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21 Things You Know If You Live On The Welsh/English Border

Wales vs England matches are a considerable source of stress.

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5. You dabble in drug smuggling if you're on the English side.

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Prescriptions are free in Wales but not in England, so a quick hop over the border can save you £8.40 a time.

6. Young Farmers’ Barn Dances are epic social occasions.

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And no, there’s no line-dancing or gingham, but there’s plenty of WKD Blue and bad decisions made at the bottom of fields.

8. Almost everyone belongs to a specific pub community.

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You’re not made to swear an allegiance or anything, but chances are you go to one particular pub regularly and know everyone there. No one will say anything if you venture elsewhere, but eyebrows will be raised and there might even be whispering.

9. Road conditions can change instantly.

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There’s no joined-up thinking between Welsh and English councils, so cross the border in some places and lovely smooth tarmac descends into crumbling potholes in the blink of an eye.

12. Schools usually observe both national days so no one's left out.

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13. People assume you’re either a farmer or wear a lot of tweed.

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There’s a bit of a divide between salt-of-the-earth farmers and the rural gentrified hoi polloi, but not everyone in the area falls into one of these two categories.

15. Everything closes early. Everything.

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Visiting other places with late night amenities is a wonder. A corner shop that's open until 11pm? That’s unthinkable convenience!

16. Festivals bring a deluge of out-of-towners.

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The area is really popular for arts festivals, which means actual swarms of city-dwelling visitors descend several times a year to coo about how quaint everything is.

17. Renting a property is really hard.

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Most of the houses in the area have either been in families for generations or are large family homes. There’s very little provision for first-time buyers and the rental market is sparse, so when something decent becomes available there's a mile-long queue of prospective tenants.

18. It’s THE place to live if you like outdoor activities.

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Canoeing, hiking, climbing, off-roading – it’s all on your doorstep.

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