Jun
23
2014
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Why was the English football side unsuccessful in Brazil?

Goal (photo by grassrootsgroundswell - CC-BY)Why was the English football side unsuccessful in the Brazil World Cup, when England is the home of soccer? There are several reasons: The team had use of the best training facilities in Rio de Janiero. They were accompanied by an entourage of 72 people, including a psychiatrist. Their sweat production was managed with designer [more...]

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Jan
12
2011
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What cricket jokes are circulating at the expense of the Aussies?

rusty-wicketThe Australian cricketers performed rather poorly in the 2010-11 Ashes Series against the English. Bear in mind that England has a population almost three times that of Australia. Not surprisingly a raft of jokes is now circulating at the expense of the Aussie cricketers. A regular Quezi reader, Probo, has made sure that we are [more...]

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Oct
01
2010
2

Does Morris Dancing deserve its dreadful reputation?

naked-morris-dancingThere’s an old saying in the United Kingdom, that one should “try everything in life at least once, except incest and morris dancing”. Those are strong words. So what has morris dancing done to gain this reputation? On the face of it, morris dancing is an … er … unusual … pastime. Imagine grown men [more...]

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May
06
2010
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What were the positive achievements of the Blair/Brown governments?

drag-huntThe UK governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown will probably be long-remembered for starting brutal and unwinnable wars, and for the economic mismanagement that caused the most severe recession for decades. But if we look beyond that, can we identify worthwhile accomplishments that will form part of the legacy of the Blair/Brown years? The [more...]

Dec
12
2009
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What is Hertford, England, city profile?

Hertford Castle - courtesy TheLizardQueen - CC-BYHertford is the county town of Hertfordshire, England, the United Kingdom.  In 2006, the area was ranked one of the top 10 places to live in the UK according to Channel 4 TV.  The town of Meryton in the Jane Austen novel “Pride and Prejudice” may have been based on Hertford and according to some, [more...]

Dec
11
2009
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What is Dover, England, city profile?

White Cliffs over Dover - courtesy essygie - CC-BYDover is a town in Kent, in South East England, the United Kingdom, and faces France across the narrowest part of the English Channel. Dover’s name originates with its river – the River Dour, via its Latinized form of Dubris. The Romans called it “Porte Dubris.” However, the modern name was in use at least [more...]

Jun
30
2009
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How can you stay cool in the English summer?

Heat, 1919 by Florine Stettheimer (PD)It’s hard to imagine that people can get too hot in England, the cold damp land of moist green landscapes, but incredibly it does happen and it causes hundreds of deaths each year. Most of these deaths are not from heatstroke, but are deaths from other conditions aggravated by effects of the heat such as [more...]

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May
23
2009
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What is the form of a Limerick?

There was an old man with a beard... (artwork by sammydavisdog - CC-BY)The Limerick is simple, rhythmic form of rebellious poem. It has a strict five-line structure. The first, second and last lines rhyme with each other, as do the third and fourth lines. The subject matter may be bawdy or nonsensical, and may break a taboo or two. Limericks are generally light-hearted and humorous, and in [more...]

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May
16
2009
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Is Scottish money legal in England?

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown (artwork by eddiedangerous - CC-BY)The pound sterling (GBP) is the legal currency throughout the United Kingdom, and the Bank of England prints banknotes for this currency. Due to a quirk of history, three Scottish banks and four Northern Ireland banks also print notes denominated in United Kingdom pounds. Before 1844-45, each bank issued their own notes. The Bank Charter [more...]

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Apr
19
2009
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What is Birmingham, England, city profile?

Birmingham Centenary Square - courtesy air babble - CC-BYBirmingham is a city in West Midlands county, the second largest city in England. Birmingham was first recorded in written documents by the Domesday Book of 1086 as a small village. Centuries later it became a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution in England. Birmingham suffered heavy bomb damage during World War II’s “Birmingham Blitz.” It [more...]

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