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  • 1. England
    By Abi Macedo
  • 2. What and where is England?
    England is a country in Western Europe with a population of about 63 million people, according to the census taken in 2009
      The capital of England is London, located in the south east of England, and is home to about 7 million people
       The surface area of England is about 50,000 square miles, and so the population density is about 1000 people per square mile!
  • 3. What holidays do we have in England?
    The holidays we have in England are as follows:
    New Year's Day (January 1st)
      Good Friday (varies)
      Easter Monday (varies)
      Early May Bank Holiday (first Monday in May)
      Spring Bank Holiday (last Monday in May)
      Summer Bank Holiday (last Monday in August)
      Christmas Day (December 25th)
      Boxing Day (December 26th)
    Also in 2011 only, there was an extra national holiday to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th
    England has fewer national holidays than virtually every other country but there are plans to declare November 12th a national holiday
  • 4. What is the English weather like?
    First I should point out that most of us English are obsessed with the weather,  the English weather has a reputation for not being that wonderful
      The Metrological Office, which supplies all weather forecasts here, sometimes has trouble predicting the erratic UK weather accurately and has had several notable failures
      Most notable was the failure in 1987 to predict a hurricane that devastated many parts of the UK!  That was notable because the weather forecast on TV confidently assured us that there would be NO hurricane, as people had phoned in for confirmation!
    In general, the summers are warm here in the UK, with the South having the most stable weather. 
    Temperatures will frequently hit 30 degrees Celsius or more in July and August, though temperatures will tend to be cooler in the North. 
    In winter, the most severe weather hits the northern regions of the UK - snow is seen comparatively rarely in the South, though winter evenings will be cold in the central regions. 
    In addition, the last few winters here have seen considerable snow fall over all regions of the country
    Also most English people tend to complain about the weather, we moan about how cold it is in winter and then when summer hits... we start moaning about the heat instead!
  • 5. What is English food like?
    Traditional British food is of a fairly simple nature, and if well-cooked can be quite delicious. 
    Roast beef, roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy is a favourite meal for Sunday lunch. 
    Roast lamb, pork and chicken are often eaten, too. 
    Another traditional meal here is fish and chips.  Chips are what we call "fries", and the fish is usually cod or haddock, deep fried in batter
    A favourite meal out on a Sunday for many English is a trip to a carvery. 
  • 6. Getting around in England
    There is a common view that public transport in England is not that good - that the trains and buses don't run on time, and that the London Underground is awful, to sum itup, you will get where you want to go through public transport in England, but usually will arrive about 10 minutes late
    Trains will take you to all of the major cities in England, and also to most of the major towns as well.  The trains are modern and fast, but as I hinted in the first paragraph, are sometimes prone to running a few minutes late. 
      The Eurostar trains take you from London through to Paris or Brussels.
    There are various coach services that will take you longer distances, if you prefer not to use the train.
  • 7. What do the English do for hobbies?
      People who live near to rivers or lakes enjoy going fishing or boating or water-skiing. 
    People who live in the countryside enjoy going out for a walk or a stroll, and fit folk who enjoy sports will go and play golf or football for their local team. 
    Many pubs have their own football team that plays in special leagues for pub teams
    Talking of pubs, a popular pastime for the English is to go out to the pub in the evening.  This is not just for drinking, but is a way of socialising with friends, and many pubs have dartboards, pool tables, and other games to play.  Bigger pubs will have live music on a reasonably regular basis, and a lot have "quiz nights" from time to time
  • 8. Legal matters
    Every country around the world prescribes certain minimum ages before you can legally undertake certain activities.  Here are some of the "legal ages" for certain activities in the UK:
    Get married:  16  (with parents' permission) without Parents permission, it is 18 Years old
    Age of consent for sex:  16  (both hetro- and homosexual sex)
    Buy cigarettes:  18  (but you are allowed to smoke at 16)
    Change your name:  16
    Learn to drive:  17
    Get a tattoo:  18
    Buy alcohol:  18 (but you can drink alcohol with a parent or guardian with a meal at 16)
    Vote in an election: 18
  • 9. What is the average cost of living in England?
    Below are some typical prices that you might expect to pay for certain commodities in England and the UK:
    half a pound of good quality bacon:  £2.50
    a litre of petrol:  £1.25
    a four-pack of beer:  £4 - £5
    a pack of 20 cigarettes:  £6.50
    rent on a two-bedroom house in Didcot:  £650 - £700
    annual Council Tax:  about £1,000 for Didcot
    bottom of the range Mercedes car:  £21,000
    a four-bedroom detached house:  £150,000 - £250,000
  • 10. What are some good places to visit in England?
    There are many wonderful places to visit in this wonderful country of mine!  If you love the city life, then go and visit London. 
    Other big cities to visit include Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, ...many more!
    If you prefer the more sedate lifestyle, I'd recommend Exmoor, the Cotswolds or the Lake District.
    Exmoor is a mixture of hills and woodland, located on the coast.  So, you can either walk amid the greenery or go and stroll along the beach
    The Lake District is located in the north of England, and is all about hills and mountains and spectacular scenery. 
    There are also many other historical places to visit in England such as Stonehenge in Somerset and the Roman Baths – in Bath!!!
     
  • 11. Thank You
    Thank you for watching and I hope you enjoyed it. Good bye!