There are people on this message board who have lived in the UK but are now resident elsewhere. They could be US (or Australian or Canadian or other) citizens who spent some time here and have returned home. They could be former UK nationals who have emigrated to another country. Other circumstances may equally apply. I know of some such posters through familiarity with their postings. Others may be conversant with UK matters as a result of education, despite never having lived here.
The information I seek might well inhibit me from trying to bullshit various people with spurious details concerning my homeland. It might not, but if it does then obviously this will be a good thing for the board.
Regrettably, I don’t think posters who have taken a holiday here will qualify. Unless the holiday lasted for several years.
I’ve visited twice for a few weeks each time, but I lived there in London through the fall of 1985 on a college semester abroad. And now I can’t give blood here in the U.S. due to the Red Cross’s fear of Mad Cow Disease! :rolleyes:
I lived in Wembley for a year when I was 9, back in 1979.
Also lived somewhere in the UK for a year when I was 3. My only two memories of that trip consist of (1) having a Dougal cake for my birthday and (2) falling into the Dublin duck pond on a trip to Ireland. Probably of limited use in answering any questions.
Dad’s a prof, he got a sabbatical every few years.
I remember the railway station, since I used to go in and out of it so often, but don’t remember noticing a school nearby. I don’t know if I’ll be closer to Lancaster than Manchester this next visit.
I remember when I was student, the train would slow down just outside Lancaster as it passed the university on the hill and give you a good view of it. About 10 years later, I was on the same train on my way up to the Lakes; as the train approached Lancaster, I began to feel very nostalgic and stood looking out the window just as I always used to–but when we got to the old view, the trees had all grown up so tall that the view was blocked. Only the top of Bowland tower was visible.
The last time I went by, about 2 years ago on the M6, I noticed that there was a very large and ugly orange and green building near the university. I don’t know if it’s part of the uni, or something else.