The UK is an expensive but beautiful and interesting part of the world. It has some fairly diverse regions, for example, my region is mostly rural and quiet, whereas cities like London and Birmingham are busy metropolitan areas focused on business and commerce. However, these different places have things in common culturally and administratively. I would like to share with you some of the common notices you will see or hear in the United Kingdom.
Mind the gap. You will just as easily see or read this phrase in Belfast as in London. In the capital of the UK it is seen in the underground system to warn people about the space between the train and the platform. It is also written at Belfast Central station in the capital of my region.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If a station is closed, a train is delayed, or if there is construction work happening in a public place, you will probably hear or see this phrase. It’s a formal way of saying, «we’re sorry if we caused you any problem».
Please do not litter. What on earth is litter I hear you ask? It’s the formal word for rubbish in the UK. Officially the correct place for rubbish is called a litter bin, and they are of course provided in public areas. Signs can be found in parks and other public places to remind you to use them.