"Happy new year." People say this word in advance the actual year come.
The day end of 2011, I went to the city centre. And found
・The town is as usual
・Banks are opened normally
・Shops are as well
・Buses and trains are same
・The number of people was not too many not too few
So, basically an ordinary day in Brighton.
On BBC, no special programme for 2011. Just about 30 min new year fireworks live from London. But the programme called most "annoying people 2011" before the new year was fun.
Here, Christmas is the biggest event in December, consequently the new year eve seems to be smaller than it.
What strange for me is time difference. 9 hours before it's 2012 in Japan already.