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Strange British customs

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posted on May, 2 2013 @ 06:32 AM
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A lot of really great info there, thanks for that.

I really need to move to Lewes looks like a great party town




posted on May, 2 2013 @ 11:41 AM
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Like davespanners said

Thanks for the effort it took to put you post together


Cody



posted on May, 2 2013 @ 11:43 AM
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I had a good friend named John that would visit my area regularly. I think the hardest American custom he had to get used to was going out, having a few drinks, and not getting into a fight. I guess that's why he always went back to England. I haven't seen him in a few years.

I agree with Hugo Drax, one of Britain's greatest contributions to civilization is Tea Time. The idea that an entire country would stop what they are doing at the same time to have a cup of tea seems almost magical to me. Do you guys still do that?



posted on May, 2 2013 @ 12:52 PM
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A very ancient and highly sacred South African tradition-THE BRAAI (bbq anywhere else)





posted on May, 2 2013 @ 01:00 PM
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A South African comedian,Barry Hilton (aka Cousiiiin) on Braai





posted on May, 2 2013 @ 01:36 PM
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We do at work

At our place it's 10:15 and 15:15

With lunch in between of course. Can't beat a cup of tea for socialising, except of course a cup of coffee


Tea and toast in the morning just before we start work.

And of course a good old fashioned talk about soccer and the weather.

At least we aren't predictable


Cody



posted on May, 2 2013 @ 01:46 PM
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Oh Rax

Mr's C and I are crying with laughter
It was like a family braii (I'm the beer runner, right down the end of the hierarchy) but allowed to stand with the men.

You should have heard Mrs C's comment when the boerewors got the fork


I do believe that's the first time I've heard her swear


Still laughing

Thank you so much

Cody



posted on May, 2 2013 @ 04:10 PM
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That is so cool!



posted on May, 2 2013 @ 06:29 PM
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That's where I'm gonna be this weekend!

Hastings has loads of wierd traditional stuff - like the bike race ( old butchers delivery bike up really steep streets whilst wearing waders ) in Old Town Week, Jack in the Green, The Bonfire Boyes and the relatively new but fast becoming traditional Pirates Day.

Love the summer here.



posted on May, 5 2013 @ 06:07 AM
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The Dorset Knob Throwing contest in Cattistock



A Dorset Knob is a biscuit (cookie), a hard crusted projectile, about the size of a golf ball.




The savoury biscuits have to be thrown underarm and one of the competitor's feet must remain on the ground during the toss in order for it to count - the best of three is measured and recorded.


It's on Today, 5th May. Link to festival page


The competition is open to the public and entry is on a turn up and participate basis. The cost to the general public is £1 for three knobs, unlimited number of entries per person allowed.



Other events include a knob eating contest and knob darts

BBC Link



posted on May, 5 2013 @ 07:06 AM
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Good stuff, Cody!


The only silly U.S. celebration that comes to mind (though I'm sure there are a LOT more) is Talk Like A Pirate Day, which only proves that we in the U.S. have WAY too much time on our hands.


But, what I'd like to share here is some of the well-loved and well-respected Americans that we are so proud of, and some things that are truly American originals.


Hey, wait a minute!





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posted on May, 5 2013 @ 08:59 AM
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Interesting...and not just American. International Talk like a pirate day Wiki



It has become a holiday for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster




God belongs to everyone, not just americans...

And Pirates were among the first to be touched by his noodly appendages.




posted on May, 5 2013 @ 09:22 AM
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Interesting...and not just American. International Talk like a pirate day Wiki



It has become a holiday for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster




God belongs to everyone, not just americans...

And Pirates were among the first to be touched by his noodly appendages.




The founders of TLAP day were from the U.S. But, how in the hell did a god come into this?



posted on May, 5 2013 @ 09:46 AM
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This picture and graph explain it clearly.


It has something to do with global warming...


It all started here:Original Document

Hope that helps



edit on 5/5/2013 by Theflyingweldsman because: there is a reason for everything



posted on May, 5 2013 @ 09:56 AM
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Originally posted by Theflyingweldsman
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This picture and graph explain it clearly.


It has something to do with global warming...


It all started here:Original Document

Hope that helps



edit on 5/5/2013 by Theflyingweldsman because: there is a reason for everything


Well, THAT explains it!



posted on May, 5 2013 @ 10:06 AM
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Hi cody,im glad you+the missus liked it-yes Afrikaners can be really funny! I enjoyed looking at the weird and wonderful English customs too,thank You.I would never have known of some if you didnt make this thread.Wishing you+your family a happy week ahead:-)



posted on May, 5 2013 @ 10:14 AM
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Good stuff, Cody!
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Thanks Jigger it's always fun to laugh.

Cody



posted on May, 5 2013 @ 10:19 AM
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Thanks Rax right back you.

I just took Mrs C to Camden lock for the first time, she was absolutely gob smacked.

You can read about it here

We spent a fortune


But mostly we spent quality time together. It was fantastic..............expensive, but fantastic.

Cody



posted on May, 5 2013 @ 10:46 AM
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World Stinging Nettle Eating Championship



This is held each year in the village of Marshwood, Dorset.




The Bottle Inn hosts the annual World Nettle Eating Championships as part of a charity beer festival.

Competitors are served 2-foot (0.61 m) long stalks of stinging nettles from which they pluck and eat the leaves.

After an hour the bare stalks are measured and the winner is the competitor with the greatest accumulated length of nettles.



The contest began in the late 1980s when two farmers argued over who had the longest stinging nettles in their field and evolved into the World Nettle Eating Championships when one of the farmers promised to eat any nettle which was longer than his.





The championship has separate men’s and women’s sections and attracts competitors from as far afield as Canada and Australia.

In June 2010 Sam Cunningham, a fishmonger from Somerset won the contest, after eating 74 feet of nettles.

Wiki

It turns your tongue black!



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Tfw.



posted on May, 5 2013 @ 02:33 PM
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fresh nettles are pretty damn yummy, and make great soup too.... once you learn the trick of how to handle them it's easy not to get stung and such.

it's a great trick for making kids go
too

many years back i was in a pub with some chums (and a friend of theirs i didnt know so well) where some folk at the next table were starting to get too big for their boots and smashed a glass for effect... the guy i did not know so well picked up a thumbnail sized shard of the glass and prompty chewed it up and swallowed it while staring at them.. they settled down after that
five minutes later our table had eaten pretty much the whole glass
i've never done it since, but it's easy when you know how



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