Amazing and Extraordinary Facts about Great Britain by Stephen Halliday

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"Amazing & striking proof approximately nice Britain" reveals the hidden legends, legislation, landscapes, discoveries, adventures and destinations that experience formed Britain's compelling, and every now and then, tumultuous previous. discover how Britain was once shaped - its geology and weather, the quirky characters and occasions of its historical past and the beginning of British associations, reminiscent of public colleges, fish and chips and riding at the left hand part. short, obtainable and enjoyable items on a wide selection of topics makes it the ideal e-book to dip in to. the fantastic and remarkable proof sequence provides fascinating, amazing and little-known proof and tales a couple of wide variety of themes that are bound to tell, take up and entertain in equivalent degree.

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Led by George MacLeod (1895–1991) it re-established the traditions of Celtic Christianity and remains a thriving Christian community. Linenopolis to Metropolis Belfast’s Titanic shipbuilding feats Belfast was so dominant in the Irish linen industry that at the beginning of the 20th century it was briefly the largest city in Ireland. It has a proud engineering heritage and is still home to Harland and Wolff, once the biggest shipyard in the world, which in 1912 launched the ill-fated Titanic. It was also the builder of other famous British ships such as the cruiser HMS Belfast, now moored on the Thames opposite the Tower of London, and P&O’s Canberra liner.

The city also has the largest clock faces in Britain on the Royal Liver Building, one of the three graces on the waterfront, the others being the Port of Liverpool Building and the Cunard Building, elegant examples of early 20th century architecture when Liverpool was at the height of its prosperity and second only to London as the world’s greatest port. LIVERPOOL PRONOUNCED ‘MOUNTAIN CITY’: ITALIAN OPERA – SCOUSE STYLE The Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) was a great admirer of Britain but he sometimes allowed his imagination to get the better of his judgement.

But English has been enriched by absorbing words from many other languages. The words ‘bungalow’, ‘khaki’ and ‘jodhpur’ were adopted from Hindi; ‘barbecue’, ‘bonanza’ and ‘cockroach’ from Spanish; ‘ketchup’, ‘China’ and ‘silk’ derive from Chinese words; ‘anorak’ is an Inuit word; ‘candy’ is taken from Arabic and its main ingredient ‘sugar’ is taken from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. ‘Bistro’, surprisingly, is Russian; ‘vampire’ was originally Serbo-Croat; even the mysterious Basque language has given us the word ‘bizarre’.

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