Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Diamond Jubilee of the Queen as a Monarch , Send a message to The Queen

       UK is all set ready to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the queen Elizabeth II as a British Monarch .the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June. The Queen Came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002.

The Queen is receiving lots of presents and greets from all over the world. So if you want to send a greeting message to her then here is the Official link for the message :-

Check out our other article to see how the Britain is going to celebrate the occasion. You will also get some important link for the events 

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Ramsbotton , A Cool British getaway and the Home of The World Black Pudding Throwing Championship

        If I have to talk about long walks, Local food, relaxing days, friendly people and beautiful landscape then I would love to talk about the British countryside.  One of such lovely place is Ramsbottom , it’s a old mill town. You can enjoy nature's beauty , cycling , walking , funful events, history of railway , pubs, local product shopping, beautiful sculptures on road and Antique shops .

Ramsbottom is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, England. It is situated on the bank of the River Irwell, in the West Pennine Moors. The name Ramsbottom is believed to derive from the Valley of Garlic; it’s not related to “Rams” the cattle. Ramsbottom is a "thriving market town in spectacular surroundings". Its Victorian architecture, Pennine landscape, its industrial heritage and the heritage East Lancashire Railway station contribute to cultural tourism in the town. It is also the home of the famous “Blackpudding throwing competition” and “the chocolate festival”

Tourist Attractions :-

The Irwell Sculpture Trail -The Irwell Sculpture Trail is one of the largest public art projects in the country having some 20 sculptures in all. The trail runs from Salford along the Irwell Valley through Ramsbottom, on to Bacup and beyond..  It includes a Tilted Vase, created by Edward Allington.  The sculpture, manufactured in bronze, occupies a central position on the site of the original market place.

Peel Tower – The Peel tower in Holcombe village , commemorates Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister of Britain between 1841 and 1846, founder of the modern Police Force (once named 'Peelers' and still often referred to as 'Bobbys').  He is also renowned for repealing the Corn Laws. The tower, opened in 1852, is a popular landmark sitting on the top of Holcombe Hill (1100ft.) on the west side of the Irwell Valley offering a magnificent view to those who climb the 150 steps leading to the top.

The Rake and Millennium Bench – The Rake near the Peel Tower has always inspired many artists , you can find paintings , souvenirs and other art work with the beautiful views of the place.

Near to the Peel Tower and overlooking the valley is the Millennium Bench with its wonderful view it offers a good break to the visitors.

Farmers market – Second Sunday of every month you can enjoy the “farmers market”, Farmers come in large numbers to sell their home grown and  homemade products.

East Lancashire Railway - The line started in 1989 and runs each weekend.  Many special events take place throughout the year including Thomas the Tank Engine weekends and Santa Specials during the Christmas period. Many of the engines using the line are steam powered with classic engines often visiting the region.

Famous Events :-

The World Black Pudding Throwing Championship : –

The world black pudding throwingcompetition is an even which has gained the limelight for this small town. This event takes place on the month of September ( 2nd Sunday ) every year, in Ramsbotton.  People travel to Ramsbottom from as far away land as Australia, Hong Kong, Africa and Sweden, to compete in the Black Pudding Throwing Championships. Revisiting the old Yorkshire-Lancashire rivalry, competitors use black puddings to knock stacks of Yorkshire puddings off a shelf.

Contestants gathered at the Royal Oak pub to throw black puddings at a stack of Yorkshire puddings piled on a plinth 20ft off the ground. The rules is that ,  you can throw three competition standard 6oz puddings - underarm only. Whoever knocked off the most Yorkshire puddings is the winner. Historically , Ramsbottom, Bury, now part of Greater Manchester, was in Lancashire.

It is said that the contest is based on an incident during the Wars of the Roses when both armies ran out of ammunition and threw food at each other. It is believed to be a revival of the Lancashire-Yorkshire rivalry
Black pudding is traditionally made of cooked pig blood, fat and rusk, encased in a length of intestine.

Chocolate festival – Every year in March-April this festival takes place in Ramsbottom. Many chocolatiers come to show case their delicacy The Festival features a huge choice of things to see and get involved in including the chocolate market, kid’s activities and food counters.

Apart from all these attractions and events, Ramsbottom also have some good antique galleries and shops .If you have a liking for antiques, then, I am sure you will end up buying some good stuff for your collection.

How to Reach –
Ramsbottom is just 10 miles away from Greater Manchester ( Manchester is 164 miles away from London ), Its easily reachable by Car, buses and trains.
Bus from Manchester - X35: Manchester – Walmersley via Ramsbottom , Bury
Check out the time for the train to ramsbottom - National Express

Video on Black Pudding Throwing Competition 

Map Ramsbottom
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Thursday, 17 May 2012

UK Border Custom Control - What You Can and Cannot Bring to UK

Planning a trip to UK? Or coming back to UK from some vacation? Then, before loading your travel bags for UK, you must know what you can and what you cannot bring to UK along with you. Here I am giving you some general tips:-

You should not bring with you:-
  • Live animals
  • Unlicensed drugs or drugs without the medical prescription  
  • Pornographic material and child pornography
  • Dairy, meat and other animal products
  • Fireworks , Ammunition, firearms and explosives
  • Loose Food items without the commercial packaging and product ingredient description
  • For pets , under the pets travel scheme you need to obtain the Pet Passport
  • Some types of radio transmitters which are not authorized for use in the UK
  • Flick and gravity knives
  • Self defense sprays such as pepper and CS gas sprays
  • Rough diamonds ( you can’t bring it in UK without a licence or permit )
  • Anyone arriving in the UK from outside the EU with more than the equivalent of 10,000 Euros in cash must declare it using a cash declaration form.
  • Certain animal products such as ivory, tortoise shell and the fur of endangered species which are covered by a strict international treaty.

What you can bring:-
Along with your regular and general travelling stuff like clothing, toiletries, personal jewellery and other clearly personal goods, you are allowed to bring the following to bring the following things with some guidelines:-

  • 4 liters of still table wine
  • 16 liters (or 28 imperial pints) of beer
  • Tobacco products for personal use - 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of loose tobacco. As of December 1, while allowances remain the same, you can make up your duty free allowance from a mixture of tobacco products. For example, 100 cigarettes, and 25 cigars would meet the tobacco limits.
  • 1 liter of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22 per cent alcohol by volume, or 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs.( Mix and match of alcohol products for alcohol allowance is accepted )
  • £300 worth of all other goods including gifts and souvenirs - rising to £340 after January 1, 2009
You need to be 17 years and above for the tobacco and alcohol allowance.

Enjoy your Visit !

For more details click here 
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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

London Olympic 2012 - Hotels and other Accommodation Options

  London Olympic 2012 is going to be one of the most magnificent events of the year. All eyes are set on London.  UK is not leaving any stone unturned in your welcome. By now most of the sports enthusiasts have already made their accommodation arrangements. But some must have been late in this race, if you are the one, then no need to be dishearten, Olympic 2012 is having enough space for everyone; apart from the traditional hotels and hostels there are some interesting options also present inside and on the outskirts of the city.

Let us share some information which would be helpful for you if you are looking for the accommodation for the UK Olympic 2012.I am sure you will enjoy this read and save your Money on your stay !

Rented Properties -  There a range of properties available in the market to server for Olympic 2012.
Like , Rented house , One room of a house on rent , Bed & Breakfast . The sites like Rent for Olympic games are there to solve the demand and supply problem. So give it a try . If you have property to rent in uk for Olympic , then go ahead and list that here. If you are a tourist , then you can find accommodation here on the price range of 15 to 25 Pounds per day.

Some other Similar websites for good accommodation options are are :-

Just follow the links 

Visitors across the UK - From castles to campsites, the UK offers a wide variety of accommodation for people with tickets to events at the venues in Cardiff, Coventry, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, and in Weymouth and Portland. In fact, VisitBritain has over 37,000 places from across the UK listed in its accommodation directory.

Holiday Inn is the official hotel provider of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

You can find some good deals on Top Travel Bargain  site . Its an easy to use hotel and Hostel search engine.

Thomas Cook , provider of short breaks - Thomas Cook is the official provider of short breaks and has a range of Games Breaks available including tickets, accommodation and other services.
For more information Visit :-

Camping accommodation

Camp in London - Camp in London , set in a lovely, 19-hectare green field in Walthamstow London, E17 8AX will be transformed for 23 days into one of the largest campsites that London has seen. Its central London location is just 4 miles from the heart of the city and a 5-10 minute shuttle bus ride from the Olympic Park. Click here for more information and booking.

Some more Camp/ Caravan /Cabin websites. Follow the links for information and booking :-

Cosy Oak - Cosy Oak  provides facilities for Campervans / Caravans / Tents / Tipis / Yurts

Camping at the Games - Camping at The Games (brought to you by the crew at Campingninja) has teamed up with Sports Clubs and Centres across London, and near to other Olympics and Paralympics Venues, to utilise the great spaces and facilities they have. They are turning their lovely green, grassy areas, into places for people to camp during the 2012 Games. So, choose your great value place to go camping and enjoy the Olympic atmosphere. Here are just a few of the advantages of staying at a sports club campsite: Follow the link - If you’re planning to attend the London 2012 Olympics, and you’re looking for great quality budget accommodation, why not stay in these fantastic pre-erected tents. Follow the link

Camp in a garden The novel website, which launched last year, puts travellers in touch with home owners willing to let you pitch a tent on their property. There are already more than 500 sites listed in Britain, and dozens in the capital. Most will allow access to a shower or bath, and a kitchen. You're unlikely to be charged much more than £10 a night

Last Tip - why not look at places outside London, but well within commuting distance?  The South Coast is full of cheap hotels just waiting out for the customers.

Write to us if you need any information. Have a happy Stay ! 

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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Learn Welsh - Enjoy your Stay in Wales

Going for a vacation in Wales ! well ,you can manage  there very well with the English  language , but knowledge of some key Welsh phrases can earn you a great appreciation ! and some time could prove very useful as well. 
So Lets learn some Welsh :)

Hello  -------------------------------------------------------Sut mae
Good Morning ----------------------------------------------Bora Da
Good Afternoon --------------------------------------------Prynhawn Da ( Pruhn-hown dah)
Good Evening ----------------------------------------------Noswaith da
Good Night -------------------------------------------------Nos da
Good Bye---------------------------------------------------Hwyl Fawr
See you later -----------------------------------------------Wela i chi
Please ------------------------------------------------------Os gwelwch in dda ( os gwel ookh uhn thah )
Thank you --------------------------------------------------Diolch
Sorry --------------------------------------------------      Mae’n ddrwg gyda fi (main throog guh da vee)
Welcome ---------------------------------------------------Croeso
No----------------------------------------------------------No oes
How are you? ----------------------------------------------Sut ydych chi (sit uh deekh khee )
Very Well --------------------------------------------------Da iawn
What is your name? ----------------------------------------Beth yw eich enw chi
My name is ___--------------------------------------------Fy enw i yw ( ne noo i yu ) _____
Where are you from ?-------------------------------------  O ble ydych chi’n dad
I am from _-------------------------------------------------Dw i n dod o _______
How do you say____---------------------------------------Sut mae dweud ___?
What’s this called in Welsh ?----------------------------   -beth yw hwn in Gymraeg (guhm-raig)
I speak a little Welsh ---------------------------------------Yr wyf yn siarad ychydig o Gymraeg
I am a Vegetarian ------------------------------------------Rwyf yn Llysieuol
Call the doctor ---------------------------------------------Ffoniwch y meddyg
Market ----------------------------------------------------Marchnad

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