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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Rude street names

Fanny Hands Lane

Ah, Britain! Land of rude street names!

It appears that if you don’t mind living on a street named Crotch Crescent or Slag Lane, you might be able to get a deal on property!

Here are the top 10 streets with the most embarrassing names, along with the percentage of people who voted each name as embarrassing followed by the price of a property on the street and an example of the price of a similar property nearby, courtesy of a study by Needaproperty.com. As you can see, it doesn’t pay to buy on an embarrassingly named street:

1. Minge Lane, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, 31%, Detached house – £253,389, Detached house in Longfield – £325,000

2. Slag Lane, Lowton, Lancashire, 26%, Semi-detached house – £112,620, Semi-detached house in Fieldfare Close – £141,297

3. Fanny Hands Lane, Ludford, Lincolnshire, 24.9%, Detached house, £157,200, Detached house in Magna Mile, £236,987

4. Bell End, Rowley Regis, West Midlands, 22.5%, Semi-detached house, £126,409, Semi-detached house in Uplands Avenue, £187,027

5. Crotch Crescent, Marston, Oxfordshire, 19.6%, Terraced house, £238,250, Terraced house in Ouseley Close, £280,500

6. The Knob, Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire, 17%, Semi-detached house, £245,000, Semi-detached house in Glebe Rise, £249,000

7. Turkey Cock Lane, Stanway, Essex, 10.8%, Terraced house, £177,527, Terraced house in London Road, £166,840

8. Cockshoot Close, Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, 10.1%, Semi-detached house, £286,536, Semi-detached house in Longore, £304,794

9. Cumming Street, Islington, London, 8.9%, Flat, £292,768, Flat in Britannia Street, £358,419

10. Cock-A-Dobby, Sandhurst, Berkshire, 6.5%, Detached house, £456,481, Detached house in Longdown Road, £615,000

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A 5,000 year old forest on a beach in Wales

Lest anyone think that Buzzfeed is only good for useless round-ups of top 10 tips and stuff like this, check out this prehistoric forest that has been uncovered on a beach in Wales following all of the storms and gale force winds that have stripped away the sand. These photos were posted to Buzzfeed.

5,000 year old forest

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These are ancient oak trees that date back to the Bronze age, between 5,500 and 3,500 years ago.

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And I would never have known about this without Buzzfeed!

Steepster

TeaI’ve stumbled upon a monthly tea delivery service called Steepster. Have you tried Steepster?

They provide a collection of five premium, loose-leaf teas from around the world each month (enough for 30 cups of tea). The shipment also includes tasting notes and expert brewing instructions to make the perfect cup of tea.

It’s normally $24.95/month but Living Social is doing a Steepster deal for $13, if you purchase in the next 17 days!

4.1 earthquake in Devon?!

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The British Geological Survey (BGS) is reporting that an earthquake measuring 4.1 hit Devon at 1:21 p.m. BST today.

Tremors were felt in areas including Dartmoor, Bristol, Taunton, Swansea, Llanelli, Barnstable, Gloucester and South Molton.

What in the world is going on? I’m still trying to get over Devon images like this. Waves hitting our favorite quiet seaside Devon town of Teignmouth:

Devon waves

And the flooding in Dawlish:

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* Sigh *

Classical music piece enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

Interesting story on NPR yesterday — although children’s author Roald Dahl died nearly 25 years ago, he continues to inspire musical adaptations of his work.

Read the full transcript or listen to the story!

Coffee shop London Tube map

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a London Tube map of all of the best coffee shops nearby? Behold!

Coffee for London Tube Map

It was created by Chris Ward, who’s no stranger to good coffee!

11 Emotionally Repressed Valentine’s Cards For British People

I love Buzzfeed’s 11 Emotionally Repressed Valentine’s Cards For British People. I only wish they sold these to purchase!

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See the full collection!

Top 10 romantic London restaurants

Clos Maggiore

V-Day is now days away and if you are still on the search for a romantic London restaurant for your valentine, look no further than Great Little Place’s romantic London restaurant list. Their picks include a conservatory dripping in blossom, a Georgian mansion and a shed serving British tapas! Something for everyone!

The 28 poshest things that have ever happened

These bloody good blokes enjoying a day at the races

Americans may have “fancy,” but Brits have “posh” and posh beats fancy hands down. For proof, check out Buzzfeed’s amazing collection: “The 28 poshest things that have ever happened.”

The list includes names like Biggles George Fittleworth and seasonal goose eggs, croquet and men in red pants.

If you aren’t sure what posh actually means in the U.K., this will settle it for you for sure! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Counting with Benedict Cumberbatch

OMG. Benedict Cumberbatch was on “Sesame Street” this week! So cute! And check out Murray-arty, his arch nemesis!