Hi everyone, hope your all enjoying the sun when it does come out. well everything is slowly starting to get back to normal. I should say the ‘new’ normal, because what we once knew as normal as now gone, this is why I thought that I would do my blog on some interesting facts surrounding the UK, I will sometime soon do some facts on the rest of the world, so keep posted.
Interesting Facts on the UK
The English drink more tea than most other cultures in the world, even more than the Japanese. The Irish drink more tea than the English.
Winston Churchill was terrible at school, except in English composition and history. In fact, he failed twice at the entrance exams for the Royal Military College, before going on to become one of Britain’s most famous prime ministers!
British road signs can be baffling. If you see the Red Ring of Death, it usually means No Vehicles except bicycles being pushed by pedestrians.
Queen Elizabeth II is distantly related to Vlad the Impaler, the infamous Romanian ruler who gave rise to Dracula stories!
Many medical and scientific terms come from Greek words. Words that start with ph – are usually of Greek origin! Think phobia, physical, philosophy etc.
The “London Bridge is Falling Down” nursery rhyme may be over 1000 years old. It may also point to the many fires and collapses the bridge was prone to over the centuries, and take a dig at ‘my fair lady’ or Queen Eleanor who may not have made the best use of bridge revenues.
King James I proposed one flag for the joining of Scottish and English crowns, and the King James’ Union Flag was designed, which is now known as the Union Jack.
The world’s shortest flight is only 47 seconds (in ideal weather) to 2 minutes long, between the Orkney Islands of Papa Westray and Westray.
Sadly only 21 percent of local Welsh people can speak their native language, which is called the British tongue in English. This is ironic, since 98 percent of Britain’s population (derived from the oldest name for the British Islands) speak English.
London Tube stations used to have a ‘stand on the right’ escalator rule until it was thankfully scrapped in 2015.
The Scottish national animal is the Unicorn. Why a creature that doesn’t even exist? It appears that according to Scottish mythology, the Unicorn is the natural enemy of the Lion, the symbol that the English royal family adopted for itself.
Pyjamas was actually an Indian Bengali word derived from Persian that came into the English language.
King Henry VIII exploded in his coffin, and his remains were ‘licked up by dog’ as was bravely predicted by Friar Peto. He was not the only exploding king of England, however. William the Conqueror was the other.
The Bank of England that we know today was founded in 1694.
The British Royal Family is not just an icon of tradition (and fashion). Only when the Queen gives her ‘Royal Assent’ on a bill and signs it, can it become an act. Interestingly, Royal Assent has not been refused since 1707.
The oldest building in Britain today is at Skara Brae, in the Orkney Isles of Scotland
It is not surprising that ‘salsa’ comes from Spanish, but did you know, so did ‘tornado’?
Rural houses in Welsh village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll with the altered name of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which holds one of the longest names of any place in the world.
In the 1600s, London was separate from Westminster but then rich people built houses on the Thames between the two cities.
The nursery rhyme Mary had a little lamb was based on Mary Sawyer, an 11-year-old Bostonian girl, whose lamb followed her to school one day in 1817. but she never wrote the poem,
In Scotland, if you get drunk and have a cow in your charge, for some reason you could be jailed or fined up to 200 pounds.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. See you all next week!