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100 ENGLISH G R E AT S.

Bowler hats Created by a London hatmaker in the late 19th century,
the bowler has come to symbolise the English businessman. Hat on head,
mac over his arm and umbrella in his hand he steps out into the morning
traffic. Black cabs Hailed on the street the black cab, or taxi, is
metered and regulated, ensuring a safe and reliable journey. Red
telephone box A beacon of hope up and down the country, everyone knows
that if you need to make a call you look for red.
Tower of London
 ancient fortress in London, England, just east of the City and on the north bank of the Thames, covering about 13 acres (5.3 hectares). Now used mainly as a museum, it was a royal residence in the Middle Ages.
 For
centuries the phrase 'off to The Tower' filled people's
hearts with dread, but these days it is one of the country's most
popular tourist attractions filled with other English icons including
the ravens, Crown Jewels and Beefeaters.

Morris dancers NoMay Day or country fair would be complete without
its troupe of morris dancers. Handkerchief waving, bell ringing and
stick tapping, they attract old and young alike. The pint Forget those
Euro measures, when we want a drink a drink of lukewarm mild on a baking
sunny day only the pint glass will do. The weather Are the English
obsessed with the weather? Of course we are, but when the slightest
variation leads to summer droughts and winter gridlock, is this a
surprise? Cricket Batting for hours out in the field followed by
cucumber sandwiches is an English tradition which was exported all over
the world.

The Royal Family Love them or loathe them, the Windsors and their
complicated family sagas are a national, and international, obsession.
St George With his dragon-slaying and red cross on a white background St
George is the English patron saint whose national day is April 23.
William Shakespeare Local boy made good, William is the world's
most famous, and most frequently performed playwright. Baptised on April
26, 1564 (his actual birth date is unknown) he was at his most
creatively prolific between 1590 and 1613, after which he returned to
his native Stratford, dying three years later. Surviving works include
38 plays (comedies, tragedies, histories and tragicomedies or romances),
154 sonnets and a number of poems, although uncertainty surrounding the
man about everything from his appearance to his sexuality to his
religion, have led to doubts being cast on his authorship, though most
alternative candidates have been rejected by academics.

Ever the master of timing, he died on St.George's Day, which
has now been adopted as his official birthday. Edward Elgar Born in
Worcester in 1857, Elgar was the son of a music dealer. Something of a
prodigy who would rise early to read Voltaire and Longfellow, he took
piano and violin lessons as a child and taught himself music theory by
taking long bike rides into the country to read manuscripts. He
struggled to make money as a composer for many years, although his wife
Alice Roberts was immensely supportive and convinced of his genius. When
he was 42 he produced his first major orchestral work, the Enigma
Variations, which established him as the pre-eminent composer of his
generation. He set Cardinal Newman's poem The Dream of Gerontius to
choral music and between 1901 and 1930 wrote his five famous
Pomp and
Circumstance marches

, part of which was Land of Hope and Glory, the
unofficial national anthem.

He was the first composer to make extensive recordings of his
compositions and was filmed at the opening of Abbey Road studios. He
died in 1934 and was buried in Little Malvern. Up until 2007 it was his
head on the back of a pounds 20 note. Margaret Thatcher The
grocer's daughter from Grantham who trained as a chemist and
barrister, she followed her Alderman father into politics and was
elected Conservative MP for Finchley. As Education Secretary she became
notorious as the women who stopped free school milk. The first female
leader of the Conservative party, she became Britain's first female
Prime Minister following the strike-stricken
Winter of Discontent

 under
Labour in 1978-79. Famously steely and immovable in her opinions, she
was dubbed The Iron Lady by the Russians. She took a hard line against
the unions, supported free markets and entrepreneuralism and proved her
mettle as a wartime Prime Minster after Argentina invaded the Falklands.

She survived an assassination attempt when the IRA blew up
Brighton's Grand Hotel. She was elected for an unprecedented third
term, but the unpopularity of the Community Charge and her views on the
European Community, saw her own party start to turn against her and she
resigned as Prime Minister in 1990. Agatha Christie A writer with a
worrying fascination for plotting the perfect crime, that were then
invariably foiled by elderly spinsters, fussy foreigners or bright young
things. Agatha hailed from Devon, where she was born in 1890. During
World War 1 she worked at a hospital then a pharmacy which is where she
gained her familiarity with poisons. She published her first novel, the
Mysterious Affair at Styles, during her turbulent marriage to Archibald
Christie. After discovering he was having an affair she unaccountably
vanished for 11 days in 1926, leading to a manhunt. She later married
archeologist Max Mallowan, which endured despite his many affairs.

Their travels together inspired many of the locations for her
stories. She wrote 80 detective novels and 160 short stories. The most
famous of her West End plays is The Mousetrap, which has been running
continuously in London since 1952. She also wrote romances under the
name Mary Westmacott. She tired of hermost famous creation Hercule
Poirot, fairly early on, but saw he was too popular to kill off. She was
fonder of Jane Marple who she said was based on her grandmother and her
"cronies". The Guinness Book of Records called her the best
selling writer of a books of all time and the best selling writer of any
kind (including Shakespeare). Only the Bible has
outsold
  
v.
Past tense and past participle of outsell.
 her. She was
made a Dame in 1971 and died five years later aged 85.

Charles Dickens Novelist, social commentator and do-gooder, Charles
Dickens has through his works and the adaptations of them, ingrained in
the British psyche the idea of a white Christmas. The son of a clerk he
was born in Portsmouth in 1812. When he was 12 and the family were
living in Camden Town all of them, save Charles, famously joined the
profligate father in debtor's prison and provided a setting for
Little Dorrit. Charles was put to work in a shoe polish factory. Many of
the people he lodged with or worked with, including a Bob Fagin,
inspired characters or their names. He became a political journalist for
the Morning Chronicle and serialised his first novel The Pickwick
Papers. Married the daughter of the editor of the Evening Chronicle,
Catherine Hogarth, who bore him 10 children. His success as a novelist
led to two trips to America, one to meet President Tyler in the White
House, where he was feted in spite of his unpopular anti-slavery stance.

He died in 1870 after suffering a stroke, leaving the Mystery of
Edwin Drood unfinished.
Winston Spencer Churchill

 Britain greatest
wartime minister, whose oratory inspired a nation to fight them on the
beaches and to never surrender. A descendant of the Spencer family, he
was born in Blenheim Palace eight months after the hastily arranged
marriage of his father,
Lord Randolph Churchill

 and Jennie Jerome, the
daughter of an American millionaire. He saw action in the Sudan and the

second Boer War

 while in the army, then gained fame as a war
correspondent. Elected to Parliament in 1900 he was the First Lord of
the Admiralty at the start of World War I. He left the war cabinet after
the disaster of Gallipoli and went back to active service.

As a politician he set up labour exchanges to help the unemployed
find work. After supporting the King during the abdication crisis he was
in political exile but, having being one of the first to recognise the
threat of Hitler, he was asked to be Prime Minister of an all-party
Government. Most effective leading the country in war, he lost the
election in 1945, though he served a second term from 1951 until his
resignation in 1955. Following his death, aged 90, in 1965, he was given
a state funeral. Jane Austen One of literature's most artful social
observers, she has also been god's gift to the television's
period drama departments.

Born in Hampshire in 1775, she was raised in a close-knit family on
the lower fringes of the English gentry, but found herself perfectly
placed to write about women in similar positions to herself, who were
able to escape their perilous circumstances by making advantageous
marriages. Austen never married herself, though there was a spark of
romance with Tom LeFroy which was extinguished by his family. She
remained with her parents then with her mother and sister Cassandra,
whose own finance had died abroad. Her first full-length novel was
Elinor and Marianne, renamed
Sense and Sensibility

. Her second was First
Impressions, which became Pride and Prejudice. These were followed by
Mansfield Park and Emma, all of which bar a second edition of the
latter, were financial successes.

She died aged 41 of either Addison's Disease or Hodgkin's
lymphoma, and Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published
posthumously. Horatio Nelson The Vice Admiral who had risen through the
ranks, he is one of the country's greatest military heroes. A
reverend's son, Horatio was born in 1758 into a modestly prosperous
Norfolk family and followed his uncle into the navy, in spite of
suffering from chronic
seasickness
 see motion sickness.
. Courageous and with a flair for
tactics, his career was occasionally compromised by illness, injury - he
lost most of one arm and the sight in one eye, which he famously
exploited to ignore an order by putting his telescope to it - and
periods of unemployment. He enjoyed decisive victories in the Battle of
Cape St Vincent, the Battle of the Nile and the Battle of Copenhagen.

He was an inspirational leader, though prone to vanity and
insecurity. While married to Frances Nisbet he began a long standing and
infamous affair with the married
Lady Emma Hamilton

. His final triumph
was in the Battle of Trafalgar where the outnumbered British defeated
the combined Franco-Spainish fleet without losing a single ship. Nelson
was shot by a French marksman while on the deck of the Victory;
recognising he was dying it's said he asked Captain Thomas Hardy to
kiss him.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
), was a British engineer.
 Brunel was born in 1806 in Portsmouth,
the son of a French engineer who had fled the revolution. He followed in
his footsteps and worked with him in planning the Thames Tunnel from
Rotherhithe to Wapping.

One of the century's most versatile and daring engineers, he
not only designed tunnels but bridges, railway lines and ships. In 1831
his design for
Clifton Suspension Bridge

 was picked as the winning one
and work began that year. He never saw it completed as, due to lack of
funds, it was another 33 years before it was finished Inspired by the
trials of fellow engineer Stephenson's Rocket, he became chief
engineer for the Great Western Railway, constructing an impressive route
of tunnels, bridges and viaducts. While working on the line he designed
a combination of tubular, suspension and truss bridges. He improved on
this for his famous link over the Tamar at Saltash. In 1837,
Brunel's SS Great Western was the first steamship to engage in
transatlantic service.

The
SS Great Britain

 was the first propeller-driven, ocean-going
iron ship, while the SS Great Eastern laid the first lasting telegraph
cable. Married with three children, the workaholic Brunel was careless
about his health. He smoked up to 40 cigars a day and slept as little as
four hours a night. In 1859 he suffered a stroke and died 10 days later,
aged 53. Tim Berners-Lee A computer scientist, though his name may not
be immediately recognisable to many his work is known, quite literally
around the globe. An
MIT

 professor, he is credited with inventing the
World Wide Web (www). Born in London in June 1955, he studied Physics at
Oxford University. While contracted to nuclear research body
CERN
 or  nuclear and particle physics research center straddling the French-Swiss border W of Geneva, Switzerland.
 he put
forward an idea of using hypertext (text displayed on computers with
links to other text) to facilitate the sharing and updating for
information.

The prototype was called Enquire. He returned to CERN in 1989 and
saw the opportunity to link hypertext with the internet. Together with
Robert Cailliau he wrote a revised proposal which they took to their
manager. The first website was built at CERN and went on line in 1991.
It explained what theWorldWideWeb was, how to own a browser and set up a
web server. It was also the world's website directory In 1994
Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT to set
standards and make recommendations to improve the quality of the web.
Berners-Lee made his idea free to all, with no patent or royalties. He
became Sir Timothy Berners-Lee in 2004 and was awarded the
Order of
Merit


Noun

Brit an order awarded for outstanding achievement in any field
, a personal gift from the Queen, in 2007. Finland made him the
winner of the first
Millennium Technology Prize
) is Finland's recognition for innovators that aim to improve quality of life and raise its profile as a high-tech country.
, which had a cash prize
of
EUR

1 million.

The Beatles Formed in January 1960 (their name a
tribute to Buddy
Holly

 and The Crickets), John, Paul, George and Ringo are arguably the
most famous band of all time. Famously turned down by Decca, they
released debut single Love Me Do in 1962 - the start of what was to be
known as Beatlemania. The Fab Four's albums progressed from the Mop
Top pop of Please Please Me to the conceptual Sgt Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band, before their sign-off Let It Be and the band's
dissolution, which finally came in 1975, five years after McCartney
first filed a suit to break up the legendary band. The Rolling Stones
Often seen as direct rivals to the Beatles (you were a fan of either one
or the other), the Stones formed in 1962 when Brian Jones and Ian
Stewart linked up with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and
Charlie Watts. While Stewart disappeared from the official line-up,
Jagger and Richards came to the fore as chief songwriters, penning the
likes of Get Off My Cloud, Ruby Tuesday and Honky Tonk Women.

The band continued to enjoy huge success on both sides of the
Atlantic throughout the 70s and 80s,Wyman quitting in 1992. The
remaining line-up still record and tour extensively, captured live in
last year's Scorsese-directed road documentary Shine A Light. Pink
Floyd While their roots were in the late 60s
psychedelia
  
n.
The subculture associated with psychedelic drugs.

Noun 1. psychedelia - the subculture of users of psychedelic drugs
 movement, Floyd
are best known as a progressive rock band famous for their philosophical
lyrics, huge guitar solos and equally large stage shows. Their 1973 opus
Dark Side of the Moon catapulted the band into worldwide success,
followed by the likes of Wish You Were Here, Animals and rock opera
TheWall. In 1983 bassist Roger Waters declared the band a spent force,
but the remaining trio of Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright
continued under the name, releasing two successful albums. Waters
reunited to perform a one-off set at the London Live 8 concert in 2005,
but any rumours of a full reunion were quashed by Gilmour. Keyboardist
Richard Wright died at age 65 in September 2008.

Led Zeppelin Along with Brummies Black Sabbath, Led Zep are
credited as being the co-creators of Heavy Metal. Formed in 1968, the
name came from a comment by Who drummer Keith Moon who said the new band
would go down 'like a lead balloon'. With a rock-infused blend
of blues and folk, Led Zep enjoyed massive success in the late 60s and
throughout the 70s. As famous for their offstage antics and largesse as
for their iconic anthems - including Kashmir, Black Dog and, of course,
Stairway To Heaven - the sudden death of drummer John Bonham in October
1980 precipitated the band's equally untimely demise. The three
existing members have reunited only a handful of times since
Bonham's death - most notably at Live Aid in 1985 and in 2007 for a
one-off benefit concert at the O2 Arena.

Sex Pistols If Zeppelin were kings of heavy rock, then the Pistols
were the princes of punk. Formed in 1975 under the watchful
'guidance' of manager Malcolm McLaren, their influence on
music still shows today. Johnny Rotten, Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Glen
Matlock (replaced by Sid Vicious in 1977) constantly sparked controversy
through their live appearances, singles (
God Save The Queen

 to name but
one) and the infamous Reg Grundy TV incident. After Rotten left in early
1978 and Vicious died of an overdose in 1979, it would be another 17
years before the original line-up played together again. UB40 Named
after a
DHSS
 (Brit) n abbr (formerly) (= Department of Health and Social Security) → Ministerium für Gesundheit und Sozialfürsorge
 benefit form, these eight lads from Birmingham went from
humble beginnings to become one of the biggest bands in the world,
selling over 50 million albums in a career that spans 30 years.

Hit UK number one three times (each time with a cover version) and
had two chart-topping albums in a glittering career that has seen them
travel the globe and team up with the likes of Chrissie Hynde, Robert
Palmer and Pato Banton. In January 2008 lead singer Ali Campbell
sensationally quit, soon followed by keyboardist Michael Virtue. Now
bolstered by Ali's brother Duncan and Maxi Priest, UB40 continue to
record and play live, with a UK tour scheduled for late 2009. The Jam
With their sharp suits and edgy new wave songs, The Jam fronted the Mod
revival of the late 70s and early 80s.

The trio of Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton enjoyed a
string of hit singles and albums including four chart topping 45s -
Going Underground, Start!, Town Called Malice and their swansong Beat
Surrender. Splitting at the height of fame in 1982, Weller went on to
enjoy success with both The Style Council and solo. His former bandmates
now record and tour under the name From The Jam. Pet Shop Boys
Quintessentially English duo, former pop journo Neil Tennant and
architecture student Chris Lowe have sold over 50 million records
worldwide, their blend of deadpan electro pop, strong styling and
theatricals translating to a career spanning 25 years, ten Top 10 albums
and three number one singles, including iconic debut hit West End Girls.

At the 2009 BRIT Awards, The Pet Shop Boys received an award for
Outstanding Contribution to Music. The Smiths If one band characterised
mid 80s English pop, it was The Smiths. Formed in Manchester in 1982, it
saw the birth of one of the most creative and successful songwriting
partnerships since Lennon and McCartney. Morrissey and Marr's songs
were often working class or political commentary - witty and erudite
lyrics married with infectious riffs. Splitting in 1987, The Smiths have
gone on to enjoy cult status amongst music fans, Morrissey enjoying a
solo career thanks largely to his loyal core of die-hard fans.
Oasis/Blur Two very different bands, Blur and Oasis led the Britpop
phenomenon. While the loudmouth Mancs had the swagger and
laddish

Adjective

Brit, Austral & NZ informal, often derogatory characteristic of young men, esp. by being rowdy or immature
 anthems, Blur's art school pop was every bit as successful - more
so, in fact.

The 'Battle of Britpop' saw Blur's Country House

outsell
  
tr.v. out·sold , out·sell·ing, out·sells
1. To surpass (another) in an amount sold:

2.
 Roll With It to give them their first number one single. While
Oasis have continued to enjoy uninterrupted success, Blur's members
have had their own golden moments - notably Albarn with Gorillaz and
bassist Alex James with his cheeses. This summer sees Oasis on the
latest UK tour, while Blur reform for a handful of reunion gigs. Bobby
Moore West Ham United and England legend who will go down in history as
the captain who lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in the 1966World Cup
final. Captained the Hammers for over 10 years and led the national side
for a record 90 appearances. Won a total of 108 caps for England, only
bettered by Peter Shilton and David Beckham. After West Ham, played for
Fulham and brief spells in the
NASL

NASL Nessus Attack Scripting Language
NASL North Alabama Soccer League
NASL Naval Air Station Lemoore
NASL Name, Age, Sex, Location
NASL Naval Applied Science Laboratory
 for San Antonio Thunders and Seattle
Sounders.

Having overcome testicular cancer in his twenties, in 1991 Moore
was diagnosed with colon cancer and died in February 1993, aged just 51.
As a tribute to their greatest player, West Ham renamed their south bank
the Bobby Moore Stand. Phil Taylor Purists may question darts being
classed as a sport, but there's no denying the record of the man
they call 'The Power'. The 49-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent has
been crowned world champion an incredible 14 times since first winning
the
PDC

 title as a 125-1 outsider in 1990. Nominated for the 2008
BBC
Sports Personality of the Year

. Ian Botham A talented footballer as well
as cricketer, 'Beefy' (aka 'Guy the Gorilla') was
both a talented and controversial player, captaining the English Test
cricket side in an international career spanning 15 years and 102
matches.

Playing his county cricket for Somerset (and then later for
Worcestershire and Durham), all-rounder Botham is recognised as one of
England's greatest ever Test players with over 5,000 runs and more
than 350 wickets. Arguably most famous moment was the 1981 Test series
against Australia, often referred to as Botham's Ashes, in which he
scored 399 runs and took 34 wickets to help England win the series 3-1.
Raised thousands for Leukemia research charity with his long distance
walks (which he started in 1985) and was knighted by the Queen in 2007.
Now a regular on TV as commentator for Sky Sports - as well as
advertising breakfast cereal and British beef.

Daley Thompson Like Botham,
decathlete
  
n.
An athlete who participates in a decathlon.
 Thompson was a mercurial
talent and natural showman with the odd bit of irreverent behaviour
thrown in - most famously whistling along to the National Anthem when
receiving his Olympic gold medal in 1984. Won the 10 discipline event
twice, at the Moscow and Los Angeles games, three Commonwealth titles
and broke the world record four times. Famously put his name to a series
of early computer games, including the 80s classic, Daley's
Decathlon. Retired from athletics in 1992; awarded the OBE in 1983 and

CBE
 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (a Brit. title)

 n abbr (= Companion of (the Order of) the British Empire) → título de nobleza

 n abbr (=
 in 2000. David Beckham While he may be as famous for being one half
of the marketing machine that is
Posh and Becks

, Beckham is first and
foremost a footballer - and a great one at that.

The 33-year-old, currently playing at the San Siro for AC Milan,
began his professional career at Manchester United, one of Alex
Ferguson's 'kids' alongside the likes of Giggs, Neville
and Scholes, winning six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the
Champions League final in his time at Old Trafford. Leaving in 2003 to
become one of Real Madrid's 'Galacticos', he has since
moved to Los Angeles to play for MLS side Galaxy, before making the
'timeshare' loan move to Milan. An England stalwart for 13
years, Beckham has also captained the national side and recently broke
Bobby Moore's record for appearances by an outfield player. Steve
Redgrave Britain's greatest ever Olympian who won gold medals at
five consecutive Olympic Games (from 1984 to 2000) - only one of four
people with that achievement. After winning his fourth gold in Atlanta,
Redgrave famously declared: "I hereby give permission to anybody
who catches me in a boat again to shoot me."

Happily no-one listened and he duly returned to the water at the
Sydney games in 2000 for the coxless four (with Matthew Pinsent, Tim
Foster, James Cracknell). Retired after the games and that year was
named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Knighted in 2001. Kelly Holmes
Middle distance runner Dame Kelly overcame years blighted by injury to
end her career with some of her best ever performances - winning silver
medals at the 2003 World Championships and World Indoor Championships
and her famous double golds at 800m and 1500m at the Athens Olympics in
2004 - the first British woman to win two Olympic athletics gold medals
and only the third woman in history. Became a Dame in New Year's
Honours List in 2005, the year she also retired. Still involved in sport
- noatbly with the 2012 Olympics, as well as TV work on the likes of
Superstars and
Dancing On Ice

.

Fred Perry The name may be better known to millions today for the
fashion label, but Perry was an outstanding English tennis and table
tennis player of the 1930s, winning eight tennis Grand Slams including
three consecutive Wimbledon titles - the last Englishman to win the
men's singles at SW19. One of the sport's all-time greats, he
helped create the wrist sweatband, while his iconic polo shirt, first
launched in 1952, is still a fashion classic. Died 1995, aged 85. Martin
Johnson Solihull-born former Leicester and England rugby union lock,
best known for leading the 2003 side to the Six Nations Grand Slam and
famous World Cup victory over Australia.

Became the English team manager in 2008. Rebecca Adlington First
British swimmer since 1908 to win two Olympic golds (and the first
female swimming gold since 1960) when she won both the 400m and 800m
freestyle events at the Beijing games, breaking Janet Evans'
19-year-old record in the 800m final.
Chelsea Flower Show

 A highlight of
the annual gardening calendar is the show that brings together leading
growers, designers and gardening enthusiasts from around the world. The
organisers Royal Horticultural Society have strict guidelines about what
can and cannot happen at the show that transforms the grounds of the
Royal Hospital in Chelsea, home to the red-coated Chelsea pensioners.
Grand National One of the most famous steeplechases in the world takes
place at Aintree racecourse near Liverpool each year.

The course is nearly two and a quarter miles long and includes the
famous Bechers Brook and Chair fence, the biggest on the course. The
first official Grand National was in 1839 and was won by Lottery. Other
celebrated winners include Red Rum, who claimed victory three times. The
race's history is the stuff of fairytales - Bob Champion, recently
recovered from cancer, won on Aldaniti in 1981 and in 1983 the first
ever woman trainer Jenny Pitman took the honours with Corbiere. FA Cup
Final The teams running out on to the pitch for the final game of the FA
Cup are following in the footsteps of sporting legends. The first FA Cup
final in 1872 was played at the Kennington Oval - its home for the next
20 years. The trophy, the 'little tin idol' was coveted by
winning teams until it went missing while on display in a Birmingham
shop after Aston Villa won the challenge in 1895. A replacement was made
and then a third, and since 1923 the final has been played at both
Wembley stadia as well as the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Wimbledon Strawberry teas, Henman Hill and a tennis championship
that traces its roots back to 1877. The
All England Lawn Tennis and
Croquet Club

 is responsible for staging the worldrenowned tournament
which began with just one gentlemen's singles match won by Spencer
Gore, an old Harrovian, from a field of 22. He was watched by 200
spectators who paid one shilling each, the equivalent of today's
10pm, to watch the final. The Centre Court now seats 3,601 and has seen
epic matches including Rafael Nadal's 2008 win over five time
consecutive champion Roger Federer.

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Two friends, Charles Merivale, a
student at Cambridge, and his Harrow school friend Charles Wordsworth,
studying at Oxford, first came up with the idea in the 1820s. The first
took place in Henley but by 1845 it had moved to its current six mile
route on the Thames from Putney to Mortlake. The trials and tribulations
include the Cambridge Blue Boat sinking in 1978 - the Oxford crew have
endured similar fates including 1925. Now 250,000 spectators line the
banks cheering on the crews, including the occasional woman taking the
cox position. Ladies' Day at Ascot Queen Anne, out riding in 1711,
first saw the potential of Royal Ascot and the first race meeting saw
seven horses challenging across the open heath for Her Majesty's
Plate.

The
Queen Anne Stakes

 still take place at Ascot but it is on Ladies
Day, the third day of the Royal Ascot meeting, when the Gold Cup draws
thousands of people to the course and the fashion vistas are out in
force. The Queen and other members of the Royal family are regulars to
the course she first visited at the age of 19 in 1945.
Henley Royal
Regatta

 Messing about on the river is serious business at this annual
regatta where rowers now challenge for national and international
honours. The first regatta was in 1839 but it soon became a society
favourite and in 1851 Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert became
its first Royal Patron. Temple Island, the landmark at the start of the
course in Henleyon- Thames in Oxfordshire was bought in 1987 and
restored to its former glory. Trooping the Colour All the colour and
pageantry of the annual Queen's birthday parade is held in June
each year on London's
Horse Guards Parade

.

The custom dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th century
when the colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle.
It became a celebration of the Sovereign's birthday in 1805 and
traditionally ends with the Queen and her family watching an RAF
flypast
  
n. Chiefly British
A flyover, as by military aircraft.

Noun 1. flypast - a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
fly-by, flyover
 from a balcony at Buckingham Palace. Glastonbury Where would music
lovers be without the mud, music and mayhem at one of the world's
leading festivals. The first was held in September, 1970 the day after
Jimi Hendrix died and 1,500 people listened to a line-up including Marc
Bolan for just pounds 1, including free milk. By the following year it
had evolved into Glastonbury Fayre and moved to June to tie in with the
summer solstice but it would be 1981 before the festival would make a
profit. Farmer Michael Eavis was now at the helm and nuclear disarmament
group, CND were the main beneficiaries. Since these small beginnings the
festival has grown into an event attracting more than 134,000 people.

Last
Night of the Proms

 Elgar's stirring Pomp and Circumstance
sung on the Last Night at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall mark the
end of the promenade of concerts first inspired by Sir Henry Wood. World
leading orchestras, soloists and conductors all take part in the
concerts, that moved to the hall in 1941. Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and
Land of Hope and Glory are all part of the musical celebrations on the
last night of the festival when enthusiastic 'Prommers' are
encouraged to wave Union Jacks and sing along. Full English Breakfast
The only way to start the day, the traditional fry-up (although
it's more likely to be grilled now) is guaranteed to see off
mid-morning hunger pangs. Bacon, eggs, sausages, black pudding,
mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread ... it's difficult to know where
to stop. Just never have haggis (Scottish and therefore wrong).

Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding The quintessential English roast
and undisputed king of the Sunday lunch table. Don't settle for
second best - choose sirloin, resist
incineration

 and serve with
lashings of proper gravy, made from meat juices, not powder. Remember:
roast beef without fluffy Yorkshire puds is thoroughly shoddy. And
don't forget the creamy horseradish. JamRoly Poly and custard
It's impossible to beat Billy Bunter's favourite
suet
 /su·et/ () the fat from the abdominal cavity of ruminants, especially the sheep, used in preparing cerates and ointments and as an emollient.



suet

hard, raw fat from a beef carcass sold for cooking.
 pud for
texture, sweetness and total dessert immersion. Raspberry is the
purists' jam of choice, so don't be swayed by suggestions of
plum or
damson
  
n. In both senses also called bullace, damson plum.
1. A Eurasian plum tree (Prunus insititia) cultivated since ancient times for its edible fruit.

2.
. Spotted dick is a controversial omission from this list
but jam roly poly must reign supreme. Cream Tea Who can resist such an
afternoon delight? Home-baked scones, jam, oozing fresh cream,
preferably with a crust, and a pot of tea (china service is obligatory).

A cream tea has the unrivalled ability of banishing the summer
blues on a storm-lashed August afternoon in Blighty. Eat, retire, and
snooze. Beans on Toast England's contribution to the cause of
healthy, budget, fast food. Baked beans on hot buttered toast is a
classless dish, fit for paupers and princes. Beans contain antioxidants,
which protect the cells in our body and offset the effects of ageing as
well as offering protection from diseases such as cancer and heart
disease.
Bangers and Mash

 Comfort food for the masses.

The re-emergence of independent sausage-makers, selling their wares
through farm shops, delis and supermarkets, means today's choice of
banger is limitless. Always accompany with England's finest
condiments - brown sauce, tomato ketchup and blow-your-head-off mustard.
Gravy is a bonus. Strawberries and Cream Summer wouldn't be summer
without English strawberries. Refusing to buy the imported soft (bullet)
fruits isn't
xenophobic
  
n.
A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.



xen
 - it just makes sense. Foreign strawbs lack
the sweetness and, well, strawy-ness of native varieties. Bathe in
cream. Bliss.

Pork Pie Roughly chopped pork, cool, slippery pork jelly, all
sealed in a robust crust pastry, the pork pie is an all-in-one feast.
One of the nation's most versatile favourites, it can be bunged in
a great coat for a forced march or dressed at the table on a platter.
Ooo, bring out the Branston. Curry The finest legacy of our colonial
past has to be England's long-standing love affair with curry, a
term applied with scatter-gun effect to any spicy dish originating from
Asia. Dining out would be a poorer place without the magic words
balti

Noun

a spicy Indian dish served in a metal dish [probably from the Baltistan region of Pakistan]
,

bhuna

,
biryani
 also bi·ri·a·ni  
n. pl. bi·ry·a·nis
An Indian dish containing meat, fish, or vegetables and rice flavored with saffron or turmeric.
, masala, naan and "Two more lagers, please."

Curry's purported health benefits are legion, including
fighting Alzheimer's disease.
Turmeric
 see ginger.


turmeric

Perennial herbaceous plant (Curcuma longa; family Zingiberaceae), native to southern India and Indonesia. Its tuberous rhizomes have been used from antiquity as a condiment, as a textile dye, and medically as an
 aids digestion - so
you'll be ready for another balti the next day.
Fish and Chips

pl.n.
Fried fillets of fish and French-fried potatoes.

Noun 1. fish and chips - fried fish and french-fried potatoes
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
 Nobody - repeat nobody - does fish and chips like the English, and if
you are going to do it, do it properly. That means fresh, wet fish (not
frozen), quality spuds, good frying oil (beef dripping preferred) and a
liberal sprinkling of salt. Vinegar and mushy peas optional. You're
hungry just thinking about it, aren't you? Morris Minor The Morris
Minor was the brainchild of the great Alex Issigonis, who later penned
the Mini, and came into being after studies started in 1944.

Eventually it became the British equivalent of the Volkswagen
Beetle. Early versions with a split screen and grille mounted headlamps
were eventually superseded by the later model with wing headlamps and a
one piece screen. A convertible model followed the saloon and then there
was the super little Traveller with its wood framing around the estate
car body. There were even van and pick-up versions. Routemaster Of all
the buses to work on the streets of London the Routemaster is probably
the most famous. The AEC Routemaster is a model of double-decker bus
that was introduced by Associated Equipment Company (AEC) in 1954 and
produced until 1968.

Primarily front-engined, rear open platform buses were introduced
in 1956 and saw continuous service in London until 2005. They currently
remain on two heritage routes in central London. Morgan The
British
motor industry

 is just a fraction of what it was in its heyday, but some
companies still survive and thrive. One of the best examples is the
Midland car maker Morgan, still based in its home town of Malvern. The
Morgan name made its very first public appearance at the Olympia Motor
Show in 1910. The two three-wheelers were both single seaters but it
soon became apparent that for the vehicles to be universally popular
they would have to become two-seaters.

Today it receives a steady stream of orders from all over the
world. In fact some 70 per cent of all the cars made now go for export
and there is a waiting list for all cars. Raleigh bicycles Anyone of a
certain age who had a bike is almost certain to have had a Raleigh. Once
the biggest cycle factory in the world, employing 10,000 workers and
making two million bikes every year, Raleigh is still producing bikes
but its factory on Triumph Road in Radford, Nottingham ceased production
in 2003 hit by the effects of cheap imports. Manufacturing has now moved
to the Far East.
BSA

 Britain's largest and most successful
motorcycle manufacturer was BSA (
Birmingham Small Arms Company

).

Its factory at Small Heath was a familiar Birmingham landmark for
more than 100 years and produced a wide range of motorcycles from the
humble Bantam to the formidable Rocket with its three-cylinder ohv
engine mounted transversely. When you ride a 'Beezer', as they
were called, you're not just riding a classic BSA motorcycle
you're riding a piece of history. Rolls Royce The Rolls Royce is
the most iconic of British cars and arguably the most famous of all
models is the Silver Ghost. Ironically the Silver Ghost started life as
what was an early "special edition" model.

It was based on the 40/50 model first introduced in 1906. Managing
director Claude Johnson took the twelfth 40/50 produced, had all its
fittings silver plated and the coachwork painted silver. This car became
known as The Silver Ghost, and the name was later adopted for all of the
40/50hp cars. Aston Martin As the world's greatest all-action hero,
James Bond considered an Aston Martin to be most ideally suited to his
image, and aficionados of the marque agreed. The DB1 appeared in 1948,
followed by the DB2 unveiled at the New York motor show in 1950. By 1960
the series was on to the DB4, which boasted acceleration to 60mph in
nine seconds, a 0-100mph time of 20 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.

By the mid 1980s Aston Martin was racking up losses of pounds 1
million a year and was eventually bailed out by Ford in 1987. Since then
the brand's wheel of fortune has tuned full circle with an
impressive line up of Vantage, DB9 and
DBS

 models - and James Bond
firmly back in the driving seat. Jaguar/Land Rover Sixty years ago, a
motoring icon made its public debut, when the original Land Rover was
shown at a motor show in Amsterdam, on April 30, 1948. The current
Defender is descended from that first vehicle which is now known as a
Series 1. Amazingly they even share a couple of original parts, an oil
filler plug and a cleat for tying down the canvas roof. But the rest of
the vehicle technology has moved on considerably.

Today, Land Rover goes from strength to strength, with a five-model
line-up headed by the Range Rover, and global sales of over 190,000
vehicles in 2008. Looking at Land Rover's sister company Jaguar
it's hard to believe that it started life as a company making
sidecars in Blackpool in 1922. By 1926 plans were in place for producing
car bodies as well as Swallow sidecars but it was not until 1928 when
the factory moved to Coventry that the Jaguar story really began.

Today from its Birmingham base the company makes luxury cars and
sports cars that are the envy of driving enthusiasts all over the world.
The Mini When theMini first appeared way back in 1959 it had a gear
lever as long as a golf club, strings to operate the doors from inside
and windows that slid rather than winding down. Nonetheless, the car was
a monument to brilliant packaging and somehow managed to carry four
people at a pinch. The Minis to aspire to were the Cooper and Cooper S
versions with fans equally divided between the chrome-grilled Morris
models and the honeycombed Austins. The Sinclair C5 The C5 was a
battery/electric vehicle invented by Sir Clive Sinclair and launched in
Britain on January 10, 1985.

The futuristic looking tricycle was steered by handles on either
side of the driver's seat and had a top speed of 15 miles per hour.
Despite being relatively cheap to buy (it sold for pounds 399 + pounds
29 for delivery), the C5 quickly became an object of ridicule, and was a
commercial disaster - only around 12,000 being sold. Alexander McQueen
An East End taxi driver's son, he learnt his tailoring on Savile
Row where he rebelliously scrawled obscenities into the lining of the
suits made for patron the
Prince of Wales

. Theatrically inspired, he has
been described as having the Gothic sensibility of a Brother's
Grimm fairytale, though when Gwyneth Paltrow turned up to the Oscars in
a sheer-topped black McQueen dress with
plaited
  
n.
1. A braid, especially of hair.

2. A pleat.

tr.v. plait·ed, plait·ing, plaits
1. To braid.

2. To pleat.

3. To make by braiding.
 hair, she looked like a
droopy-busted Vampiric Heidi.

He was named British Designer of the Year at 27 and replaced John
Galliano at Givenchy but parted company with them when Gucci acquired a
controlling interest in his own label. Now 40, he continues to thrill
women with his romantically dark designs and tailoring. In 2003 he
returned to his roots with bespoke menswear followed by a ready-towear
collection. Paul Smith An aspiring professional racing cyclist, the
urbane Smith, whowas born in Nottingham in 1946, changed careers
following an accident and started making the kind of clothes he wanted
to buy but couldn't find. He studied fashion design at evening
classes. By 1976 he was showing menswear in Paris.

His strengths have been to combine the best of traditional English
with unusual prints, such as his now signature stripes. He put boxer
shorts back on the map in the 1980s. He conquered New York and Paris and
is hugely popular in Japan where he has 300 stores. Knighted in 2001, he
sells to 35 countries across the world but remains hands on in the
business, styling clothes with an elegant
insouciance
  
n.
Blithe lack of concern; nonchalance.



lack of care or concern; a lighthearted attitude. — insouciant, adj.
See also: Attitudes

Noun 1.
. Vivienne Westwood
Once the punk princess, she is now, at 68, the undisputed Queen of
British fashion, celebrating the very establishment that she once left
spluttering in indignation and bewilderment. Together with Malcolm
McLaren, they slashed to ribbons the
preconception
  
n.
An opinion or conception formed in advance of adequate knowledge or experience, especially a prejudice or bias.

Noun 1.
 of what fashion could
be - and then held it together with safety pins and bondage straps. She
has always remained at the fashion zeitgeist most heavily influenced by
musical movements, like punk and New Wave.

The V&A Museum launched a travelling retrospective exhibition
of her work, securing her iconic status. Once arrested on the night of
the Queen's Jubilee, she was given an OBE in 1992 and was made a
Dame in 2006. Typically she received both honours knickerless. James
Dyson An engineer who went to art school, Dyson has probably done the
most to revolutionise vacuum cleaning since asthmatic janitor James
Spangler conjured a prototype Hoover out of a broom handle,
pillowcase
  
n.
A removable covering for a pillow. Also called pillowslip.


 or pillowslip
Noun

a removable washable cover for a pillow

Noun 1.
 and old motor fan. Frustrated by the diminishing lack of suction on his
Hoover Junior, he came up with the idea of using cyclonic separation,
doing away with the need for bags that got clogged with dust.

His wife Deirdre, an art teacher, helped support him financially
while he worked on its development. It was launched in Japan as no
British manufacturer would touch it. He eventually set up his own
company to make it himself. His luridly coloured products now outsell
rivals that once snubbed him. Now worth pounds 1 billion, he has
continued to innovate and invent, making water flow uphill for a
showpiece garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and also creating the
Airblade hand dryer that blows moisture from the hands like an invisible
windscreen wiper. He was made Knight Bachelor in the New Year's
Honours in 2006. Zandra Rhodes The pink haired fashion institution was
introduced to her vocation by her mother, a fitter in a Paris house and
teacher at art college.

Zandra, 67, hails from Kent and studied textile design at the Royal
College of Art. Her early designs were considered too outlandish by
traditional manufacturers, so she set up a boutique with a fellow
student, where she designed the material. In 1969 she opened her own
shop where she became famous for her flamboyant yet feminine creations.
Punkish in looks, with her bright green hair, later changed to pink or
red, she helped turned accepted fashion on its head in the late 70s,
with her exposed seams, artistic rips and safety pins - though hers were
jewelled. However, she went on to design for royalty, both literal and
pop, in the form of
Diana, Princess of Wales

 and Queen's Freddie
Mercury. She founded London's Fashion and Textile Museum in 2003.

Among the many honours she has been awarded is a CBE and the rare
privilege of appearing as herself on The Archers. Jonathan Ive Probably
one of the most influential designers of the 21st century, Ive's
genius lies in his contribution to technology. As senior vice president
of industrial design at Apple Inc, Ive, who comes from Chingford, Essex,
headed the teams responsible for the iMac, MacBook and the iPod. The
42-year-old's computer creations combine both form and function,
the first iMacs replacing boxy shapes with soft rounded contours and
dull yellow/ white plastic with translucent surfaces in candy colours.
Ive actually visited confectionery plants for inspiration to try and
recreate the effects of
gumdrop
  
n.
A small candy made of sweetened, colored, and flavored gum arabic or gelatin and often coated with sugar.



Noun

a small hard fruit-flavoured jelly-like sweet

Noun 1.
 candies. The iconic original was
coloured Bondi Blue, the colour reflecting the surf at the famous
Australian beach. This was followed by five fruit colours including
Blueberry, Grape, Tangerine, Lime and Strawberry.

Ironically, considering how much Ive has done to shape the future,
he is married to an historian, Heather. Hewas given a CBE in 2006 for
services to design and the Queen revealed that even she owned an iPod.
Mary Quant While Westwood and Rhodes left an indelible impression
because of their work in the 70s,
Quant

A person who has strong skills in mathematics, engineering, or computer science, and who applies those skills to the securities
 practically invented the style
uniform of the 60s. Born in Blackheath, London, in 1934, she studied
illustration before gaining work with a milliner. In the 50s she opened
a clothes shop in the Kings Road, brightening up black dresses and sweat
shirts with white plastic collars. Skirts had been getting short since
the late 50s and at least two designers had already taken them to thigh
level, but it was Quant that claimed to have named them
'minis' - after her favourite car - and become most closely
identified with the style. She took the idea a step further with the
little-more-than-abelt micro minis.

She concentrated on household goods and make-up in the 70s and 80s
and in a talk at the V&A said it was she who invented duvet covers.
Terence Conran An entrepreneur as much as a designer, Conran was born in
Kingston on Thames in 1931. He studied textiles at Central Saint Martins
but abandoned the course to work on the
Festival of Britain

. He started
his own design practice in 1956, designing a shop for Mary Quant, then
eight years later opened his first Habitat. This revolutionised
furniture buying for trendy young Britons who had previously relied on
parental hand-me-downs. An influential restaurateur, he opening the Soup
Kitchen, Quaglinos,
Mezzo
  
n. pl. mez·zos
A mezzo-soprano.



Adverb

Music moderately; quite:

Noun

pl -zos
, Pont de la Tour and Butler's Wharf Chop
House, but sold that side of the business two years ago.

Knighted in 1983, he started something of a design dynasty through
his sons and daughter. Jasper specialises in fashion and interiors,
Sebastian is a designer in his father's empire, Tom followed him
into restaurants, while Sophie did both, making pies and designing.
Norman Foster One of the leading lights of British architectural design
Foster is responsible for some of Europe's most iconic buildings,
including the Swiss Re London at 30
St Mary Axe

 (also known as The

Gherkin
 , species of gourd of the cucumber genus.
).

the new Wembley and the domed roof of the restored Reichstag in
Berlin. Knighted in 1990, hewas made a life peer and became Baron Foster
in 1997. Won the Stirling Prize twice, for the American Hangar at the

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 and for the Gherkin. In 2007, he was awarded
the
Aga Khan Award for Architecture

, the largest architectural award in
the world, for the University of Technology Petronas, in Malaysia.
Stella McCartney There is no denying that her famous surname made the
world sit up and take notice of what the Beatle progeny had to offer,
but it was probably as ready to throw brickbats as it was bouquets. In
the event McCartney junior proved she too had talent, possibly
inheriting her artistic eye from her photographer mother, Linda. Born in
London, Stella, now 37, started designing clothes when she was 12.

She interned for Christian Lacroix at 15 and then studied fashion
at Central Saint Martins. She was made chief designer at Chloe, assisted
by friend Phoebe Philo who replaced her when Stella left to start her
own line with Gucci. She designed Madonna's wedding dress and the
clothes for her Re-Invention Tour, as well as for Annie Lennox's
summer tour and Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law's costumes for Sky
Captain and the World of Tomorrow. In 2005 she designed an affordable
range for H&M that sold out almost immediately on launch day. Stella
McCartney has proved she is more than just the offspring of a celebrity
James Bond Commander James Bond is an MI6 officer, licensed to kill, who
goes by the number 007.

He's the sort of man every English gent aspires to be - suave,
cool in a crisis, charming to women and able to escape any kind of
dangerous situation. No one looks better in a dinner jacket, he's
brave - he lied about his age to join the Navy in World War Two - and he
doesn't even age!Created by Ian Fleming in 1952, he's been the
star of 22 films. He takes his vodka martinis
shaken, not stirred

 and
loves scrambled eggs. In fact, there is just one thing about Bond which
is very unEnglish - he hates tea. Del Boy and Rodney You know characters
have become icons when they change the language. Del Boy gave us the
phrases "lovely jubbly", "plonker" and
"cushty".

Only Fools And Horses

 also managed to make the very English,
Tamworth-made three-wheeled Reliant Regal van vaguely fashionable.
Consistently voted
Britain's Best Sitcom

, the final episode in the
1996 Christmas trilogy - at the time believed to be the last-ever -
attracted a record-breaking 24.3 million viewers. The show ran from 1981
to 2003, introducing us to fast-talking cockney market trader Derek
'Del Boy' Trotter, played by David Jason, and his younger
brother Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst). They lived in a council flat in
Nelson Mandela House in Peckham, South London and tried to get rich
quick through dodgy deals. John Steed and Mrs Peel What could be more
English than a gentleman sporting a bowler hat and rolled-up umbrella,
driving a Bentley? John Wickham Gascoyne Berresford Steed was a Major in
the British Army before joining an unnamed branch of British
intelligence for The Avengers. As played by Patrick Macnee, Steed was
the epitome of
sophistication
  
v. so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing, so·phis·ti·cates

v.tr.
1. To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly.

2.
, with a nice line in dry wit.

He was a very dapper secret agent, but Steed's bowler and
umbrella weren't just for show. His brolly contained a sword and
his hat was metal plated, with the ability to stop bullets and knock
down opponents. From 1965 to 1968, Steed's faithful companion was
Mrs Emma Peel, played by Diana Rigg. Most Avengers fans will fondly
remember her dressed in a
skintight
  
adj.
Fitting closely or clinging to the skin.



Adjective

(of garments) fitting tightly over the body; clinging

Adj. 1.
 leather
catsuit
  
n.
A tight-fitting one-piece garment for women usually made of leather or a synthetic fabric such as spandex and covering the torso, legs, and sometimes the arms.

, cattail cat
. The Avengers was
one of the first series to fly the flag for English TV abroad, being
sold to ABC in America for an unprecedented $2 million. They were worth
every cent. Inspector Morse Detective Chief Inspector Morse was a true
Englishman, even down to his first name. We eventually discovered it was
Endeavour, after explorer Captain James Cook's ship. A lover of
real ale, opera, crosswords and Jaguar cars, Morse was based in that
most English of towns, Oxford, with its dreaming spires, perfectly
manicured quadrangles and bicycles. Morse was played by the late actor
John Thaw, and ran for 33 two-hour episodes from 1987 to 2000.

Doctor Who Okay, so he's not really English. As we all know,
the Time Lord is from Gallifrey. He's often been played by a
Scotsman, and he was successfully revived in 2005 by a Welshman,
Russell
T Davies

, and it's filmed mainly in Cardiff. But the Doctor is
still a very English invention, with very English traits. He's a
great one for fair play and hates to see injustice anywhere in the
galaxy. He's also full of English eccentricities, especially in his
dress, sporting everything from cricket whites and frock coats to straw
hats and
brogues

. He has a loyal dog (K9) and spends most of his time in
a shed-like box (the
TARDIS

TARDIS Time and Relative Dimensions
) fiddling with his sonic screwdriver. What
could be more English than that? Dad's Army Who do you think you
are kidding, Mr Hitler, if you think old England's done? Don't
panic! Because the men from the Home Guard were on hand to protect
England's shores from any invading Germans.

This sitcom ran for more years than the war, from 1968 to 1977, and
introduced us to such English icons as
Captain George Mainwaring

, the
pompous bank manager who appointed himself leader of
Walmington-on-Sea's Local Defence Volunteers. Then there was
quietly spoken
Sergeant Arthur Wilson

, butcher Lance Corporal Jack Jones
and
Private Frank Pike

, played by Brummie actor Ian Lavender It produced
memorable catchphrases like "Don't tell him, Pike!",
"You stupid boy," and "They don't like it up
'em" and still gets millions of viewers when repeated. Robin
Hood Few English characters have been played by so many people - more
than 40 - even if some of them have been American. The first to take to
the screen as the outlaw in the early 20th century were Hollywood stars
Robert Frazer, Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn. And of course, who
could forget Kevin Costner's 1991 Prince of Thieves, who made no
attempt to change his Yankee accent? The first on TV was Patrick
Troughton in 1953 - ironic that, more than 50 years later, his grandson
Sam is one of the Merry Men in the BBC1's current hit version.

The series with the catchy theme tune arrived in 1955 with Richard
Greene robbing from the rich to give to the poor. It shows what an
enduring character he is that Robin continues to be reinvented. Coming
next is a Ridley Scott film starring Russell Crowe in the dual roles of
both Robin and his arch enemy, the
Sheriff of Nottingham

. Sherlock
Holmes The creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock lived at 221b
Baker Street, London, and solved any crime or mystery with his amazing
yet elementary powers of deduction. A real English pipe-smoking gent, he
first appeared in 1887 and became hugely popular, even surviving death.
When Doyle killed him off in 1893, there was such an outcry he was
revived. His legacy continues.

The
Sherlock Holmes Museum

 in Baker Street was the first in the
world to be dedicated to a fictional character. Wallace & Gromit An
eccentric English inventor with a love of Wensleydale cheese and
Lancashire hotpot, Wallace sports a lovely green jumper and lives with
his faithful dog. This lovable pair were first introduced to us by Nick
Park in the 1989 short film A Grand Day Out, before entertaining us with
such comedy gems as TheWrong Trousers, A Close Shave and last
year's most-watched programme, A Matter of Loaf and Death. Peter
Sallis voices Wallace, while Gromit is the silent, but definitely more
intelligent, half of the partnership, who can speak volumes with a
raised eyebrow.
Norman Stanley Fletcher

 When it comes to bad guys we
love, Fletcher (played by Ronnie Barker, right) is up there with the
best of them.

He may have been "an habitual criminal", as his
sentencing judge (also voiced by Barker) called him, but he was a good
guy underneath. Sentenced to five years in Slade Prison,
Fletch
  
tr.v. fletched, fletch·ing, fletch·es
To feather (an arrow).



[Probably back-formation from fletcher.]
 took
under his wing his naive Brummie
cellmate
  
n.
A person with whom one shares a cell, especially in a prison.
 Lennie Godber (Richard
Beckinsale), and did daily battle with warder Mr Mackay. The series ran
from 1974 to 1977. Buckingham Palace Peer through the railings and get a
taste of life in the Royal household at the palace that has been the
official residence of British sovereigns since 1837. From the Changing
of the Guard to royal celebrations - the Palace is a magnet for
thousands of tourists with more than 50,000 each year making it through
the gates.

The 775 rooms include 19 state rooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms -
many boasting priceless works of art that are part of the Royal
Collection. Wembley Stadium The newly-opened Wembley Stadium,
England's national sporting venue can seat up to 90,000 - each
promised a clear view of the pitch. The iconic twin towers of the
previous stadium have been replaced by a dramatic arch that spans 315
metres - the longest single span roof structure in the world. The new
stadium's versatility means it can not only host football, rugby
and music events but is also capable of hosting world class athletic
meetings. Selfridges, Birmingham Visionary architect, the late Jan
Kaplicky, who designed this iconic store buildingwhich opened in 2003,
used more than 15,000 reflective aluminium discs against a blue backdrop
to create the innovative look.

The designer's company Future Systems, challenged to create an
architectural landmark for the new Bullring regeneration scheme,
developed the store's look to reflect the soft lines of a body that
billows gently outwards before drawn in at a kind of waistline. Inside,
a dramatic roof lit atrium is criss-crossed by a cradle of sculpted
escalators creating a haven for shoppers. Stratford-upon-Avon The town
on the River Avon was the birthplace of one of England's greatest
and most celebrated playwrights - William Shakespeare. His parents John
and Mary set up home in Henley Street, now open to visitors who want to
gain an insight into the early life of a man inspired by the
Warwickshire town. Their son's move to London and the ill-fated
Globe, did not sever links with Stratford where his heritage and wealth
of plays still thrive.

London Eye At 135 metres high the British Airways London Eye is the
world's largest observation wheel which offers fantastic views over
London from its 32 passenger capsules, each holding up to 25 people. A
new design, originally conceived by architects David Marks and Julia
Barfield in an entry for the millennium landmark competition, uses a
different arrangement of observation wheels. Rather than being suspended
under gravity each turns on mounting rings fixed to the main rim
ensuring 360[bar] panoramic views at the top of the structure built on
the bank of the River Thames. Eton College Henry VI founded the school
for boys in 1440, making it one of the oldest in the country and
well-deserving of its motto, Floreat Etona - May Eton Flourish. The
great, the good and the well connected all share a need through the
centuries to ensure their boys are educated at the school that still
thrives in the castle town of Windsor, Berkshire.

Through its six centuries of education, generations of boys have
each left their mark on school life and many have gone on to play
influential roles in England's history including 18 Prime Ministers
and writers, from George Orwell to Ian Fleming. Blackpool Tower The
north's answer to the Eiffel Tower in Paris rises 518 feet and 9
inches over the Lancashire coast. The Victorian engineering masterpiece
was the brainchild of town councillor John Bickerstaff who masterminded
the pounds 300,000 project - about pounds 40 million in today's
money. Its doors opened in 1894 - the designers Maxwell and Tuke died a
year before completion of the project that used 2,500 tons of steel and
five million bricks and more than a century later is still entertaining
thousands of visitors each holiday season. Warwick Castle A millennium
of history is celebrated at this medieval castle with its soaring towers
and magnificent ramparts.

Thousands of visitors enter through the grand gate house to explore
the grounds and castle with its dramatic Great hall and State Rooms. Now
owned by an entertainment enterprise, jousting and medieval banquets are
still regular pursuits at the castle that has often played host to
royalty, including the Royal Weekend party of 1898. Stonehenge The
mystery of the
megalithic
  
n.
A very large stone used in various prehistoric architectures or monumental styles, notably in western Europe during the second millennium
 ruin, thought to have been built around
3100BC, still baffles experts who visit the site on Salisbury Plains
close to Amesbury in Wiltshire. It was built in three phases using blue
sandstone and is now a protected
UNESCO
 see United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.


UNESCO
 in full United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
 World Heritage site. Visitors
are no longer allowed to touch the stones, although at summer and winter
solstice and the spring and autumn equinox, Druid inspired ceremonies
are allowed to take place.

Angel of the North The dramatic Antony Gormley sculpture greets
visitors with its 54 metre wide wing spread at the entrance to Gateshead
Tyneside on a former colliery site. The 60 foot high steel structure,
unveiled in 1998, can be seen by A1motorway users or passengers on the
East Coast mainline and pays tribute to the industrial heritage of the
north east.

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Taxi! The black cab is recognised throughout the world The classic
red telephone box Morris dancers City gents in their traditional bowler
hats George, Paul, Ringo and John on the cover of
TheBeatles'classicAbbeyRoad The classic Stones line-up of Richards,
Jones, Jagger, Wyman and Watts Going Underground: Rick Buckler, Bruce
Foxton and Paul Weller - The Jam Martin Johnson celebrates the World Cup
win in 2003 Bobby Moore is held aloft by his England team-mates after
their famous win in 1966 The Grand National Chilling out at the
Glastonbury Festival Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall is
a national institution Walter Smith's award-winning pork pies
Breakfast, lunch or tea, beans on toast is a healthy, classless meal and
an English classic The Sinclair C5 on the road and (above) a classic BSA
bike One of Issigonis's early designs Hold tight please... the
classic Routemaster Norman Foster Stella McCartney has proved she is
more than just the offspring of a celebrity
'Stupidboy'-Dad'sArmy'sPrivatePike Nick Park's
Oscar winners Wallace and Gromit Steed and Peel - The Avengers
Buckingham Palace Wembley Stadium Gormley's stunning Angel of the
North

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