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Hi everybody,
Mike from Manchester here, very much a newbie to the group.
If anyone remembers me from other groups, say hello.
If you don't know me, well then a hello would be very friendly.
Best to all

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Welcome! Are you from

Welcome!

Are you from Manchester in Clevend England?

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Manchester

Mike from manchester
Hi Sara, I am from Manchester in the North West of England.It's a city that was at the heart of The Industrial Revolution. In England we have the reputation of being the wettest city in the U.K. True, our climate is damp but that is what made us great because the cotton spinning on which our wealth was built was possible because the wet atmosphere kept the cotton fibres from drying out and snapping.
Best wishes, Mike

Hmmm... I'll have to check a

Hmmm... I'll have to check a map. I visited Manchester, Clevend, England many moons ago :D

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New one on me

Don't know about Mike (or any other the other UKers here) but a Manchester in Cleveland is news to me. The only Manchester Cleveland I've been able to identify is your own side of the pond not ours. The conventional mode of address for ours is Manchester, Greater Manchester rather like New York, New York.

This was years ago and that

This was years ago and that was the address I had to mail letters to ... hmmm.

I know I went to Scarborough and Flamingoland... Whitby.... and I'm sure a bunch more places I can't recall.

I hope that helps... I can't remember the airport I flew into :(

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Doh

My bad. I flew into Manchester (I think) and visited Thornaby, Cleveland, England.

Wonders what a night of sleep and dreaming will reveal :)

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Better

That makes much more sense.

Cleveland was really, I think, in Yorkshire; though for a while it had its own existance as a "county". Manchester was in Lancashire before it too was hived off to become a metropolitan borough in its own right. About the time that hiving off occurred Cleveland (as a quasi-county) ceased to exist. Cleveland has gone back to being part of Yorkshire but officially part of Teeside.

There isn't much love lost between Lancastrians and Yorkists; the War of the Roses (15th century) was ostensibly between the two counties -- blood runs thicker than water so the war is still being fought. Being a Southern it doesn't much matter to me ;-) but "Mike from Manchester", if he's a true Lancastrian, might have things to say to you for trying to move him the other side of the Pennines and amongst the unwashed hoardes. ;-)

I adore Europe for having so

I adore Europe for having so much history, culture and beautiful people. I am hoping to visit again sooner or later (hopefully the former).

One thing is certain... "no offence meant Gov'n'ah" :D

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Due deference

Yup, history. There's a building in my village that is older than your nation. ;-) And pretty much all of the houses in my village are older than buildings in most US cities.

And culture, well yes, there's Tyndale, Wycliffe, Shakespeare, Milton, Marlowe --- all of whom pre-date your country ;-) --- and Austen and the Brontës and Henry James (he naturalised ;-)) and Kipling and Susan Hill and The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and The Kinks and Pink Floyd and House MD (well Hugh Laurie anyway) and Stephen Fry and Doctor Who and Douglas Adams to mention just a few. ;-)

Thanks to Sara, reepicheep

Thanks to Sara, reepicheep and ygor for saying hello.
Reepicheep, I have a daughter ,son-in-law and grandchildren in Leeds so I can understand Yorkshire people now. At the risk of upsetting Ilkley(another beautiful place especially the cow and calf) ,remember the old Lanky saying; you can always tell a Yorkshire man..... but you can't tell him much.:-)
Usually they're quite civilised except over cricket....

Yorks, Ilkey and cricket.

Reepicheep, I have a daughter ,son-in-law and grandchildren in Leeds so I can understand Yorkshire people now.

Ah right. I find them more intelligble than Cheshire people (I spent three years in Hyde as a boy).

At the risk of upsetting Ilkley(another beautiful place especially the cow and calf)...

So it's Ilkey Moor "bar tap" is it? ;-))))

And cricket ... um, I would have failed Tebbit's test of naitonality --- can't stand the game myself. The 40ers are so much better and the rules are simpler.

'Allo

I'm Dan. A Yank from the Washington D.C. area
I enjoy Monty Python, Benny Hill, Gerry Anderson, "Coupling", "Fawlty Towers", "Rumpole of the Bailey", and others

If I ever get the chance to play tourist in England, I will likely gain at least 10 pounds (that's about the same as 5 stone, yes?) from drinking local beer in the pubs.
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likely gain at least 10

likely gain at least 10 pounds (that's about the same as 5 stone, yes?)

Not quite. 10lbs would be about 4 and half kilo (roughly 2.2lbs/kg). A stone is 14lbs. Dropping 10lbs gained drinking our warm and fizzy beer is simple; lose it by stopping drinking the stuff. Can you tell I don't like beer or the European upstart lager. ;-) (Mine's a good single malt Scotch anyday.)

As it happens 5 stone (sic) is almost exactly what I have to lose.

Me too *sigh*

'Tween 4 and 5 stones need to come out of my "spare tire".

I was introduced to Good Scotch for my bachelor party. It was just my brother and I. He took me to a bar that specialized in Scotch. They must have had over 100 varieties. I asked for "a beginner's Scotch". I enjoyed what he served, but I could not tell you what it was.

His father-in-law introduced me to Maker's Mark, a Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. This is some of the smoothest I have ever had. I call it "Sipping Whiskey" 'cause that's how I drink it.

If you ever get over to the Washington DC area, I will be honored to introduce you to Maker's Mark, and you can educate me on Scotch. SOund like a deal ?
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With one priviso

If you ever get over to the Washington DC area, I will be honored to introduce you to Maker's Mark, and you can educate me on Scotch. Sound like a deal ?

I was once "over" Washington DC --- flying between Charlotte NC and Philidephia PA on a business trip. :-) Strictly it was twice as I had to return to Charlotte for my flight back to the UK.

If I'm ever really there then I'll take you up on the introduction. Glad to know there are some places in the US that understand Scotch.

And when I'm there can you show me the Jeffersonian (sic) Institution at the same time? ;-)

That would be California :)

You had me confused, but Google is my friend:

Most of Bones is filmed in Los Angeles, California, despite the fact that the show is mainly set in Washington, D.C., where the fictional Jeffersonian Institution is located. The interiors of the Jeffersonian Institution were especially built on a large soundstage at the 20th Century Fox lot in Century City, Los Angeles, California

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Ahhh, Scotch

ygor,
I've been involved in a couple of scotch tastings and the variety is unbelievable. They are all so different and I've loved some and hated others. My favorite so far is Cragganmore a nice 12 year old single malt.

Of course, I usually drink beer - COLD - a nice Canadian is my weapon of choice - Labatt,Molson, whatever...

Reese
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Beer: Cold or not ?

In hot weather, I'm there for the icy cold bhreww, but in colder weather, I enjoy brews like the Brits -- heavyier, and not as cold. Like Guiness at just below room temperature (about 50 degrees F)
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Guiness et al.

I'm not too much into the heavier beers. My wife likes those. Although a Guiness is nice with the right food... I tend to like the hopier brews like IPAs. Again Canadian - Alexander Kieth's is nice. Sam Adams and Saranac are good US brews.

Reese
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Hi there to the UK peeps.

I'm a newbie as well. I'm just testing this out to see where it posts on the forum.
Duc Ly

WELCOME!!! Are you teh same

WELCOME!!!

Are you teh same Duc Ly from Flickr? I have been to your blog too, I think :D

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Hello Mike and welcome!

Hello Mike and welcome!

p.s. I'm not living in the UK but almost studied at UMIST and know a couple of friends who studied in Manchester.

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Mike from manchester Hi

Mike from manchester
Hi Clara. UMIST is about 10 minutes from my house. What stopped you from studying here? I hold a degree from Manchester, in the trendy :-) subject of Mediaeval History.

Mediaeval history! That's

Mediaeval history! That's nice, I wouldn't mind majoring in that, history is my favorite subject though I was to study Chemical Engrg at UMIST but bcos of some family matters, I chose to stay back...and of course, got to welcome back those who finished their studies there.

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