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I lived in London for four years. Perhaps I just didn't appreciate it, but I can't say I really was that aware of the class system on a day-to-day basis. Sure, you were aware that in Peckham in South London there tended to be a lower socio-economic 'category' of people than say, Kensington. And yes in Mayfair there were the private members' clubs and ...


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Having worked with London police for some time, I can tell you that, no, you cannot. Until a few years ago this was possible with an advance request, however there was an incident whereby the civilian on the ride-along was injured. To make the long story short, the practice was stopped straight away. Moreover, even police student officers (i.e. already ...


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What do travellers need to know about the British class system? Nothing. It won't come up. Don't believe everything you see on American TV. The class system in the UK would be quite similar to the class system in the USA, Canada or other countries. Certainly there are dangerous parts of some cities and expensive 'private members club' in the UK, and USA, ...


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While there are some areas which are distinctly richer or poorer, this is in the same way the some areas in any country, state or city are richer or poorer. Class just really doesn't come up in normal day-to-day life here, anywhere round the UK. Bond Street isn't particularly high end, it has some nice shops, some less so - you will be welcome to spend ...


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Absolutely! And not only you can, it is one of the best ways to explore the City! My favourite place to start the journey is from Hyde Park - right by the Serpentine Lake is a nice place to eat a sandwich and start skating, while you see some people dancing on rollers and quads. There are also some places to rent inlines in case you can't take yours with ...


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It depends on what you consider 'special skills'. With some excercise, paddling should be feasible for most people. For the English Channel, you can easily find operators and boat charterers offering planning support or equipment rent: http://www.fullthrottleboatcharters.com/kayak-across-english-channel/ Crossing the Øresund may not be much more than 5km ...


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If you intend to stay in UK and Hungary more than a couple of days in each, you'd need to buy a package for each country separately. The global services rates you cite are actually pretty competitive, if I compare with what I'm charged for roaming in countries in Europe other than my own. I'd just try to reduce my voice usage as much as possible, and look at ...


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The Eurostar arrives at London Kings Cross/St. Pancras. From there you can catch the midland main line (to Sheffield) or the east coast main line (to Newcastle and Edinburgh). If you wanted to go to Manchester you'd need to take the West coast main line from Euston (a 9 minute tube ride away). As long as you don't mind changing trains, the Eurostar is a ...


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Will You Break Even? In my opinion you would be lucky to break even at the end of the trip. The wear-and-tear from such a long journey alone could cause the motorbike to devalue so much as to lose any margin of profit when reselling it. Having said this, why not do some maths? Assumptions For the purpose of this answer I will be assuming the following: ...


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As of July 2014, bicycles were not allowed on the Øresund Bridge. Check back in 55 years: It's currently forbidden to cycle across the Öresund bridge, a part-bridge, part-tunnel connection between Malmö and Copenhagen, which was made famous by the hit television show The Bridge. But if new proposals by Sweden-based construction company Skanska and ...


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Kate Fox's "Watching the English" is a humorous look at English culture (with a focus on the class system) that may be helpful for travelers as well as expats. While you're unlikely to have to understand the intricacies of the class system on a brief voyage, being aware of the complex nature of English social life might enrich your trip and add meaning to ...


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I visited the wall last year. I didn't hike: we took the train to Newcastle, rented a car, drove across the country, spending a night at a B&B, and took the train back from Carlisle. There is bus service from Newcastle to Carlisle with stops quite close to the wall, so you can construct yourself a loop fairly easily. For example, you could take the bus ...


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iDBUS looks more comfortable than Eurolines as it is advertised. You can view pictures and videos of the bus features by searching on YouTube. iDBUS fares, in the absolute, are slightly higher than Eurolines ones and remain the same for every seat of the same bus i.e. they will not vary as the bus is filling up. You can find them on the iDBUS website. ...


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You haven't specified whether your calls will be inbound or outbound, but OneSimCard is a pre-paid service for international travelers and may be a very attractive option. For both the U.K. and Hungary are: Receive a call: Free Make a call: $0.29 / $0.39 ($0.59 for Hungary) per minute Receive SMS: Free Send SMS: $0.15 / $0.40 Internet Data: ...


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I would personally recommend taking the train - it means you can see the landscape change as you travel south, rather than bypassing it in the plane (also taking the train is lower carbon so better for the environment). You can take a train from London to Paris, Paris to Milan, and then a night train from Milan to Naples, arriving at Naples in the morning: ...


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My fiancé and I hiked the Wall last year. We took 9 days and walked the entire way, and we did a series of blog posts about it. I can't recommend this journey enough, it was amazing! We were roughly following the trail laid out in the best book we could find on the path, which breaks it into 9 sections, and has tips on lodging and food at nearly every ...


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It being the Lake District in June, you can expect rain, gorgeous sunshine, fog, wind, calm, hot and cold, so for the first part of your question: take layers of clothing, with an outer waterproof / windproof layer take a hat take sun screen take midge repellent That's the UK for you - very variable :-) For the second part - I would suggest booking ...


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I've not stopped much on the west, although can recommend Cumbria - or anywhere in the Lake District really. So Carlisle - very nice town. Part of the start of Hadrian's Wall, which is pretty great to see and walk a segment of. Up the East Coast is another option - you could stop in York, and Edinburgh, before crossing over to Glasgow. Edinburgh speaks ...


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Yes, you should be able to do that. That's precisely what the single market is about and, incidentally, the reason why the EU enacts so many seemingly petty unrelated rules (EU countries have to agree on rules regarding safety, labelling, etc. so that most products can then circulate freely between them instead of setting rules independently of each other ...


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Where this legend probably got started is if someone purchased a bike not available in the destination country, or had enough celebrity status that the bike can be auctioned as "This is the bike that < Famous Person > rode from Mumbai to Amsterdam". Globalization has all but eliminated the first case, and "it's been done" has eliminated the second. In ...


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What your friend told you it's pretty inaccurate and the opposite is actually true: many people at the stadium DO wear jersey / shirt of their favorite team. Authentic jerseys are sold pretty much everywhere at the same price, which is usually quite high. You can find "accurate enough" jerseys for lower prices, tho. Usually outside the stadium there are a ...


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A good resource for checking train connections is http://www.bahn.de/. There are often good deals on Europe's high speed trains, though you might only get a good deal to the south of France, not all the way into Italy. It will be hard to beat a budget flight. Obviously on journey time but also on cost. Book in time and your return journey can be as little ...


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Right now, the answer is no. I believe you'll need to be a registered reader, and have your readers card approved for old manuscripts. You can see the getting a readers card section for more on how to do that. (Note that you'll likely need a suitable reason, study related, before they'd give you access). You can't just wander up and get access, sorry. ...


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The four extant 1215 copies are on view at: the British Library (x2) Salisbury Cathedral Lincoln Castle Part of the problem of making a complete list is that different sources given different total of extant copies, however the exhaustive list can be found in the sale catalog produced by Sotheby's for the sale of the Magna Carta in private hands. There ...


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Yes, from many places in the south west it's both cheaper and more convenient. There is a coach from Reading station to Heathrow. If you search the national rail planner for a journey from somewhere in the west (e.g. Bristol) to LHR it will generally recommend this as being both quicker and cheaper than taking the train in to London and back. A taxi would ...


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In the abstract and en masse, class distinctions in Britain are acknowledged and of wide concern. Media and politicians are always talking about "middle class people", "working class people", "a growing underclass", and so on. These are general terms. There aren't specific recognised definitions of classes within which every person can be formally placed, ...


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In May this year I took a steam train from London Kings Cross to Matlock (peak district) and since then they have opened a 4 mile stretch and run regular steam train trips between Matlock and Rowsley (4 miles). Price wise it's currently £7.50 for adults and free for under 3. Also the Peak District website looks like it has some good information.


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The Eurostar goes to St. Pancras International station in London. The Virgin Trains Pendolino service has a train to Manchester every 20 minutes, and takes about two hours. This leaves from Euston station, which is about ten minutes walk from St. Pancras. The public transport connections between the two stations are not very good, so I would generally ...



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