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’.

World Heritage Sites in Britain

World Heritage Sites in Britain

Britain has 29 World Heritage Sites.  The United Kingdom has 30, including the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland but excluding overseas territories.  It would have been 31, but Liverpool’s maritime mercantile city was, sadly, stripped of its status in 2021.  Don’t let that put you off; Liverpool is more than worth spending …

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh

The above image appeared on the website of the British Monarchy on the morning of Friday, 9 April 2021, together with the following announcement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away …

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Anniversaries, 2021

Pounds shillings and pence

Which anniversaries will be marked in Britain in 2021?  Here is a selection of noteworthy events and birthdays for you.  Each one will be on someone’s calendar for 2021 – and each one offers a little insight into Britain’s story. Scroll through to spot those occasions that may have slipped your mind, or click/tap on …

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High Days and Holidays

A Bit About Britain's High Days and Holidays

Just published and available from Amazon – A Bit About Britain’s High Days and Holidays. High Days and Holidays are special occasions, celebrations, or commemorations. They occur throughout the year, some wanted, some not, some remembered more than others.  In days gone by, the passing year was marked by seasonal or religious feast days of …

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Top ten best British bands

Best British Bands, Rolling Stones

The United Kingdom has produced some extraordinarily successful musical acts over the years.  I am thinking, of course, of creative combos like Black Lace (Agadoo, 1984), the Tellytubbies (Say ‘Eh-oh’ 1997) and Johnny Drip & the Bath Taps (nothing printable). So, by way of a departure from Rotten Romans, Dastardly Danes, Naughty Normans, Tyrannical Tudors …

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Welcome to Historic Houses

Elsing Hall, Norfolk.

Britain has an almost embarrassing amount of built heritage.  It includes everything from archaeological sites to castles, cathedrals, stately homes, railway stations, dog kennels and all points in-between.  It is a magnet for history enthusiasts, lovers of literature, intriguing tales, art and architecture, as well as film and TV fans.  Hence Britain’s heritage is big …

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A bit of a plug about Britain’s history

Simple history of Britain

This is (mainly) an unashamed plug for ‘A Bit about Britain’s History’, the book.  (No, no – the film’s not out yet, thank you for asking).  So if you know all there is to know about British history (because you’ve read the book, or possibly paid attention at school), look away now – an article …

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Race relations and the place names of North West England

Lake District

I have recently wondered if there is a particular lesson for us in the old place names of North West England.  Now, the interpretation of place names can be a complicated, uncertain, business and it should be stressed that I am no toponymist.  That said, a lack of knowledge doesn’t deter anyone these days, and …

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Britain’s biggest, smallest, tallest, oldest …

What is Britain’s longest river, highest mountain, smallest city, oldest pub, longest road, best-selling album, longest-reigning monarch? If you don’t already have this essential knowledge at your finger-tips, look no further.  Why? – because the answer to these, and other life-changing questions, will be found on Britain’s superlatives – a brand-new page created especially for …

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