British Stuff

‘British stuff’ is a catch-all for something that is particularly British.  What is behind Britain’s legends and traditions?  Why do we do the things we do at Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day – at any time, come to think of it? What anniversaries are being celebrated in Britain this year, including famous people’s birthdays?  Who was St George? St Andrew? St David? What are the recurring events on Britain’s calendar, including bank holidays?  The answers to these questions, and more, could be found in ‘British Stuff’.

Anniversaries in 2024

Anniversaries in 2024, in Britain

Which anniversaries will be marked in Britain in 2024?  Below is a selection of more than 80 noteworthy anniversaries for your interest and amusement, from the Millennium Bug to the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons.  Each one is on someone’s calendar for 2024 – and each one offers a fascinating insight into Britain’s story.  This is […]

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National Memorial Arboretum revisited

Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum is a year-round centre of remembrance and needs to be revisited.  Not only should a first visit be mandatory, but also it is one of those places that gives more each time you go.  It changes with the seasons of course, but also as trees mature and new memorials are added. 

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We went to London for the Coronation

Coronation of King Charles III

We did.  A few other people came along too.  Actually, we didn’t only go to London; we went to Slough.  And Windsor.  And London again.  As the Coronation of Charles III was a moment in time, it seems appropriate to share a few inadequate photographs of this experience with you, dear reader, as well as

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Stocking fillers?

Stocking fillers, books, about Britain

Someone remonstrated with me the other day, saying that I could do more to promote my books.  Being the sort of chap that always takes advice, I have consequently embarked upon a brazen, crass, plug of the most vulgar kind.  Buy one of my books!  No – buy two!  If I publish another, buy that

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British history timelines

British history timelines, time

Astonishingly, some people do not visit A Bit About Britain to read articles on the blog or find places to visit in Britain.  Many of the most popular sections of the website are those dealing with different periods of British history, historic timelines, British monarchs and prime ministers.  What with a new monarch and two

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Royal Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey Lady Chapel

Westminster Abbey is part of a World Heritage Site. It has been at the centre of English, and British, state occasions – coronations, weddings, funerals, services of commemoration – since William the Conqueror was crowned there on Christmas Day 1066.  In fact, its roots are pre-Conquest.  The powerful bishop, archbishop and later saint, Dunstan, established

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth RIP

In the early evening on Thursday, 8 September 2022, the following announcement appeared on the official Royal website.  It was also posted on the railings at Buckingham Palace, where the flag had already been lowered. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and

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The full British breakfast

Full British breakfast

Does your breakfast have a nationality?  Should breakfasts be stateless?  Travelling around this great land of ours, it is common to see the option of ‘full [insert adjective as applicable] breakfast’ available on hotel menus.  Thus: full English, full Scottish, full Welsh – or even full Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Devonshire, Nether Bottom – whatever seems appropriately

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Anniversaries, 2022

Anniversaries 2022

Which anniversaries are being marked in Britain in 2022?  Below is a selection of more than sixty noteworthy occasions for you.  Each one will be on someone’s calendar for 2022 – and each one offers an insight into Britain’s story.  A Bit About Britain usually only highlights significant anniversaries – centenaries, half centuries and quarter

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The ten best things about Christmas

Best things about Xmas

“The ten best things about Christmas” is entirely subjective; everyone has their own, unique, perception of an event.  Even if you took a poll, the results would depend on who and how many participated and, anyway, ‘best’ is not something that can be determined by a majority vote.  All that said, it is a good

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