Punks, prams and carparks: British national identity – in pictures - 1 August 2016
"From Martin Parr to Bruce Davidson, photographers have long reflected the fizzing energy
and troubled friction of British culture and its class system."






  • Eleven very British habits - 22 April 2016
    "HP Sauce, cups of tea to remedy almost anything, our predilection for queueing at every opportunity
    – we Brits certainly have some curious quirks, says Norman Miller.






"Six films musicaux, animés par diverses techniques, pour une initiation aux joies de la musique et à l'humour anglais ! Au programme :







  • What makes the 'perfect' British gent revealed: full list
    "The pursuits and attributes that makes up the "perfect" British gentlemen has been disclosed in a new book. Here is the list in full..."

    + Today's perfect gent is tieless, eats muesli and loves 'Matt' the cartoonist
    "Times have changed and the gentleman of today has given up cigarettes for nicorette gum, eats muesli with blueberries, is clean shaven and is happy to go out without a tie, according to a new book (titled Gentlemen’s Pursuits)..."


(Clockwise from top left) Prince William Duke of Cambridge, footballer David Beckham,
London Mayor Boris Johnson and actor Colin Firth






  • Inside Britain's secret weapons research facility - 28 June 2016
    "As Porton Down marks its 100th anniversary, what really goes on inside Britain's most secretive and controversial military research base?
    Porton Down - also known as the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - is where much of our top-secret military research is concentrated.
    It has a budget of £500m a year and employs more than 3,000 scientists.
    It is the most controversial, most misunderstood and, some say, most-feared scientific institution in Britain."









  • International Civic Heraldry - (
    information on most Civic Heraldry
    in England and Wales / Scotland / the Channel Islands / the Isle of Man.







  • Changing the Guard - Text + Video
    "Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.









The royal towns - 5 October 2011
"Wootton Bassett joins an elite band of towns given Royal status."


List of place names with royal patronage in the United Kingdom
The list "includes both those granted a royal title or status by express wish of a specific monarch,
and those with prefixes or suffixes such as "King's" or "Regis" that relate to historic ownership of the area by the Crown."





General elections :

  • Why are elections in the UK held on Thursdays?
    "In the United Kingdom, all general elections since 1935 have been held on a Thursday, and this has become a tradition, although not a requirement of the law...
    It is sometimes thought that Thursday was the chosen polling day as it is furthest from the Friday and Weekend before, making it therefore the day when people were most sober."


  • News coverage


  • General Elections
    "A UK Parliament has a maximum duration of five years.
    At the end of the five year or before, a general election must take place so new members of parliament can be elected by the people."

    - What is a General Election?
    - How often do General Elections take place?
    - When was the last General Election?
    - Who can become an MP?
    - How does an MP get a seat in Parliament?
    - Did you know? (in the USA)


  • General election
    "One Member of Parliament (MP) is elected from each of the UK's parliamentary constituencies. There will be 650 of these in the next election."

  • General elections : Timing / Post-election / Previous results


Lesson plans :

  • UK election - a lesson plan ( SITE PAYANT
    Language function: expressing promises, discussing issues
    Vocabulary area: politics; elections
    Grammar focus: first conditional sentences
    - with
    Teacher's Notes


Webquests :


Cartoons :









Related pages :

Hotel (vocabulary and activities)


  • Guide to renting accommodation in the UK (ukstudentlife) :
    Vocabulary - Types of accommodation - Choosing a location - Costs of renting - Finding accommodation - Checking the property - Tenancy agreement - Change of address - Resolving problems - Council tax...













Related pages :

Food (civilization)

Food and Drinks (vocabulary)

Food (US)


  • Junk food banned in school meals (BBC)
    "School dinners in England will be free from chocolate, crisps, fizzy drinks
    and "low-quality" meat from the autumn, the government has announced."

  • The junk food smugglers (BBC)
    "The drive to promote healthy eating in schools is giving rise to an unexpected black market in junk food
    among children who are refusing to change their eating habits."

  • What life is like here in England - Listening Lesson (
    "We all have an image of other nationalities and for the British it is very traditional with London and pubs.
    Are British people as traditional as we all think? What do they do for lunch on Sunday?
    Find out by doing these four exercises..."



  • British food and drink : Meals - Teatime - Cooking - Pubs - Products (UK Student Life)



  • British pubs and drinks (UK Student Life) :
    Beer - Other alcoholic drinks - Soft drinks - Bar food - Typical expressions - Pub etiquette - Pub names






Related pages :




Information :

  • Why British police don’t have guns - 19 September 2012
    "The deaths of two female police constables have brought into focus the unarmed status of most British police.
    Why does Britain hold firm against issuing guns to officers on the beat?"

    + View from a bobby
    + International models
    + Police use of firearms 2010-11
    + View from Louisiana
    + Documents


  • It's all in a day's police work
    "Police in Greater Manchester have completed a 24-hour experiment to record every incident they deal with on Twitter.
    They hope it will give the public a better idea of the demands made upon them.
    So what does it reveal about the realities of policing one of the UK's biggest cities?"



  • Personal Safety Advice for Young People
    "The Metropolitan Police Service prides itself on delivering effective crime prevention advice for all of London's communities.
    This part of the site specifically targets the youth of London, delivering useful guidance on crime prevention and how to stay safe.
    The site also offers advice such as what to do if your mobile phone is stolen or if you are being bullied."



  • Police to focus on violent crimes
    "Police in England and Wales are to have targets on minor offences relaxed to allow them to focus on combating violent crime, it is understood... Schoolchildren may have to pass through metal detectors"



  • Call to scrap 'anti-teen' device
    "A high-pitched device used to disperse teenagers is being challenged by campaigners, who say it is not a fair way to treat young people. There are estimated to be 3,500 of the devices, known as the mosquito, in use across the country. Their sound causes discomfort to young ears - but their frequency is above the normal hearing range of people over 25. The Children's Commissioner for England says they should be scrapped as they infringe the rights of young people."



  • Metropolitan Police (
    Leadership - Structure - Mission and Values - Performance - Environment Strategy - Strategy and Plans -
    History :
    Time Line - Book Of Remembrance - History of Policing - Records - Badges of Rank - 'OldBill' Origins - Famous Cases -
    Branches of the Met





Cliparts :

British bobby
on patrol near
Parliament buildings

Police Range Rover



INTERACTIVE activities :

  • London Prisons: "Time for Roll Call!" - interactive (
    "historical questions about the various London correctional institutions"







  • If the UK were a village of 100 people... - Little Britain: portrait of the nation as a neighbourhood - 11 illustrations
    Example : "Of the 42 households in the village, 18 would have at least one pet.
    Between them, those households would have 38 pets (not including fish), including 13 dogs (comprising 10 pedigrees, one cross and two mongrels) and 13 cats (12 of which would be moggies, or non-pedigrees)."


  • Brain of Britain - UPDATED


  • Changing UK - A snapshot of lifestyles and habits in modern Britain


  • Population Animation
    - "Choose the animation or the interactive timeline to find out how the population of Britain (or Ireland) has changed since earliest times."











Related pages :

Signs (civilization)

Signs (humour)

Signs (US)

Signs (vocabulary and activities)














Related pages :

Clothes (civilization) - Clothes (vocabulary and activities)

  • Clothes - British Culture : Dressing for the Occasion | National Dress (





OXFORD, in Oxfordshire : Click on the picture.



  • Gaol Fever (1996)
    "A weird and wonderful history of Oxford Castle and Gaol, Oxford England."


  • Oxford (Wikipedia)
    1 History
    2 Transport
    2.1 Main Connections to Oxford
    3 Park and Ride
    4 Tourist attractions

    4.1 Religious sites 4.2 Museums and galleries 4.2.1 University of Oxford 4.2.2 Others 4.3 University buildings 4.4 Open spaces
    5 Commercial areas 5.1 Theatres and cinemas 5.2 Public houses
    6 Media and press
    7 Literature in Oxford
    8 Notable Oxonians
    9 Music from Oxford
    10 Schools
    11 Geography
    11.1 Wards, neighbourhoods, and suburbs
    12 Politics in Oxford 12.1 Oxford City Council 12.2 Westminster representation 12.3 Alternative culture
    13 Sport
    14 Parishes
    15 Trade and business
    15.1 Brewing
    16 Twinning...
  • Oxford Guided Tour - 4 documents :
    - Teacher's Document
    - Oxford Map 1
    - Oxford Map 2
    - Oxford Map 3 : the centre

    (Marina Bureaud - Ac. Poitiers)





WARWICK, in Warwickshire

  • Warwick - Listen to the pronunciation.
    1 History 2 Education 3 Transport 4 Administration 5 Associations 6 Suburbs 7 Landmarks 8 Town twinning 9 Famous People From Warwick
    10 External links







The Channel Tunnel Click on the picture.


  • Channel Tunnel shut after blaze
    "The Channel Tunnel has been closed after a fire broke out on a freight train about seven miles from Calais.
    Thirty-two people on board were led to safety, 14 of whom had suffered minor injuries, including smoke inhalation..."




  • The Channel Tunnel (Wikipedia)
    "The Channel Tunnel (French: le tunnel sous la Manche), also known as Chunnel or Eurotunnel (after the company that operates it), is a 50.450 km (31.35 mi) long rail tunnel beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover, connecting Folkestone, Kent in England ... (Folkestone end of tunnel)) to Coquelles near Calais in northern France..."
    1 Historical proposals for, and attempts to start, a tunnel
    2 The work of the Channel
    2.1 Planning 2.2 Construction
    3 Description 3.1 Completion 3.2 Statistics 3.2.1 Location 3.3 Operation 3.4 Fire 3.5 Sovereignty 3.6 Asylum and Immigration
    3.7 Environmental barriers 3.8 Financial trouble 3.9 Second tunnel 3.10 Appearances in film, television and literature...
  • The Channel Tunnel - a video with the storyboard
    - "NASA Sci Files segment exploring the development, design,
    and creation of the Channel Tunnel."




The Thames Tunnel

  • Thames Tunnel (Wikipedia)
    "The Thames Tunnel was the world's first underwater tunnel, built beneath the River Thames in London. 35 feet wide (11 m), 20 feet (6 m) high and 1,300 feet (396 m) long, it runs between Rotherhithe and Wapping at a depth of 75 feet (23 m) below the river's surface at high tide..."
    1 History and development 1.1 Construction 1.2 Pedestrian usage 1.3 Use as a railway tunnel 1.4 Influence
    2 Visiting...
  • The Thames Tunnel (BBC)
    " In this edition of London Life we celebrate one of the great engineering achievements of all time - the first tunnel to be built under a river anywhere in the world - the Thames Tunnel."
    - audio + script + vocabulary








  • A Swashbuckling World Record Attempt
    "The date: Sunday 3rd May, the place: Brixham Harbour in Devon.
    And the event? An attempt to beat the current World Record for the biggest number of pirates gathering in one place...
    To be counted for the record, every pirate had to wear a pirate hat or bandana, eye patch, sword, pirate shirt or blouse, waistcoat, pirate trousers (no jeans), skirt or dress. Pirates also had to stay within Brixham harbour for at least 15 minutes...
    There were pirates singing sea shanties, juggling pirates, sword fighting pirates and pirates on stilts."



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