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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 7 years 5 days ago #5428

Now that I am employed I can get the cash for whatevers planned. just say when.

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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 7 years 5 days ago #5429

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Tom wrote:

You know, with enough advance planning I wouldn't mind the London Day trip idea. Josh and I share some cold ones on the train to London, get there at about 11. Meet up with everyone somewhere central; a bite to eat, and more drinks, then jump the train back at about five or something. It would actually be more preferable to me than the late night meet last time (enjoyable as it was) where one eye was always on the clock making sure I could still get a train back to my hotel before they stopped.


Certainly. I always fully intended to try and make it to the next Geekplanet meetup. Probably won't be possible in the first 6-8 weeks as I'll desperately be looking for a rental property and JOB *Shudder, squeal and a little pee*

Can you drink alcohol on trains in the UK? Or is it a case of hiding it in an inconspicuous brown baggie which is only ever used for booze like here?

Where should I be going to look for train bookings? I've been to nationalrail.co.uk but that seems expensive.

I do have a close friend in London somewhere so I'm sure I can crash on their couch, although I can't remember for the life of me where in London it is they live.

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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 7 years 5 days ago #5431

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Can you drink alcohol on trains in the UK? Or is it a case of hiding it in an inconspicuous brown baggie which is only ever used for booze like here?


not really but it doesn't stop many.

also those train tickets....yeah you may get it a lil bit cheaper but doubtful.

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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 7 years 5 days ago #5432

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I'll be cycling all over the North aswell, so even if your not that close I can rides to you. I'm keen to do some healthy exploring, bit up my cardio fitness. I dare say I'll start to fatten on egg & chips breakfasts and suet pies (which we don't really have here). It's only 32 miles from Manchester to Liverpool which is only a 2 hour cycle. I'll be doing this up to Lancaster aswell to visit my old school friends, and Cardiff to do some Who tourism (Who-rism) although Cardiff is a bit more of a hike so that'd be a weekend trip.

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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 7 years 5 days ago #5433

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muldydoona wrote:

Can you drink alcohol on trains in the UK? Or is it a case of hiding it in an inconspicuous brown baggie which is only ever used for booze like here?


Yes you can. It's not really done (except for the lager loutish types) on local train services, but city to city sell beer and wine in the train buffet car, so it's no problem at all.

As for train tickets, I usually go to www.thetrainline.com . Back when I lived down south it was possible to get a return journey to Liverpool for £20 (and still have change for a trip to the cinema and a pie from Mrs Miggins pie shop) if you booked far enough in advance. I'm not sure whether it's still the case.

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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 6 years 11 months ago #5487

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A friend of mine from another forum got tickets for a quid from megatrain. Said forum is offline for an upgrade right now so I can't check out a link, but hopefully googling megatrain will get you somewhere...

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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 6 years 11 months ago #5497

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seems like megatrain is gone. if you go to megtrain.com it bounces to megabus.com which is very cheap but is about 5.5 hours manchester > london rather than the trains 2.5 hours.

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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 6 years 11 months ago #5565

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muldydoona wrote:

seems like megatrain is gone. if you go to megtrain.com it bounces to megabus.com which is very cheap but is about 5.5 hours manchester > london rather than the trains 2.5 hours.

Train everytime, believe me. I used to travel back and forth to Manchester all the time when the other half lived up there for a year, and the bus (whether budget or National Express) is just not worth the length of trip and discomfort, not even for a pound ticket.

I shudder when I think of the nightmare Inverness/Dundee to London coach trips I used to take when I was a student.

For the record, Megatrain has a very limited service in the South-West region, and wouldn't cover a Manchester/London train anyway... I think there's expansion plans, but unless and until Stagecoach (who operate Megabus/train) get more rail franchises that's not going to happen soon.

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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 6 years 11 months ago #5883

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Hey All,

I thought I'd drop in an update while I have a few min spare.

I'm sitting in an almost empty house after 5 days of crazy moving. All that's left is my tv & ent unit (packed and ready to move), a couch and a kitchen table. We are moving these things today and then giving the house a massive clean.

I know a lot of you disapprove of torrents but I have a load of them here and I've been debating bringing them through UK customs on my portable harddrives, I mean I know that the main focus is on illegal pornography but I'm unsure what to do. I think I will end up just leaving my 1TB drive here with all that stuff with a mate. What do you guys think?

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Re:New to UK. Be my friend? All I want is a friend. 6 years 11 months ago #5885

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Josh, I think you, me and everyone else here knows there's only one thing you can do in this situation. You're going to have to shove the hard drive up your arse before you get on the plane.

If you did decide to take a chance, I think you'll more than likely be okay. I've took laptops through customs on many occasions and never once had the contents looked at. So unless you've stuffed it with smack too, I reckon you'll be okay. I suppose a hard drive might look a little more suspect than a laptop, but are you putting it in your suitcase or hand luggage?

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