Welcomethe World toLondon and the U.K. Birla High School, Kolkata (India) Warm Up for the Games Competition
THE The UK is a developed country and has the worlds seventh-largest UNITED economy by nominal GDP. It was the worlds firstKINGDOM industrialised country and the worlds foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power with leading economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence. It is a recognised nuclear weapons state and its military expenditure ranks fourth in the world.
THE U.K. Apart from the English, the Irish, the Scottish and the Welsh, the CULTURE U.K. today is home to many other ethnic groups like the Indians,People, Religion Pakistanis, Carribeans, Black and Languages Africans and Bangladeshis. A wide range of religions are practised freely in the UK, although public holidays in England are based around the Christian religion. Though majority of the people speak English, over 300 lanuages are spoken all over the U.K. including many South-Asian languages.
THE U.K. May Day Celebrations: Maypole Dancing CULTURE • Origin: the Roman festival of Flora, goddess of fruit and Festivals flowers • Celebrate the coming of summer after a long winter • A time for love and romance Christmas Boxing Day New Years’ Day Easter Monday
THE U.K. Cricket: England’s national sport The England and Wales cricket team represents England and SPORTS Wales. Since 1 January 1997 it has been governed by the England and Wales Cricket Board. Soccer: Most popular sport Association football is a very popular sport in England, where the first modern set of rules for the code were established in 1863.The ECB’s Soccer Rugby Logo This sport used to be played by the rich upper class only Tennis Polo Brought to Britain from India in the 19th Century by army officers
THE U.K. Beijing 2008 saw the best performance by a British team in 100 years as they finished fourth. SPORTS Total 47 medals: Outstanding Gold -19, Silver -13, Bronze -15Performance at Beijing Cycling hit the top of the British medal table Olympics 2008 with 8 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. Chris Hoy secured a hat-trick of gold medals becoming the first Briton in 100 years to win 3 golds at the same Olympics. Rebecca Adlington put swimming in the spotlight with two gold medals. The British rowing team bought home two gold medals, as well as two silver and two bronze. Great Britain won the Olympic title in the coxless fours for the 3rd consecutive Games.
LONDONThe City of A leading global city, with Dreams strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. One of the worlds leading financial centre. It has the fifth-largest city GDP in the world and the largest in Europe.
LONDON Londons 43 universities form the largest concentration ofThe City of higher education in Europe. Dreams It has the third most international visitors in the world. London Heathrow is the worlds busiest airport by number of international passengers. In 2012 London will become the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three times.
LONDON Roads and motorways are primary domestic transport routes. There areTransport some 225,000 miles of roads in Britain. Cars, vans and taxis are the most common modes of transport. Motorcycling is popular, both as a means of transport & as a pastime. Buses that might be single-decker or double-decker are widely used. The Tube or the internationally famous London underground railway system . • covers the largest area of any underground rail system • connects all mainline stations of central and greater London with 253 miles of tracks