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Tea is a British tradition, even though tea was first discovered far, far from England. Tea first became popular in England in the seventeenth under the influence of Charles II’s Portuguese wife, Catherine of Braganza.
Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee
Having spent sixty years on the throne Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. An extra Bank Holiday to celebrate the Jubilee on 5 June is one of many ways the British people are marking this auspicious occasion.
When We Were Very Young - Book Review
When We Were Very Young is a poetry book by A A Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh stories. The book was first published in 1924, yet many of the poems are simple enough to delight children (and adults!) of today.
Xenophobe's Guide to the English - Book Review
Xenophobe's Guide to the English provides a romp through English behaviour, character, customs, manners and etiquette and much more. A good, hilarious short read.
Captain Scott - Explorer
Captain Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole in January 1912 - a bitter victory, for Norwegian Roald Amundsen has beaten him to his goal. Scott and his team did not survive their return journey, suffering from exhaustion, frostbite and starvation.
Queen of Puddings
Queen of Puddings is a feast of custard, jam and meringue. Rumour has it that the pudding was created for Queen Victora in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace...
Ask someone to name an English sonnet writer and most people will answer “Shakespeare”. Yet England has produced a wealth of poets who have tried their hand at the sonnet form.
Dinner for One
Dinner for One is a short, very English film which is a cult hit in Germany, Denmark and Norway yet most English people have never heard of it!
The British Museum
The British Museum is the oldest national public museum in the world. Based in Great Russell Street near Russell Square it hosts a treasure trove of collections covering subjects from Ancient Egypt to The Enlightenment. Should you ever get the chance to visit, go for it!
In England Christmas dinner – which can range from a meal served close to noon to one served after dark – is a meal which can draw family and friends together for feasting and celebration. Over the years the centrepiece of the food laden Christmas table has changed, and is still changing...
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