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English Music Festivals
Summer is festival season. England has a wide range of festivals, featuring different types of music. This article features a few of the highly popular music festivals that take place in England – from Glastonbury to the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.
English puddings include some classic recipes which have stood the test of time, from Apple Snow to Summer Pudding; more stodgy counterparts include Bread Pudding, Eton Mess and Queen of Puddings.
English Queens - Boudicca to Elizabeth I
England has had strong leadership from women, yet they have rearely had the chance to shine as male heirs have had precedence in the line of succession. Boudicca led her tribe after her husband died. Mary I succeeded her teenage brother on his death, thus opening the door for her younger sister.
English Queens and Kings - Films
There have been some wonderful films about English kings and queens, starring many of Britain’s top actors and actresses. I have selected a few films which I feel showcase both English acting talent and pivotal points in the history of the monarchy; between them they have won a galaxy of awards.
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.
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.
It is believed that the British have an obsession with weather – no surprise in England where sunshine and floods can coexist in a day.
Enid Blyton Books
Children's author Enid Blyton produced books that appeal to preschool children to those in their teens. Three of her classic series, illustrative of her range, were Malory Towers, Noddy and The Famous Five.
Famous Chefs Ainsley & Antony
Ainsley Harriott and Antony Worrall-Thompson are two chefs who enjoy communicating their expertise and love of food. Ainsley specialises in fast, fresh food; Antony draws on years of experience managing successful restaurants. Both are prolific authors and engaging television peronalities.
Famous Chefs Heston & Hugh
Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are two celebrity English chefs passionate about food. Heston has a particular interest in the science of food; Hugh is committed to home grown, home reared and local produce.
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