Chapter 5 Powerpoint 080508 Asp Of Britain[1]


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Chapter 5 Powerpoint 080508 Asp Of Britain[1]

  1. 1. Traditions, culture etc.
  2. 2. 1. Tourist brochures claim that Britain is a ‘land of tradition’. Where is that idea still based on and can you give examples? <ul><li>Claim is based on what can be seen in public life and on centuries of political continuity </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: annual ceremony of the state opening of Parliament (follows customs which are centuries old) </li></ul><ul><li>Military ceremony of ‘trooping the colour’ </li></ul><ul><li>Changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace </li></ul>
  3. 3. 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? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He stood for the enthusiasm young British children have for characters from earlier times. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bonus: The comic is called Beano </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 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 ? <ul><li>They have a general sentimental attachment to older, supposedly safer, times. </li></ul><ul><li>They like symbols of tradition and stability. </li></ul><ul><li>Not being like everyone else is a good reason not to change. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: - It is not considered smart to live in a new house. There is prestige in living in an old one. </li></ul><ul><li>-The Christmas cards usually depict scenes from past centuries. </li></ul><ul><li>-They like their pubs to look old. </li></ul><ul><li>-They were reluctant to change their system of currency </li></ul>
  5. 5. 4. What are the main differences between the British systems of measurement and the measurement systems of Central Europe ? <ul><li>Kilometres > miles </li></ul><ul><li>Metres > yards </li></ul><ul><li>Centimetres > inches </li></ul><ul><li>Grams > ounces </li></ul><ul><li>Kilograms > pounds </li></ul><ul><li>Litres > pints </li></ul><ul><li>Celsius > fahrenheit </li></ul><ul><li>When buying petrol this is expressed in gallons </li></ul><ul><li>Britain has an imperial system whilst Central Europe has a metric system </li></ul>
  6. 6. 5. In the book the writer speaks of ‘allotments’. What exactly are these ‘allotments’? <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 6. What is the aim of The National Trust? <ul><li>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’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. 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? <ul><li>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. </li></ul>