Great British Houses: Hardwick Hall – Everything You Need to Know about this Elizabethan Marvel

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There are many grand and architecturally significant houses in England. However, there is one in particular that stands out from the rest. Hardwick Hall, which is located in Derbyshire, is the former home of Elizabeth Shrewsbury, also known as Bess … [Read more...]

Brit History Long Read: The Last of the Brudenells – Everything You Need to Know About Lord Cardigan and the Charge of the Light Brigade

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On October 16th, 1793, James Thomas Brudenell was born in Hambleden, Buckinghamshire to George Brudenell, 6th Earl of Cardigan and Penelope Cooke. The only son among seven sisters, James grew up pampered and spoiled. He stood to inherit the Brudenell … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Blenheim Palace – Everything You Need to Know about the Birthplace of Winston Churchill

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The only non-royal country house in England to be titled as a palace is Blenheim Palace. This large estate is located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England and is the current residence of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. As one of the largest houses … [Read more...]

New Weekly Series: Great British Houses – Everything You Need to Know about Chatsworth House in Derbyshire

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The are many grand and remarkable houses in England that have been a part of British history for years. They are a must-see in any tourist itinerary or for those who wish to get away from the normal bustle of their daily life. Located along the … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Britain 101 – Understanding How the British Write Dates, Weeks and Measure Things Differently from an Expat

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As a Briton happily marooned in Minnesota, land of 10,000 wind-swept ice-bound lakes, my mind often turns to the minutiae of the differences between the United Kingdom and the United States. We all know that I say ‘tomatoh’, and you say ‘tomayto’, … [Read more...]

Guest Feature: Caledoniatopia – Our Intrepid Writer Goes on A Spontaneous Day Trip to Glasgow

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Next week over 1,000,000 people will flood Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It's a proud moment for this city that has been through cycles of boom and bust for hundreds of years, sinking into squalor and scraping its way up again. Today it's … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Brit Food – 10 Delicious British Dishes Every Anglophile Should Know About – What’s Your Favorite?

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British food has been accused of being boring and bland but dedicated Anglophiles know better. This article is a list of 10 British dishes every Anglophile should know about. Whether it’s their interesting story, their plain deliciousness, their … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Top 10 Most Swoon-worthy Scenes from British Films and TV Shows – Which One is Your Favorite?

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In our fast-paced, often violent and sometimes cynical world, we should remember that LOVE makes the world go ‘round.  Take a moment and you’ll see that love is everywhere, from the cute couple walking down the street holding hands, to the … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Top Ten Things to do in Newcastle and the North East England from a Local

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When I first told my friends that I was moving away from the town I grew up in, just North of London,  to live in Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England, the looks of horror and comments along the lines of "Do they even have electricity there?" … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: A Journey To the Top 10 Favorite English Cathedrals – Which is Your Favorite?

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The United Kingdom is a country with great beauties, both natural and man-made. Among the man-made ones, you can certainly include its cathedrals. When you look at the map, you’ll find them scattered everywhere, so it’s rather difficult to choose ten … [Read more...]

Do You Know Your GCSE’s from your Primary School? An Anglophile’s Guide to the British Education System

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As a native Brit (albeit one who travels to the US regularly) I often get frustrated when I read American articles which describe children according to which grade they are in. It seems standard to say, “a promising ninth-grader” or “a third grade … [Read more...]