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Old August 14th, 2005, 09:11 PM   #421
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Traditions

The annual Cheese-rolling in Brockworth has been taking place for hundreds of years and is certainly the most peculiar sight you will ever witness.

100s run donw the steepest hill in the town after a roll of cheese...first one to the cheese at the bottom keeps it.




Bognor Birdman Competition

The Birdman is a flight competition for human powered flying machines held each summer in the picturesque seaside resort of Bognor Regis on England’s south coast.



http://www.ashtonlamont.co.uk/brits-.../gallery700px/
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Old August 18th, 2005, 01:32 PM   #422
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Oxford

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford

Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). It is home to the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

It is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of the university buildings. The Oxford suburb of Cowley has a long history of carmaking, and still produces Minis.

Oxford is twinned with Bonn in Germany, Grenoble in France, León in Nicaragua, Leiden in the Netherlands, and Perm in Russia. All of these are university towns.



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Old August 18th, 2005, 01:55 PM   #423
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is oxford a world heritage site?
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Old August 18th, 2005, 01:57 PM   #424
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This is one of the nicest smallest cities I have ever visited and not just in the UK. Theres so much about them, that its hard to believe we ignore them and just think about the big uns like London, Birmingham and Manchester, the UK without this place would have gone off in a completely different direction, one which would've deceased us as a nation - Both King John and Prince Arthur are buried in the Worcesters famous cathedral, saved from demolition by Henry VIII due to its history with royality. Shakespere and his wife married in the city, Edward Elgar composed land of hope and glory (what many Englishman would recognise at the real national anthem) and Henry VIII own wife was from the area. JR Tolkien wrote words within the city and strolled the Hills of Malvern ontop of the Worcestershire beacon (an ex volcanic range and tallest summits could be classified as a mountain) when writing other LOTR books.

Worcester - "The Faithful City"

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worcester
Ranked 333rd for area and 238th for popualtion with just over 90,000 inhabitants.



History
The site of Worcester was first used by the Roman Empire in the 1st century, linking Gloucester to Wroxeter. In AD 407 the village was thought to have been abandoned, only to be resurrected as a settlement in the mid 7th century by the Saxons, giving it the name of "Weogoran cester".

The town was almost destroyed in 1041 after a rebellion against the punitive taxation of Harthacanute. The town was attacked several times in the civil war (in 1139, 1150 and 1151) between King Stephen and Empress Matilda, daughter of Henry I.

By late medieval times the population had grown to around 10,000 as the manufacture of cloth started to become a large local industry. The town was designated a county corporate, giving it autonomy from local government.

Worcester was the site of the Battle of Worcester (September 3, 1651), in which Charles II's attempt to retake the country from Cromwell and the Parliamentarians was decisively defeated, in the fields a little to the west and south of the city, near the village of Powick. After being defeated, Charles returned to his headquarters in what is now known as King Charles house in the Cornmarket, before fleeing in disguise to Boscobel House in Shropshire and his eventual escape to France.
Worcester was one of the cities loyal to the King in that war, for which it was given the epithet "The Faithful City".

During the 18th century Worcester's trade languished compared to more modern towns of the West Midlands. The Worcester and Birmingham canal opened in 1815 allowing Worcester goods to be transported to a larger conurbation.

Industry and commerce
Industry is now quite varied; in the 19th and early twentieth century, Worcester was a major centre for glove manufacture, but this has declined greatly. Still located in the city are the Worcester porcelain factory (near the cathedral), and, somewhat out of the centre, the factory that makes Worcester's most famous product, Worcestershire sauce. Worcester is the home of what is claimed to be the oldest daily newspaper in the world, Berrow's Worcester Journal, which traces its descent from a newsheet that started publication in 1690.

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is oxford a world heritage site?
It is
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Old August 18th, 2005, 02:07 PM   #426
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I dont think it is actually.

England
Blenheim Palace
Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church
City of Bath
Derwent Valley Mills
Jurassic Coast (the Dorset and East Devon Coast)
Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral (Palace Green)
Frontiers of the Roman Empire (shared with the Germany)
Ironbridge Gorge
Kew Gardens
Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City
Maritime Greenwich
Saltaire
Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
Studley Royal Park including the ruins of Fountains Abbey
Tower of London
Westminster Abbey, Palace of Westminster and Saint Margaret's Church
Wales
Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Harlech, Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy (Gwynedd)
Scotland
Skara Brae Orkney


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Old August 18th, 2005, 02:10 PM   #427
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you forgot St Kilda on that list

and isn't edinburgh castle and edinburgh new town one as well.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 02:17 PM   #428
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I copied and pasted that of wikipedia...but missed a bit off the bottom

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New Lanark
Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
Saint Kilda
Northern Ireland
Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
Overseas Territories
Gough and Inaccessible Islands (Wildlife Reserve located in the South Atlantic Ocean)
Henderson Island (part of the Pitcairn island group in the South Pacific Ocean)
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maybe that could be the next part of this thread, UK World Heritage Sites.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 02:37 PM   #430
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Blenheim Place
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Old August 19th, 2005, 09:57 PM   #431
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Having visited York for the first time last Tuesday...I was present in the most beautiful city i have been to.
I can't remember seeing one unattractive building.
There were lots of churches and buildings of interest tucked away in little side streets and also on the main ones...which was very strange...but true, Lol.
So i would definately nominate it as a town to represent the best of Britain.
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Wow.... Nice car with UK flag on it.
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You got to that page fast.

I would love a mini with the British flag on the roof.

Italian Job style.
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Old August 20th, 2005, 01:56 AM   #434
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World Heritage sites continued...

Canterbury Cathedral


Bath


Derwent valley mills


Jurassic Coast
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Old August 21st, 2005, 09:12 PM   #435
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salford's being considered becoming a world heritage site
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So are Ancoats and Castlefield. We could end up with three of the blasted things blighting development in Manchester.
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You could say...
Im trying to teach the world what britain actually is about...

Its not a damp cold old boring place where people travel everywhere by umbrella and drink tea 24/7
by god, it is not. i love britain, i wish i'd live there instead of old, boring, stinking germany
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Went to Cornwall for a few days over the weekend, everywhere you look there's stunning scenery. Here's a few photos I took.









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World Heritage Site, Sontehenge and Avebury





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Very nice shot Sikario....anymore?
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