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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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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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Britain’s changing calendar

News, A Bit About Britain

News for my loyal reader – the ‘Britain’s calendar’ page on A Bit About Britain, which previously listed holidays and annual events, has been massively overhauled and updated.  That page now focuses on public holidays, with all that information contained in one simple infographic.  The events information has been greatly expanded and moved to four

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Lake District, Great Gable, Sour Milk Gill, Allerdale

The world feels a very curious and scary place at the moment. There’s an almost apocalyptic atmosphere, like being in the middle of a sci-fi movie.  The future is even more uncertain than it was.  As an older neighbour said to me today, “It’s rather like being at war.” But without the bombs and, of

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News, January 2020

BBC, News

My regular (congratulations) reader will be awed to learn that some things on A Bit About Britain occasionally get updated. Particular articles that have been recently improved, mainly with the addition of new photos, include those on Winchester Palace, the Tower of London, Secret London and Temple Bar. The aforementioned reader will be even more

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Anniversaries, 2020

Spitfire, V1, IWM

Which anniversaries are being marked in Britain in 2020?  Here is a selection of noteworthy events and birthdays for you.  You can be sure that each one will be on someone’s calendar for 2020 – and each one offers an insight into Britain’s story.  A Bit About Britain only highlights significant anniversaries – centenaries, half

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The office of Prime Minister

Downing Street, Prime Minister, UK

The appointment of a new Prime Minister for the United Kingdom on 24 July 2019 necessitated an update to the list of British Prime Ministers provided on A Bit About Britain. Actually, the whole page looked a little tired.  Accordingly, the opportunity is being taken to update it, adding brief biographical details of our illustrious

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Anniversaries, 2019

Anniversaries, Abbey Road, 1969, Beatles

Which anniversaries were marked in Britain in 2019?  Here is a selection of noteworthy events and birthdays for you – each one was on someone’s calendar for 2019 – and each one offers a fascinating insight into Britain’s story.  A Bit About Britain has only highlighted significant anniversaries – centenaries, half centuries and quarter centuries. 

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