little is any of what Julius reports to be found there it seems.
Nor any areas I have lived 4-5 years ago, albeit Bath and the Cotswolds.
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Old Oct 27th 2011, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Atlantic Xpat View Post
+1 I don't recognise his description of UK but then I've never lived in London.
We stayed at that Hilton by Edgware Road tube earlier this year. That's west London. We took a bus far west. Turnham Green! I saw several black men over there, they could have been from Somalia. They could also have been stoned but I see that every day here and so wouldn't notice.

Earlier on the trip, in east London, another man, black and highly muscled, the violence in his eyes reflected by the LONSDALE LONDON written on the remnants of his now sleeveless shirt, approached me.

"Excuse me Sir, do you know if this train stops at East Croydon?" he said.

I thought of Derek and Clive.
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Old Oct 27th 2011, 3:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Jingsamichty View Post
I wonder if the Young's pubs in SW London still all have a clear plastic box on the bar with the day's sandwiches in... slowly drying out and curling up as the day wore on.
Mate, Youngs (our local brewery) are pretty bloody good now regarding food.



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Old Oct 27th 2011, 3:29 pm
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hmm...ahem, ahem....thats cos north beds is not anywhere near london, friend..........

ok, fine anyway...if those who doubt my words would care to come and live in their "dear old england" then fine...im for it!!


Originally Posted by iaink View Post
Maybe I like Canada because of the time I spent in North Beds, it innoculated me to boredom perhaps?. My Dad is still there...

Very little if any of what Julius reports to be found there it seems.
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Old Oct 27th 2011, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by julius smith View Post
hmm...ahem, ahem....thats cos north beds is not anywhere near london, friend..........

ok, fine anyway...if those who doubt my words would care to come and live in their "dear old england" then fine...im for it!!
But you are looking to move to Canada (again) to escape these perceived issues, when there are places a lot closer to home that you could try. Doesnt have to be Beds, my brother in Surrey, 30 mins from the city, also wouldnt recognise your description. Of course, thats not a cheap place to live, but then neither is Vancouver either.

FWIW many of my old mans neighbours commute the 1hr to London daily

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Originally Posted by julius smith View Post
hmm...ahem, ahem....thats cos north beds is not anywhere near london, friend..........

ok, fine anyway...if those who doubt my words would care to come and live in their "dear old england" then fine...im for it!!
You just identified your error. In one breath you mention 'dear old england' and imply that all of it is like your particular shithole corner of London.
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Default Re: Your observations when visiting UK from Canada !

Originally Posted by Tangram View Post
You just identified your error. In one breath you mention 'dear old england' and imply that all of it is like your particular shithole corner of London.
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Old Oct 27th 2011, 6:06 pm
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However, I'd disagree on crime rates.
Homicide is a poor way of comparing crime rates, especially in Alberta as Edmonton has far more than Calgary does.

The day-to-day crimes that affect us the most are property crimes.

But anyway the first thing that came up in Google was: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...frica-U-S.html

Whenever I'm thinking of moving somewhere the first thing I do is go to the local police station and talk to the local crime prevention officer, there is little doubt in my mind that where I live now is safer than anywhere I ever lived in the UK based on those conversations, which are admittedly subjective.
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For example, I've just watched a documentary series about the history of electricity on the BBC and it was bloody great - informative, concise, and well presented.
If you like watching documentaries. I actually disagree, some of the documentaries they have on PBS are better, the Ken Burns' documentaries are amazingly good, they're better than anything I've ever seen in the UK.
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Originally Posted by Oakvillian View Post
Back bacon in many independent butchers/delis.
I can get it at Superstore here. President's Choice Wiltshire cut bacon.
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Old Oct 27th 2011, 6:17 pm
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If you like watching documentaries. I actually disagree, some of the documentaries they have on PBS are better, the Ken Burns' documentaries are amazingly good, they're better than anything I've ever seen in the UK.


Better than Mr. Attenborough's. Surely not
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Originally Posted by julius smith View Post
hmm...ahem, ahem....thats cos north beds is not anywhere near london, friend..........

ok, fine anyway...if those who doubt my words would care to come and live in their "dear old england" then fine...im for it!!
I know where you're coming from. I saw Harry Brown. That's not the Britain I'd want to fetch my kids up in. They got no chance these days, poor little bastards. Truth be told, I blame Jack Straw.
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