Hello dear chaps, how do you do? Hope you are all spiffing! Greetings from Alison Murray and Krysia Karas of the United Kingdom, as you may have already guessed I am writing this whilst sipping my tea, enjoying a spot of croquet on the lawn and indulging in cream scones, they never leave my side, one may say that it’s an obsession… I call it a misconception. Yes Brits may be slightly obsessed with tea however there is so much more to the United Kingdom. Our diversity thrives with multiculturalism causing the UK and the people to be so interesting; I never fail to create new friends who have such different yet amazing stories to tell. There is really more to it than the eye can see, we hope to take you on a journey through the UK in order to educate you on what it really is like and reduce its misconceptions.
Hey, my name is Alison; I have lived in the North East of England all my life, in Newcastle. Yes that is right; there are other places in England besides London! I am sixteen years old and love sports and volunteering at clubs and charities. I live with my parents, my older brother and my identical twin sister (not to be confused with). I suppose I am lucky, I have always had shelter, food and caring family who encourage and inspire me. Living here all my life I have been immersed in its culture and history, learning about my country and the world about me every day. I am quite patriotic, I do love my country and really enjoying living here, one minute you can be in the depths of a city, then the next you can be lost in the middle of nowhere wondering valleys, fields and coastal lines. Oh but you must think that we never go venture out because it is ‘too cold and wet’, I have heard this multiple times and I am yet to be stopped by the endless rain. I don’t see it as a sign to stay in, I will be out despite any weather otherwise I would be inside all the time.
Hi! My name is Krysia and I have lived in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (A.K.A Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Isles, Britain, the UK, etc.…) for 16 years. The UK is made up of four separate countries – England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. I grew up in Scotland but have lived in England for the past 10 years. Having spent so long in such a diverse place, I have explored the country a great deal.
The UK is just about small enough so you can zip up and down the country in less than a day if you need, but large enough to maintain the histories and cultures of four completely separate countries united over a monarchy. To follow the extreme stereotypes of the UK, it would seem that England is full of men in bow ties and dinner jackets turning their noses up at anything else that moves, Scotland is full of crazy red-haired, kilt-wearing, caber-tossers, Wales contains more sheep than people, and Ireland consists almost entirely of leprechauns. Obviously that is not true, and we are going to attempt to change those perceptions (as well as some slightly less extreme ones) and prove that Great Britain is full of astounding beauty and amazing people.
Today’s Britain is the result of an enormous chain of events spanning millennia. Summing it up in about five hundred words is no mean feat. Britain has hosted 12 monarchs, but the first English King was crowned in 927.
Perhaps the main event is how the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland came about. On 1st May 1707 the English and Scottish Parliaments passed the Acts of Union and a new kingdom of Great Britain was formed. Despite this, England and Scotland had shared monarchs since 1603. From then on, the kingdoms merged their parliaments but many other aspects remained independent according to the Treaty of Union. Scottish and English law, the Church system, and the education system all remained separate. This is how effectively it has remained between England and Scotland ever since.
On 1st January 1801, Ireland joined Great Britain to form the United King
dom of Great Britain and Ireland. Following the end of the Anglo-Irish war in 1921, a treaty was signed. This led to Ireland being split as six of the 32 Irish counties wished to maintain its current with the UK. This region later became known as Northern Ireland. Thus, the title was changed again and hasn’t altered since.
Other key events in British history that give it character are:
- 1605: The Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up British parliament
- 1642: The English Civil War
- 1066: The Battle of Hastings
- 1666: The Great Fire of London
- 1914: World War One
- 1939: World War Two
This is by no means an exhaustive list…
However, this article is about dissolving current misconceptions and without any doubt, the event that has contributed the most to British stereotypes is not so much one event, but hundreds, across the centuries: The British Empire. At its peak in 1922, Britain’s overseas territories covered almost a quarter of the globe. Britain really began to ‘colonise’ in the 15th and 16th centuries – a time that later became known as ‘the Age of Discovery’.
The first major ‘blow’ came in the late 18th century was the loss of the ’13 colonies’, or a group of 13 colonies in North America that are now known as 13 separate states in the USA. This marked the transition from the ‘first’ to the ‘second’ empire. Following this, other countries (and even continents) were discovered, and this new empire grew further.
The period between 1815 and 1914 has become known as Britain’s ‘imperial century’. 10,000,000 square miles and about 400 million people were added in this time frame. However, just thirty years later, a period of steep decline took place.
Although Britain and its empire had not lost either World War, Europe was experiencing a huge and a debilitating power shift. Focus shifted to the USA and the Soviet Union whilst Europe recovered from the shocking effects of two world wars. Britain was bankrupt and anti-colonial movements were popping up. As a result of this power shift (both the USA and USSR were technically opposed to Imperialism although the USA preferred not to speak out as it was also anti-Communist) the UK started a peaceful process of disengagement. Within twenty years, the number of people under British rule fell from 700 million to five million.
This is a time of British history that UK citizens of today are by no means proud of. I cannot say we are ashamed, I believe many of us live in the blissful peace of ignorance when it comes to life in the colonies of Britain under imperial rule. This is only an extremely brief tale of the empire, showing only the frame of it is beginning and the kindling of the fire that burnt it down.
We are situated in the North-Western area of Europe. Notice I say ‘we’, this is because I believe the UK does not consist of one element, one culture, and one society, it is extremely diverse and welcomes all.
Many believe that the UK is only a few islands when in fact it consists of many islands; however they are usually grouped as Great Britain, including England, Scotland and Wales, then Northern Ireland. The UK treasures a vast variety of scenery, greenery and weather, also many precious landmarks mostly owned by the National Trust which preserves them and invites many visitors to view the sights.
We are very close to the north of France, the English Channel runs along the south of England and is only 34km at its narrowest which many have swam. The Channel Tunnel runs underneath it, connecting us to the rest of Europe and at 50km it is the longest underwater tunnel in the world.
The UK lies between the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, and the Irish Sea runs in between Great Britain and Ireland. Its main rivers are the Severn, Thames, Humber, Tees, Tyne, Tweed, Avon, Exe and Mersey. Northern Ireland is home to the UK’s largest lake, Lough Neagh. Also the Lake District in the north west of England homes many picturesque lakes such as Windermere, attracting thousands of visitors each year to explore the lakes vast landscape. Another is the Lough Lomond in Scotland and Lough Ness in Scotland, which is famous for its sightings of the mythical creature the Lough Ness monster ‘Nessie’!
The UK has a total area of almost a quarter-of-a-million square kilometres. This may seem large, however in comparison to other countries it is very small, yet living in it, it feels very big. I always feel there is still more of the UK to discover.
An interesting fact is that no one in the UK lives more than 120km from the sea, so it is always possible to go for a nice trip to the seaside. We have such a large coastal line that is beautiful and such a joy to visit; I have always been swimming in the North Sea, which, despite its freezing temperature, is always great fun.
The land is very varied, ranging from the Grampian Mountains of Scotland to the Lowland fens of England, which are below sea level in areas. The mountainous Pennines run down the spine of northern England, therefore you are also never far from exploring the beautiful mountain landscapes the UK has to offer. Scotland is the most northerly country, it is known for its diverse landscape including many mountains and lakes. It is just under a third of the UK and as well as the main island, it also includes nearly eight hundred islands predominantly north and west of the mainland, Hebrides, Shetland Islands and Orkney islands. Scotland does mainly consist of mountains, grouped as the North West Highlands, Grampian Mountains, Central Lowlands and Southern Uplands.
The highest point in the British Isles is Ben Nevis at 1,343 metres, which is situated in Scotland; Most of Scotland’s population is situated in the cities such as Glasgow and its capital Edinburgh. Wales is situated on the west border of England; it includes many pretty coastal towns such as its capital Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. Again Wales is very mountainous containing many peaks collectively named as the Wales 3000s. There are several islands included in Wales such as Anglesey. Northern Island is the smallest country in the UK, holding 3% of the population of the UK, separating itself from the rest of Ireland. It holds the largest lake; Lough Neagh also holds extensive gold deposits, granite and basalt. Most of its population is situated in its capital of Belfast.
England is split up into many counties, despite being so close together there is a massive change in all of them, mostly in accent and dialect. There are over 50 counties in the UK all different in their own way. Some more examples are Dorset, where you could say they sound like farmers, Yorkshire, home of the popular and famous Yorkshire tea, Devon the list goes on and on. Most live in London, it is the capital of England and a big international city. The UK cities are booming with life and culture and the vast open landscapes are filled with friendly warm people. Because the UK is fairly small, I feel everyone living here has a good knowledge of other areas and communities, we aren’t far from another place.
The UK is bursting with many interesting places bursting with beauty, history and breathtaking views.
Situated in the north west of England and is popular for walkers, campers and cyclists. It is famous for its breathtaking landscape with mountains and forests to explore and lakes to voyage, thriving with greenery, nature and animals. Thomas Gray and William Wordsworth were among the many writers and poets to take inspiration from the landscape and its people, this brought attention to the area.
This is the capital of Northern Ireland, of which general misconceptions include, everyone being leprechauns, stealing potatoes and drinking tons of Guinness. It was once the biggest and most productive shipyard in the world and still acting as a major seaport. It is a centre for industry, the arts, and business. It is the heart of Northern Ireland. In 2009, Frommer’s American guidebooks listed Belfast as the only UK destination in its book Top 12 Destinations to Visit. The music scene in Belfast is also world famous.
This is the capital of England and one of the most international cities in the world. It is the home of the Royal family and many famous beings. It is known for its fashion, monuments, galleries, theatres, education, tourism and media. It has become the first city to host the Summer Olympics Games three times. It expands over a wide area surrounding the river Thames. You can find elements of the typical misconceptions here, such as the posh accent and cream teas however it is now a massive multicultural city. Famous sites here include Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, Wimbledon, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.
Durham is situated in the north east of England and is known for its historical setting and architecture. It is home to Durham Cathedral, regarded as one of the finest Romanesque cathedrals in Europe, is a World Heritage Site and locates its renowned Durham University which ranks high on the university lists. The cathedral was also the setting of a section of Hogwarts Castle in Harry Potter! Its River Wear hosts many rowing events of all levels.
Situated in the south west of England, it includes Lands’ End, the most southern part of the UK. It contains breathtaking coastlines, wild moorland landscapes, and is one of the biggest destinations for beach goers and surfers in the UK. Because of being south, it has the some of the warmest weather in the UK so many people travel here. It homes the Eden Project, consisting of gigantic greenhouses including plant species from around the world, which includes the world’s largest greenhouse. It is famous for its Cornish pasty and clotted cream.
This is the capital of Scotland. It is an amazing city to visit, with friendly people and incredible geography. The hill beside the main town can be climbed and the skyline viewed from it. It has the incredible Edinburgh Castle which can be seen from miles around because of being at the top of the hill.
Isles of Scilly
This is a group of beautiful islands at the southernmost point of the UK. Famous for its wildlife and beaches, each island (St. Mary’s, Tresco, Bryher, St Agnes, and St Martin’s) has its own character and is known for different things. There are also a number of uninhabited islands that can be visited via boat, including the famous Sampson, which is supposedly haunted.
Portsmouth and Southampton
Both have huge historical significance in Britain for various reasons. They are seafront cities, surrounded by countryside and the English equivalent of mountains (hills…). Southampton is the port from which the Titanic set out, Portsmouth holds HMS Victory and other naval relics.
Renowned for its university, Oxford is a beautiful city in central England. If you want to have the stereotypical English experience, go to Oxford. Not only are the colleges stunning, the city itself is brilliant for shopping, music, tea rooms, you name it… However it is only partly like this, there is also non-stereotypical areas.
Some inventions and discoveries from the UK include the electric light, the steam train, gravity, the lifeboat and the World Wide Web (www.). Some more obscure examples include the pay toilet, bungee jumping, pencils and the mousetrap.
There are many famous musicians including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, David Bowie, George Michael, Queen, the Sex Pistols, the Spice Girls and more recently Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Radiohead, Adele and One Direction! These artists have all managed to make it big worldwide and create some brilliant music in all genres. The music obsession really sprung after World War One when jazz came about, in order to cheer up peoples spirits and recover from the war, music has been evolving fast ever since.
The acting, films and theatre and novels in the UK is extremely popular and has been a love of the people for a very long time. An obvious famous playwright is William Shakespeare, whose work includes the popular Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth; A Midsummers Night’s Dream; Twelfth Night; the list goes on… They include all important themes and really represent the society and culture of the early United Kingdom, including the complicated language which has definitely evolved since then, don’t worry you will not have to speak like Shakespeare if you’re here! Successful movies include James Bond, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Oliver!, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Great Expectations, Chariots of Fire, Train Spotting etc. Along with film directors, Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie, Michael Winner, this isn’t my area of expertise so there is probably many other successful ones. Finally there are the actors, some examples are, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Walters, Keira Knightley, Stephen Fry, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Laurie, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Angela Lansbury, Sean Connery, Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Ian McKellen, Michael Caine, Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Laurence Oliver. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Charlie Chaplin. Famous books and novels include Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, the Brontë’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ ‘Jayne Eyre’ , J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘ The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ Harper Lee, ‘Winnie the Pooh’ A.A. Milne, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ C.S. Lewis, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl, ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame, ‘Peter Pan’ J.M. Barrie, Charles Dickens ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘Great Expectations’, and many more.
Now to teach you about the achievements of the government and the monarchy, Winston Churchill springs to mind as being a successful Prime Minister. He led the UK during the Second World War taking them to victory. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55). Winning The World Wars are also a great achievement of the UK, everyone coming together and going through extremely tough times loosing many lives, however I must make clear that the majority wish for it not to happen again as it also created devastation here and in other countries. William Wilberforce was also an English politician who headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. Parliamentary democracy in the UK is an achievement of the people to ensure that all living in the UK get a say in how their country is run. The monarchy has been around for hundreds of years with many Kings and fewer Queens, they serve as head of state and the simple fact that it has lasted and is still striving today is an achievement in itself. It has made relationships with other head of states creating international bonds. The celebrations such as the Diamond Jubilee and the Royal Wedding caught the attention of many worldwide and are always great fun, not only because we get a day off school! Also a funny well-known challenge is to try and make the guards, with the fuzzy black hats, smile or laugh, they never do!
The United Nations Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UNA-UK), is a civil society organisation founded in 1945, which has been a big success in aiming to build a better understanding of the challenges facing the world. By working with others, we have endeavoured to strengthen international law and cooperation. By providing education and volunteering opportunities for young people, we have helped to equip new generations.
There is much yummy food originating from the UK, this includes Victoria sponge cake, Yorkshire pudding, Steak and kidney pie, Pork pies, Apple pie, Fish and chips, (Cornish) Pasties, Trifle, Bubble and squeak, Toad in the hole, Black pudding, the sandwich, Marmite, Haggis, ‘Neeps’ and ‘Taties’ (Turnip and potatoes), ‘Bangers’ and ‘Mash’ (sausages and mashes potatoes) Welsh Cakes, Cheese- Cheddar, Cheshire, Double Gloucester, Red Leicester, Stilton and Wensleydale. Jam Roly-Poly, Bread and butter pudding, Bakewell Tart, Crumble, Spotted dick. Ale and of course Tea (usually with milk – years ago, the milk was poured into the cup first, so as not to crack the porcelain). Now that should make your stomach grumble!
In the UK we have the National Health Service, more commonly known as the NHS. Aneurin Bevan officially started the NHS on July 5th 1948 with the ideals that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. It is free to all, allowing those in need to get the help needed. It’s funded through tax. It has allowed many great health firsts, for example the first test tube baby and the first UK heart transplant. It has grown to become the world’s largest publicly funded health service.
A very recent achievement in the UK is the Olympics, Paralympics and sports. The Olympics and Paralympics 2012 were held in the capital of England, London however sports took place all around the UK. The closing and opening ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle, brought many together to show the achievements of the UK such as the industrial revolution (which was a massive turning point in history for machinery, technology and human rights, it has influenced almost everything and increased many standards of living), music, films, technology etc. Olympics featured many sports and with Great Britain is setting 5 world records this year and winning 65 medals in total finishing third. The Paralympics were also very successful winning 160 medals in total again finishing third. It was very successful events and great in for our History of sport; London is the first city to date to hold the Olympics three times. It inspired many here to get involved in sports and was and still is the highlights in the media, popular sports to watch in the UK is football and horse races known as Derby’s. Famous sports people include Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy, Lewis Hamilton, Jessica Ennis, David Beckham, Ellie Simmonds, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Sir Steve Redgrave, Mo Farah and Andy Murray.
As with myths, popular misconceptions have a small basis of historical truth. These misconceptions normally depict the extremes of the extremes of society in the past; the very, very rich or the very, very poor. As the UK is a fairly wealthy country, these misconceptions tend to be based on the extremely wealthy. As I said, misconceptions and stereotypes have a tiny basis of truth, but I am by no means saying that anyone in Britain with money follows them.
An example of a misconception like this is that everyone in the UK ‘talks posh’. The fact is, very few people speak the Queen’s English anymore. Those who have power in Britain, a.k.a. those whose voices may be heard globally, often talks without a specific local accent or with a ‘posh’ one. This is normally because a) everyone needs to be able to understand them, so no local dialect, or b) it is an accent they picked up from the university/school that probably gave them the academic ability to achieve such a high-up position. Each region in the UK (e.g. South Wales) usually has a distinct local accent and dialect. Not only is there a ‘Scottish accent’ or a ‘Welsh accent’, but there is a ‘Glasgow accent’ or a ‘Cornish accent’. The dialect normally associated with a ‘posh accent’ is from some areas of London and the South East of England (where I’m from, Krysia), which is tiny when compared with the rest of the UK. Another example is my own (Ali), I live in Tyne and Wear in the North East people and we tend to speak Geordie. We usually do not pronounce “T’s” in the middle of words and have our own dialect – such as “howay” meaning “c’mon”. Weird, I know different words specific to a certain small area is very common and is one of the many things, which make different areas so unique. It is also quite funny laughing at the differences between others accents!
Another example is that Brits are old fashioned and boring. Once again, there are old fashioned and boring people in the UK – as with everywhere – but the place is by no means full of them. I can’t even begin to list how many amazing, innovative people come from Britain. These are people who have moved the world forward in some way. People like Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Isaac Newton, Alexander Fleming, and Francis Drake… Obviously a fair few of these people lived in the past so can be considered ‘old fashioned’ but their views and personalities can never become modern for obvious reasons and what they discovered or did is as relevant today as when they first discovered or did it. And as for boring… Although this is my opinion as the definition of ‘boring’ is somewhat subjective, almost everyone has a story to tell or is able to convey something you did not know before, even if they do so in a way that doesn’t interest you. People will still have something to say, or some kind of extremely British quirk that makes you smile. Britain is full of artists and musicians and directors and actors and authors and playwrights that produce work to a standard that is globally appreciated. Simply put, a place with such a strong, diverse, and often-eccentric national identity cannot consist entirely of people that bore you to tears.
People also seem to think that those from the UK genuinely believing that it is the best place in the world, at everything, and therefore don’t like other people or countries or races or cultures… In a rapidly globalizing world it is increasingly impossible to get by without working with other countries. The UK is a member of the European Union and the United Nations. Most people are genuinely interested in countries other than Britain and their cultures. We do care. As with all places there are exceptions, but these are exceptions. The UK is currently in its worst recession for decades (like everywhere else, I know) and a great deal of nationalism has been destroyed in this. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing but in the end it means that people are much more open to the idea of moving to greener pastures and therefore are much more open minded about other countries. I think this misconception can get confused with the idea that Brits are ignorant. Ignorance is not the same as actively thinking you’re the best in the world. Whether it’s better or worse is your call. It is true that we can sometimes be ignorant; I’m not going to make excuses for that, but it’s not the same as an active dislike of others. Ignorance is everywhere, not just the UK. People can’t know everything, right?
And now the topic of the Great British weather! As you all know we have glorious sunshine and bright spells and guaranteed tan lines … for approximately 2 weeks a year!! Ok I’ll be honest the weather isn’t very good compared to other countries, it does rain a lot and it is more than likely going to be cold. I would describe it on the whole as mild, although it varies greatly, which I think is good as you can experience everything! The weather has a tendency to surprise you, one minute it can be raining and the next it is at record-breaking temperatures. The surrounding sea is to blame for the varied climate, it is always so hard to predict. We have warm summers and cool winters on the whole. But extremes have been known to happen frequently, just before summer the northeast was hit by flash floods and storms, within an hour peoples cars and houses were stranded, the area was a standstill. The sky was misty green in colour and thunder stuck, but don’t let me put you off, it doesn’t happen too often. Snow is regular in winter, which in my opinion is always fun. You can have a great time making igloos and snowmen, sledging, and not to mention the snowball fights! On the other side of the spectrum it occasionally gets very hot, with temperatures reaching up to 30° (76°F), which is VERY hot here. However the further north you go, the colder it tends to be. This may not seem like paradise weather but I feel the people in the UK live with it, I think the element of surprise is always nice, and it is always interesting to feel and see the vast climate we have. Giving us miraculous sunsets and breathtaking views, have you ever seen rolls of valleys and mountains covered in a crisp white layer of snow or perhaps the blazing sun beating down off the ocean’s top? The weather can be amazing at times, and for those moments when perhaps it isn’t so great, then we gain more appreciation for it when it is good. The bad weather does not dampen our spirits, for such a rainy country we are not that miserable, as some may think. It may be cold outside but we may not be cold people. Of course there are some that are fed up with the rain or cold, but isn’t it like that in other countries? You could view it as personal opinions towards the climate and not generalize or make assumptions about whether the weather determines our feelings.
The UK is believed to have terrible hygiene, only washing once a year, wonky teeth, smelling bad. Actually once upon a time it was considered extremely hygienic to have one bath a year however times have changed. We are said to have very bad dental hygiene, with wonky spaced crooked teeth. Just like any other country, many have dental problems however the standard of oral hygiene is very high. The NHS (National Health Service) has allowed the majority of us to be able to see a dentist, it is a constant issue, but problems do get sorted out. As for washing, that is a personal matter, people can wash as much or as little as they wish to however intend to be every day. I suppose it is good that it rains a lot as it washes us a little! Just like anywhere else in the world there are hygiene issues, but it is not a rule in the UK. Over we do have a very good health system that ensures the majority of us are fit and well. However we do have to pay taxes towards the health care so I suppose we are paying for our health, it is not free like many think.
Tea, tea, tea and more tea, which is all the British drink, apparently, to go with their afternoon tea consisting of tea, scones and crumpets. Well we do love our tea but it is more of a personal opinion, for example I hate tea but I know some who are addicted. We do drink it quite a lot however we also drink other beverages such as coffee and hot chocolate. I suppose taking into consideration the size of the UK, we do drink a lot of tea. But on a personal level, it isn’t as much as you think, there are probably some people obsessed with tea, but not as many as you think. There are other countries that drink more. Also if we were to ask you to ‘come round for tea’, the majority of the people in the UK would mean an evening meal, not solely the drink, this comes from afternoon tea, which isn’t has common anymore but does still happen on occasions. This usually consists of finger foods and tea and is usually served between 3pm-5pm as a light snack.
I hope you have enjoyed reading and learning about the United Kingdom and that we haven’t put you off it! It is truly wonderful just like every other country in this world. Every one of us is unique and brings something special. Farewell from the U.K.!!