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What exactly is wrong with us British folk?

A recent survey of 1400 brits by the property website HouseBuyFast showed that given the opportunity up to 70% of people would move to far flung locations with the US, Australia and Spain topping the list.

To be fair the other 30% said they would rather stay put, but this begs the questions, what is the appeal of these far away lands and why would people want to up sticks and travel half way across the world?

I think I might have the answer and its a quintessentially British one – the weather!

Our lives revolve around it.

We spend the winter dreaming of warmer climates, fantasising that one day we’ll pack up our worldly belongings and move to somewhere sunny. Then we spend the summer moaning about heat waves, inclement rain.

And when the weather at home is at its best, what do we do? We jump on overpriced flights to European beach resorts with names we can’t pronounce and spend 2 weeks cooking ourselves and getting fat on the all-inclusive breakfast buffet! OK I’m generalising but you get the point I’m sure.

What occurs to me is that the problem with the UK is not the weather but people’s mindset around the weather. Lets face it, its one of the few things we can’t do anything about.

We build the weather up in our heads to be a big thing;

‘if its nice this weekend lets do this’

‘I hope the weathers good or I’m not going’

etc etc

But in reality the best things about living or holidays in the UK you can do with or without the weather.

So stop dreaming about getting away and actually get away. This winter put on your woolliest jumper and best rain mac and get out there and enjoy the best of the British winter!

Photo credit philhearing

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Attraction Guide: Paultons Park & Peppa Pig World

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Need somewhere to take the kids during the school holidays? Paulton’s Park and Peppa Pig world is a superb family theme park set in 140 acres of gorgeous parkland in the New Forest, Hampshire. There are over 70 whimsical and imaginative rides and attractions included in the ticket price. Peppa Pig World is precisely what […]

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In Praise of the Great British Bed and Breakfast

There can be few more legendary British institutions than the humble bed and breakfast hotel, or ‘B&B’ as it’s more commonly known. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, British B&Bs were a rich source of material for old-fashioned comedians who based their jokes around a mythical seaside B&B landlady who was invariably portrayed as a […]

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Rooms for the Knight: The UK’s Best Castle Stays

Centuries ago, Britain seemed to get into an awful lot of fights. When England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales weren’t scrapping with each other with each other, they were defending themselves from the hostile intentions of overseas invaders including the Danes, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and the Normans. Fortified towns with castles were the preferred means of defence […]

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Southampton & Around, A City Guide

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The city of Southampton makes for an ideal getaway for anyone looking to kick back and relax. With a history that goes back to the Stone Age, Southampton is the perfect place to explore the rich cultural heritage that characterises the south of England. Museums, art galleries, medieval walls and gates, vast expanses of greenery, […]

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No Capital Expenditure – London’s Best Free Attractions

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Back in the day, Dick Whittington was attracted to London on the premise that the city’s streets were ‘paved with gold’. That was a few centuries ago. Today, London’s visitors are probably more inclined to believe that they need wallets lined with gold in order to appreciate all that the city has to offer. Not […]

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8 of the UK’s Best Summer Food Festivals

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You only have to turn on the TV any night of the week and witness the endless procession of popular cookery shows to realise just how much the British love their food and anything associated with it. Food is the new rock ‘n’ roll; that can be the only explanation as to why food festivals […]

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Matlock Bath – The Seaside Resort That’s Nowhere Near The Seaside

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The UK is renowned for its abundance of popular coastal holiday resorts, which offer fun and relaxation for all the family. Britain’s best-loved seaside resorts seem to share many of the same qualities: they grew popular in Victorian times; they feature an amusement park for kids, a long strip of penny arcades, fish and chip […]

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Green and Pleasant Land – 5 Top Eco-friendly Days Out in the UK

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Ever-spiralling foreign travel costs and a faltering UK economy have done their bit to popularise the ‘staycation’, which not only gives the average holidaymaker more pennies to play with but also benefits the environment as we collectively reduce our carbon footprints by holidaying in the UK.

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A Brief Guide to the Delightful Resorts of Dorset

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For holidays in the UK that combine the best of England’s rural beauty, historic monuments and landmarks and a choice of coastal resorts ranging from the traditional and fun-packed to the tranquil and relaxing, the county of Dorset in southwest England is difficult to beat.

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The UK’s 10 Most Photographed Sights & Attractions

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The UK boasts a huge number of world-class attractions that, unsurprisingly, get photographed by tourists thousands of times a day. In 2011, London came top of the list of the world’s most photographed cities in a study carried out by photo agency Alamy, and the rest of the UK also boasts some amazingly photographic landmarks. […]

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Birmingham Is Hobbit-Forming: Exploring The City’s Links With J.R.R. Tolkien

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One would think, judging by the hyperbole and publicity surrounding native-Kiwi director Peter Jackson’s hugely successful film adaptations of Tolkien’s masterpieces Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, that the author’s only possible inspiration for The Shire, and Middle Earth in general must be the majestic mountains, forests and plains of New Zealand. Not so.

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10 Movies Which Make You Proud To Be British

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Unlike the Americans, the British are not always so keen to create unashamedly patriotic films that inspire pride in the viewers. However, there are a few gems that have been made over the years, all of which will leave you feeling proud to be British, and here are 10 of the best.

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