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Living In Surrey: Expectation Vs Reality

"How posh."

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1. Expectation: Everyone from Surrey lives in a massive mansion.

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Reality: We either rent, live at home, or own a shoebox.

2. Expectation: Our gardens have swimming pools and BBQs.

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Reality: We have a birdbath and make a grill when the sun's out.

3. Expectation: Surrey natives still talk like it’s 1912.

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Reality: Surrey natives still talk like it’s 2016, even when they probably shouldn't.

4. Expectation: We ate our school lunch in a fancy dinner hall.

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Reality: We ate our Turkey Twizzlers in a converted gym.

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5. Expectation: At school we always looked incredibly smart.

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Reality: Everyone at school got told to do up their top button and sort their tie out.


6. Expectation: Lunch means dressing to impress and catching up with friends.


Reality: We celebrate making a saving on the Boots meal deal.

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7. Expectation: We all drive flash motors.

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Reality: We like to pretend we can afford a supercar.

8. Expectation: This is how the squad looks:


Reality: This is how the squad actually looks:

9. Expectation: We go on holiday to Saint-Tropez and money's no object.

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Reality: We go to less glamorous locations and waste all our money on booze and stupid outfits.

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10. Expectation: High streets in Surrey have nothing but designer shops.

Reality: There's Dorking high street, famous for its giant cock sculpture.

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11. Expectation: We buy fresh fruit and veg from a local, organic store.

Reality: Most of us are more likely to pick up reduced items that are going out-of-date.

12. Expectation: We spend Saturday afternoons playing polo.

Reality: We're more likely to spend Saturday afternoons watching football.

13. Expectation: Our local boozer is a quaint little pub.

Reality: Every town in Surrey has a Wetherspoon's in it.

14. Expectation: "Oh, you're from Surrey!"

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Reality: "Yeah, Croydon."

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