This is an ongoing list that I’ll add to as and when I learn of interesting things.
1. Rush hour usually starts around 4pm. Most Britons start work early and after spending 8 hours at work, they leave at 4pm. When I first arrived in the UK, I was puzzled to see heavy traffic so early in the day and wondered how it could be.
2. There are many roundabouts in UK.
3. The last 15mins before end of work day is an exclusion time zone. Britons get annoyed if you try to catch them during this exclusion time zone as it could prevent them leaving on time.
4. New employees have to consent to working more than 48 hours and Employers cannot force them to do so without this consent.
The Imperfect Kitchen
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
I met a guy at the petrol station this morning. Dark haired, Mediterranean heritage, wiry body. He jittered constantly, as those on large doses of speed do; his hands, eyes, legs and speech all falling over each other for attention.
He was standing in front of me in the queue to pay, quibbling over the cost of cigarettes and repeatedly asking about newspapers.
“How much are the cigarettes?… 25 dollars? But I’ve only got 23!… I’ll give you 23 for the cigarettes and the newspaper. Although I need two newspapers don’t I? What if I miss some news?… What?… No! I said I’d give you 23! I don’t have 29, I only have 23!… But I need them… Nonononononono, I need them.”
With four people behind me and the guy becoming increasingly agitated, I lean forwards and offer…
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