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  1. otaku

    otaku Formula 3

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    Any suggestions on what to do while visiting? I would especially appreciate some auto related info we are already planning on visiting the bugatti trust.
     
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  3. ryalex

    ryalex Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Why not ask the blokes in the UK forum? They're mighty helpful and know some good curry restaurants.
     
  4. Dcup

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    to the what ??? trust ????
     
  5. SefacHotRodder

    SefacHotRodder F1 World Champ

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    Where in England? Contrary to popular belief, its quite a big place.
     
  6. BigAl

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    pubs, pubs, pubs, pubs.....did I say pubs?
     
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  8. Fan512bbi

    Fan512bbi Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Come to Wales and i will show you some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.
     
  9. BigAl

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    ....and pubs.....
     
  10. Fan512bbi

    Fan512bbi Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Too right mate, the pubs are great here.
     
  11. boffin218

    boffin218 Formula Junior

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    You've read the quick guide on UK travel, right?

    If not, see below:


    1. MONEY The Brits have peculiar words for many things. Money is referred
    to as "goolies" in slang, so you should for instance say "I'd love to come to
    the pub but I haven't got any goolies." "Quid" is the modern word for what
    was once called a shilling, the equivalent of seventeen cents American.

    2.MAKING FRIENDS If you are fond of someone, you should tell him he is a
    great "tosser" he will be touched. The English are a notoriously tactile,
    demonstrative people, and if you want to fit in you should hold hands with
    your acquaintances and tossers when you walk down the street.

    3. CUSTOMS Since their Labour government whole-heartedly embraced full
    union with Europe the Brits have been attempting to adopt certain continental
    customs, such as the large midday meal followed by a three-hour siesta,
    which they call a "wank". As this is still a fairly new practice in
    Britain, it is not uncommon for people to oversleep (alarmclocks, alas, do not work there due to the magnetic pull from Greenwich). If you are late for supper, simply apologise and explain that you were having a wank - everyone will understand and forgive you.

    4. RELAXING One of the most delightful ways to spend an afternoon in Oxford or Cambridge is gliding gently down the river in one of their flat-bottomed boats, which you propel using a long pole. This is known as "cottaging."
    Many of the boats (called "yer-i-nals") are privately owned by the colleges, but there are some places that rent them to the public by the hour. Just tell a professor or policeman that you are interested in doing some cottaging and would like to know where the public yerinals are. The poles must be treated with vegetable oil to protect them from the water, so it's a good idea to buy a can of Mazola and have it on you when you ask directions to the yerinals. That way people will know you are an experienced cottager.

    5. FOOD AND WINE British cuisine enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the most sublime astronomic pleasure available to man. Thanks to today's robust dollar, the American traveller can easily afford to dine out several times a week (rest assured that a British meal is worth interrupting your afternoon wank for). Few foreigners are aware that there are several grades of meat in the UK. The best cuts of meat, like the best bottles of gin, bear Her Majesty's seal, called the British Stamp of Excellence (BSE). When you go to a fine restaurant, tell your waiter you want BSE beef and won't settle for anything less. If he baulks at your request, custom dictates that you jerk your head imperiously back and forth while rolling your eyes to show him who is boss. Once the waiter realises you are a person of discriminating taste, he may offer to let you peruse the restaurant's list of exquisite British wines. If he does not, you should order one anyway. The best wine grapes grow on the steep, chalky hillsides of Yorkshire and East Anglia - try an Ely '84 or Ripon '88 for a rare treat indeed. When the bill for your meal comes it will show a suggested amount. Pay whatever you think is fair, unless you plan to dine there again , in which case you should simply walk out; the restaurant host will understand that he should run a tab for you.

    6. TRANSPORTATION Public taxis are subsidised by Her Majesty's Government. A taxi ride in London costs two pounds, no matter how far you travel. If a taxi driver tries to overcharge you, you should yell "I think not!" then grab the nearest policeman (bobby) and have the driver disciplined. It is rarely necessary to take a taxi, though, since bus drivers are required to make detours at patrons' requests. Just board any bus, pay your fare of thruppence (the heavy gold-coloured coins are "pence"), and state your destination clearly to the driver, e.g. "Please take me to the British Library." A driver will frequently try to have a bit of harmless fun by pretending he doesn't go to your requested destination. Ignore him, he is only teasing the American tourist (little does he know you're not so ignorant!).For those travelling on a shoestring budget, the London Tube may be the most economical way to get about, especially if you are a woman. Chivalry is alive and well in Britain, and ladies still travel for free on the Tube. Simply take some tokens from the baskets at the base of the escalators or on the platforms; you will find one near any of the state-sponsored Tube musicians. Once on the platform, though, beware! Approaching trains sometimes disturb the large Gappe bats that roost in the tunnels. The Gappes were smuggled into London in the early 19th century by French saboteurs and have proved impossible to exterminate. The announcement "Mind the Gappe!" is a signal that you should grab your hair and look towards the ceiling. Very few people have ever been killed by Gappes, though, and they are considered only a minor drawback to an otherwise excellent means of transportation.

    7. AIRPORTS One final note: for preferential treatment when you arrive at Heathrow airport, announce that you are a member of "Shin Fane" (an InternationalJewish peace organisation - the "shin" stands for "shalom"). As savvy travellers know, this little white lie will assure you priority treatment as you make your way through customs.

    Safe travels and Bon Voyage!
     
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  13. Fan512bbi

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    LMAO Chris :D that will be a short visit then.
     
  14. boffin218

    boffin218 Formula Junior

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    Ahh, but just think of all the wonderful memories he'll have! (*LMAO*)
     
  15. thecarreaper

    thecarreaper F1 World Champ
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    i bet with you as a tour guide all hell will break loose!!! i

    bet it would be fun m8 !!!!

    :)
     
  16. GoFerrari28

    GoFerrari28 Formula 3

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    If you get the chance, take a train from London up to Edinburgh, stopping in York for lunch. Scotland is beautiful and the people were very nice. Also, depending on when you are going, try to go to a race at Silverstone or Brands Hatch. I went to the British GP in 96 and had a blast.

    As for pubs, do a pub crawl (20 pubs in one night) and you get a free t-shirt, assuming they still do that. I had to do 21 pubs since one bartender forgot to stamp my card. Nothing but hard liquor all night. And if you happen to see Big Al passed out on the sidewalk, please give him my regards.
     
  17. otaku

    otaku Formula 3

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    Whats the drinking age in Britain? I've heard their isn't one. I'll definetly stop by silverstone though apparently only for a tour because you must be 21 to drive. Maybe some other time.
     
  18. tonyh

    tonyh F1 World Champ
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    drinking age is 18. Which part of UK are you visiting?
     
  19. spidermanUK

    spidermanUK Formula 3

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    Silverstone only imposes the 21 age restriction for certain types of track use, mainly the high value car hire. There are plenty of driving opportunities that are only restricted to having held a full licence for a year. I suggest you contact them and check your eligibility, as I know that you can drive in the US at 16, although of course you are all much too irresponsible to have a beer until you're 21!!!!

    try this link
    http://www.silverstone-circuit.co.uk/drivingexperiences/
     
  20. andrewg

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    Come to Liverpool,

    You can see the car park where the club the beatles used to play in was,

    Or

    The building site where Rushworths the music shop that gave them instruments to play used to be,

    Or

    where the famous terraced streets where world renowned ex-Liverpudlians grew up

    Or

    See the house Paul Mcartney used to live in (before he buggered off as soon as he was famous)

    See Toxteth & run :D

    Or just come up for a damn good night out or to watch one of the two most famous football teams play at home

    Liverpool European capital of culture 2008*








    *all attractions and sites subject to demolition and refurbishment to ensure none of the original culture of Liverpool is left......you will however be able to shop at large store chains and stay in homogenised hotels..........
     

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