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Who are the British? Do they really drink tea, eat roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and never leave home without an umbrella? Find out more about true Brits; past and present, myth and legend, fact and fiction.

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  • St Nicholas Day

    St Nicholas Day

    Have you ever wondered why people hang stockings up on Christmas Eve for Father Christmas (or Santa Claus) to fill with small gifts and goodies? Children all over the world have St Nicholas to thank for this custom...

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  • Martinmas


    St Martin's Day or Martinmas falls on November 11th and was traditionally celebrated with feasting as it also marked the end of autumn. According to folklore, if it is warm at Martinmas, then a harsh winter will follow...

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  • Bonfire Night in the 1950s and 1960s

    Bonfire Night in the 1950s and 1960s

    In 21st century Britain, Bonfire Night is usually celebrated with a trip to an organised bonfire and firework display. Not so in the 1950s and 1960s: Bonfire Night was a hands-on celebration...

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  • Halloween


    Halloween or Hallowe’en is celebrated across the world on the night of 31st October. The origins of the celebration dates back thousands of years to pagan times...

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  • Halloween in Scotland

    Halloween in Scotland

    Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet, wrote about the myths, legends and traditions associated with Halloween in Scotland in his poem 'Halloween', written in 1785...

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  • George Eliot

    George Eliot

    Mary Ann Evans, writing as George Eliot was a highly acclaimed Victorian novelist, author of 'Middlemarch', 'Silas Marner', 'Daniel Deronda' and 'The Mill on the Floss'...

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