What’s a Cheese & Pickle Sandwich? An Intro to Branston Pickle…

Over on our British TV blog, one of the questions we get pretty regularly is, “What’s a cheese and pickle sandwich?” We occasionally get it here, too – often from people who’ve gone to an afternoon tea and spotted a cheese and pickle sandwich on the menu. Adding a few dill pickles to a grilled …

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What’s the Difference Between England, Scotland, Great Britain, the United Kingdom, & the British Isles?

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What’s the difference between England, Great Britain, the United Kingdom, and the British Isles? And where do Scotland and Wales fit in? Are they countries?  States? Provinces? Is a Scotman British?  It’s understandably confusing to anyone who doesn’t (a) live there, or (b) spend a fair bit of time visiting or studying the area.  What …

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What are Ready Salted Crisps? The Quirky History of “A Packet of Ready Salted”

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If you’ve travelled in the UK or watched a lot of British TV, you may have encountered “ready salted crisps” and wondered what they are, or how they got their name. Why do they bother to specify “ready salted”? Does anyone even sell unsalted crisps? Why don’t they just call them plain, or original? What …

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Understanding British Money: What’s a Quid? A Shilling?

British money has a lengthy history, so it’s not surprising that it’s evolved and changed over the years. Whether you’re watching British TV, reading British books, or just planning a trip to the UK, it’s understandable you might have questions about how it works. Even among Brits, you’ll find many don’t understand the older British …

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