July 2019: Day 2

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So you think you know all about the UK, eh? Well courtesy of expatica.com here are 10 facts you might not have known!


1 - Located in the south of England and one of the UK's most famous tourist attractions – Stonehenge was believed to be created in around 3000BC, meaning it's older than Egypt's pyramids.

2 - You might equate English food with Fish and Chips, a lazy roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon or a Steak and Kidney pie, but UK residents actually once voted Chicken Tikka Masala as the country's national dish

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2 - You might equate English food with Fish and Chips, a lazy roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon or a Steak and Kidney pie, but UK residents actually once voted Chicken Tikka Masala as the country's national dish.

2 - You might equate English food with Fish and Chips, a lazy roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon or a Steak and Kidney pie, but UK residents actually once voted Chicken Tikka Masala as the country's national dish

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3 - Road signs in Wales tend to be written in both Welsh and English, but some of the more complicated spellings might still flummox you when you're in Wales. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllllandysiliogogogoch is one of the longest town names in the world – but don't worry – most people choose to shorten it to the more manageable Llanfairpwll.

 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllllandysiliogogogoch is one of the longest town names in the world – but don't worry – most people choose to shorten it to the more manageable Llanfairpwll

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4 - While England might be more commonly known for football, cricket and rugby, you'll also find more left-field sports here, too. Indeed, once a year, competitors compete in a cheese rolling competition, where they chase a 9lb block of Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill.

 Indeed, once a year, competitors compete in a cheese rolling competition, where they chase a 9lb block of Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill

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5 - The United Kingdom was the first country to use postage stamps. The first stamp was known as the Penny Black and was issued in May 1840. It's not as cheap to send a letter as it once was, however – the price of a first-class stamp is now 65p, or a second class stamp is available for 56p.

 It's not as cheap to send a letter as it once was, however – the price of a first-class stamp is now 65p, or a second class stamp is available for 56p

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6 - In the grounds of the Tower of London, there must always be at least six ravens at any one time. This is due to an ancient decree put in place by King Charles II. It's said that if this rule is broken, the monarchy will fall.

 It's said that if this rule is broken, the monarchy will fall

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7 - Golf was invented in St. Andrews in the 15th century. In 1457, it was famously banned by King James II because it was interrupting archery practice. Scotland still boasts the finest 'links' courses in the world.

8 - The world-renowned Wimbledon Tennis Championships takes place each summer in South West London

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8 - The world-renowned Wimbledon Tennis Championships takes place each summer in South West London. Over the course of the two-week event, over 27 tonnes of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream are consumed as part of the event's famous dish.

9 - From older 'red-brick' universities in major cities to specialist colleges that have taken on university status in recent years, there are now well over 100 universities across the country

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9 - From older 'red-brick' universities in major cities to specialist colleges that have taken on university status in recent years, there are now well over 100 universities across the country. There was once, however, only two. Oxford and Cambridge remain the UK's most famous educational establishments, and until 1832, they were the only ones.

 Oxford and Cambridge remain the UK's most famous educational establishments, and until 1832, they were the only ones

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10 - The UK has four surviving Celtic languages that are still officially recognised in the modern day. These are Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Welsh and Breton.

 These are Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Welsh and Breton

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