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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. 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.
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. Marmite - You Either Love It Or Hate It
“You either love it or hate it” is a classic slogan associated with Marmite, a strong, salty spread which has held the English nation captive for over a century. Find out more about Marmite – origins, history and some suggestions for perfect Marmite moments...
7. Jerusalem by William Blake
William Blake's poem Jerusalem, set to the music we use now during the First World War, is seen by some as an English National Anthem.
8. When We Were Very Young - Book Review
When We Were Very Young is a poetry book by A A Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh stories. The book was first published in 1924, yet many of the poems are simple enough to delight children (and adults!) of today.
9. 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.
10. The Brontë Sisters
The Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote some of English literature’s best loved classics including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The sisters suffered more than their share of tragedy, and did not live to see the full fruits of their labours.
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