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What’s a Full English Breakfast – and Where Did the Tradition Come From?

If you’ve ever been to England, you may have noticed something unusual on the menu: the “Full English Breakfast”. If it’s your first time in England, you may not be familiar with the term.  Does it refer to a multi-course breakfast? A breakfast that consists of every single British breakfast food? Not really. So what …

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The Curse of the Purple Dehli Sapphire in the Natural History Museum in London

  The UK has had its fair share of cursed gems, but one of the most intriguing is the Dehli Purple Sapphire. This rather unremarkable stone was mis-identified as a sapphire back in the 19th century, and though it’s actually an amethyst, the name stuck.  Though amethyst has long been believed to have positive spiritual …

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Visit the Ghost of Guy Fawkes in York, England

Most of us have at least a passing familiarity with the name Guy Fawkes, and at some point you’ve probably heard someone say, “Remember, remember, the 5th of November!” Fewer people (outside of the UK, anyway) know much more than that about the history of Guy Fawkes – or his ghost, said to haunt the …

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23 Strange & Quirky British Festivals

Maybe it’s all the rainy days, or maybe it’s the fact that the UK is a nation of islanders, but they really do know how to make life interesting. The United Kingdom is home to some of the world’s quirkiest festivals, and each year you’ll find hundreds, even thousands of excited Brits chasing cheese down …

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