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Old 20th Nov 2002, 12:02
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South Bucks? Advice from the Poms please?

My daughter, after an unhappy time in an enclave for the rich between Manchester and Crewe, has accepted a short term au-pair position in South Bucks. She is currently out of contact for me to ask father type questions, so I throw myself upon the mercy of our English Ppruners. Apparently it was claimed she would be thirty minutes out of London.... a cursory glance at the map shows Bucks to adjoin Oxfordshire, hardly what I would call close to London. Is South Bucks a town? Is that 30 minutes by high speed train, Learjet or council bus? Any info gratefully received.
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Old 20th Nov 2002, 12:17
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It all depends on the town, but, more importantly, on the family she will be with. South Bucks is prosperous, and mostly pretty, with good transport links to London including coach (bus) and rail.

I live in Marlow which is a Thames-side town and London is about 1 hour away by train (choice of two lines) and a little longer by bus. The area is nearly all safe, with only one or two run-down enclaves that need care.
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Old 20th Nov 2002, 12:55
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I work in South Bucks - High Wycombe, and have to say the people there are really nice.

It's around 40 mins into London by train.

Don't worry Dad - she'll be fine

Ohhh, check your PM's.

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Old 20th Nov 2002, 13:45
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Yes - South Bucks is not too long to get into London.
But the question is why would anybody want to go to London?
You're in Mackay - would you really want quick access to downtown Sydney?
Following take the 5 - yes Wycombe for example is quite acceptable/very nice/no worries.
Hope you get in touch with her soon.
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Old 20th Nov 2002, 14:40
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You could have a trawl thro' South Bucks
South Bucks did go as far as Colnbrook at one time which borders on LHR. So yes it is close to London and the transport links are reasonable
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Old 20th Nov 2002, 16:04
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A town name would definitely help - South Bucks covers quite a large area.

I live in Berks, but I'm about 2 blocks away from the border of South Bucks. I live a 10-minutes walk from a station, and from there it's 20 minutes into Paddington station if you're lucky enough to get a fast train, which run every 30 minutes during the day Mon-Fri, less frequently at other times. Slower trains run far more frequently, and can take as much as 40 minutes to get to Paddington. Paddington itself isn't the most interesting part of London, though, and your daughter may need to add 15-45 minutes onto that to allow for getting to whatever part of London she wants to visit. So I'd say 30 minutes is possible, but very optimistic!

Why doesn't she plan a day out to visit the area she'd be living/working in?

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Old 20th Nov 2002, 17:08
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You might get a lot more help from some of us if you desisted from the rude, but regrettably typical 'Oz' habit of addressing us as 'Poms'.
It is neither funny nor clever, just rude.
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Old 20th Nov 2002, 17:57
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I lived for 18 months in Milton Keynes..

If lucky it was non-stop 40 mins or so to Euston on the train
and driving via the M1 was quick too.
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Old 20th Nov 2002, 20:00
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I don`t mind being called a pom (I`ve been called worse)

Buckinghamshire is OK, most of the southern bit being reasonably affluent.

One town is Chalfont St Giles which is rhyming slang for an unpleasant affliction....must buy some more ointment.
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Old 20th Nov 2002, 20:47
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Isn't dear old MK North Bucks Distant?
North Bucks is lovely, but South Bucks is much posher, and closer to London! The MK stopper train went through a lot of small South Bucks towns on the way to London. Nice area, fairly affluent, and pretty enough. Binos - in England, everywhere is "close" to London
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Old 20th Nov 2002, 23:32
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AerBabe, lovely to hear from you again!

Oscar, sorry you appear to take offense. I won't launch into a dissertation on the bonds between Oz and the mother country, but I believe the vast majority of Aussies use the term with affection. I also suggest that the amount of helpful information forthcoming not only on this thread but in emails and private messages indicates that many of your compatriots feel the same way.

Thanks to all.
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Old 21st Nov 2002, 01:20
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I am sure your assertion is correct, however that expression does wrankle a bit as it is the usual prelude to some sort of smart-arsed remark and is probably as offensive as the "didn't know one still needed a criminal record to get in" phrase might be to many Australians.
Wouldn't mind being in Adelaide right now, mind; 90-1 as I write!
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Old 21st Nov 2002, 01:36
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I think you would find, [if your underpants weren't as tight as they clearly are] that any Skippy who can trace his forebears back to those early settlers does so with a sense of pride.

Given that they all fathered cricketers it's perfectly understandable!

You're not an England cricket supporter are you?
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Old 21st Nov 2002, 08:44
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South Bucks is generally considered to be a good area, and part of the Home Counties (best pronounced with several plums and a silver spoon in ones' mouth). I'm sure like anywhere else there a good and bad areas within that, and good and bad people, but climatically and economically it's OK. HM The Queen has a small weekend bugalow there (Windsor Castle): it is generally accepted that HM lives in the better neighbourhoods. So Baby Binns should be alright.

All the usual research would be a good idea, (as already advised)such as meet the family before commiting etc, but I'm sure that you will give her that advice, which if she is a dutiful offspring, will ignore!!
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Old 21st Nov 2002, 09:26
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Why else would I be up at that time, if not to watch the f--king cricket?
Your point about the underpants is well taken. Perhaps you could advise me where I might buy some Grosvenor House shreddies.
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Old 21st Nov 2002, 12:11
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Im fascinated by this 'enclave for the rich between Manchester and Crewe'.

Soooo - travelling by First North Western that could be Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Handforth, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Chelford, Goostrey, Holmes Chapel, or Sanbach.

Wasn't Alderley was it? We really are quite nice folk - except for all those poncy footballers and soap stars. Oh, and those upstart incomers from Bramhall ;~)

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Old 21st Nov 2002, 12:15
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Nope. None of those.

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Old 21st Nov 2002, 13:10
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I hope her employers don't belong to South Bucks Bridge Club in Burnham. My offices included a bar and venue hall which they would use most weekday evenings. As we wound down and got more and more pi$... I mean 'relaxed' they were getting more and more intense around their little green tables next door. When it came to their break time the 'cold current' of Bridge players would meet the 'warm, moist mass' of anebriated bar occupants and rotating storms would always result. They have absolutely no sense of humour amongst drunk people. And if one of them accidentally walked face first into the glass doors on the way back holding two cups of coffee we were all lost.

I seem to remember our bar tab being more than the month's rent on several occasions...
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Old 21st Nov 2002, 13:43
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None of those?

So if widen the search to places away from the Manchester-Crewe railway line, that might be an 'enclave for the rich', but still somewhere between those termini....

Prestbury, The Peovers, Mobberley, Knutsford, Hale, Bowden (though these last 3 are too far north to qualfy really).

If it ain't one of those, we are talking small village names, and there's hundreds of those.

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Old 21st Nov 2002, 23:04
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