Tag: UK

The World’s Friendliest Cities 2015

“Rough Guides”- that company who makes travel guides- have just released their annual list of “The World’s Friendliest Cities”. The top 4 are in English-speaking countries. Coincidence? Here are the top 5: 1) Glasgow, Scotland 2) Dublin, Ireland 3) Montreal, Canada 4) Liverpool, England 5) Tokyo Japan To see the rest of the list click here. How friendly is your city? Let us...

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3 Scary Things the New UK Government is Doing

The Conservative party won the general election last week with an absolute majority. This means that they have more seats in the parliament than all of the other parties, and have a lot of power to do what they want. Here are three things that the Conservatives have promised to do. They are very controversial and make me personally worried for the future of my country. 1) They want to scrap the Human Rights Act. (to scrap= to get rid of, throw away, cancel) The Human Rights Act ensures that people’s rights are protected in law. These rights include...

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Riots in London After Election Results

The Conservative party won the UK General Election on Thursday. They now have a majority in the parliament. Although the elections were democratic, and there was no cheating, there have been riots in London today. Many people are not happy that the Conservatives won. Over 100 people gathered in London and 17 people were arrested. The protesters do not contest that the Conservatives won. But they are angry about it. Many British people feel that the election system in the UK is not  very fair. The UK uses the “first-past-the-post” system. This means that every seat in the parliament...

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Why was the British Princess Called Charlotte?

Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Saturday 2nd May. The name of the princess was revealed on Monday: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana The Queen and other senior royals, including Prince Harry, William’s younger brother, were told the name before it was revealed to the media. But Why Charlotte? Charlotte is the feminine version of Charles, the name of her paternal grandfather and two previous kings of England. It was also the name of the wife of king George III’s wife who was the monarch in the early 18th century. On Charlotte’s mother’s side of the family Charlotte is also significant.  It is the middle name of Pippa Middleton, Charlotte’s aunt and Kate Middleton’s younger sister. Charlotte was the 23rd most popular girl’s name in the UK last year. Royal historian Hugo Vickers believes that the name Charlotte was chosen because they liked the name, rather than historical significance. He says “We historians can always find someone called Charlotte, but I think basically they just liked the name.” The other two names are more obvious; Elizabeth after the Queen, Charlotte’s great-grandmother, and Diana after Princess Diana, Prince William’s mother, who died in a car crash in 1997 Activities: 1) Using the information in this article draw a family tree with the following people on it: William, Kate, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Dianna, Pippa, Harry, Charles....

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The 5 Biggest Problems in the UK

The General Election is coming soon and the UK is getting ready to vote. Here is a list of the main topics of political debate here: 1) Health The UK runs a public health service called the NHS (National Health Service). This means that anybody who needs medical attention receives it for free. It is funded by taxes. The NHS is a big concern for many voters because; The UK population is increasing and people are also living longer. This means that there is a strain on services; there are more people needing medical care and not enough doctors...

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