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What on Earth? UNITED KINGDOM 2
Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde  (HMS  Neptune ) is located on the eastern shore of Gare Loch. It is the headquarter...
The statue of the  Duke of Wellington  stands outside the Gallery of Modern Art and some years ago, a cone appeared on Wel...
Grace Darling  was born in 1815 at Bamburgh, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper. In 1838, Grace, looking from an upstairs...
Drax  is a large coal-fired power station, the last to be built in Britain, located near Selby in North Yorkshire. The pla...
30 St Mary Axe,  popularly known as  The Gherkin , is a 180 m high building which was completed in 2004 in London's main f...
Desperate Dan  is a character in the comic  The Dandy.  Dundee is known for jam, jute and journalism and the publishing fi...
Beamish,  is an  open air museum  located in the town of Stanley. It tries to show what life was like in a typical norther...
The  SIS Building , also commonly known as the  MI6 Building , is the headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Serv...
Derry City lies on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. and has always had a majority national...
Bruichladdich  is one of seven distilleries on the island of Islay. It was built in 1881 but closed in 1994 although it re...
The  Spinnaker Tower  is a 170 m high tower which is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour. The tower...
Godiva  was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gai...
Gretna Green  is a small Scottish village close to the border with England. Its main claim to fame are the Blacksmith's Sh...
Gravelly Hill Interchange , better known as  Spaghetti Junction , is junction 6 of the M6 motorway where it meets the A38(...
The Headington Shark  is a sculpture in Headington, Oxford, depicting a shark embedded head-first in the roof of the house...
The  Royal Pavilion  is a former royal residence, built in the early 19th century as a seaside retreat for the then Prince...
The  Secret Nuclear Bunker  at Kelvedon Hatch is a large underground bunker used during the cold war as a Regional Governm...
Staffa  (Old Norse for pillar island) is an island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and Butel about 10 km west of the Isle ...
The  Thames Barrier  is a flood control structure on the River Thames, completed in 1984. The gates are normally left open...
McCaig's Tower  is a prominent folly on the hillside overlooking Oban. It was built by the wealthy banker, John Stuart McC...
02  Faslane HMNB 03  Glasgow Statue of Wellington 04  Bamburgh Grace Darling memorial 05  Selby Drax Power Station 06  Lon...
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  1. 1. What on Earth? UNITED KINGDOM 2
  2. 2. Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde (HMS Neptune ) is located on the eastern shore of Gare Loch. It is the headquarters of the Royal Navy in Scotland and is best known as the home of the United Kingdom's Trident submarine force. Faslane Peace Camp is a permanent peace camp sited alongside the base since 1982. HM NAVAL BASE CLYDE, FASLANE, ARGYLL and BUTE
  3. 3. The statue of the Duke of Wellington stands outside the Gallery of Modern Art and some years ago, a cone appeared on Wellington’s head. Although it was removed, it kept re-appearing and eventually it has become a recognised landmark The end result is that Wellington (and sometimes his horse too) can be seen sporting traffic cones! STATUE of WELLINGTON, GLASGOW
  4. 4. Grace Darling was born in 1815 at Bamburgh, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper. In 1838, Grace, looking from an upstairs window of the Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands, spotted the ship, Forfarshire , which had run aground. Knowing that the weather was too rough for the lifeboat to put out from the shore, Grace and her father took a rowing boat and rescued nine survivors, She died in 1842 and a memorial in Bamburgh commemorates her life. GRACE DARLING MEMORIAL, BAMBURGH, NORTHUMBERLAND
  5. 5. Drax is a large coal-fired power station, the last to be built in Britain, located near Selby in North Yorkshire. The plant has six 660 MW generating units, and is the largest single electricity generator in the UK, producing around 7% of total demand, and the second largest coal-fired plant in Europe. In 2005 Drax produced 21 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, more than that produced by 100 small unindustrialised nations. However, it is still the cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power station in the UK. DRAX POWER STATION, SELBY, NORTH YORKSHIRE
  6. 6. 30 St Mary Axe, popularly known as The Gherkin , is a 180 m high building which was completed in 2004 in London's main financial district, the City of London. The primary occupant of the building is Swiss Re, a multinational insurance company, who originally owned the building but sold it for £630 million in 2007. 30 St MARY AXE, LONDON
  7. 7. Desperate Dan is a character in the comic The Dandy. Dundee is known for jam, jute and journalism and the publishing firm DC Thomson & Co was founded in the city in 1905 and remains the largest employer after the health and leisure industries. The firm publishes a variety of newspapers, magazines and comics including the Dandy. DESPERATE DAN, DUNDEE
  8. 8. Beamish, is an open air museum located in the town of Stanley. It tries to show what life was like in a typical northern town in the early 20th century - much of the restoration is specific to 1913. Aside from the main town, however, there is also a coal mine and a manor house and a railway which are based on 1825. Transport is provided by period trams and buses BEAMISH, THE NORTH OF ENGLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUM, STANLEY, COUNTY DURHAM
  9. 9. The SIS Building , also commonly known as the MI6 Building , is the headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service. It is located on the bank of the River Thames beside Vauxhall Bridge. It has been commented that it is ironic for such a secretive organisation to occupy one of the most high-profile and distinctive buildings in London. SIS BUILDING, LONDON
  10. 10. Derry City lies on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. and has always had a majority nationalist population. In 1969 after a number of violent incidents barricades were set up in the Bogside area to keep out the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the British Army and the slogan " You are now entering Free Derry " was painted on the corner of Columbs Street. BOGSIDE MURALS, DERRY
  11. 11. Bruichladdich is one of seven distilleries on the island of Islay. It was built in 1881 but closed in 1994 although it reopened 6 years later. It is the only distillery on Islay that bottles its whisky on site and it uses malt that is produced from barley grown on the island. BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY, ISLAY
  12. 12. The Spinnaker Tower is a 170 m high tower which is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour. The tower reflects Portsmouth's maritime history by being modeled after a sail. After several years of delays and a massive budget overspend, it was officially opened in 2005 and has drawn a significant number of additional tourists to the Gunwharf Quays development and the nearby Historic Dockyard site. SPINNAKER TOWER, PORTSMOUTH, HAMPSHIRE
  13. 13. Godiva was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive toll imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name "peeping Tom" for a voyeur comes from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom watched her ride and was stricken blind. LADY GODIVA STATUE, COVENTRY, WEST MIDLANDS
  14. 14. Gretna Green is a small Scottish village close to the border with England. Its main claim to fame are the Blacksmith's Shops, where many runaway marriages were performed, beginning in 1753, as a result of differences in marriage laws between Scotland and England. Today, Gretna Green remains one of the most popular wedding venues in the world, and thousands of couples are married 'over the anvil‘. GRETNA GREEN, DUMFRIES and GALLOWAY
  15. 15. Gravelly Hill Interchange , better known as Spaghetti Junction , is junction 6 of the M6 motorway where it meets the A38(M) Aston Expressway in Birmingham. Its name was coined in the 70s when a newspaper editor realised that an aerial picture of the complex system of intertwined loops and ramps reminded him of a plate of spaghetti. The junction serves 18 routes and opened in 1972. GRAVELLY HILL INTERCHANGE ON THE M6, BIRMINGHAM
  16. 16. The Headington Shark is a sculpture in Headington, Oxford, depicting a shark embedded head-first in the roof of the house. It first appeared in 1986. HEADINGTON SHARK, OXFORD, OXFORDSHIRE
  17. 17. The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence, built in the early 19th century as a seaside retreat for the then Prince Regent (later King George IV). It is built in a style of architecture that was popular in India at the time. The building was sold to Brighton in 1845 and is open to visitors and is used for banqueting and weddings. ROYAL PAVILION, BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX
  18. 18. The Secret Nuclear Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch is a large underground bunker used during the cold war as a Regional Government Headquarters. It was the most important of all the UK's nuclear bunkers, because the Prime Minister and his (or her) cabinet were intended to be housed there in the event of a nuclear strike. Since being decommissioned in 1992, the bunker has been open to the public as a tourist attraction with a museum focusing on its cold war history. SECRET NUCLEAR BUNKER, KELVEDON HATCH, ESSEX
  19. 19. Staffa (Old Norse for pillar island) is an island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and Butel about 10 km west of the Isle of Mull. It consists of a basement of tuff, underneath hexagonal columns of a black fine-grained basalt, overlying which is a third layer of basaltic lava lacking a crystalline structure. The island is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. STAFFA, ARGYLL and BUTE
  20. 20. The Thames Barrier is a flood control structure on the River Thames, completed in 1984. The gates are normally left open to allow ships to pass through, but can be closed to stop water travelling up the Thames estuary. Before 1990, the number of barrier closures was one to two per year on average. Since 1990, the number of barrier closures has increased to an average of about four per year. THAMES BARRIER, LONDON
  21. 21. McCaig's Tower is a prominent folly on the hillside overlooking Oban. It was built by the wealthy banker, John Stuart McCaig, between 1895 and his death in 1902. His intention was to provide a lasting monument to his family, and provide work for the local stonemasons, but it was never completed. The empty shell dominates the Oban skyline, and is now a public garden with magnificent views over the coast. McCAIG’S TOWER, OBAN, ARGYLL and BUTE
  22. 22. 02 Faslane HMNB 03 Glasgow Statue of Wellington 04 Bamburgh Grace Darling memorial 05 Selby Drax Power Station 06 London The Gherkin 07 Dundee Desperate Dan 08 Stanley Beamish 09 London SIS Building 10 Derry Bogside Murals 11 Islay Bruichladdich Distillery 12 Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower 13 Coventry Lady Godiva 14 Gretna Green 15 Birmingham Spaghetti Junction 16 Oxford Headington Shark 17 Brighton Royal Pavilion 18 Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker 19 Staffa 20 London Thames Barrier 21 Oban McCaig’s Tower

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