British Studies

British Studies

 

Q. Although similar in climate and language the United Kingdom is a region with many geographical and cultural differences.  Discuss in 600 words.  Remember to pose a question for the next participant.

3 thoughts on “British Studies”

  1. Author: Przemysław Dzienisiewicz, Class IIIC

    1.United Kingdom country

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK, Great Britain or Britain) is a sovereign state located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe. It is an island country, spanning an archipelago including Great Britain, the northeastern part of Ireland, and many small islands.
    Wales is located on the Irish Sea in the south-western part of the island of Great Britain.
    Scotland is located on northern part of the island of Great Britain.
    Northern Ireland is located on the island of Ireland to the west of Wales.
    England covers the southern and central part of the United Kingdom.
    United Kingdom is surrounded by:
    -Atlantic Ocean
    -North Sea
    -English Channel
    -Irish sea
    Britain is a constitutional monarchy, which means that the head of state is the monarch. Since 1952 it is the Queen Elizabeth II.
    The basis of government is a parliamentary democracy, so the power of the monarch is limited.
    The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and unitary state consisting of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
    It is governed by a parliamentary system with its seat of government in London, the capital, but with three devolved national administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, the capitals of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland respectively.

    2. UK Geography and Climate

    The landscape of central and southern England dominate the lowlands. Contrast with them areas of Scotland, Wales and northern England are mountainous.
    The main mountain ranges of the UK are:
    -Cambrian Mountains
    -Caledonian Mountains
    -Grempiany

    The climate in the UK is extremely oceanic, it means that the winters are mild, and the summers are cool. A characteristic feature of this climate are abundant rainfall.
    They have an impact:
    -air mass reaching from the Atlantic
    -warm North Atlantic current flowing around the north western coast of Britain

    As a result of contact between the warm current with the cold current and damp air from Iceland and the arctic regions are formed strong winds and heavy rain.
    In the mountains are heavy snowfall, although in Northern Ireland snowfalls are small.
    The climate of Wales is characterized by cool summers and mild winters.
    In southern England winters tend to be cold, but the summers are warmest of the whole island.
    The highest temperature noted in England was 38.5 ° C in Brogdale, Kent August 10, 2003.

    3. Population and demography

    The population of the UK is over 63 million.
    In London, live more than 8 million people.
    London is the biggest financial center of the world.
    Natural growth is 0.58 ‰.
    Life expectancy is 78 years.
    Although the birth rate is low, the number of inhabitants is growing. It is through a positive balance of migration. To the UK migrate mainly residents of former colonies of the country.
    Ethnic groups: English (70.5%), Scots (9.7%), Urdu (Pakistani) (5.3%), Ireland (2.7%), Welsh (1.9%), Cornish people (0, 8%), Chinese (0.6%), Bengalis (0.5%), Gujarati (0.5%), Germany (0.45%), Jews (0.45%), Americans (0.4% ), Italy (0.35%) and the remaining 5.8%

    The attractive places: Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire. Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England.

    And other attractive places:
    -National Gallery of Scotland
    -Tower Bridge in London
    -Buckingham Palace
    -Big Ben
    -Parliament building in London
    -Oxford, Church Memorial Garden
    -Loch Ness
    -Salisbury Cathedral
    -Hadrian’s wall
    -Windsor Castle
    -The parliament building in Belfast
    -Oxford University
    -Ashmolean Museum – Museum of Art and Archeology – Britain’s Oldest Public Museum
    -The Royal Albert Hall
    -Royal Opera House
    -ROYAL PAVILION
    -Palace of Westminster
    -St. Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast

    Is the climate in the UK would be convenient for you? Why not/yes?

    Author: Przemysław Dzienisiewicz, Class IIIC

  2. Author: Przemysław Dzienisiewicz, Class IIIC

    1.United Kingdom country

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK, Great Britain or Britain) is a sovereign state located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe. It is an island country, spanning an archipelago including Great Britain, the northeastern part of Ireland, and many small islands.
    Wales is located on the Irish Sea in the south-western part of the island of Great Britain.
    Scotland is located on northern part of the island of Great Britain.
    Northern Ireland is located on the island of Ireland to the west of Wales.
    England covers the southern and central part of the United Kingdom.
    United Kingdom is surrounded by:
    -Atlantic Ocean
    -North Sea
    -English Channel
    -Irish sea

    Britain is a constitutional monarchy, which means that the head of state is the monarch. Since 1952 it is the Queen Elizabeth II.
    The basis of government is a parliamentary democracy, so the power of the monarch is limited.
    The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and unitary state consisting of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
    It is governed by a parliamentary system with its seat of government in London, the capital, but with three devolved national administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, the capitals of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland respectively.

    2. UK Geography and Climate

    The landscape of central and southern England dominate the lowlands. Contrast with them areas of Scotland, Wales and northern England are mountainous.
    The main mountain ranges of the UK are:
    -Cambrian Mountains
    -Caledonian Mountains
    -Grempiany

    The climate in the UK is extremely oceanic, it means that the winters are mild, and the summers are cool. A characteristic feature of this climate are abundant rainfall.
    They have an impact:
    -air mass reaching from the Atlantic
    -warm North Atlantic current flowing around the north western coast of Britain

    As a result of contact between the warm current with the cold current and damp air from Iceland and the arctic regions are formed strong winds and heavy rain.
    In the mountains are heavy snowfall, although in Northern Ireland snowfalls are small.
    The climate of Wales is characterized by cool summers and mild winters.
    In southern England winters tend to be cold, but the summers are warmest of the whole island.
    The highest temperature noted in England was 38.5 ° C in Brogdale, Kent August 10, 2003.

    3. Population and demography

    The population of the UK is over 63 million.
    In London, live more than 8 million people.
    London is the biggest financial center of the world.
    Natural growth is 0.58 ‰.
    Life expectancy is 78 years.
    Although the birth rate is low, the number of inhabitants is growing. It is through a positive balance of migration. To the UK migrate mainly residents of former colonies of the country.
    Ethnic groups: English (70.5%), Scots (9.7%), Urdu (Pakistani) (5.3%), Ireland (2.7%), Welsh (1.9%), Cornish people (0, 8%), Chinese (0.6%), Bengalis (0.5%), Gujarati (0.5%), Germany (0.45%), Jews (0.45%), Americans (0.4% ), Italy (0.35%) and the remaining 5.8%

    The attractive places: Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire. Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England.

    And other attractive places:
    -National Gallery of Scotland
    -Tower Bridge in London
    -Buckingham Palace
    -Big Ben
    -Parliament building in London
    -Oxford, Church Memorial Garden
    -Loch Ness
    -Salisbury Cathedral
    -Hadrian’s wall
    -Windsor Castle
    -The parliament building in Belfast
    -Oxford University
    -Ashmolean Museum – Museum of Art and Archeology – Britain’s Oldest Public Museum
    -The Royal Albert Hall
    -Royal Opera House
    -Palace of Westminster
    -St. Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast

    Is the climate in the UK would be convenient for you? Why not/yes?

    Author: Przemysław Dzienisiewicz, Class IIIC

  3. 1. Wales and England

    Geographically England includes the central and southern two-thirds of the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by two other countries of the United Kingdom—to the north by Scotland and to the west by Wale. England is connected with France by the Channel Tunnel near Folkestone. The Pennines, known as the “backbone of England”, are the oldest range of mountains in the country. The English Lowlands are to the south of the Pennines, consisting of green rolling hills, including the Cotswold Hills, Chiltern Hills, North and South Downs. The climate is mild with temperatures not much lower than 0 °C in winter and not much higher than 32 °C in summer. The weather is damp relatively frequently and is changeable. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year.

    Wales is a generally mountainous country on the western side of central southern Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east and by sea in all other directions. Much of Wales’ diverse landscape is mountainous, particularly in the north and central regions. Wales lies within the north temperate zone. It has a changeable, maritime climate and is one of the wettest countries in Europe. At low elevations, summers tend to be warm and sunny (between 19 and 22 °C). Winters tend to be fairly wet, but rainfall is rarely excessive and the temperature usually stays above freezing.

    2. Scotland and Northern Ireland
    The Highlands and Islands lie to the north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault, which runs from Arran to Stonehaven. This part of Scotland largely comprises ancient rocks from the Cambrian and Precambrian, which were uplifted during the later Caledonian Orogeny. Scotland has over 790 islands divided into four main groups: Shetland, Orkney, and the Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides. There are numerous bodies of freshwater including Loch Lomond and Loch Ness. Some parts of the coastline consist of machair, a low lying dune pasture land. The Southern Uplands are a range of hills almost 200 kilometres (124 mi) long, interspersed with broad valleys. The climate of Scotland is temperate and oceanic, and tends to be very changeable. Rainfall varies widely across Scotland.

    The centrepiece of Northern Ireland’s geography is Lough Neagh, at 151 square miles (391 km2) the largest freshwater lake both on the island of Ireland and in the British Isles. There are substantial uplands in the Sperrin Mountains (an extension of the Caledonian mountain belt) with extensive gold deposits, granite Mourne Mountains and basalt Antrim Plateau, as well as smaller ranges in South Armagh and along the Fermanagh–Tyrone border. None of the hills are especially high, with Slieve Donard in the dramatic Mournes reaching 850 metres (2,789 ft), Northern Ireland’s highest point. Belfast’s most prominent peak is Cavehill. The whole of Northern Ireland has a temperate maritime climate, rather wetter in the west than the east, although cloud cover is persistent across the region.

    3. United Kingdom
    Colonies, protectores and other territories that was brought under the sovereinty of the crown of Great Britain and the administration of the British government. „British Commonwealth”- Today incldes former elements of the British Empire in a free association of savereign states. In 16th centaury Great Britain started its expansion, they competed with France. In 17th centaury establised settlements, after that it gained a lot of colonicity. Almost every settleman arose from the enterprise of particular companies. There was a slave trade. Colonies were self-managing enterprices.

    English stereotypes Scottish stereotypes
    -They all have charming british accent -Men always wear kilts
    -It rains everyday in Britain -Scots are almost always drunk
    -English people are rude -There are sheeps everywhere in Scotland
    -All scottish women have red hair

    Q: Which countries are bordering with England?

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