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Ireland Attractions/Fun Facts
Scotland's major attractions/Currency/Education
The United Kingdom, also called the U.K., consists of a group of islands off the northwest coast of Europe. It is a unique country made up of four nations: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. England, Wales, and Scotland also make up Great Britain.
Greetings from England. England is the largest of the islands in the Great Britain. The English people enjoy sports and music. They make many products that support the economy. Its past has been long, influenced by the different cultures. Today, England is a strong country that is improving the lives of people.
Hello from Ireland! Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle because of it's beautiful, green countryside. Ireland's earliest settlers arrived in the 7,000 B.C. from the northern side. The Irish also has a high rich literacy and artistic heritage. Folk songs,dances and traditional storytelling help preserve Ireland way of life.
Some of the major attractions are:Aran Islands(are a group of three islands),Belfast,Blarney Castle,Burren and many more.
Hello from Scotland! Scotland people are called Scots. They both speak English and Scottish. The government and people are both working to make the country better.
"Scottish attractions have seen tourism at all time high due to the number of famous sights that keep visitors flocking back time and again". Sights like Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Science Center and the Falkirk Wheel hold something of interest for everyone. Things to do in Scotland would obviously have to include a visit to Edinburgh Castle.The currency in Scotland is not different from the rest of the United Kingdom in that it is also consists of British Pounds (£), although Scottish banks print their own versions.Scotland has a long history of education.
About 5,000 years from now ancient people lived in England. In 840, vikings had that power. Then in 1066, the Normans gave England a king which was called William the Conqueror. After he died a series of kings and queens ruled England for hundred of years. England's kings and queen greatly affected the country. Under king Edward 1, England parliament began,King Henry Vll created a new church called the church of England and Queen Elizabeth 1, England began building colonies in the new world.
England's food are as varied as its people. Asian dishes and spicy indian curries now join traditional dishes such as fish and chips. People in the afternoon enjoy tea,tarts,scones,jams,jellies. Visiting Pubs is a popular activity in England. While visiting a pub with friends or neighbor they often have snacks and drinks.Soccer, which is very popular in England also they enjoy tennis. Two famous sports are invented in England are called Cricket and Rugby which is similar to American football.
Many England holidays are called Banks holidays.Whcih include: New Year Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day,Guy Fawkes Day, Christmas Day and Boxing day. May day is celebrated on May 1. It marks the arrival of spring, a May day queen is chosen to oversee each town's celebration. People listen to music and dance. On Nov 5, Guy Fawkes day is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. People pack gifts for the poor on Boxing Day.
The following are just some of England’s most popular attractions:
British Airways London Eye
• The Tower of London (one of the most visited sites in England)
• Big Ben
• The Houses of Parliament
• Kew Gardens
• Chester Zoo
• The Palace of Westminster
• Canterbury Cathedral
• Madame Tussauds
• St Paul’s Cathedral
• The British Museum
• Westminster Abbey
• Windsor Castle
• London Zoo
• Stonehenge (Wiltshire)
• Chatsworth House
• Buckingham Palace
• The Roman Baths (Bath)
Ireland's earliest settlers arrived in about 7,000 B.C. They traveled form the northern Great Britain. The Celts, who arrived in the 300s B.C., were the main group. The Normans invaded Ireland in 1169. Over the next 700 years, England ruled Ireland. In 1801, the british and Irish parliaments passes the Act of Union, which made Ireland a part of UK. During the time the population grew rapidly, they all depended all potatoes for food from 1845 to 1848.
Ireland Sports/ Celebrations
The most famous sports are the traditional games of Gaelic football and hurling. Soccer, golf and horse racing are also popular. There are about 30 racetracks and races happen throughout the year.Irish people celebrate Easter,Epiphany, and All saint days. March 17 is Ireland national holiday. Folk songs, dances, and traditional storytelling are featured at festivals which Ireland's way of life is .
Scots are credited with developing the modern game of golf. Scots, enjoy golf but the most popular sport is soccer which they all call football. Many Scottish athletes participate each year in the Highland Games. Events include caber tossing, racing,dancing, and bag piping. A caber tree truck that is 20 feet and 6 meters long and weights 145 pounds.Participants compete top see who can throw the caber farthest. Bagpipes are important part of Scottish culture as well as literature.
Scotland introduction to History
They enjoy lamp and the famous Aberdeen-Angus beef. Kippers and salmon are the most popular sea-food. Much cod in eaten in form of chips and fish. Kippers is a common breakfast. A traditional food served on speacial occasions called Haggis. It is made out of heart,liver, and lungs of a calf or a sheep. Theses organs are mixed with onions, oats, and seasonings. The entire mixture is boiled in a pouch made from a sheep's stomach.
St. Andrew's Night on November 30 is a national holiday celebrated with quiet dinners with family and friends.Hogmanay is the name of Scotland's New year's celebration on January 1 and 2. With parades, street theaters and firework(biggest celebration in the world). also celebrate May Day ,Christmas Day, Spring and Summer day.Scotland has a long history of universal public education.Its education system is different from other parts of the United Kingdom."Scotland's teachers are part of an 'all graduate' profession with the General Teaching Council for Scotland regulating professional standards".
In England, Christianity remains the most practiced religion today,but there are still many more:Islam,Judaism(Judaism first made its appearance in England in about 1066 CE ),Hinduism,Sikhism(In search of jobs, Sikhs migrated from India to England during the 1950’s),Buddhism,and The Bahá'í Faith(This religion started in 1845 and has grown considerably over the past years.
The pound sterling, commonly known simply as the pound, is the official currency of the United Kingdom.
•England is the most populated country in the United Kingdom. The other countries that make up the United Kingdom are Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
•England is bordered by Wales to the west and Scotland to the north.
•The population of England in 2011 was around 53 million.
The average summer temperature in England only reaches about 60 degrees.
The overall climate in England is called temperate maritime. This means that it is mild with temperatures not much lower than 0ºC in winter and not much higher than 32ºC in summer. "It also means that it is damp and is subject to frequent changes".
Almost everyone when asked about Irish food mentions two things – Irish Stew and Corned Beef with Cabbage.Most traditional Irish foods use simple, basic and cheap ingredients.Many have been given a modern twist by a new generation of chefs.Education for children in Ireland is from the ages of six to 16 or until students have completed three years of second-level education.
The Irish education system is made up of primary, second, third-level and further education.
Hello from Wales Today whale's cities provide a variety of jobs. Many Welsh people work in service industries.Wales has a long, proud history, it's people maintain its own culture. The Wales are trying to keep its language and tradition alive.
Farmers and herdsman were the first residents of Wales; they came from the Western Europe. The Romans came in 55 B.C. and introduced Christianity. There were many kings that were there in late B.C. The Welsh economy improved in the late 1800s but suffered a depression in 1920s and 1930s. Now they are working on to maintain culture for future generations.
Ireland’s religion is made up of 93 percent Roman Catholic, 3 percent Anglican Church, and 4 percent of various other beliefs. The Catholic Church has played an important role in Ireland cultural and political history. The Catholic faith has shaped the values of the people and of the laws of the land.
The Welsh play many sports. People in Wales commonly play rugby,soccer,cricket, and baseball.Welsh people also enjoy many outdoor sports such as hiking,climbing, and sailing. Welsh culture also include the arts. Literature has been a part of the Welsh.The triple harp is the Wales national instrument, it has a strong identity. They continue to take pride in their country and culture.
United kingdom imports/exports
They begin the year with New Year's Day, on January 1.On March 1,the Welsh celebrate St.David's Day,the patron saint of Wales(usually wear traditional clothing).In Spring, Easter is celebrated and in July its the International Music Festival.The Royal National Eisteddfod(ay-STETH-vawd) is most important celebrated in August.It features music,poetry,drama, and arts. In fall.People attend the Swansea Festival of Music.Wales and England use the same currency, the British pound
The Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland have the same government: is a Constitutional Monarchy. The U.K. is governed by the monarch and the parliament. It is made up of the House of Commons and House of Lords.They elect 40 member's for the House of the Commons.
Laverbread - It's basically boiled seaweed.Laverbread is often served rolled with fine Welsh oatmeal into little cakes and fried into crisp patties with eggs, bacon and cockles for a traditional Welsh breakfast. Bara Brith a rich cake, Welsh Rarebit a melted cheese on toast,Cawl a rich stew made with bacon,scraps of Welsh lamb and vegetables and Welsh Cakes, also known as Griddle Scones.There are plenty of things that you can do in Wales. Some of the most famous attractions are Millennium Stadium,Cardiff Castle, Oak wood Theme Park and National Museum and much much more. It never gets too cold and too hot. It is hot in the summer like 28 degrees and goes up to 32. Sometimes it gets below zero in winter.
Main Canadian exports to United Kingdom; sectors, products and services. The United Kingdom is Canada's fourth largest trading partner and third largest destination for exports with $7.6 billion worth exported in 2004. Exports to the UK have been growing with natural resources still the largest export , Top five primary exports to the UK include precious stones and metals, electrical machinery and components, machinery, nickel/nickel products and aircraft. Canada's main Exports to the United Kingdom are gold,diamonds,uranium,nickels,wheat,petroleum oils and metals.United Kingdom imports mostly manufactured products (83 percent of total imports) and raw metals and fuels (12 percent of total imports). The most important manufactured products are Computer, Electronic and Optical Products (11 percent); Transports Equipment (14 percent); Chemical Products; Food and Beverages; Chemical products; Apparel, Textiles and Leather; Basics Metals and Refined Petroleum Products. U.K. main import partners are China (8 percent), United States (7 percent), Norway (6 percent) and European Union countries with Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy and Ireland being the most important.
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