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Stevie Smith, born in 1902 in Hull, was a writer who appealed to a younger generation. She wrote novels and poetry and illustrated some of her writings. She was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1969.
William Blake – poet and artist, political and visionary – was born in London in 1757. Some would call Blake's Jerusalem - sung at the start of the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games - England’s alternate national anthem.
A Cornish pasty is a meal in itself - meat and vegetables encased in a half moon case of golden pastry.
Dr Who - Hartnell to Pertwee
Dr Who - an iconic English TV series - has survived generations of viewers and regenerations of Doctors. The first three doctors helped lay the bedrock of stories to come...
England has always had plentiful crops of apples, from shiny green Bramleys to small, sweet Cox’s. Abundant apple harvests have given the English satisfying puddings for centuries.
The Paralympic Games owe a huge debt to their founding father, Dr Ludwig Guttmann. Dr Guttmann had an unwavering belief that sport could change both patients’ perceptions of themselves and shift medical and public thinking about the potential of disabled people.
Who's Buried Where? - Book Review
Find out where past kings and queens of England are buried. Discover the last resting places of artists, poets and writers. Learn how past prime ministers have been commemorated. Who’s Buried Where? provides a wealth of information about where you can find memorials to the great and the good.
Geordie English - Book Review
Geordie English is an excellent small book which provides a clear introduction to Geordie - an English dialect spoken in Northumberland. Famous Geordies include Ant and Dec, Alan Shearer and Cheryl Cole.
Andy Murray Olympic Champion
A straight sets win in under two hours sees Andy Murray, at Wimbledon, achieving the ultimate win of his tennis career – Olympic gold. Sweet victory against Roger Federer who four weeks ago beat Murray in his first Wimbledon final.
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4 is an English institution. It is unusual in broadcasting programmes that rely on the spoken word rather than music. Whilst some programmes come and go, there are parts of the schedule that have iconic status and are deeply rooted in English culture.
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