And British poverty
They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold to the tannery…….if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot……they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” & were the lowest of the low
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their
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A trading and tourist hub
Big Ben and the houses of parliament
With a population of eight million, London is the seat of the British parliament and a major centre for modern culture and capitalism. If you have ever played the board game of monopoly, you will be familiar with many of the place names.
London is a great destination with many places of interest including Buckingham Palace, the museums, Tower of London, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Barnsbury Park and Westminster Abbey.
Mid summer (July and August) is the best time to visit as the weather is generally warm and settled, however accommodation can be scarce and prices higher. The popular attractions are often crowded with long lines
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The Walled City
St Erasmus Chapel
The huge stone wall around this small city was built by the Romans back in the day. It was to keep the English and Irish out, but as we can see, they didn’t succeed for too long. With over 2000 years of history, the city has a lot to offer the interested historian. The walk around the city on top of the wall is interesting and definitely a different kind of wander, with this wall being the most complete city wall in England. The Roman amphitheatre, on the way to the river, was thought to be one of the largest outside of Rome in its heyday.
The county of Cheshire has just over
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Cornwall is not England!
Penzance street scene
By Jessica Lloyd
Back in ye days of olde, Cornwall was its own entity run by its own kingdom, much like Wales or Scotland. In fact, there are records that show Cornwall existed before England did, in an official capacity. The first Queen Elizabeth was known to have accepted Cornwall as its own place, but somewhere along the line with no official warning or in fact, any official anything Cornwall just ‘became’ part of England.
This is thought to have occurred when a map drawn up by the English didn’t separate Cornwall. Any Cornish person will argue until the cows come home that Cornwall is not England. And they are quite correct,
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An empire in decline but a sweet land
Just across the English Channel from France, the countries; England, Scotland and Wales are referred to as Great Britain, the United Kingdom or the UK for short.
The UK was the dominant cultural, industrial and maritime power of the 19th century. At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth’s surface and today is still a leading trading power and financial center. It’s people are undecided about committing to joining the European Union and it’s leaders are engaged in the fight against terrorism. Despite the recent sabotage of the London rail and busses, do not be deterred from visiting this great country.
In the UK, you will find a
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