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Madrid tackles ‘el manspreading’ on public transport with new signs

The British newspaper, The Guardian, have been following the growing problem of El Manspreading:

Transport authorities in the Spanish capital want to encourage men to respect boundaries on bus seats and keep legs closed.”

Really, seriously, are you pulling my leg?!  In the great scheme of things, does anyone really care?  I for one, have more important things to worry about than a geezer´s knees.  OMG, get a grip!

If you want to read more, check out the full report here.

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No-frills airlines

no frills airlineNo frills please, they costs too much!

A no-frills service or product is one where the non-essential features have been removed in order to keep the price as low as possible. So, I always fly back to the UK with EasyJet as they are one of the most popular and cheapest no-frills airlines in Europe. Are you a no-frills kind of person, or do you prefer to spend more and reap the benefits of leg room, free alcohol and an entertainment system?

To be on the wagon

To be on the wagon!  –  Estar en el vagón

to be on the wagonWhat does this idiom mean? ‘To stop drinking alcohol for a period of time’

I know!!! I understand the individual words, but not what they mean all together! Now, where is my corkscrew? And, where can I find a wagon like the wagon in the photo?

Iconic Symbols of the UK: Black Cabs

Black CabBy far one of the most popular iconic symbols of the UK is the black cab, and yes, we love our cheeky cabbies ( taxi driver).

It is said that there are currently 21,000 black cabs in London and every driver has to pass a test called The Knowledge, to become an authorized driver. The test takes on average 3 years to pass and all drivers have to learn 25,000 streets and 20, 000 monuments. So, if you get lost in London, don’t bother asking directions from a policeman or a passerby, ask a taxi driver they are the walking talking driving A-Z of London.

As many of you know, the Brits love rules and regulations and we have a lot of rules that encourage integration, a respect for diversity and religious tolerance. However, we are also total nutjobs when it comes to some of the laws passed by Parliament. For instance:

  • Technically is is illegal to shout ‘ Taxi’ at a moving black cab.
  • All black cabs legally have to be designed so that a man can sit upright wearing a bowler hat.
  • Moreover, and the most bizarre law is that a taxi driver can legally take a piss against the rear of his or her vehicle. OMG – that’s just disgusting!

Finally, the race is on, if you want to find out if a taxi driver is more intelligent than a SatNav then watch this video. Will the SatNav win the race or will the taxi driver get to the finishing line first? My money’s on the cab driver, how about yours?

Oh, word of warning, if you put the subtitles on, be careful there are loads of mistakes. For example: Saint Pauls is subtitled as Big Balls and ‘We are stuck here now’, is subtitled as: ‘Overstock Africa’. OMG, it’s hilarious – the voice to text App can’t understand the London accent. As a proud Yorkshire woman, I’ve been laughing my pants off!

Iconic Symbols of the UK: Double-Decker Buses

double decker busA double-decker bus is a bus that has two storeys or decks. The red double-decker buses in London have become a national symbol of England and the UK.

Furthermore, when I was younger the double decker bus was used to differentiate your social identity, for instance if you were hip and cool you sat upstairs but if you were a bit of nerd and socially awkward you sat downstairs. Where do you think I sat?
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