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‘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!
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
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.
3. Ride a bicycle only in the driveway!
Are 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!
Have 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. ☺
Bournemouth’s Wheels Festival this year is set to kick off the summer with the military demonstration, grandiose monster truck shows and new breathtaking stunts! The Wheels Festival is one of the most popular attractions of the England; it attracts a large amount of people from all over the UK (Approximately 300,000 people). And of course, this means that there will be numerous spectacular demonstrations waiting for you.
The festival takes place in Bournemouth and returns for it’s third year from Friday 3rd till Sunday 5th June. The festival begins at 10am (which means you can still have that Saturday lie-in) and closes at 7:30pm on both Friday and Saturday but ends two hours earlier. You’ve got plenty of time to see what this event has in store.
There will be lots of eye candy for car lovers such as monsters truck in stock, BMX stunts, F1 racing cars, sports cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis etc and new models. From other leading car manufacturers… The racing circuits will go to you, to enable you to attend the parades of various racing cars.
In addition to monster trucks, risqué motorbike stunts and expensive sports cars, Bournemouth Wheels Festival also gives local residents and visitors the chance to get their eyes on vintage motors! For those of you who love everything vintage then just pop over to the Town Centre to check out early age motoring and take photos standing by pre-war classic cars. Don’t mind if I do!
There are also a couple of new events being introduced to the Wheels Festival this year, for instance local classic car owners (pre 1976) are also allowed to participate in the event after registering themselves and the car online. This new event is called the Classic Car Paddock and the public will be able to view these cars along Boscombe seafront. Another event that may be of interest to radical sports lovers is beachcross quad bike racing to the west of Boscombe pier. Towards the east of Bournemouth beach there will also be some motorbike trials this year.
If you’re a Bournemouth resident you probably will have noticed the huge wheel in the Triangle. The Wheel has been nicknamed the Bournemouth Eye (although I always thought this was what the Air Balloon was named). At 33 feet tall, the Wheel offers visitors and residents stunning 360-degree panoramic views over the Bournemouth region, as well as guided information about the town itself and its history. Tickets aren’t as dear as the London Eye, with adult tickets only costing £5 and children costing £3.50.
Whether you’re coming for the first or third time, you can expect to see the usual exhilarating ‘monster truck crushing a row of cars’ show on the beach, military, navy and RAF demonstration on the sand, F1 cars zooming along East Overcliff Drive, supercars on pier approach, vintage cars in The Square and freewheel stunts at Bournemouth East Beach and much much more!!! There really is something for the whole family in this year Wheels Festival. Psst… if the kids get bored or if you feel like being a big kid, Bournemouth gardens will also host a range of family entertainment from a circus, hoola hoop training and of course face painting. This weekend is especially about having fun! Let’s just hope the weather makes it all that much better!