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CIVILISATION : Le ROYAUME-UNI

The UNITED KINGDOM

(Updated on 19/03/2013)

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A

Activities
About the United Kingdom
ACCOMODATION
Anthems

April Fool's Day

B


Battle of Trafalgar

Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes)
Boxing Day

 

C

Cars
Cartoons
(Monarchy)
Changing the Guard
Channel Tunnel
Christmas
CLOTHES
Coats of arms
Cockney
COMMUNITIES

D

Death penalty
DEVON

Dickens and Victorian Times
Dictionaries

DIFFERENCES GB/US

Directory (Schools)

E

Easter
ELECTIONS
Epiphany
ETHNIC GROUPS
Exercises (Monarchy)

F

Facts (Schools)
Facts and History
(Monarchy)
Falkland Islands
Famous couples
Festivals and Holidays
Flags
Food

G

Games (Interactive -)
Games (Monarchy)
Games (School -)

Government
Guy Fawkes (Bonfire Night)

H

HISTORY of the UNITED KINGDOM
HOUSES
Humour

I

Information
Isle of Wight

J

K

L

Lesson plans (Civilization : UK)
Lesson plans (Monarchy)
Literature / Writers
LONDON

M

Maps (UK)
May Day
MEDALS
MONARCHY
(vocabulary and activities)

Movie clips / Videos

N

NATIONAL ANTHEMS
New Year
NORTHERN IRELAND
Notting Hill CARNIVAL

O

'Oak Apple Day'
'OLIVER TWIST : WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE FOR POOR CHILDREN'
Oxford

P

PARLIAMENT
PARLIAMENT (page)

Pentecost (Whitsun)
Perfect British gentlemen (The -)
Photos and Postcards
Pioneers and Inventors
Poems
Poems
(Civilization : UK)
POLICE
POPULATION
Pottery
Public Schools in the UK

Q

QUEEN

R

RADIO
RESOURCES
ROAD SAFETY
Royal Ascot
Royal Garden Parties
Royal Palaces
Royal towns
Rushbearing Ceremonies

S

Saint Andrew's Day
Saint David's Day
Saint George's Day
Saint Patrick's Day
Saint Swithins Day
School games
Schools
SCOTLAND
Scotland Yard
Shrove Tuesday and Lent
SONGS
STEREOTYPES
SYMBOLS
Symbols (Traditions)

T

TELEVISION
Thames Tunnel
Theatre
The Tolpuddle Procession
TITLES
Traditions (United Kingdom)
Trafalgar (Battle of-)
TRANSPORTS
Trooping the Colour

U

UNION JACK
United Kingdom (Geography)
United Kingdom (Histoire)
United Kingdom : Traditions

V

Valentine's Day
Videos / Movie clips

W

WALES
Warwick
WEBQUESTS (Scotland)
Webquests (London)
Webquests (Monarchy)
Webquests (Schools)
Webquests (United Kingdom)
Wedding
Whitsun

Writers / Literature

X

Y

Z

 

 

 

HUMOUR

SO BRITISH 1
"Six films musicaux, animés par diverses techniques, pour une initiation aux joies de la musique et à l'humour anglais ! Au programme :
L'ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE, HAMILTON L'ÉLÉPHANT MUSICIEN, LE HIBOU ET LA CHATTE, FOO FOO LE CLANDESTIN,
SNIP ET SNAP CHIENS MODÈLES et BUTTERFLY BALL."

(sorties-cinema.20minutes.fr)


 

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SONGS :

Thou Shalt Always Kill by Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip :

  • Muse - Uprising
    "Another promise, another scene,
    Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed,
    And all the green belts wrapped around our minds...
    They will not force us,
    They will stop degrading us,
    They will not control us,
    We will be victorious"

    (lyricsmode.com)
    + the VIDEO (YouTube) - UPDATED

    Muse - interview video - The Resistance - UPDATED
    "D'un constat amer sur la société daujourdhui, flippée, paranoïaque et dépressive, le groupe décrit dans cette interview-vidéo son envie de résistance."

    (YouTube)

 

  • Thou Shalt Always Kill [subtitled]
    (YouTube)





  • "Thou Shalt Always Kill"
    "is a 2007 song by Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip...
    The song comprises an electronic dance beat with the vocals taking the form of a satirical rant at aspects of modern British culture.
    The pivotal message is to "think for yourselves" rather than to follow current trends or get caught up in hype.
    The artists claim that the title, and final line of the song, refer to 'killing' in the sense of performing excellently."

    (Wikipedia)


  • Interview: SCROOBIUS PIP
    "What’s behind the name Scroobius Pip?
    Its taken from an Edward Lear poem of the same name..."

    (siouxwire-annex.blogspot.com)

 

  • The Scroobious Pip by Edward Lear (1830-1888) - UPDATED
    "Then all the beasts that walk on the ground
    Danced in a circle round and round-
    And all the birds that fly in the air
    Flew round and round in a circle there,
    And all the fish in the Jellybolee
    Swum in a circle about the sea,
    And all the insects that creep or go
    Buzzed in a circle to and fro.
    And they roared and sang and whistled and cried
    Till the noise was heard from side to side-
    Chippetty tip! Chippetty tip!
    It’s only name is the Scroobious Pip."

    (scroobiouspip.com)


     

    - UPDATED

     

    - UPDATED

 

 

THE PERFECT BRITISH GENTLEMEN



(Clockwise from top left) Prince William Duke of Cambridge, footballer David Beckham,
London Mayor Boris Johnson and actor Colin Firth

 

 

 

 

FALKLAND ISLANDS :

 

 

 


 

BLASONS / HERALDRY :

  • International Civic Heraldry - (ngw.nl)
    information on most Civic Heraldry
    in England and Wales / Scotland / the Channel Islands / the Isle of Man.

 

 

 

 

 

CHANGING THE GUARD :

  • Changing the Guard - Text + Video
    "Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.

    (royal.gov.uk)

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DIFFERENCES GB / US

 

 

 

 



DRAPEAUX / FLAGS

Interactive exercises

 


Related pages :

UNION JACK

 

 

INTERACTIVE exercises :

 

 

 

 

 

ROYAL TOWNS

The royal towns - 5 October 2011
"Wootton Bassett joins an elite band of towns given Royal status."

(telegraph.co.uk)


List of place names with royal patronage in the United Kingdom
The list "includes both those granted a royal title or status by express wish of a specific monarch,
and those with prefixes or suffixes such as "King's" or "Regis" that relate to historic ownership of the area by the Crown."

(Wikipedia)

 

 


 

ELECTIONS

General elections -
Lesson plans
- Webquests - Cartoons

 

 

General elections :

 

  • General Elections
    "A UK Parliament has a maximum duration of five years.
    At the end of the five year or before, a general election must take place so new members of parliament can be elected by the people."

    - What is a General Election?
    - How often do General Elections take place?
    - When was the last General Election?
    - Who can become an MP?
    - How does an MP get a seat in Parliament?
    - Did you know? (in the USA)

    (woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk)

  • General election
    "One Member of Parliament (MP) is elected from each of the UK's parliamentary constituencies. There will be 650 of these in the next election."
    (CBBC)

  • General elections : Timing / Post-election / Previous results
    (Wikipedia)

 

Lesson plans :

  • UK election - a lesson plan (english-4u.com) SITE PAYANT
    Language function: expressing promises, discussing issues
    Vocabulary area: politics; elections
    Grammar focus: first conditional sentences
    - with
    Teacher's Notes

 

Webquests :

 

Cartoons :


Hung parliament
(jeffreyhill.typepad.com)

See Hung parliament

 


Election Cartoon: Phew! Now What?
INTERPRETATION
+ VOCABULARY
+ MORE ELECTION CARTOONS

(jeffreyhill.typepad.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

LOGEMENT / ACCOMODATION

 


Related pages :

Hotel (vocabulary and activities)

 


  • Guide to renting accommodation in the UK (ukstudentlife) :
    Vocabulary - Types of accommodation - Choosing a location - Costs of renting - Finding accommodation - Checking the property - Tenancy agreement - Change of address - Resolving problems - Council tax...

 

 

 

 

 



 

MAISONS / HOUSES

 


Related pages :

House and Garden (vocabulary and activities)

 

 

 

 


 

MEDAILLES / MEDALS

 


Related pages :

Medals in the USA

 


 

 

 


 

NOURRITURE / FOOD

 


Related pages :

Food (civilization)
Food and Drinks (vocabulary)
Food (US)

 


  • Junk food banned in school meals (BBC)
    "School dinners in England will be free from chocolate, crisps, fizzy drinks
    and "low-quality" meat from the autumn, the government has announced."



  • The junk food smugglers (BBC)
    "The drive to promote healthy eating in schools is giving rise to an unexpected black market in junk food
    among children who are refusing to change their eating habits."

  • What life is like here in England - Listening Lesson (carolinebrownlisteninglessons.com)
    "We all have an image of other nationalities and for the British it is very traditional with London and pubs.
    Are British people as traditional as we all think? What do they do for lunch on Sunday?
    Find out by doing these four exercises..."

 

 

 

 

  • British pubs and drinks (UK Student Life) :
    Beer - Other alcoholic drinks - Soft drinks - Bar food - Typical expressions - Pub etiquette - Pub names

 

 

 


PEINE DE MORT / DEATH PENALTY

History and Facts - For and Against

 


Related pages :

Death Penalty + Death Penalty (US) + Death

 

 

History and Facts :

  • Capital punishment in the United Kingdom (Wikipedia)
    1 Origins in English Law
    2 Reform
    3 Abolition
    3.1 Murder 3.2 Last executions 3.3 Last death sentences 3.4 Final abolition 3.5 Isle of Man 3.6 Channel Islands
    4 Notable executions
    5 See also
    6 References
    7 External links

 

For and Against :

 

 

 



POLICE

Information - Cliparts - Interactive activities

 


Related pages :

UK RIOTS

Police (History) - Police (vocabulary and activities) - Scotland Yard - Jack the Ripper

Police (US)

 

 

Information :

  • Why British police don’t have guns - 19 September 2012
    "The deaths of two female police constables have brought into focus the unarmed status of most British police.
    Why does Britain hold firm against issuing guns to officers on the beat?"

    + View from a bobby
    + International models
    + Police use of firearms 2010-11
    + View from Louisiana
    + Documents

    (BBC)

  • It's all in a day's police work
    "Police in Greater Manchester have completed a 24-hour experiment to record every incident they deal with on Twitter.
    They hope it will give the public a better idea of the demands made upon them.
    So what does it reveal about the realities of policing one of the UK's biggest cities?"

    (BBC)

 

  • Personal Safety Advice for Young People
    "The Metropolitan Police Service prides itself on delivering effective crime prevention advice for all of London's communities.
    This part of the site specifically targets the youth of London, delivering useful guidance on crime prevention and how to stay safe.
    The site also offers advice such as what to do if your mobile phone is stolen or if you are being bullied."

    (met.police.uk)

 

  • Police to focus on violent crimes
    "Police in England and Wales are to have targets on minor offences relaxed to allow them to focus on combating violent crime, it is understood... Schoolchildren may have to pass through metal detectors"

    (BBC)

 

  • Call to scrap 'anti-teen' device
    "A high-pitched device used to disperse teenagers is being challenged by campaigners, who say it is not a fair way to treat young people. There are estimated to be 3,500 of the devices, known as the mosquito, in use across the country. Their sound causes discomfort to young ears - but their frequency is above the normal hearing range of people over 25. The Children's Commissioner for England says they should be scrapped as they infringe the rights of young people."
    (BBC)

 

 

  • Metropolitan Police (met.police.uk)
    Leadership - Structure - Mission and Values - Performance - Environment Strategy - Strategy and Plans -
    History :
    Time Line - Book Of Remembrance - History of Policing - Records - Badges of Rank - 'OldBill' Origins - Famous Cases -
    Branches of the Met

 

 

 

 

Cliparts :

British bobby
(gototem.com)
Policeman :
whistling

(previews.nvtech.com)

British bobby
on patrol near
Parliament buildings


Police Range Rover

 

 

INTERACTIVE activities :

  • London Prisons: "Time for Roll Call!" - interactive (funtrivia.com)
    "historical questions about the various London correctional institutions"

     

 

 


 

POPULATION

 


Related pages :

Population Day

 


  • If the UK were a village of 100 people... - Little Britain: portrait of the nation as a neighbourhood - 11 illustrations
    Example : "Of the 42 households in the village, 18 would have at least one pet.
    Between them, those households would have 38 pets (not including fish), including 13 dogs (comprising 10 pedigrees, one cross and two mongrels) and 13 cats (12 of which would be moggies, or non-pedigrees)."

    (independent.co.uk)




  • Brain of Britain - UPDATED

 

  • Changing UK - A snapshot of lifestyles and habits in modern Britain
    HOME ALONE / FLYING THE NEST / YOUNG PEOPLE: HOUSING AND CRIME / DECLINE IN MARRIAGE /
    NEW HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS
    (BBC)

 

  • Population Animation
    - "Choose the animation or the interactive timeline to find out how the population of Britain (or Ireland) has changed since earliest times."
    (BBC)

 

 

 

 

 


RADIO :

 

 

 


 

SECURITE ROUTIERE / ROAD SAFETY

 


Related pages :

Signs (civilization)
Signs (humour)
Signs (US)

Signs (vocabulary and activities)

 

 

 

 


 

TELEVISION

 


Related pages :

Television (media) - Television (vocabulary and activities)

 

 

 

 


 

TRANSPORTS

 


Related pages :

Transports (civilization)
Transports (vocabulary and activities)
American Railroads

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

UNION JACK

 


Related pages :

FLAGS

 


 

 

 

 

 

VETEMENTS / CLOTHES

 


Related pages :

Clothes (civilization) - Clothes (vocabulary and activities)


  • Clothes - British Culture : Dressing for the Occasion | National Dress (learnenglish.de)

 

 

 



 

OXFORD, in Oxfordshire : Click on the picture.


 

  • Gaol Fever (1996)
    "A weird and wonderful history of Oxford Castle and Gaol, Oxford England."
    (archive.org)

 

  • Oxford (Wikipedia)
    1 History
    2 Transport
    2.1 Main Connections to Oxford
    3 Park and Ride
    4 Tourist attractions

    4.1 Religious sites 4.2 Museums and galleries 4.2.1 University of Oxford 4.2.2 Others 4.3 University buildings 4.4 Open spaces
    5 Commercial areas 5.1 Theatres and cinemas 5.2 Public houses
    6 Media and press
    7 Literature in Oxford
    8 Notable Oxonians
    9 Music from Oxford
    10 Schools
    11 Geography
    11.1 Wards, neighbourhoods, and suburbs
    12 Politics in Oxford 12.1 Oxford City Council 12.2 Westminster representation 12.3 Alternative culture
    13 Sport
    14 Parishes
    15 Trade and business
    15.1 Brewing
    16 Twinning...
  • Oxford Guided Tour - 4 documents :
    - Teacher's Document
    - Oxford Map 1
    - Oxford Map 2
    - Oxford Map 3 : the centre

    (Marina Bureaud - Ac. Poitiers)

 

 

 



 

WARWICK, in Warwickshire


  • Warwick - Listen to the pronunciation.
    1 History 2 Education 3 Transport 4 Administration 5 Associations 6 Suburbs 7 Landmarks 8 Town twinning 9 Famous People From Warwick
    10 External links

    (Wikipedia)

 

 

 





The Channel Tunnel Click on the picture.



Related pages :

The Channel

 

     

  • Channel Tunnel shut after blaze
    "The Channel Tunnel has been closed after a fire broke out on a freight train about seven miles from Calais.
    Thirty-two people on board were led to safety, 14 of whom had suffered minor injuries, including smoke inhalation..."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • The Channel Tunnel (Wikipedia)
    "The Channel Tunnel (French: le tunnel sous la Manche), also known as Chunnel or Eurotunnel (after the company that operates it), is a 50.450 km (31.35 mi) long rail tunnel beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover, connecting Folkestone, Kent in England ... (Folkestone end of tunnel)) to Coquelles near Calais in northern France..."
    1 Historical proposals for, and attempts to start, a tunnel
    2 The work of the Channel
    2.1 Planning 2.2 Construction
    3 Description 3.1 Completion 3.2 Statistics 3.2.1 Location 3.3 Operation 3.4 Fire 3.5 Sovereignty 3.6 Asylum and Immigration
    3.7 Environmental barriers 3.8 Financial trouble 3.9 Second tunnel 3.10 Appearances in film, television and literature...
  • The Channel Tunnel - a video with the storyboard
    - "NASA Sci Files segment exploring the development, design,
    and creation of the Channel Tunnel."
    (open-video.org)

 

 

 



The Thames Tunnel


  • Thames Tunnel (Wikipedia)
    "The Thames Tunnel was the world's first underwater tunnel, built beneath the River Thames in London. 35 feet wide (11 m), 20 feet (6 m) high and 1,300 feet (396 m) long, it runs between Rotherhithe and Wapping at a depth of 75 feet (23 m) below the river's surface at high tide..."
    1 History and development 1.1 Construction 1.2 Pedestrian usage 1.3 Use as a railway tunnel 1.4 Influence
    2 Visiting...
  • The Thames Tunnel (BBC)
    " In this edition of London Life we celebrate one of the great engineering achievements of all time - the first tunnel to be built under a river anywhere in the world - the Thames Tunnel."
    - audio + script + vocabulary

 

 

 

 

DEVON :

 

 

  • A Swashbuckling World Record Attempt
    "The date: Sunday 3rd May, the place: Brixham Harbour in Devon.
    And the event? An attempt to beat the current World Record for the biggest number of pirates gathering in one place...
    To be counted for the record, every pirate had to wear a pirate hat or bandana, eye patch, sword, pirate shirt or blouse, waistcoat, pirate trousers (no jeans), skirt or dress. Pirates also had to stay within Brixham harbour for at least 15 minutes...
    There were pirates singing sea shanties, juggling pirates, sword fighting pirates and pirates on stilts."

    (egl-magazine.co.uk)