Lessons in the "UK" Category

Healthcare in Britain

Today, let’s talk about healthcare in Britain. The country has the National Health Service (NHS). There are also many private healthcare hospitals where patients can go to be treated.

The NHS is a wonderful thing for the people of Britain. It is though currently under enormous strain. This is because of all the migrants from Europe and beyond who also use it. One example of this is in maternity wards. Many are full of European and Russian speaking women who use the NHS for free. Once their British baby is born they claim all the benefits that go with it!

A visit to the dentist

Today, let’s talk about a visit to the dentist. It’s a place all of us at some point in our lives end up visiting. Most people hate going, as the thought of having a filling or a tooth removed generally puts the fear of god up them.

Many dental practices have a waiting room. Some magazines generally sit in a pile on a table next to some chairs. Fish tanks used to be popular in waiting rooms.

North Sea cod stocks bounce back

New data recently released has shown that cod stocks in the North Sea are now bouncing back from their historical lows due to overfishing in the 1980s and 90s. In 2006, stringent regulations were imposed by the industry to help cod stocks recover. Since then there has been a steady recovery. Today, they are approaching the level of maximum sustainability yield, which is the measurement widely accepted as the gold standard of responsible fishing.

Geography – The United Kingdom

Today, we will have a brief geography lesson about the United Kingdom (UK). The UK is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The capital is London, which is in the South East of England.

Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales. Great Britain and Northern Ireland make up the United Kingdom. The British Isles are made up of the above but also include Ireland (not a part of GB or the UK), the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, etc.) and the Isle of Man.

The UK General Election 2015

Today we are going to talk about the UK General Election. Voters will go to the polls on Thursday 7th May 2015. On the same day local elections will also take place in many, but not all parts, of the UK.

There are 650 parliamentary seats up for grabs. Each seat is created from 650 constituencies. These are spread right across the UK. Their size varies, as each constituency is based on a certain number of people. Thus in London there are many MPs while in Scotland the areas for each MP in the countryside is huge, due to people not living near each other.

A visit to London 2

I love London! - That’s what the T-shirt says in the souvenir shop in Oxford Street. It’s what the tourists like to buy when they visit London.

People from all around the world love to visit London. It’s a great city. Many like to go on a red double decker bus or ride in a black London taxi. Others use the London Underground.

The Tower of London Poppies

A majestic sea of red poppies now surrounds the Tower of London in London. The display called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ is in the Tower of London moat. It marks the First World War centenary.

Thousands and thousands of people have visited the display, by artist Paul Cummins, with huge queues forming; such has been the popularity of it. All four sides of the dry moat surrounding the fortress are now blanketed in a sea of scarlet red.

London / Tower of London / Poppy Display

The British High School Prom

In the old days right across Britain there was the end of term or Christmas school disco. Today, thousands of schools in Great Britain put on the High School Prom for year 11 students as a reward for completing their GCSE’s. These 16 year old students will then go on to take their A levels, leave school to go to college or start work.

The High School Prom idea is based on the American-style High School Prom, which is actually geared for older 18 year old students. In Central Europe 18 year old students do a similar such thing in February by attending a Vienna style Ball.

Category: School / High School Prom / Teenagers

London – Notting Hill Carnival

Today, let’s talk about the world famous Notting Hill Carnival in London. Traditionally it is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The annual event attracts more than one million visitors and has over 40,000 volunteers.

The huge street carnival has been running since 1964. It allows London’s Afro-Caribbean community to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. The carnival is an amazing array of sounds, colourful sights and social solidarity.

The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest celebration of its kind in Europe. Visitors can see the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street carnival. They can also see the many vibrant costumes the dancers will wear.

Category: London / Notting Hill Carnival / Tourism