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Anything you recognise from the abysmal TV programme that is 'Geordie Shore' is purely coincidental.
- •AalreetThe Geordie version of Alright. Can be used as a greeting like Hello, or just Alright/OK.
- •MortalVery drunk. Sometimes you may hear someone say 'mortal drunk'.
- •Pure / ProperUsed in the same way as very. 'Pure Mortal' or 'Proper Mortal'.
- •Do you feel moved by your national anthem?Not really. I've got three problems with it. Firstly, the tune is a dirge. Secondly the subject of the anthem is not the country, it's the unelected hereditary (albeit constitutional) monarch. Thirdly, the anthem implores a deity whose existence is unproven and increasingly unlikely (and if happens to exist is pretty unpleasant) to save the said unelected hereditary monarch.
- •How do children get to schoolThere's no one specific way. Some places do have school buses, but they're rare (and don't look like the ones in America) others will walk with or without adults depending on age, some older kids will cycle, they might be dropped off by car, or take a normal bus service or perhaps a local metro/tube train if/where appropriate.
- •Can you succinctly explain your country's healthcare system, and are most people happy with it?We have National Insurance, which is taken from your wages, to cover the National Health Service (NHS) as well as Unemployment, Sickness and Disability Benefits. National Insurance can exhaust. If this happens you can still use the NHS free and most people who need to can still access benefits, but you will have a shortfall in your National Insurance which will be deducted from your state pension when you retire, unless you make up the short fall. People really support and love the NHS.
- •Why Religion still exists
- •Why people are bastards to each other
- •Why Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor, I'm A Celebrity etc are so popular
- •It's friendlinessPeople talk to each other. On the bus or Metro, in the street. It may be a city, but it's a real community.
- •It's sizeIt's a medium-sized city, with the amenities and attractions of a major city, but within 15 minutes you can be at the coast. In 30 minutes, you can be in the countryside. It's easy to walk from one part of the city to another.
- •It's lookWith its multiple bridges spanning a broad, deep river valley, imposing. It's filled with history with a castle almost a thousand years old. City walls that were built 800 years go, Buildings from the 16th, 17th and 18th century, and a large chunk of the city with handsome, sweeping sandstone streets built in the early 19th century. It feels sophisticated, light and open, even under grey skies
- 1.We don't all love drinking tea.I can't stand the stuff. It's horrible. I know loads of people who, like myself find it disgusting.
- 2.It's not always cold and wet.This perception is silly. If there is one thing you shouldn't do, it's stereotype British weather. It's far too unpredictable! It can feel like November in June. It can feel like May in December (last year people were walking round in shorts and sunbathing a couple of weeks before Christmas). There are times every summer where the UK will be hotter than Spain/Florida - but sporadically! The one thing you can say is that whatever the weather, itdoesn't stick around for long!
- 3.London is not the UKIt's our capital, it's a great place to visit, but if you think only of London, you're missing out. We have brilliant major provincial cities in Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol. Lovely historic smaller cities like York, Durham, Chester, Canterbury, Winchester, Salisbury, Bath. Stunning countryside in the Dales and Moors of Yorkshire, the coast and Castles of Northumberland, Cumbria's Lake Districts, Scotland's Lochs, Highlands and Islands.
- •Leicester City (Away) - May 1992A hairy day at Filbert Street!
- •Arsenal (FA Cup Final) - May 1998The elation of actually being at the FA Cup final, followed by the shattering despair at losing it.
- •Man Utd (FA Cup Final) - May 1999This time! This time!...Na.