Category: British Events

In Autumn in England, kids like to play a game called “Conkers”. A conker is another name for “horse chestnut”. In Britain we have to be careful when picking wild chestnuts to eat, because the very similar-looking horse chestnut is …

Conkers Read More »

Cricket is a mysterious game for most of the world. Here is a 1:30 explanation by the BBC:

November the 5th is known as Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night. A bonfire is a large fire in an open space that is made as a centrepiece for an event. Guy Fawkes was a member of a Catholic rebellion …

Guy Fawkes Night Read More »

“Nothing Travels As Fast As Bad News” is a very direct meaning – that bad news spreads very quickly from person to person, much more quickly than any other news, relating to gossip and rumours. Example: A: I have some …

Idiom: Nothing Travels As Fast As Bad News Read More »

“Nothing Travels As Fast As Bad News” is a very direct meaning – that bad news spreads very quickly from person to person, much more quickly than any other news, relating to gossip and rumours. Example: A: I have some …

Idiom: Nothing Travels As Fast As Bad News Read More »

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. Of course, Japan also has a summer solstice, but because the UK is much further north, the UK summer solstice is much longer, with sunrise around 4:30am, and sunset around …

Summer Solstice/Stonehenge Read More »

One of London’s biggest annual events is Trooping The Colour.  ‘Colour’ refers to the different flags representing different regiments of the British military. Since 1748 this event has been held on the Monarch’s ‘Official Birthday’, the second Saturday of June, …

Trooping The Colour Read More »