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May 8, 2013


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some british tidbits

Journal Entry: Wed May 8, 2013, 2:59 PM

Hello again, my sexy ponies!

I've got a ten-minute study break, and figured I could use it for something vaguely interesting and fun! Most of my watchers are from elsewhere in the world, and while pretty much everyone's aware of common British stereotypes there are some other pretty interesting/amusing things about our island that aren't so well-known! So here are just a handful~

1. One of the most popular "Indian" curries, tikka masala, was invented in Scotland.
2. There's no such thing as jaywalking here. We do have pedestrian crossings, but it's not a crime to cross normal roads anywhere - as long as you give yourself plenty of room between traffic!
3. The National Grid has to give the whole island a power boost at certain times of day to account for everyone putting the kettle on for a cup of tea - such as when most people get home from work, or during advert-breaks on good-telly nights.
4. Big Ben is the bell within the tower, not the clock tower itself (which is called Elizabeth Tower - thanks Amphany!).
5. The classic big red double-decker buses are only really used in London.
6. Some Welsh residents speak barely any English, or none at all.
7. We drink a LOT - cosy, friendly pubs are the hearts of every town where everyone loves to socialise, and there's nothing better than being in a pub garden in summer with friends & cold pints of lager or cider!
8. Toast is a perfectly acceptable snack at any time of day.
9. A lot of our park benches are dedicated to people who have passed away, whether famous or not. Most are built for people who were well-liked in the community.
10. We have to pay a license of 149.50 a year to watch television (although catching up online later is free)!

For some lovely pictures of Britain featuring some other special things about the island, click here for NatureWeb's feature! They will be featuring a new country every month, like a round-the-world tour.

Hope that was an interesting little read! If you know of any more tidbits, feel free to share~

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Hellsing612 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What do Welsh people typically speak then?
Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welsh! They have their own (very old) language c:
Hellsing612 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh.... I feel so stupid right now. XD
Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha it's okay, not many people know that Welsh exists! It's a really funny language :dummy:
Amphany Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm English and I didn't know a lot of these :)

However, isn't Big Ben's tower now called Elizabeth Tower? It was renamed last year after the Jubilee.
Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know it had been renamed! Thanks for the info, I'll add that in now :la:
Amphany Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^^
sandalwood01 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing! :D
Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! :la:
tigglewoo Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How is crossing a road a CRIMINAL activity elsewhere? O.o
And people don't have to pay for TV? This was an insight to other cultures, as an English girl through and through :3
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