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#31 Markjames1968

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 07:57 PM

The m1 motorway north......the longer you are on it, the better london gets..
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:43 PM

The m1 motorway north......the longer you are on it, the better london gets..

Until you get north of Leicester, then it's all downhill again.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:47 AM

I'm with Bill, fav foods in the UK  is anything in a pub, and Indian.  


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 03:52 PM

"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
— Samuel Johnson


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 04:05 PM

 

If you go to Stonehenge then I'd suggest going to Bathe also.

 

Actually if you go to Stonehenge, which is a pretty boring place to be honest, I would recommend two places within about 50 Miles

 

http://www.fleetairarm.com/

 

and

 

http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/

 

last isn't cheap but a lot to see and do once in. Good chippie across the road if you want to try some authentic British Fish and Chips.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 04:08 PM

Until you get north of Leicester, then it's all downhill again.

 

Hang on, I live north of Leicester you peasant.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 05:13 PM

Stonehenge might be boring, but it's on my bucket list. The same could be said for Little Big Horn here in the US. Historic, but there's not much there.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 05:22 PM

Stonehenge might be boring, but it's on my bucket list. The same could be said for Little Big Horn here in the US. Historic, but there's not much there.

Not boring at all. The visitors center has some exhibits that explain things, and it's awe-inspiring to stand outside alongside the stones (you can no longer approach and touch them unless you're a famous dignitary, but that's all right by me.

 

And sometimes you can hear the Royal Artillery shooting off rounds on nearby Salisbury Plain.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 05:44 AM

The one thing you MUST do is stand on the right hand side of the escalators in tube stations - unless you really, really want to learn some new swear words. 

 

Really?

They drive on the left side of the road, but stand on the right in the escalators? :hmmm:


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 05:49 AM

I'm with Bill, fav foods in the UK  is anything in a pub, and Indian.  

 

Deep fried Brie cheese salad, with strawberry jam vinaigrette. Awesome !


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:16 AM

Really?
They drive on the left side of the road, but stand on the right in the escalators? :hmmm:


So people on the left can move quickly, makes perfect sense.
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 08:47 AM

an hour South of London is Tunbridge Wells, not only a nice place but home to the Aviation Bookshop, the best in the country. You could spend hours in there while your missus does some sightseeing. Also they will send stuff anywhere in the world for you

 

another vote for the RAF Museum. It's a fair trek to Colindale on the tube, but worth it.

 

I'd give the Imperial War Museum a miss. I found it uninspiring, even though I love my history

 

for good eats I can recommend:  The Chandos Pub, St Martin's Ln (off Tottenham Court Rd.) for lunch, or failing that, Brown's (also on St Martin's Ln).  For evening meal, there's a fantastic Punjabi restaurant called Tayyabs, which is on Fieldgate St, Whitechapel.

 

also an hour from London - Brighton. A nice day out by the seaside. Failing that, there are plenty of South Coast towns an hour from the smoke, such as Eastbourne


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:02 AM

 

And sometimes you can hear the Royal Artillery shooting off rounds on nearby Salisbury Plain.

 

In my past RAF helicopter force life we did a night escape and evasion exercise on Salisbury Plain, to make it more interesting the objective was a pub some 5 miles away and the prize for first arrivals was free beer all night... Needless to say the incentive was there and we had maps marking all the danger zones off and a compass, the two of us arrived second :( having determined the quickest and less obvious way there was to run across the live firing range lol, the biggest brightest red danger zone on the map... 

 

I still shudder to think what was underfoot and luckily no one fired, though the boom and a couple of starshells lighting up the distant firing points got the old ring puckering, but free beer is free beer... the winners made it in under 1/2 hour as leaving the camp they spotted a car on the public road, flagged him down and some nice Civi drove them to the pub. Grrrr

 

Also near Stonehenge is

 

http://www.tankmuseum.org/home


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 02:21 PM

Also near Stonehenge is

 

http://www.tankmuseum.org/home

Bovington is an excursion all in itself. Here is a wonderful account by my friend, Georg Eyerman, of his trek there for their annual Tank Fest.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:25 PM

So people on the left can move quickly, makes perfect sense.

 

Indeed, that makes perfect sense.

 

But it would make even more sense if people would stand on the left side so people on the right side can move quickly, just like on your highways, with the same side to overtake. :)

 

But that's what makes the british so cool. Totally unpredictable. Who would put some strawberry jam in a salad? But once you taste it, it's damn good !

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You burnt Jeanne d'Arc, defeated Napoleon, and destroyed our fleet twice at Trafalgar and Mers-el-Kebir, but now you're forgiven because you designed the Spitfire and almost every Game of Throne actors are british. :)


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