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American shares the weirdest things about the UK after living here for a decade

Turns out not everyone loves beans on toast…

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Taking to Twitter, American Jessica Rose has sparked a debate after sharing the weirdest things she’s noticed about living in the UK after moving here ten years ago.

To the rest of the world, Brits are queue-obsessed tea drinkers who eat quite a lot of beige food.

And while beans on toast and saying thank you to the bus driver seem pretty standard to us, it turns out, it’s actually seen as peculiar.

Jessica Rose highlighted on Twitter just how weird us Brits are and the tweets have gone viral.

Originally from California, Jessica now lives in Birmingham. To mark a decade in the country she has shared a list of things she finds ‘weird as hell’ about living in the UK.

Making the list are the likes of beans on toast, fish finger sandwiches and getting off the bus etiquette.

One tweet read: “People here put fish fingers (yes they mean fish sticks but I’m fine w the name part) in sandwiches which is just…why.”

A second said: “Please why beans on toast there are so many other lazy foods that are actually good why is this a thing?”

A third had a pop at our country’s attempt at beaches: “British beaches are often just banks of sharp stones by the water and people here excitedly go to them on purpose.”

She added: “When you get there you can buy disappointing candy sticks called rock and seagulls will fight you.”

One that everyone can relate to: “On getting off a bus saying thank you to the driver is optional until the person leaving in front of you says thank you. Then you are legally required to say it. So is everyone behind you.”

The tweets have racked up over 63,000 likes forcing Jessica to mute her account so she could get on with her life.

Speaking to BirminghamLive, she revealed that she decided to move to the UK to research Charles Dickens novels. She now works in technology.

She said: “It’s been a lot! Folks in the UK are far more passionate about beans on toast than I would have guessed.

“I had been chatting to a British friend who is now based in the US about what we found strange in our respective new homes.

“I went ahead and brought my half of the conversation to Twitter because I was quite proud of the phrase ‘sugared houseplants’ and thought a few more people would see it if I put it on Twitter.

“I think part of the challenge is that I’ve been here so long, I often forget the cultural differences till I go back home and get some contrast.

“Socially enforced silence on public transportation is a big difference, but one I rather like. I think American tipping culture is a lot for British folks to cope with and tipping being much simpler in the UK is also a nice change.”

She added that her lazy food of choice was mac and cheese and did stress just how much she loved living in Birmingham.

Jessica said: “I’ve been here in Birmingham for most of my 10 years. I’m gently well known in my social group for being a rather loud cheerleader for the city.

“I’ve lived and travelled all over the world and Brum’s just the best city I’ve found myself in. It’s approachable and multicultural, cool but doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

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Woman furious after she’s kicked out of Wetherspoons for wearing ‘inappropriate’ top

A male member of staff allegedly compared her to the topless men he’d been kicking out all day

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A young woman has expressed her fury after being thrown out of a Wetherspoons pub for her ‘inappropriate’ clothing.

Twenty year old Mollie Wood had gone to The Back of Beyond Wetherspoons branch in Reading with her friend, Amy Lee, for some food and drinks after watching England’s Euros match against Croatia on Sunday, June 13th.

She said she and her friend were escorted into the pub by a female bouncer after showing their IDs and signing into the Track and Trace app.

However, as they were walking to their table, a male member of staff suddenly intervened, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.

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Mollie, a tech worker, and her friend were walking through the pub when a male manager shouted for them to stop, allegedly telling them that they can’t come in and that they’re dressed too inappropriately.

When Mollie asked why her clothes were inappropriate, the manager, who is believed to be in his thirties, informed her that he’d been kicking out topless men all day, and that her top was small enough to be classed in the same category.

Despite Mollie and Amy quizzing the manager over whether there was a dress code, they apparently couldn’t get a straight answer.

Mollie later looked into whether Wetherspoons actually maintains a certain dress code, but claimed that she couldn’t find any reference to one.

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She also said she had already been served in that pub earlier in the week while wearing the exact same halter-neck top, pictured above. 

The women later returned to the pub to complain about how they’d been treated, but Mollie claimed to be met with only more rudeness by the staff members. 

A Wetherspoons spokesperson has since addressed the incident, saying: “Shortly after entering, the customers were politely asked to leave the pub as, on consideration by the pub’s management team, their dress was not, in this particular case, in accordance with the company’s guidance to pubs on appropriate customer dress.

“What may be considered appropriate dress is invariably a matter of individual judgement and whilst no offence was intended to the two customers by the request to leave the pub, we support the approach of the pub’s management team in this instance.”

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Boy, 9, delivers letter to Prime Minister pleading for medicinal cannabis prescription for epileptic brother

Thomas wrote to the Prime Minister in a bid to get his little brother, Eddie, a prescription for the treatment

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The brother of a severely epileptic boy penned an emotional letter to the Prime Minister in his plea for a medicinal cannabis prescription.

Nine year old Thomas Braun, from Farndon, Cheshire, told Boris Johnson that his parents should not have the ‘added worry of having to find lots of money to pay for his medicine,’ according to the BBC.

His younger brother Eddie can suffer up to 100 seizures a day, and his family currently spend around £800 a month on his medicinal cannabis treatment, which they say is ‘life changing.’

Thomas, who said his brother means ‘everything’ to him, asked the prime minister to help his parents ‘and the other mums and dads’ who have to fundraise each month to meet the medical bills.

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He wrote: “My mum and dad love us both, and they have to help Eddie a lot and sometimes I have to help too.

“They have the added worry of having to find lots of money to pay for his medicine. Lots of our friends help. But getting the medicine from the government without having to do lots of things to find the money would help them a lot.”

Thomas admitted that he ‘felt nervous’ delivering the letter to Downing Street but he said ‘it was also very exciting, because this is my chance to actually help change my brother’s life and my family’s life.’

Medicinal cannabis can be prescribed on the NHS but only in ‘exceptional’ cases.

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The treatment was made legal with a prescription in 2018 for those with an ‘exceptional clinical need.’ But since then, only three NHS prescriptions have been issued, forcing families to spend thousands of pounds on private treatments.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care said licensed cannabis-based medicines were ‘funded by the NHS where there is clear evidence of their safety and clinical effectiveness.’

She said specialist doctors could now prescribe ‘unlicensed cannabis-based products for medicinal use where it is clinically appropriate and in the best interests of patients.’

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£1M cannabis farm discovered in famous Blackpool nightclub

What a find…

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A famed Blackpool nightclub has played home to a £1M cannabis farm, police discovered this week. 

Resort officers stumbled across the colossal set up, which had been thriving in the empty building formerly known as Central Club.

Following a search of the club, which has laid dormant for years, detectives found 1,500 cannabis plants along with a large amount of electrical equipment across the building’s three floors. During the search at the club, a man was found by police and was subsequently arrested.

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A police spokesman said that the force, along with assistance from Blackpool Council, have cleared the site and the plants and equipment will be destroyed.

Inspector Cara Leadbetter of Blackpool Police said: “The activities of drug dealers can have a dramatic effect on our communities. It can ruin lives, fuel other crime, such as burglary and robbery, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods and we are determined to tackle that.

“It’s also really key that as part of this work, communities feel stronger and more empowered to do what they can to prevent serious organised crime from becoming the community norm.

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“Local people are a vital source of intelligence and they need to help us to keep them safe by telling us what they know and turning rumour into hard evidence.

“We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”

Back in its glory days, Central Club was a staple part of Blackpool’s nightlife and achieved nationwide fame when pop star Robbie Williams filmed the music video for his Advertising Space single there in 2005.

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