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Chapter 5 Powerpoint 080508 Asp Of Britain[1]

Chapter 5 Powerpoint 080508 Asp Of Britain[1]



chapter 5 from Britain by James 'O Driscoll

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    Chapter 5 Powerpoint 080508 Asp Of Britain[1] Chapter 5 Powerpoint 080508 Asp Of Britain[1] Presentation Transcript

    • Traditions, culture etc.
    • 1. Tourist brochures claim that Britain is a ‘land of tradition’. Where is that idea still based on and can you give examples?
      • Claim is based on what can be seen in public life and on centuries of political continuity
      • Examples: annual ceremony of the state opening of Parliament (follows customs which are centuries old)
      • Military ceremony of ‘trooping the colour’
      • Changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace
    • 2. In the 1930s a popular comic character first appeared in a children’s comic book. Who is he and what does he stand for? Bonus: Do you know the name of the comic book?
      • He was called Lord Snooty. He is a young English aristocrat around the age of ten. He loves to sneak out of his castle to play with the local children.
        • He stood for the enthusiasm young British children have for characters from earlier times.
        • Bonus: The comic is called Beano
    • 3. British do not like to have the same habits every single day. However, they’re not kean on change and a modern way of living. Why is that and can you give some examples ?
      • They have a general sentimental attachment to older, supposedly safer, times.
      • They like symbols of tradition and stability.
      • Not being like everyone else is a good reason not to change.
      • Examples: - It is not considered smart to live in a new house. There is prestige in living in an old one.
      • -The Christmas cards usually depict scenes from past centuries.
      • -They like their pubs to look old.
      • -They were reluctant to change their system of currency
    • 4. What are the main differences between the British systems of measurement and the measurement systems of Central Europe ?
      • Kilometres > miles
      • Metres > yards
      • Centimetres > inches
      • Grams > ounces
      • Kilograms > pounds
      • Litres > pints
      • Celsius > fahrenheit
      • When buying petrol this is expressed in gallons
      • Britain has an imperial system whilst Central Europe has a metric system
    • 5. In the book the writer speaks of ‘allotments’. What exactly are these ‘allotments’?
      • People who do not have a garden of their own can rent a piece of land. Each local authority owns several areas of land which it rents very cheaply to these people in small parcels. There they grow mainly vegetables.
    • 6. What is the aim of The National Trust?
      • Their aim is to preserve as much of Britain’s coutryside and as many of its historic buildings as possible by acquiring them ‘for the nation’
    • 7. Between the 1950s and 1970s 29 ‘Carry on’ films were made. Belonging to British comedy history they always worked with the same formula. What was this formula?
      • They would use a well-known situation or place (hospital, army etc) peopled with absurd characters whose dialogue consists of almost nothing but puns relating to sex or toilets.