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Here are the top ten articles for the English Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Easter Traditions in England
England has some ancient traditions that are still honoured at Easter including the monarch's giving on Maundy Thursday, pace egg rolling and pace egg plays.
2. The Ration Book Diet - Book Review
The Ration Book Diet is a book brimming with social history, food facts and recipes based on ingredients available during the Second World War.
3. Fast Facts About Shropshire
Shropshire, for many an undiscovered gem, is a county with a rich history, good walking, great scenery and numerous castles.
4. Murder In The Cathedral
St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is remembered on 29 December – the day he was murdered by four of King Henry II’s men in Canterbury Cathedral.
5. Making Sense of British Currency
Not sure how to make heads or tails of British currency? Here´s a brief tutorial on British money, past and present.
6. Do Not Go Gentle - Book Review
The book Do Not Go Gentle, subtitled Poems for Funerals, is a small volume (less than a hundred pages) that brings together poems about death, dying, grief and remembrance.
7. Grand National - England's Beloved Steeplechase
Aintree is one of the most famous and brutal horse racing tracks in the world, and every year, the Grand National takes place there, an event that started in the early 19th century.
8. Olympic Sports - Handball
Olympic Handball is played on an indoor court measuring 40 metres long by 20 metres wide, with goals which look similar to football goals at either end. Handball originated as an outside sport and this was how it first entered the Games, named Field Handball, in 1936.
9. Well Dressing
Well dressing has been practised for years. Read all about this interesting custom
William Shakespeare, creator of some of the greatest plays of all time, was born on 23 April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. You can still visit his lovingly restored birthplace and several sites associated with Shakespeare’s life and family today.
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