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32 Very British Problems

1. Worrying you’ve accidentally packed 3 kilos of cocaine and a dead goat as you stroll through “Nothing to declare”.

2. Being unable to stand and leave without first saying “right”.

3. Not hearing someone for the third time, so just laughing and hoping for the best.


4. Saying “anywhere here’s fine” when the taxi’s directly outside your front door.

5. Being sure to start touching your bag 15 minutes before your station, so the person in the aisle seat is fully prepared for your exit.

6. Repeatedly pressing the door button on the train before it’s illuminated, to assure your fellow commuters you have the situation in hand.


7. Having someone sit next to you on the train, meaning you’ll have to eat your crisps at home.

8. The huge sense of relied after your perfectly valid train ticket is accepted by the inspector.

9. The horror of someone you only half know saying: “Oh I’m getting that train too”.

10. “Sorry, is anyone sitting here?” – Translation: Unless this is a person who looks remarkably like a bag, I suggest you move it.

11. Loudly tapping your fingers at the cashpoint, to assure the queue that you’ve asked for money and the wait is out of your hands.


12. Looking away so violently as someone nearby enters their pin that you accidentally dislocate your neck.

13. Waiting for permission to leave after paying for something with the exact change.

14. Saying hello to a friend in the supermarket, then creeping around like a burglar to avoid seeing them again.

15. Watching with quiet sorrow as you receive a different haircut to the one you requested.


16. Being unable to pay for something with the exact change without saying “I think that’s right”.

17. Overtaking someone on foot and having to keep up uncomfortably fast pace until safely over the horizon.

18. Deeming it necessary to do a little jog over zebra crossing, while throwing in an apologetic mini wave.

19. Punishing people who don’t say thank you by saying “you’re welcome” as quietly as possible.


20. The overwhelming sorrow of finding a cup of tea you forgot about.

21. Turning down a cup of tea for no reason and instantly knowing you’ve made a terrible, terrible mistake.

22. Suddenly remembering you tea and necking it like a massive, lukewarm shot.

23. Realising you’ve got about fifty grand’s worth of plastic bags under your kitchen sink.

24.” You’ll have to excuse the mess”-Translation: I’ve spent seven hours tidying in preparation for your visit.


25. Indicating that you want the last roast potato by trying to force everyone else to take it.

26. “I’m off to bed” – translation: “I’m ff to stare at my phone in another part of the house”.

27. Mishearing somebody’s name on the second time of asking, meaning you must now avoid them forever.

28. Leaving it too late to correct someone, meaning you must live your new name for ever.

29. Running out of ways thanks when a succession of doors are held for you, having already deployed “cheers”, “ta” and “nice one”.

30. Changing from “kind regards” or just “regards”, to indicate that you are rapidly reaching the end of your tether.

31. Hearing a recording of your own voice and deciding it’s perhaps best never to speak again.

32. Staring at your phone in silent horror until the unknown number stops to ringing.




Rules and Manners on public transport in the UK!

‘Manners Maketh Man’ what a famous line from the movie (‘KingsMan’). It is more than true for British people. In Britain, it is historically important that you should keep strict rules and good manners in both body language and speech and you have to apply it on public transport in the UK.

British rules and manners are the most important things that you should keep in your mind, literally at ALL TIMES. Queueing, compromising your turn, saying please and thank you, and sorry whenever appropriate, these are essential tips to get along with the Brits.

Today, we will learn about public transport in the UK.

What pops up first in your mind when you think of English transport? Yes they drive on the left! Anything else? The red double-decker bus in London? or the classic black cabs?

When you come to Bournemouth where our main World Choice Education office is, there are crucial rules and manners on public transport that you should keep and follow as they could be totally different to those in your country’.

This blog post will attempt to teach you some of the essential rules and manners on public transport.


1. British drive left!

public transport in the UK

Foreign students should be extremely careful whenever they cross the road in the UK, especially if they are not used to looking right before they cross. Have you ever been freaked out crossing the road because a car suddenly showed up on your right? Yes, I know, me too, everybody I know has been through it at least once and thankfully they are still alive. If you are in the UK, make sure that you look to your right as all cars drive left here!


2. Belisha beacon

public transport in the UK

If you see this orange coloured ball with a flashing light on a striped post on thew pavement, you are allowed to feel free to cross the pavement without worrying too much about getting run over by a car.

This special traffic light gives pedestrians priority over vehicular traffic. However, if you want to cross the road where there is no Belisha beacon or any zebra crossings, UK drivers will usually give way to pedestrians but you may be honked at. If a driver does give way to let you cross and is nice enough not to honk you, then we hope you won’t forget to thank the driver by lifting your hand slightly as if to wave.

public transport in the UK


3. Ride a bicycle only in the driveway!

public transport in the UK

public transport in the UKAre you a cyclist? When you decide to ride your bicycle, you shouldn’t use a pedestrian lane here. Remember a couple of crucial hand signals when you ride a bike in the UK. When you turn on the left or right, you need to show the signal by hands. And of course you have to ride on left! If you don’t feel comfortable to take off one of your hands from the handle or cycling on the left, well then… I highly recommend you just get on the bus as your life must be more precious than looking cool! Safety above anything else!


4. Please queue up, say hello and thank the driver when getting on the bus/train!

public transport in the UKHave you ever tried to catch a bus, but the bus just passed you? Maybe the reason you missed the bus is because you didn’t stick your hand out to stop the bus. 

Before you board, you need to let passengers exit first. And then please compromise your turn for the people with prams, people in wheelchairs, or seniors by saying “after you” or signal using hand gestures to give way.

When you get on the bus, say ‘hello’, ‘Hi’ ‘Good morning’ to the driver, and say ‘thank you’ when getting off the bus. 


These rules and manners on public transports in the UK will ensure you don’t get into any trouble, or offend anyone.  Now are you ready to come to Bournemouth and find World Choice Education office? We are located in the very centre of Bournemouth. Do not forget all the tips you learned from this blog post because keeping safe on the road is essential! We look forward to the possibility of seeing you very soon.

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