Is That A Dead Parrot?14 March 2013
Microsoft has opened a new Headquarters in Cambridge (UK) and to help their U.S. staff who are moving there, they’ve produced a 44 page booklet of useful information.
I was particularly struck by their advice that it’s illegal to import dead animals into the UK. I’ve relocated twice to other countries and have never felt any compulsion to bring along a dead animal, but maybe Microsoft staff are a different breed? Or have watched too much Monty Python?
They also point out that you don’t need an appointment to attend A & E at the local hospital. Unless you’re a clairvoyant, yes it would be difficult to predict when you’re going to have an Accident or Emergency.
Other than that though it appears to be a little more up-to-date than a similar guide issued by one of the American airlines to US holiday-makers visiting the UK in the early 1970’s. That one advised that women should always wear gloves when visiting the theatre, that most city streets are cobbled and warned against drinking the water.
I’m sure there are similar stupidities listed in guide books for visitors to the USA and other countries and I’ve probably believed them.