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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. 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.
3. 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.
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. 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.
6. 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?
7. 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!
8. 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.
9. Roman Roads
When the Romans invaded Britain they needed highways along which to transport their men and supplies. Thus they brough the considerable might of their expertise in road building to England.
10. The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Catherine of Aragon
Henry VIII is best remembered for his numerous wives who between them were beheaded, divorced and died. The last bride, Kathryn Parr, was the only wife who survived her marriage with Henry. This article gives some tips for remembering the wives and looks at Henry’s first wife Catherine of Aragon.
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