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  • The United Kingdom consists of six countries.
  • Two of these are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.



  • The Republic of Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom.
  • England and Scotland are kingdoms.



  • Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain.
  • Wales is a principality.



  • English is spoken in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • The Channel Islands are nine islands in the English Channel.



  • Orkney and Shetland don't belong to the British Isles.
  • London is the capital of Britain - but not the capital of the U.K.



  • The English often say that they are Europeans.
  • The Irish Republic is also called Eire.



  • Northern Ireland is often called Ulster.
  • Britain is surrounded by the Channel.



  • The total population of Britain is more than fifty million.
  • Glasgow is the capital of Scotland.



  • The capital of Wales is Bristol.
  • The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh.



  • Cardiff is the capital of Wales.
  • Lough Neagh is the largest lake in the U.K. It's in Northern Ireland.



  • The Clyde and the Severn are the highest mountains in Britain.
  • The Severn is a longer river than the Clyde.



  • Snowdon is one of the highest mountains in Britain. It's in Scotland.
  • Hastings is situated in the southern part of Wales.



  • Snowdon is the highest mountain peak in Wales.
  • It's the Irish Sea that washes the coast of Yorkshire.



  • The river Shannon is in Ireland. The longest river in Britain is the Severn.
  • There are lots of lakes in Scotland. Loch Lomond is the largest of them.



  • The Channel Islands are near France. So some Channel Islanders speak French.
  • Some people in Ireland speak Gaelic.



  • The Central Lowlands is the most industrial region of Scotland.
  • Shipbuilding and sheepfarming are the most important industries in Glasgow.



  • The Southern Uplands is a farming area in Scotland on the border with England.
  • The Highlands and Islands are the most northern and most underpopulated area.



  • Scottish banknotes are the same as those used in England and Wales.
  • Scotland and England have had the same king (or queen) only for one century.



  • Most of the territory of Wales is very good for farming.
  • The mountainous area in Wales is only good for sheep-farming or pine forests.



  • There are no people in Wales who can't speak English.
  • The Welsh language is not taught in schools and colleges in Wales.



  • The total population of London is more than eight million.
  • London is also a sea-port, its docks can be found in the West End.



  • The East End is the most fashionable and most expensive quarter of London.
  • London's well-to-do live in the West End, the fashionable part of the city.



  • There are lots of fine hotels, clubs, theatres and palaces in the West End.
  • The East End is a quarter of factories and docks, and flats for workers.



  • The East End is the only part of London that wasn't destroyed during the war.
  • New blocks of flats have been built and most slums have been cleared.



  • Today no people in the East End live in poor housing conditions.
  • Charing Cross, Victoria and Paddington are well-known railway stations.



  • While Soho is typically English, Chelsea is a quarter mostly for foreigners.
  • Chelsea is a fashionable quarter of London, where lots of artists live.



  • Soho is famous for its international restaurants and night clubs.
  • Chelsea is one of the most typically English quarters of London.



  • Most of London's government offices are in Mayfair, on the bank of the Thames.
  • Westminster is a residential area for London's upper class.



  • Mayfair is mostly a residential area of London's upper class.
  • Westminster is the political centre of London with the government offices.



  • Most of the British government offices are in Whitehall, which is a street.
  • 10 Downing Street is the official residence of the Prime Minister.



  • The Houses of Parliament are in two different buildings beside each other.
  • When Parliament is sitting there is a flag flying from the Clock Tower.



  • A flag by day on Victoria Tower shows that Parliament is sitting.
  • Victoria Tower and the Clock Tower, with Big Ben, are in separate buildings.



  • A light by night in the Clock Tower shows that Parliament is sitting.
  • Poets' Corner is in Westminster Abbey, containing the tombs of famous writers.



  • Westminster Abbey has the second largest dome in the world.
  • Most of the English kings and queens are buried in Westminster Abbey.



  • The Changing of the Guard can be seen in front of Buckingham Palace.
  • St. Paul's Cathedral can be found in the Tower of London.



  • St. Paul's Cathedral was built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire.
  • It has the second largest dome in the world. It's in the City.



  • The Tower of London has been a fortress, a palace, a prison and a museum.
  • Tower Bridge connects the Tower with the Houses of Parliament.



  • The Monument commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666. It's 60 m tall.
  • The Post Office Tower is almost three times taller than the Monument.



  • The City of London is the financial and business centre of Great Britain.
  • Its population is not less than a third of the total population of London.



  • Very few people live in the City of Lon-don, which is an office quarter.
  • There are lots of banks and firms there, but not too many publishing offices.



  • The publishing offices of most of the British newspapers are in the City.
  • They can be found in Fleet Street, and they are busy at work at night as well.



  • The British Museum stands in Trafalgar Square, the largest square in London.
  • You mustn't feed the pigeons and other animals in Piccadilly Circus.



  • Trafalgar Square is famous for Nelson's Column and two beautiful fountains.
  • It sometimes seems that most of the pigeons in London live in this square.



  • The National Gallery can be found in Trafalgar Square.
  • The Bank of England is in Whitehall, which is a street in the City.



  • The British Library is in Trafalgar Square, opposite the National Gallery.
  • The British Museum is famous for its collection of modern paintings.



  • The most expensive shops in London can be found in Oxford Street.
  • Piccadilly is the largest music hall and amusement centre in London.



  • Most of the big department stores in London can be found in Oxford Street.
  • Bond Street is famous for its elegant but rather expensive shops.



  • London has a number of nice parks such as Regent's Park and St. James Park.
  • Kensington Gardens is not a park, it's the name of the London Opera House.



  • Oxford Circus is the most famous and elegant variety theatre in London.
  • The Haymarket is London's largest and most popular vegetable and fish market.



  • Great Britain's major natural resources are coal, iron, water-power and fish.
  • The farms of Britain can provide only half the food needed in Britain.


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