Знаете ли вы, что в прошлом Лондон назывался Лондиниум (или Лондониум), Лунденбург и Лунденвик? А каждые 45 км акцент в Англии существенно меняется?
Some Interesting Facts about the UK
- London has four UNESCO world heritage sites: Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace which includes Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church as well as Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
- A third of all the UK’s archives are in London, including the National Archives which dates back to the 11th century and preserves William the Conqueror’s Domesday survey.
- In the UK you are never more than 70 miles (113km) from the sea.
- Placing a stamp bearing the King or Queen’s image upside-down is considered as treason.
- The UK is the only country not required to name itself on its postage stamps.
- London was over the past called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Lundenburg.
- In 1647, Christmas was abolished by the English Parliament.
- England was part of the shortest war in history, they fought Zanzibar in 1896 who surrendered after 38 minutes.
- There are over 30,000 people with the name John Smith in England.
- The Great Fire of London destroyed large parts of the city, but the casualty rate was just eight.
- Buckingham Palace has its own police station.
- Windsor Castle is the largest royal home in the world.
- Macbeth is the most produced play ever written. On average, a performance is staged every 4 hours somewhere in the world.
- 25% of the people living in London today are born in another country.
- The English invented the world’s earliest railways.
- William the Conqueror ordered everyone to be in their beds by 8pm.
- The Queen of the UK are the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth’s land surface.
- In the UK, accents change noticeably every 25 miles (45 km).
- Nigeria has more English speakers than the UK.
- In the 16th century, a London law forbade wife beating after 9:00pm, but only because the noise disturbed people’s sleep.
- The UK and Portugal hold the longest standing alliance in the world. It was ratified in 1386 and is still in force.
- The British Empire at its height was larger than Africa and was even comparable in size to the Moon.
- The King of Norway is 73rd in line to the British throne.
See more: http://www.studyin-uk.com/study-guide/30-facts-about-uk/