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St George's Day!

It is St George’s Day and to celebrate I have done some research into what makes England so great and stumbled across these fun and interesting facts (obviously starting with the most important):

• An Englishman drinks more tea than any person of any other nation. (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or French)

• The highest temperature ever recorded in England was 38.5ºC in Brogdale, Kent on 10th August 2003

• Windsor castle is the oldest and largest royal residence in the world still in use

• French was the official language of England from 1066 to 1362

• Windsor castle is the oldest and largest royal residence in the world still in use

• Police in England do not carry guns except in emergencies

• One of England’s quaintest traditional event is the cheese rolling competition in Brockworth, Gloucestershire (I’d love to go to this)

• England is 74 times smaller than the USA, 59 times smaller than Australia and 3 times smaller than Japan. England is however 2.5 times more populous than Australia

• It’s considered treason to place a stamp bearing the King or Queen’s image upside-down

• The shortest war against England was with Zanzibar in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes

 

Here are some reasons why I love England:

• Afternoon Tea

• English countryside – rolling hills

• English pubs – you can’t beat an English pub garden in the summer or a warm, cosy pub with a fire on a winter afternoon

• London – the architecture, the history, the shops!

• English sense of humour

• English food – a roast dinner, pie and mash, full English breakfast, crumpets, apple crumble and custard – my list could go on!

• Football and English sport in general. Especially how we come together as a country in a World Cup! Bring on June!

• The NHS – I know we complain a lot about it at times but the fact we have this service in England is huge and something we should feel lucky to have!

 

Whatever your reasons are for loving England make sure you celebrate St George’s Day today with a nice big cup of tea, cake or crumpets and a big hearty roast dinner this evening!

(Image courtesy of Google Images)

Melissa, April 2014