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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. 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...
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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!
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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