Thursday, November 19, 2009

Weird British Things - Part Two

Thanks to all who commented on the last post! Karen had a good point -- sometimes it's better not to tell cabbies where you're going until you get in. That way, they have to take you.

And maybe mince pies are better with Devonshire clotted cream. I'm just not sure I'll ever find out.

Here are some more weird British things. Feel free to comment and let me know if it's just me, or if these things are indeed strange for most non-natives. (Last post on the weirdness, I promise!)

Toilets with a button on top - What is with that? I want a lever to flush, dammit. Not some button on the top.

Washing machines that open from the front - I find washing machines here, in general, so confusing. And don't get me started on the washer/dryer all-in-one combo!

Power outlets with on-off switches - I think this is a great idea. Plug it in, turn it on.

TV licenses - What, I have to pay to have a telly? And the funniest fact of all (discovered when I had to write the 'Life in the UK' test): if you're blind, you get 50 per cent off your license. What a deal!

Small, small fridges - I can't believe how big fridges are when I go back home.

Standing up in pubs - Please can we sit down? Why do I have to stand here awkwardly with my drink, even if there are chairs available?


Karen Jones Gowen said...

Front loading washers are the top of the line thing in the US, supposedly they get the clothes a lot cleaner. They cost twice as much so I'll never have one.

P.S. I love mince pie! Only in the US it is no longer made with real meat. It originally was called mincemeat pie, and was made from beef or pork mixed with fruit and spices. Now it's just the fruit and spices. I love it!

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Anonymous said...

I agree with Karen about the washers in the U.S.

I've seen toilets with a button here as well, mostly in nice hotels.

The power outlets in Britain are just the best idea, really.

Ha! I didn't know that the blind even had to pay a license fee. I guess I thought they should have it for free or at least half off, cmon!

I would swap my large fridge for a daily open air produce market just down my High Street any day!

If no one is interested in sitting down just get pissed enough and you'll be horizontal in no time.

Marsha Moore said...

V true about the sitting down! Perhaps standing up is the right thing to do after all.

I'm afraid I just can't get behind mince pie!