MUSIC The United Kingdom has one of the worlds largest music industries today, with many British musicians having had an impact on modern music. Britain has had an impact on popular music disproportionate to its size, due to itslinguistic and cultural links with many countries, particularly the United Statesand many of its former colonies like Australia, South Africa, and Canada. The British Invasion, led by The Beatles, helped to secure British performers a major place in development of pop and rock music. The Beatles have been the inspiration for many ‘boy bands’ of the modern day including Oasis; Arctic Monkeys, One Direction, Westlife and many others.
FOODBritish food has traditionally been based on beef, lamb, pork, chicken and fish and generally served with potatoes and one other vegetable. The mostcommon and typical foods eaten in Britain include fish and chips, pies like theCornish pasty, trifle and roasts dinners. Some of our main dishes have strange names like Bubble & Squeak and Toad-in-the-Hole. The staple foods of Britain are meat, fish, potatoes, flour, butter and eggs. Many of our dishes are based on these foods. Other meal dishes include; Cottage Pie, Shepards Pie, Cumberland Sausages, Yorkshire Puddings, Ploughmans Lunch and of course a good old fashioned English Breakfast!Some desserts would include Apple Crumble, Semolina pudding, Spotted Dick and The Victoria Sponge.
INTERESTING FACTS 1762: The sandwich was invented in England.We have a town named Sandwich in the south of England. John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich invented a small meal that could be eaten with one hand while he continued his nonstop gambling. Worcestershire Sauce (Worcester Sauce) 1837 John Lea and William Perrins of Worcester, England started manufacturing Worcester Sauce (Worcestershire). Worcester sauce was originally an Indian recipe, brought back to Britain by Lord Marcus Sandys, ex-Governor of Bengal. He asked two chemists, John Lea and William Perrins, to make up a batch of sauce from his recipe.
DRINKThe main drink of Britain is Tea. Britain is a tea-drinking nation. Every day we drink 165 million cups of the stuff and each year around 144 thousand tons of tea are imported.Britain is also well known for its ale which tends to be dark in appearance and heavier than lager. It is known as "bitter"
FACTS Lots of the ordinary clothes we wear today have a long tradition. The very cold winters in the Crimea in the war of 1853-56 gave us the names of thecardigan and the balaclava. Lord Cardigan led the Light Brigade at the Battleof the Balaclava (1854) A "cardigan" is now a warm woollen short coat with buttons, and a "balaclava" is a woollen hat. Another British soldier, Wellington, gave his name to a pair of boots. The have a shorter name today - " Wellies "