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    17 Quirks Bristolians Don't Realise Are Kind Of Weird

    Where else can you navigate by graffiti alone?

    1. Painting the outside of our houses to contrast with those of our neighbours.

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    2. Calling pretty much everyone we know "my lover".

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    We use "lover" like other people use "mate".

    3. Opening our curtains to a hot air balloon on summer mornings.

    4. And every August, twice a day for nearly a week, the sky being full of them.

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    Almost every part of Bristol gets to see the beautiful balloon-filled sunrise and sunset flights during the International Balloon Fiesta

    5. Some of our streets being filled with more campers, Transporters, and Bongos than actual cars.

    6. Giving directions that involve more pictures than words.

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    "Turn right at the masquerade monkey and left at the massive grumpy seagull…"

    7. Saying hello to horses.

    8. Street art raising property prices, not lowering them.

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    In Bristol, if someone draws on your house, it can be a big draw for buyers.

    9. Students living in the posh part of the city.

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    The vast majority of Bristol students live in and around Clifton, Bristol's most exclusive postcode

    10. Going to clubs and bars that are not located on dry land.

    11. And having an unquenchable thirst for cider.

    12. Having world-discovering boats just milling around everywhere.

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    From The Matthew which first discovered America, to the SS Great Britain, Brunel's iron-hulled masterpiece, and the steam tugs, tall ships and barges, Bristolians are spoilt when it comes to over-achieving boats

    13. Black cabs being BLUE.

    14. Going to a carpark for a reason other than just parking your car.

    15. Naming something after Christmas despite it having nothing to do with Christmas.

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    The Christmas Steps have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but they're pretty essential forgetting yourself in the mood for Christmas.

    16. An extreme love of cosplay.

    17. Having the ability to party anywhere.

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