Here’s a few things I have learnt about England, but given I have only spent time up in County Durham so far, I’m disclaiming with N.E England.
- They do have fine weather sometimes (the image above is not enhanced – they really do have blue skies).
- There are gypsies. Honestly; real gypsies, on horses and caravans parked on the side of the open roads.
- I’ve been able to understand just about everyone I have met, drunken publicans and middle aged check out chicks aside.
- There really is a pub on every corner, and then somewhere in between corners too.
- The local markets (as seen in photo above) have a stall selling images of Sydney opera house and bridge.
- Deodorants and aftershaves are called â€˜smellies’ here.
- There are more than 300 channels on SkyTV here.
- One of those channels broadcasts live SMS and MMS coming in from viewersâ€¦weird.
- Of all the bobbies (Police) I have seen so far, only one was wearing their traditional hat.
- There are an amazing amount of teenage girls pushing prams. Seems teenage pregnancy is a huge issue here.
- History here is measured in centuries, not decades like we do in Australia.
- Every single food establishment (including roadhouses) cater for vegetarians, many of which have at least 10 items on their menu.
- Everyone knows our cultural television exports, Home and Away and Neighbours. I have been working on my Alf Stewart voice at the pub.
I’m sure there are plenty of other interesting facts, but I’ll leave them for another day.
Photo: Market Square, Bishop Auckland, County Durham.