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40 facts about Britain
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1. In Britain, pigs are not castrated, so it is better not to buy pork and order it in restaurants, but if you smell and taste urine of boar in meat is normal, then you can. The British love bacon for breakfast and in the morning a specific stench is heard from the food. Once I tried to talk with the managers of supermarkets, I thought maybe there was some kind of identification system on the packs, but they didn’t even understand what I was talking about and why to castrate pigs. But a lot of halal meat, I was surprised that none of the green and other eco-animal lovers almost did not protest against, because the slaughter of animals according to Muslim traditions is very tough.
2. In England, there is almost no national cuisine, or rather, it seems to be there, but it is rather primitive and frankly tasteless. Probably the worst in Europe. I will write about English cuisine
3. In England, the highest level of obesity in Europe
4. The British really drink a lot of tea, a cup of tea is such a ritual in the culture of communication, and a panacea for all ills.It's a paradox, but a good weight tea in large supermarkets is rare, it should be ordered in special stores. Everyone drinks packaged.
5. School uniform is required for all students. In most state schools it is the same, but private schools adhere to different
6. Public school is actually a private school, and free is a state school. Students call all students, both schoolchildren and university students. The word pupil in the sense of "schoolboy" is practically not used. The word school can mean a university, such as law school or medical school.
7. For absenteeism of school children, their parents may be subject to criminal liability.
8. Children go to school from the age of five and compulsory education lasts up to 16. For admission to the university, one must also study an additional one or two years.
9. Corporal punishment in state schools was abolished only in 1987. In private schools - in 1999. In Scotland and Ireland and that later.
10. Private elite school is actually a bursa boarding school. Very tough institution.
11. In London, there is no more rainfall than in Moscow, or even less. And the fogs are rare here. However, it may rain suddenly, but usually does not last long. Rain all day - quite rare. If the weather forecast promises rain, then it will always go from one to two days or from 5 to 7 pm, just at that time,when it's lunchtime, or you have to go home from work. The law of meanness works constantly
12. In England, it rarely snows in winter. If one centimeter of snow fell, then this is the whole event. The cities get up, the transport does not work, the planes do not fly, everyone runs to sculpt shabby snowmen and ride the slides on inflatable mattresses. Public utilities do not hold snow-removing equipment, it seems to be cheaper every year to suffer multi-million losses than to keep equipment .... what will they do if the Germans attack
13. English hardened since childhood. It is not customary to wrap up children from head to toe and it is not at all customary to dress according to the season. The climate is mild enough, but because of the humidity, the zero temperature in winter seems like everything is minus 10 in Russia. In winter, you can see people wearing only T-shirts or ballet shoes on bare feet. Heating saves everything, so you want it or not, but tempered like steel since childhood.
14. Animals British love. You will not find stray cats and dogs on the streets. This issue has long been decided. And all because
15. The Society for the Protection of Animals against Cruelty was established in England in 1824 and has the status of a royal one. Tellingly, the society for the protection of children was founded only 60 years later and has the status of national, which is no longer so prestigious.
sixteen.But at the same time, traditional fox hunting is still taking place in England. Englishmen love their traditions more than animals
17. Although you may encounter stray animals, especially at night, these will be ill-fated foxes. Even in central London you can see them very often. Flashed with a green eye and shnir in the bushes. Sometimes they jump right out from under the wheels of a bicycle in the late dark evening, from such a suddenness and Kondraty grab a short time. They live in parks, of which there are a huge number in London. Often climb into homes and can be quite dangerous. At night, the foxes emit very specific cries, as if they are cutting the baby.
18. From home pests there are bugs and mice. No cockroaches, and no mosquitoes. You can also easily run into a false black widow. This is such a spider, can be dangerous and poisonous if it bites.
19. Proteins are found in the parks in large quantities, they are almost all tame. Squirrels are all gray and pretty plump, I would even say muscular. Once there were also red squirrels, but the gray ones killed them, now the red squirrels are protected by the state. There are swans, many different interesting birds. By the way, all Thames swans are legally the property of the queen.
20.In the parks, you can often see benches with nameplates installed in memory of a deceased relative or friend.
21. In London’s Richmond Park, deer are found, they can be observed quite freely. The video of the terrible confusion for the Englishman, when his pet named Fenton put the owner in an awkward position and drove the herd of deer to the roadway, the owner has no choice but to desperately call upon the Lord. I would probably only scream mats
22. Speaking of mate. In England, you can often hear the mat on television, it does not always zapikayvayut, well, the mat in English is not enough, derivatives from fuck are not so strong anymore, there is one word that still zapikayvayut, it is cunt. Eminent politicians can sometimes incline each other to the tail and to the mane, and newspapers will retell for a week which mother sent someone to whom
23. You can watch TV at home only by paying a tax of about 10 pounds per month. Special services may come and check you have a TV license. The tax goes into the pocket of the BBC. Due to it, there is less advertising on television than in Russia, for example.
24. In Britain, the class of society is strong.Classiness is not always determined by money, but is determined by origin and education. For example, Victoria Beckham is considered an upstart, although she really wants to be mistaken for a strong upper middle class. The American concept of "self-made man" is not particularly respected here. I will write more about classiness next time, because without an understanding of classiness it is impossible, for example, to talk about different types of pronunciation, manners, mentality and so on.
25. In Britain, a huge number of regional accents, dialects and adverbs. Accents may differ within the boundaries of a single city, and even county even more so. English in the former colonies is sometimes very different from British English and not only in pronunciation.
26. The British feel a little guilty that almost everyone knows English, and the English themselves in foreign languages are not strong. Therefore, they always praise the English foreigner. Many Russians immediately begin to swagger, they say the British themselves noticed that I speak almost without an accent. It has little to do with reality. This is just a polite compliment to an alien's ability to link words into sentences. In fact, I almost did not meet Russians who had moved in adulthood, who have excellent pronunciation ... although not, Berezovsky’s first wife has a great pronon
27.The Scots, the Welsh and the Irish are very proud of their roots and nationality. Do not even think of calling an Irish or Scotsman an Englishman or even a British man - they will be terribly offended.
28. In Britain, there is no concept of provinciality in the Russian sense of the word. It is not considered cool to be a native Londoner or a native Edinburgh. Historically all know lived on estates. Those who had to work lived in big cities, the need to work was always despised by the English nobility. But if you grew up in your house with a lot of land, then this is yes - this is a class. Certain regions, for example the north of England, are considered to be provincial here, historically they consider the Irish to be rustic, because the British essentially organized a mass genocide of Irish people, so a certain snobbish attitude towards them was created, which is still alive today. Provincials consider newcomers to whine
29. Britain has no constitution.
30. Big Ben is actually the name of a bell, not a clock.
31. The concept of a courtyard is not here, because in urban development there is no urban courtyard in the Russian sense, urban planning is planned differently. There is a concept of estate or neighborhood, i.e. district.
32.In English cities, everything is very compact, the streets and sidewalks are narrow, houses and apartments are rather small. There are for example standard houses with 4 rooms of only 56 square meters. I call these apartments and houses a mitten.
33. All land is private. The concept of "throwing a kebab on the nature" is not, because nature is all private. There are certain places for camping, for which you have to pay, and places for barbecue and picnics.
34. In Britain, there is no registration, but without a bank account and card, there is almost nothing you can do, much less live legally. The place of residence is determined by invoices that are paid through a bank account. All accounts are proof that you have lived here and may be needed for different bureaucratic needs. Therefore, a resident of Britain has a mass of waste paper from paper bills for communal bills, payroll payslip and the like, I already have two heavy folders.
35. If Moscow never sleeps, then London sleeps and how, I would say, it’s right to sleep. Pubs work until 11, on weekends with a maximum of up to 2. Round-the-clock restaurants are not mentioned, as there are no round-the-clock coffee houses.There are only fast food eateries that are open at night on weekends, the so-called take-away, where people are knocking on fuel after power consuming after club parties. In the city center at the weekend just a mountain of garbage
36. By the way, chips in English are french fries, not chips, but crisps are just chips in sachets.
37. In broad daylight in various places in London, you can see how people smoke weed, and if you don’t see, feel keenly. This few people care or care. In fact, there is a huge amount of quiet herbal addicts.
38. Some believe that the British are completely music lovers and certainly not any cheap pop music. The percentage of music lovers here is the same as in Russia, and lovers of pop music here are the sea
39. The working class in Russia loves to rest in Turkey and Egypt, and the working class of England loves Spain and Eastern Europe very much. The British "Tagil" there rests sometimes cooler than ours in Egypt.
40. The British constantly say sorry-sorry-thanks, please, even if they are not guilty. An Englishman will apologize if you inadvertently step on his leg. Do not flatter yourself and think that it is sincere. English politeness is a very interesting topic and I will write more about it later.In fact, the Englishman will say sorry and the table, if inadvertently touches him, these words are more likely an interjection than a sincere apology.