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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the English Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your English Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Christmas Dinner
In England Christmas dinner – which can range from a meal served close to noon to one served after dark – is a meal which can draw family and friends together for feasting and celebration. Over the years the centrepiece of the food laden Christmas table has changed, and is still changing...
2. Famous Chefs Heston & Hugh
Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are two celebrity English chefs passionate about food. Heston has a particular interest in the science of food; Hugh is committed to home grown, home reared and local produce.
3. 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.
4. JRR Tolkien
JRR Tolkien - author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - was an academic who created a hugely detailed mythical world in which to set his stories. Tolkien was born towards the end of the nineteenth century - a Victorian by birth - yet his novels are still hugely popular today.
5. St. George's Day
Have you heard of St George, England’s patron saint? Do you know the story of St George and the Dragon? St George’s Day is celebrated on April 23 – also said to be Shakespeare’s birth and death day.
6. The Colman's Mustard Cookbook - Book Review
The Colman's Mustard Cookbook contains easy to make, inventive recipes that will ensure you get that jar of Colman's out of the back of your storecupboard...
7. If - Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling’s IF is one of the greatest poems in the English language. On a technical level it has metre, rhythm, rhyme. On a soul level it has content that goes beyond words, a poem that can speak to people for all eternity.
8. Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie, sometimes known as the Queen of Crime, was a prolific author of novels and short stories which can still keep you guessing to the end...
9. 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.
10. Queen of Puddings
Queen of Puddings is a feast of custard, jam and meringue. Rumour has it that the pudding was created for Queen Victora in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace...
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