r/AskUK Aug 04 '22

[MEGATHREAD] Cost of Living - Energy, Interest Rates, Inflation, Fuel, etc

390 Upvotes

Given the number of posts, we're removing a lot of these items under 'Common Topic', and receiving lightening-speed reports when they do come up.

However, we know a lot of you are struggling, and not getting the answers you need via subreddit search, or internet search engines.

So to give you guys a space, and to stop the flooding of similar queries, you are more than welcome to use this submission here.


r/AskUK 7h ago

Do you think cocaine is getting out of hand in this country?

1.4k Upvotes

Not trying to lecture anyone on their personal habits, but cocaine does make some people knobheads. And it seems to be that more and more people can't have a piss up if it's not snowing as well. I got the train late last night from work, shattered. Train packed full of people and these 3 lads with eyes you could tee off with couldn't leave me alone and relax, another lad kept trying to get with a girl who clearly didn't want him.


r/AskUK 9h ago Take My Power

I keep going from bug to bug, seems whenever I go out into the public, I get sick the next day. Anyone getting the same thing happening?

586 Upvotes

For the record, I am not someone who historically would get sick a lot, maybe a minor cold once cold a year, perhaps flu every few years. It seems right now we are in some sort of petri dish of infections. I am going back to masking up now, as this is pissing me off. I want to go and live as a bum on a desert Island somewhere.


r/AskUK 6h ago

Do you think ads about alcohol and gambling should be banned?

187 Upvotes

Two incredibly damaging addictions are glorified/incentivised in adverts, you don't see ads for smoking so why at these ok? The amount of families that have been torn apart is crazy, it's never just the addicted person that's affected.


r/AskUK 6h ago

My mate runs a pub quiz but he’s going to Australia for a few months tomorrow so tonight will be his last quiz. What funny team name can I use? Has to be Australia-based. The more insulting/offensive the better!

124 Upvotes

I went with “Luke’s going to get Chlamydia from a koala” last time, but that’s definitely not “hahaha…oof!” enough for his final quiz!


r/AskUK 8h ago

Mentions London Why is UK rail so expensive?

139 Upvotes

I saw a tweet saying a train ticket in two days London - Liverpool is £342.60. In Sweden, Stockholm - Gothenburg costs £15-35 in 2 days. Why is UK rail so expensive?


r/AskUK 4h ago

What is your thought on raising a child from birth as a vegan?

23 Upvotes

A friend of ours are doing that, not our our business/place to tell them our thoughts.


r/AskUK 2h ago

Which UK subreddit has the most mean spirited people? (That you frequent)

11 Upvotes

For me it would have to be /r/CarTalkUK. Somedays it's full of lovely people talking about the love for cars, other days it's people saying "lol stop modifying your old shit box, can you not afford a new car poor boy?". For some reason there's a lot of people on there that don't actually like cars, they like showing of an "asset", it's weird. Sometime I find myself writing negative comments on there even though IRL i'm all about positivity, it's like a sink hole.

So, what's a sub you frequent that has the same vibe?


r/AskUK 6h ago

What's that little thing that you absolutely have the time and resources to sort out, but never do?

30 Upvotes

For example, when my partner and I moved into our house about a year ago, we didn't have one of those cutlery separator things. We 'temporarily' put all of our spoons, forks and knives loose in a wooden tray we had for moving (like the kind vegetables are shipped in), and it's still like that in the cupboard now. For context, we're not students, we have a nicely put together home.


r/AskUK 3h ago

Are people becoming more moronic now or do they just literally not care anymore?

5 Upvotes

Are people generally becomming more moronic or do they just care less and less, Today I watched a guy order two toasties, The guy went to put them in. Served a few more customers and completely just stand there and watch them burn to a crisp in the machine.

Then later on in the afternoon I saw a young woman repeatedly ramming a pram at the kerb not lifting it up for a good minute then proceed to walk 50 yards down the road to where the kerb dipped.


r/AskUK 1d ago

Mentions London What is an issue living in the UK that doesn't get talked about enough?

635 Upvotes

What would you say is an issue living in the UK that doesn't get talked about enough? It doesn't have to be anything major, just something you think needs more attention.

Personally (based on bitter experience), I think it's the lack of opportunities for young people outside of cities and bigger towns. Especially due to the pandemic! There are few higher and degree apprenticeships nationally anyway, but they all seem to be at company head offices in London/Birmingham/Manchester. Even part-time jobs can be difficult to get if you're not "fully flexible" (even if they're only offering a zero-hours contract). With lockdown stopping driving lessons and tests, anecdotally it seems like a lot of young adults, myself included, can't drive and so can't get to the random business park where the jobs are. I'm currently stuck in this annoying position. I'm learning to drive and studying a degree but I don't think anything's going to change for a while.


r/AskUK 8h ago

Why do people think UK salaries are low (for Europe)?

15 Upvotes

Piggybacking off the other thread ofc (https://www.reddit.com/r/AskUK/comments/10tv3hi/why_arent_more_people_talking_about_how_low_the/).

Someone linked to the Wikipedia list of median/average salaries in Europe (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_average_wage) and the UK came up quite favourably, beating places like France and Ireland, and coming in under some (not all) of the Nordics, Germany, and the Netherlands.

But the story that UK salaries are bad compared to our neighbours persists. Anecdotally, I know plenty of Western Europeans who moved to the UK for better salaries and a chance to work on bigger things.


r/AskUK 1d ago

Why exactly do you guys dislike Luton?

425 Upvotes

Can you guys give me specific reasons why Luton is bad? Not just general reasons.


r/AskUK 22h ago

What shop/business has a very recognisable smell?

161 Upvotes

I'm talking specific business rather than type of business, for example butchers have a particular smell but I can't tell one butchers from another.


r/AskUK 1d ago

Tell me what area of the UK you live in without saying it’s name?

223 Upvotes

So describe what makes it famous or what happens there


r/AskUK 1d ago Rocket Like

Have you ever met someone who seemed totally sane on the surface and then suddenly done something that confirmed this wasn't the case?

572 Upvotes

I once went out with a gentleman I met on a course for a few beers. He had brought a pocket full of ecstacy with him - okay, not for me but no judgement. He then proceeded to drink and with each drink the mask would slip more and more until he eventually said to me that when I left to use the bathroom he planned to "put something" in my drink and "end up in bed" with me. I of course left. He went into the course, obtained my address somehow and would show up at the door at 4am. I struggled for a few days to work out if I should inform the police but I thought they would say it was his word against mine about drugging me. A few days later I had a call from someone telling me he had been arrested for seriously beating someone up in town and was about to spend time in jail (apparently). I tallied up the amount of missed calls I had for him over a week and it was around 250.

Before that night I knew him for months and he seemed completely normal.

Have you ever experienced something like this?


r/AskUK 3h ago

Has anyone quit their job without another lined up?

6 Upvotes

My current job is draining and affecting me mentally. I’ve started applying for jobs but I’m ready to quit this month even without a new job. Is this a bad idea? I have 4 weeks notice & very tempted to hand it in tomorrow! I have enough savings for 2 months rent & bills


r/AskUK 1h ago

What age is too old for clubbing?

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Im 34 and 3 months old.

In the UK what age is seen as too old to be in a bar with music (all bar one etc) and clubbing?

Is it awkward being 34 and on a night out?


r/AskUK 6h ago

How can you help your parent find a partner?

7 Upvotes

My mum has been single for almost 13 years, she isn't unhappy and generally enjoys having her own space. However, she occasionally mentions feeling a bit sad when seeing couples and sometimes feels like a spare part when around myself and my brothers as we all have spouses.

She is 50 (a very young 50! I am blessed with youthful genes), has anyone got any tips or had success in helping their parent find a significant other?


r/AskUK 17h ago

Head teacher demands medical proof child is ill next time. No in person GP appointment same day. What do you do?

49 Upvotes

5 year old started school and obviously caught like 234 bugs, missed in total about 12 days of school since Sept, not consecutively. Child was in bed with a fever or with sore throat so bad that they didn't eat solids in 3 days, we stay at home until child was having solids. GP receptionist laughed when I asked same day appointment, directed us to A&E if we wished to wait and be seen, but it'd be hours, they said. I wasn't putting my 5 year old through that.

The head master is now demanding that next time we give medical evidence or we will be reported to the welfare office, and fined i guess, I don't know if they mean social services too. Can they? There are no issues other than a language delay.

What are we supposed to do? I've written a letter to the principal asking pretty much that. Is that out of line? I've been told they're made to send these letters but they say on it that it's at the discretion of the head teacher if an absence is unauthorised.


r/AskUK 43m ago

What's with all the barbers?

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My local area has a street which used to be full of various shops bars and restaurants but now seems to be primarily barbers (some opening up next to eachother)

I thought we were the unlucky ones but heard in another thread another town centre having the same issue.

Is this prevalent in your area? Are we all just hungry for fades or is there a big ol' money laundering operation going on?


r/AskUK 1d ago

What little and odd food hacks do you know that vastly improve cooking?

912 Upvotes

My neighbour told me yesterday that smearing mayonnaise, instead of butter, on the outside of a toastie before toasting it makes it taste 10x better. She was right. I need more....More....MORE!!

EDIT: The comments are coming in faster than I can reply.

So, Thank You all for your contributions


r/AskUK 19h ago

I’ve lost all my mates, any advice ?

53 Upvotes

So I finished college, thought I’d make new mates there but really didn’t make any efforts to talk to anyone my anxiety/self esteem was overwhelming. I reconnected with my old friends and some of them talked while the others seemed dismissive and in different places in life now. I feel so pathetic now I only go out with my mum. I’m 18 and I feel like my life’s over and there’s nothing left for me. Who’s gonna wanna talk to someone who has nobody.


r/AskUK 4h ago

Do you believe you should not have any debt in your 30s?

3 Upvotes

Discussing with friends over dinner last night and he said that you shouldn’t have any debt in your 30s otherwise you get into the perpetual cycle of debt and your much less likely to get rid of it? Also he claimed that it negatively affects your permanent record if you have long term debt when your in your 30s? Excluding mortgages. Do you believe that?


r/AskUK 10h ago

Garden usage in your area?

10 Upvotes

We live on a street with reasonable sized gardens, most of which are maintained quite nicely. I probably sit outside for a hour at least one evening over a weekend no matter what the season, certainly more in the summer. I’ve come to notice nobody else ever really uses their gardens. Is it like this everywhere?


r/AskUK 1d ago

Has the NHS failed already? What recent experiences did you have?

184 Upvotes

Not too long ago, I saw a motorcyclist fall of his bike because it was raining quite heavily. The motorcyclist broke his leg/ankle. So I pick this guy up, moved him to the side of the road out of danger and called the ambulance, they told me up to 6 hours wait time for an ambulance; can you believe that? I ended up sticking him in his girlfriend's car, and she drove him to the hospital.

Then recently I had to take my little sister to A&E, she had a lot of pain in her kidney area. The receptionist told us it's 'urgent' and she will be seen to soon. 4-5 hours later, nothing. She started having very very sharp pain and started crying in the hospital, they then gave her some paracetamol and just told her to wait a few more hours. During this time she saw people with more serious conditions, going in and out of consciousness, being shown no attention whatsoever. She ended up just coming home and trying again the next day.

So the next day she goes to a different hospital. They see her pretty quickly as they class her situation as 'urgent'. They then send her with a nurse for a blood test. The nurse takes the blood sample, drops it all over herself, and all over my sister. The nurse then takes puts the needle for the blood test into her other arm, and tells her the doctor is not available. So she says my sister will have to leave the needle in her arm for the next few hours, because if she takes it out, my sister will have to come back another day. So despite crying for a while because of the discomfort, my sister manages to pass the time with this uncomfortable needle in her arm. The doctor eventually comes and takes the blood test instead of the nurse. They do their checks, and say they'll contact her the next day when the report comes in. The next day my sister calls up, and they tell her... they've 'lost the report'.

I think the NHS has failed, it's barely a useable service currently.

What's your recent experience been like?