Decimalization

Decimalization

Decimalization February 15th marks the forty-fifth anniversary of decimalization in the UK. Under the old currency system of pounds, shillings, and pence, the pound was made up of 240 pence. There were 12 pence in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound. Under the new system, the pound was retained, but was now pided…

Airport

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport January 2016 marks the seventieth anniversary of the first passenger flight to take off from London’s Heathrow Airport. The plane’s destination was Buenos Aires in Argentina. Heathrow Airport is the largest airport in the United Kingdom and the second busiest airport in the world. It is located 22km west of Central London and…

Christmas

Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding Christmas pudding is the traditional dessert eaten on Christmas Day in the UK. It is made with dried fruit, dark sugar, and suet so it is very rich and filling. The pudding is served hot with homemade brandy butter. Christmas pudding may be prepared several months before it is actually eaten. Traditionally, every…

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day Remembrance Day is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to 11th November in the UK and some other countries. This is the day on which the First World War ended in 1918. The First World War marked the beginning of the use of modern technology in warfare, which led to millions of deaths. On…

The Apprentice

The Apprentice The Apprentice is a British reality television series in which businessman Lord Alan Sugar searches for a candidate to employ in one of his companies. There are thousands of applicants for each series but only sixteen candidates are chosen. These are pided into two teams. In each episode, the teams are given a…

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival The Notting Hill carnival is held on the last weekend of August every year to coincide with the bank holiday on the last Monday of the month. For three days, the streets of London come alive with Europe’s biggest street festival.The Carnival started in the 60s as a local festival set up…

Wimbledon Championships

Wimbledon Championships Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. The competition lasts thirteen days, beginning on the Monday falling between the 20th and 26th of June. The Ladies’ and Men’s Finals are held on the second…

Wellington boots

Wellington boots are waterproof boots that are worn on wet and muddy ground. The person generally considered responsible for their invention was the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley. He asked a London shoemaker to design some new boots that would be strong yet comfortable. The new boots were a success and they soon became…

Marmite – friend or foe?

“Love it or hate it” – this was the slogan developed in 1996 to describe Marmite, a dark brown savoury spread.With its sticky texture and distinctive salty taste, Marmite is a food that people seem to either really like or really hate! What exactly is Marmite? Marmite was invented by German scientist Justus Liebig in…

Boxing Day

In the UK, the day after Christmas Day is called Boxing Day. Both days are public holidays, which means that people do not work on these days. Before it was called ‘Boxing Day’, the 26th December was known as St Stephen’s Day. The name ‘Boxing Day’ comes from the custom of giving a small box…