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Географических особенностях и погоде Британских
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English speaking area
Interesting things and facts you don’t know
Faraway Kingdom
The UK is an island state, and is composed of 5,500
large and small islands. The official name is the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The
UK is washed by the Atlantic Ocean in the northwest
and the North Sea in the east. It’s separated from
Ireland by the Irish Sea from the European continent
by the English Channel (La Manche) and its narrowest
part the Strait of Dover (Pas de Calais) which is only
32 km wide. The official language is English, but there
are some other languages spoken too.
British people say: "Other countries have a climate, in
England we have weather.“
The weather in Britain changes very quickly. One day may be fine
and the next day may be wet. The morning may be warm and the
evening may be cool. Therefore it is natural for the people to use the
comparison "as changeable as the weather" for a person who often
changes his or her mood or opinion about something. he weather is
the favourite topic of conversation in Britain. When two Brits are
introduced to each other, if they can't think of anything else to talk
about, they will talk about weather. When two people meet in the
street, they will often say something weather-related as they pass, just
to show their friendliness.
Every daily paper publishes a weather forecast. Both the radio and
television give the weather forecast several times each day. The English
also say that they have three variants of weather: when it rains in the
morning, when it rains in the afternoon or when in rains all day long.
Sometimes it rains so heavily that they say "It's raining cats and dogs".
Customs & traditions in GB
The British have traditions not only in political spheres, but also
in social life. For example, London , the capital of England , is
traditionally divided into three parts: the West End , the East end,
and the City. The City is the historical, financial and business center
of London . The East End is a district inhabited by the working class,
and the West End is a fashionable shopping and entertaining center.
British people like to spend their free time in numerous pubs where
they can have a pint of beer and talk about life with their friends.
The British are traditional about their meals. They eat eggs and
bacon with toast for breakfast, and pudding or apple pie for dessert.
Every family has five o'clock tea. A typical feature of a British house
is a fireplace, even when there is central heating. Brits like domestic
animals. Every family has a pet: a dog, a cat or a bird.
Politeness is a characteristic of British social etiquette. They often
say "Thank you", "Sorry", “Excuse me".
The UK also has many traditional holidays, such as Christmas,
St.Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Easter and others.
Public holidays in GB
England is a country of traditions and public holidays.
The public holidays are: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good
Friday, Easter, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday and Late
summer holiday.
London is the capital of GB
Once London was a small Roman town of the north bank of the
Thames. Slowly it grew into one of the world's major cities. London
is the capital of the United Kingdom, its economic, political and
cultural center. It is one of the world's most important ports and
one of the largest cities in the world. London with its suburbs has a
population of about 11 million people.
Did you know that London has had many
names in the past? It was called Londonium
during the Roman Invasion, Ludenwic in
Saxon times, and Ludenburg during the
kingdom of Alfred the Great.
Cultural life in London
The treasures contained in the British Museum span two million years of world
London is very rich in museums and art galleries. If you are fond of painting you'll go
to the Tate Gallery.
Cultural life of London would be impossible without the Royal Albert Hall, the
Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre, and a great number of museums: the Victoria
and Albert Museum, the Geological Museum, the Museum of Mankind, Natural History
museum and others.
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland, an integral part of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is situated in the
northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Northern Ireland
is bounded on the north and northeast by the North Channel,
on the southeast by the Irish Sea, and on the south and west by
the Republic of Ireland. It includes Rathlin Island in the North
Channel and several smaller offshore islands. Northern Ireland is
also known as Ulster, because it comprises six of the nine
counties that constituted the former province of Ulster. The
total area of Northern Ireland is 14,148 sq km
Ten fun facts about Scotland
Scotland is the second largest country in the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have its own fire-brigade.
Scotland is considered the home land of golf.
The most famous actor from Scotland is probably Sean Connery.
Scotland is in the Greenwich Mean Time time zone.
The highest point in Scotland is Ben Nevis at 1343 meters.
The official animal of Scotland is Unicorn.
Scotland is well known in the world for its whisky.
The motto of Scotland is "No one provokes me with impunity".
Edinburgh was just like Rome, built on seven hills.
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Fun facts about the UK
The English are tea addicts: an Englishman drinks
more tea than any person of any other nation (over
twenty times more than Americans!).
Some 80,000 umbrellas are
lost annually on the London
There are over
30,000 John Smiths
in Britain.
There are more
chickens than humans
in England
The London Eye is the tallest
observation wheel in the world
and each rotation takes about 30
Over 12,000 accidents happen
per year when English people
put on socks, pantyhose or
other type stockings.
Britain is the only country in
the world which doesn’t
have the country’s name in
its postage stamps.
Contrary to popular belief that Big
Ben refers to the world famous clock,
it is actually the name of the thirteen
ton bell. The tower itself is known as
St. Stephen’s Tower.
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