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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. 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.
2. London Under - Book Review
Peter Ackroyd's London Under offers fascinating insights into parts of the city that lie below ground and explores subjects ranging from holy wells and sacred springs to the London Underground.
3. Common British Slang Words and Terminology
Make sure you´re ordering what you really want at restaurants, getting what you really want while shopping, and understanding what those Brits are really saying. This is a brief guide for anyone who wants to brush up on their British lingo before traveling to the UK.
4. Life in Stuart England and 1666
What was life like in Stuart England? For the rich it was comfortable but for the poor, it was a nightmare. And then there was the smell...
5. Native English Animals
Were there ever wild, dangerous animals in England? The answer is yes. Here is what they were and where they are now.
6. Hey Diddle diddle
What on earth does the Nursery Rhyme Hey Diddle diddle mean? Well, how about suspected murder and a love triangle that was to shake England to it's core?
7. 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.
8. What is Cockney rhyming slang?
Ever wondered what cockney rhyming slang is? What on earth do ´plates of meat´ have to do with feet?! What makes a person a cockney? Can anyone just be one? To find out look no further!
9. Tudor Queens
This article briefly explores the reigns of the Tudor queens Mary and Elizabeth. Who were these rare women who held the power of a nation, of a kingdom, of an empire in their hands for half a century between them?
10. 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.
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