Jun
23
2014
1

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 [&hel[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 [&hel[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 [&hel[more...]

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May
06
2010
1

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 [&hel[more...]

Dec
12
2009
0

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, [&hel[more...]

Dec
11
2009
0

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 [&hel[more...]

Jun
30
2009
0

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 [&hel[more...]

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May
23
2009
1

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 [&hel[more...]

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May
16
2009
1

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 [&hel[more...]

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Apr
19
2009
0

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 [&hel[more...]

Apr
13
2009
1

What can you do on a visit to York?

Half-timbered upper storeys overhang some narrow York streets. (Photo by di_the_huntress - CC-BY)Arriving in York by train is more fun than driving in by car, grappling first with ring roads and then with parking. As soon as you come out of the station you’ll see the medieval city wall just across the road. If you aren’t going direct to the nearby Railway Museum, you can follow the [&hel[more...]

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Apr
09
2009
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Can you go “wild camping” in England?

Scafell, in the English Lake District (photo by Rich Childs - CC-BY)Wild camping is commonplace in Australia, New Zealand, the US, South Africa, and many other countries. In Finland and Sweden the right to camp is enshrined by law, provided it’s not close to someone’s house or garden. But in England it’s not so easy. One place where it is acceptable is on the moors of [&hel[more...]

Mar
29
2009
0

What are some Easter egg traditions from Britain?

Coloured eggs for Easter rolling or hunting (Photo by kishbee - CC-BY) An egg hunt is popular in some parts of the UK, but at one time it was as likely to be a hare hunt – either really trying to find a hare or a ritual mock hunt. The idea of the Easter hare, or a rabbit, hiding eggs for children to find may have arrived [&hel[more...]

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Mar
27
2009
2

Can you swim through Durdle Door?

Durdle Door (photo by Mike McDaid - CC-BY)Durdle Door is a stunning rock formation near Lulworth Cove in Dorset. The sea has eroded a hole through a line of limestone, forming an arch. The beach at Durdle Door is popular for swimming and sunbathing, and the Door is tempting to swim. But can it be done? The archway forms a small opening [&hel[more...]

Mar
11
2009
0

What is London city profile?

Parliment At Night - courtesy Steve Weaver - CC-BYLondon is the capital of both England and the United Kingdom and is the country’s largest city. London was founded by the Romans in 43 AD as Londinium. London grew in both wealth and population during the Middle Ages. By 1100 its population was around 18,000. By 1300 it had grown to almost 100,000. London [&hel[more...]

Feb
28
2009
0

What is Lancashire Hot Pot?

(from sketchory-com - CC+)Lancashire Hot Pot (or hotpot) is a simple traditional “slow food” from Lancashire in north-west England. Because it’s made in one huge pot, it’s an easy way to cater for large groups. It originated in the heyday of the Lancashire mills, probably as a way to provide a hot lunch (which Lankys confusingly call dinner) [&hel[more...]

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Feb
27
2009
2

What traditions belong to Mothering Sunday?

Primroses for Mother's Day?      Photo by ndrwfgg - CC-BYOnce UK shops have cleared out their Valentines, they stock up with Mother’s Day cards. In amongst them will be a few that wish you a Happy Mothering Sunday. It’s the Sunday about half way between Pancake Day (Mardi Gras) and Easter, and has been a day for recognising English mothers for several centuries. If [&hel[more...]

Jan
29
2009
0

Is the law different in England and Scotland?

Court room in Edinburgh, Scotland - photo by www.theedinburghblog.co.uk - CC-BYYes, there are many differences between Scots law and English law. It’s not just a question of small details for lawyers to worry about, but of two separate legal systems. Anyone moving from one side of the border to the other should bear this in mind. Common legal issues that lead many people to consult [&hel[more...]

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