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Old September 3rd, 2008, 04:19 PM   #101
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Dumbass. That's all I have to say to someone like you. You start shit with your nasty responses then try to be the great mediator. You are a dumbass. Period. See ya!
Seriously - if with "nasty response" you mean that original "bigger is better" stereotype, I still fail to see what's so particularly negative about it. It is a stereotype, true, but how is it an even remotely nasty one?
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 04:45 PM   #102
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Here's the main square in my town, it's not huge by any means (the town only has 70,000 inhabitants) but it is paved with a few plant pots and benches. The building in the centre is the 16th century market hall where wool trading used to take place. It is now a cafe-bar and arthouse cinema.

The square itself is used for specialist markets and craft fairs about 8-10 days per month and for other small events once a week. It also hosts bigger concerts and events 2-3 times per year where the square can be packed out with a couple of thousand people.

It's also surrounded by shops and a couple of cafes so it's always quite busy even when there isn't a specific event on.



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Old September 3rd, 2008, 04:57 PM   #103
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I really, REALLY should spend time in Britain's countryside. That pub looks so good that it hurts.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 05:19 PM   #104
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Too late, it's now a clothes shop, that photo must be a few years old. It's a lovely building but to be honest it wasn't the greatest pub, it needed refurbishing and I think that the owners couldn't be bothered so they sold it.

There are many other good ones in the town though, come along, it'll be cheap for you now that the pound is worth about as much as a Zimbabwe dollar.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 05:42 PM   #105
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It might be low now, but at least in London, a pound is still worth NOTHING. :P

Who knows, perhaps next spring or so?
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 06:13 PM   #106
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It depends what you want to spend your money on I guess, if you want to go to a pub for a beer then £2-£2.50 (€2.45-€3.05) for a 568ml pint is probably not much more than in The Hague I think. My friend lives over there and he says the general cost of living isn't much different to here.

The real killer in London for a visitor is probably hotel prices but anywhere else in the country is 50% cheaper.
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Old September 4th, 2008, 12:45 AM   #107
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These areas are what really make European cities IMO.

Unfortunately in the UK a lot have ended up being car parks. Public spaces do seem to be returning though, in london we've seen it, Nottingham also and Leeds and Manchester have made progress.

In small villages are towns though which normally have a small square, its just a car park until the market day...
I always found quite a lot of squares in the UK.
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Old September 4th, 2008, 12:47 AM   #108
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It might be low now, but at least in London, a pound is still worth NOTHING. :P

Who knows, perhaps next spring or so?
Beer must be so cheap in the Hague then, as beer costs less in London now due to the exchange rate than it does in Frankfurt.
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Old September 4th, 2008, 02:01 AM   #109
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I always found quite a lot of squares in the UK.
Comparitively speaking I don't think it's something that the UK does well. Nearly every city of note has a pedestrian shopping area, much like the country you inhabit now, however, squares like you see in Europe are rare. Like the USA we tend to opt for large public parks where possible due to the absolute absence of greenery around the city in general (something that I do loathe about my home country).
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Old September 4th, 2008, 11:48 AM   #110
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It depends what you want to spend your money on I guess, if you want to go to a pub for a beer then £2-£2.50 (€2.45-€3.05) for a 568ml pint is probably not much more than in The Hague I think. My friend lives over there and he says the general cost of living isn't much different to here.

The real killer in London for a visitor is probably hotel prices but anywhere else in the country is 50% cheaper.
That's actually cheaper than over here. Think I've conditioned myself too much to the combination of Prices in London in general + Expensive pound, over the last couple of years.
Last time I stayed outside London was in Hatfield, at least a decade ago. Can't remember any worries about money on that one. Of course, that might have been because back then my dad was still paying.
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Not quite my dream square, but better than none.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 02:01 AM   #113
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Amsterdam: de Dam (Dam square)


Although not the largest square (Museumsquare is the largest with 79,000 m²) in Amsterdam, it is fully paved.

Normal day with typical tourists


Regular street performing


Medical Helicopter using square as helipad


National remembrance of the dead (Dodenherdenking)


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Old September 5th, 2008, 02:40 AM   #114
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Here's the main square in my town, it's not huge by any means (the town only has 70,000 inhabitants) but it is paved with a few plant pots and benches. The building in the centre is the 16th century market hall where wool trading used to take place. It is now a cafe-bar and arthouse cinema.

The square itself is used for specialist markets and craft fairs about 8-10 days per month and for other small events once a week. It also hosts bigger concerts and events 2-3 times per year where the square can be packed out with a couple of thousand people.

It's also surrounded by shops and a couple of cafes so it's always quite busy even when there isn't a specific event on.



that's actually very nice Jonesy! I like it a lot, very comfortable place.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 12:20 AM   #115
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THEY WERE MARKETS
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Old September 8th, 2008, 02:44 AM   #116
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Old September 8th, 2008, 04:38 AM   #117
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We don't have a square as usual huge paved area, instead there is a park that serves as a main square. It's generally the same thing except you've got shade, public buildings and biggest church, gymnasium, museum etc. are all on that square.

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Old September 8th, 2008, 11:33 AM   #118
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A few from Copenhagen

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Old September 9th, 2008, 02:34 AM   #119
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The center of Sofia is paved with unique yellow paving-stones


Sofia, Prince Alexander of Battenberg Square
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Old September 9th, 2008, 11:03 AM   #120
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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb has many beautiful squares. These two are my favourite.


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