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Visiting foreign countries would require travelers to observe the prevailing standards of etiquette in the place of destination.  Failure to observe this could result to misunderstanding or unintentional insult to locals.  England also has its specific do’s which visitors should observe while in the country.

The British have been known to maintain a stiff upper lip in their behavior.  They are known for being more formal than Americans.  Although there has been considerable relaxation of this formality, there are still certain standards of etiquette that need to be observed by locals and foreign visitors as well.

Visitors to England can take their cue from  what they observe once they are in the country.  If totally unsure of what to do, it might be best to inquire from friends and associates.  A little research can go a long way before visiting the country.

The basics are rather similar to other culture’s observance of common courtesy and good manners.  The three magic words consisting of please, thank you, and sorry form a large part of everyday conversation in England.  Shaking of hands is an acceptable form of greeting for long-time acquaintances while kissing on the cheek is fairly common between female friends.  When visiting a family, it is considered good manners to bring a gift either in the form of flowers, wine, or candy.

Waiting in line for one’s turn is seriously observed in England.  People using the escalator should always stay on the right side to permit people coming from the other direction to pass on the left side.  Tipping should be done in a manner that will not be interpreted as showing-off.  This includes the place and the amount of the tip.  People who do not drink alcohol can go to English pubs which are more like places to meet new friends rather than bars associated with drinking alcohol.

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Using a dish to receive numerous TV channels is the preferred choice by many people these days. This option is most ideal for homeowners living outside the city center as well as those residing in the rural areas.

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The direct broadcast satellite service known as DirecTV is a popular choice among homeowners in the U.S. This service broadcasts quality satellite television programming in various locations and requires the installation of a dish.

Most providers of DirecTV are able to install the satellite dish upon the request of new subscribers. Normally, though, they will charge a certain fee for the installation process.
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Preserving the environment is always top of mind among people and organizations worldwide concerned about the state of Mother Earth. Governments, in particular, are taking steps to ensure that their citizens and companies within their jurisdiction follow laws that will help safeguard their surroundings.

In the U.K., England and Wales follow best practices on the use of satellite television, notably the dish antenna. The objectives are to protect the environment, to raise awareness among homeowners on the proper positioning of satellite dishes and to help retailers and installers provide better advise and service to families.

It is a must for homeowners to properly select and position a dish in such a way that it has less impact on the environment. The neighborhood and the public will also have to be taken into consideration.
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For many British households, a traditional tea time practice of eating biscuits for an afternoon tea is still common.  It is observed when friends come for a quick visit and hunger pangs are felt when dinner is still quite far off.  Tea and biscuits became an ideal solution.

Biscuits are baked flour-based products which find their equivalent in American cookies although the latter has a generally softer consistency.  Although there is much confusion with these two terms because of their adaption in different contexts, there appears to be a common consensus that biscuits refer to the hard, crisp, dry baked products.  This English delicacy has served as the perfect combination for afternoon tea.

The afternoon tea is also referred to as low tea in contrast to high tea which is actually dinner, being in the heavier side.  The time set for this is about four or five in the afternoon and never goes beyond seven in the evening.  The start of this practice has been attributed to Anna Marie Stanhope, the Duchess of Bedford who was one of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting.

This practice was said to have been prompted by the Duchess “sinking feeling” at about four in the afternoon which is believed to have been caused by meager noon meals.  It was also said that what started out as a simple sneaking out of bread stuffs and a pot of tea graduated into the afternoon tea which consists of invited guests enjoying small cakes and sandwiches, sweets, and tea.

There are three types of afternoon tea including cream tea, light tea, and full tea.  Present afternoon tea observation in England now follows three courses comprised of savouries, scones, and pastries, in such particular order.  Tea of course is served throughout.

Buying contact lens online may be a novel thing to many who have been accustomed to the traditional way.  An optician is usually consulted who shall provide prescription details after eye examination.  It is quite common that the same optician also performs the service of providing the contact lens.

A new trend in buying contact lens has emerged in many parts of the world including the UK.  The convenience of online purchase now includes a product that used to be available only in brick and mortar stores.  With the power of technology, a good number of online stores are now offering contact lens which are conveniently delivered to customers.

For those who are already using contact lens, prescription details can be found on the box or individual blister packs of contact lens.  The optician also easily provides these information since all patients are entitled to this accompanying data wherever they choose to make their purchase of contact lens.  Online contact lens stores do not usually ask for a copy of the prescription although they would require patients to enter the prescription details in the order form.

Online contact lens buyers in the UK are advised to choose their online contact lens supplier carefully.  The product one orders is usually as good only as the reliability of the company from which the order is being made.  Since customers will be going through the online route, the initial thing to look for is a professional-looking website with all required contact numbers provided.  A professional supplier will have to be knowledgeable with the product they are offering, even providing advice when necessary.  A reliable supplier has no hidden costs and provides all related costs upfront without the need to ask.  This goes as well with other information that is required to make an informed decision.  To ensure that standards are within UK’s regulation, it would also be best to check where the products are being shipped from.  Contact lens that are being shipped from within UK should have passed prescribed product standards.

The issue of costs or pricing is always a question in buying anything.  The offered contact lens products must be competitively priced and fortunately these can be found online.  Online purchase is very convenient and also provides access to all types while affording cost savings.  Ordered contact lenses are delivered to the customer’s doorstep.  This is now less the cost of travelling to and back.  Also, many online shops offer exceptional promos that effectively lower cost price.

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Nona is a professional researcher and writer.  She has recently discovered the convenience of buying her contact lenses online.

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There is much interest surrounding the line of succession to the British throne.  The people who are included in this line are descendants of Electress Sophia of Hanover who are Protestants.  Descendants who are Roman Catholics or have married Roman Catholics have been specifically excluded from the list of eligible successors to the throne.

This arrangement is supported by the Act of Settlement of 1701 which determined the issue of Succession to the Throne of the United Kingdom plus 15 Commonwealth realms.  The same line of succession is used for choosing the Counsellors of State and a Regent, if so required as guided by the Regency Act of 1937.  It is to be noted that only legitimate descendants are included in the list and legitimized descendants are specifically excluded as well.

Electress Sophia of Hanover died before having her chance to ascend to the throne, thus it was her eldest son, George I who started the reign from her family line.  The present head of the British Monarchy is Queen Elizabeth.  Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, as the heir to the British Throne can only be king if and when Queen Elizabeth choose to abdicate, retire or die.  The line of succession favors the male gender and only allows female descendants to be heir to the throne, if and only if she has no brother as in the case of Queen Elizabeth.

In the line of succession, the siblings of the heir to the throne fall behind the heir’s children.  Thus, a descendant’s place may change, depending on the events related to birth, death, or marriage within the family.  There are efforts being exerted to change the manner of succession in relation to gender, marriage to Roman Catholics, and sovereign’s consent to royal marriage.

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Giving a name to a baby is a major concern of parents.  There are however names that are particularly famous in UK.  People’s first names are important but most parents name their babies according to traditions prevailing in the country or according to popularity.

In the UK , a recent list of favorite names for boys and girls contain fairly consistent entries.  The top ten boys’ name consist of Oliver, Jack, Harry, Charles, James, Joshua, Alfie, Thomas, Jacob, and Ethan.  The top ten girls’ names include Lily, Emily, Isabella, Sophia, Isabelle, Sophie, Olivia, Ava, Chloe, and Isla.

Traditional names usually follow names or members of the royal family, names of ancestors, and names of famous personalities.  It would be of great interest to know that choosing baby names is one of the major causes of arguments between spouses in UK.  The coming of a new child is admittedly an exciting phase in the life of couples but it can also be one of the most stressful.  Choosing a name can add to the stress knowing that the chosen name will be carried by the child for the rest of his or her life.

Another interesting finding about UK parents is that a considerable percentage actually regrets the choice of names they have done for their children.  The recently announced pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge has already led many to wonder about the possible name of the future heir to the throne.  Will the royal couple go for traditional or follow trends such as those observed in the US that appear to favor characters of Greek mythology?

 

Living in the U.K. can be quite expensive, no matter what corner you reside. To help you cut down on costs, here are several useful money saving tips.

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There’s a good chance that your credit card comes with the highest interest rates among all your debts. Because of this, make sure that you settle your credit card balance in full every month. Doing this would actually save you much more money than investing, unless you can find a financial product with an interest rate higher than your credit card (which is virtually impossible). Continue reading »

        

 

Every country is represented by a symbol or symbols that give it its recognition that is unique from other countries. England, which is one of the countries that comprise Great Britain, has many familiar symbols which are automatically connected with it even without an accompanying explanation.  Most of them can be found printed on souvenir items often sold to tourists.

England has three national symbols comprised of the St. George’s Cross as seen on the flag, the Three Lion Emblem as seen on England’s Cricket Team Badge, and the Red Rose as seen on the English Rugby Union Team Badge.  These three symbols more or less represent England and its culture along with other familiar symbols such as St. Edward’s Crown, the Oak Tree, and tea.   Personalities that have been iconized and are often considered official English symbols as well include St. George who is the country’s patron saint, Alfred the Great who is recognized as the most dominant ruler of England, and Robin Hood who is the heroic outlaw perpetuated by English folklore.

In the present day England, many personalities and inanimate objects inevitably fall under the category of an English symbol by virtue of the recall factor.  Leading the list is of course the Royal Family which like it or not, will always represent England.  The people surrounding the Royal Family and their environs have also become symbolic of English culture including the Life Guard, the Foot Guard, and the Beefeaters.

Famous landmarks such as the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Eye are all automatically associated with England.  Sports such as football and cricket are both English-made and so are fish and chips.  Familiar sites in England that have elevated themselves as distinctive components of the English culture include the Red Double Decker buses, the black taxi cabs, and the red pillar boxes and telephone booths.

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At about this time, children are already excited about Halloween which is celebrated on October 31.   It was supposed to have originated from All Hallows’ Eve which was said to be influenced by European festivals of the dead and also harvest festivals.  Halloween is also being associated with Samhain, a Celtic festival which was said to include rituals that hinted at human sacrifice.

Christian influence also played a part in it when All Saints’ Day was transferred to November 1 which was the same date as Samhain and November 2 was designated as All Souls’ Day.  This move by the church was seen as a way to eliminate pagan rituals. These holy days of obligation were met by certain traditional practices such as “souling” wherein people would go from house to house to collect soul cakes as a form of prayer for the souls in purgatory.  In fact, the jack-o-lanterns which are commonly seen  as Halloween decorations today used to represent these souls.

The popularity of Halloween waned in Britain during the Reformation and among the members of the United Kingdom, the practice was only retained in Scotland and Ireland.  The practice of guising or disguising one’s self in costumes while collecting food or coins persists  to this day.  Guising was not seen in North America until about 1911.

The lighting of turnip lanterns on gatepost was common in some parts of England which is said to be protection from spirits.  This is closely related to lating which is said to ensure protection of people from spirits by carrying lighted candles from eleven up to midnight.  It is believed that if the light on these candles are blown away, witches are responsible for it and a bad omen or omens will follow.

Regardless of the origins of Halloween, it is not as popular in the UK as it is in the US.  For the relatively few who don costumes, the theme is usually limited to ghoulish outfits.  Halloween decorations are minimal and trick-or-treating is highly discouraged.