Wednesday 31 December 2014

Useful Notes

Some Useful Stuff

British Floor Conventions
Are very simple - what the Americans call the First Floor is in fact the Ground Floor. The floor above that is the First Floor (which is the Second Floor in American). Above that floors are  numbered sequentially.

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
An organisation founded in 1967 to provide practical help for immigrants to the UK and to campaign for reform of the UK's immigration  policy.

General slang for Police Stations, sometimes on it's own 'Let's get back to the Nick' or used to identify a specific station - 'Let's get back to Leominster Nick.'

UKIP (UK Independence Party)
A political party founded in 1993 to campaign for the immediate withdrawl of the UK from the European Union. Beyond their central policy concern they also favour carvorting druids, death by stoning and dung for dinner(1)

 (1) Well maybe not although you never know...


LauraJ said...

I believe I am right in thinking a 'nick' is the place to which one is taken when one is 'nicked,' i.e. arrested. It's a case of reverse synedoche where the container is named for the thing/person contained, or at least for the action behind the things/persons contained, and also contains the agents of their BEING contained. It's mad cool that way.

Susannah said...

I hope this means the US edition wasn't edited for an American audience?