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The North America Gray Squirrel is Considered an Invasive Species in the UK as They Carry Squirrel Pox That is Deadly for the Native Red Squirrels

The North American gray squirrel or Sciurus carolinensis has adapted to urban and suburban areas where it is considered a minor annoyance. While they may be indigent to North America, these squirrels are highly invasive in Europe, particularly in the UK. But how do they affect the ecosystem in Great Britain? The North American Gray …

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Laredo Wild West Town UK

Laredo is a Fake Wild West Town in England that was Built by Re-Enactors and is Only Open to Members

The 1860s and 1890s gave birth to the Wild West genre and laid the groundwork for its subsequent mythology. It was a time when cowboys, Indians, pioneers, outlaws, and gunslingers came together for expansion, defense, greed, and reinvention. But did you know that England has a fake American Wild West town? In England, there is …

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David Boon

How Much Beer Did David Boon Drink on a Single Flight to England?

David Boon is an Australian cricketer who is known for his performance in the 1989 match with New Zealand in WACA, Perth. He is currently an ICC Match Referee and has been actively participating as such since 2011. But did you know, that in his hay day Boon was known for consuming a lot of …

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What Was the Role of Fish and Chips During the War?

Fish and chips, a simple dish consisting of deep-fried fish with a side of fried potato, is considered as the United Kingdom’s national meal. It is available in most English restaurants and can be served with various twists. But did you know this simple meal played a significant role for the English during the World …

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La Reyne Le Veult: Why Are Bills in the English Parliament Confirmed in French?

The United Kingdom’s Parliament possesses all legislative supremacy thus holding all political decisions in the UK and over their colonies. One of the other major jobs of the parliament is to debate on and pass laws. Before officially using English in the 1400s, the parliament used to conduct their hearings in Norman French. Today, when …

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The skeletons of medieval English archers were deformed from years of archery. The high poundage of war bows, coupled with years of training in their use from a young age, led to skeletons having over-developed shoulder and arm bones to compensate for the growth of muscle around those areas.

English bowmen Come rain or shine this weekend (and it’s looking like a mix of both) you can join in with our Indoor Archery event and take aim to see how many points you can score. As it’s all about archery this weekend we asked Joe from our Visitor Services team to look back on …

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English cricket great Denis Compton was renowned for his absent-mindedness. He once arrived at a match without his kitbag, so he used an antique bat from the stadium’s museum; and during a major celebration in honour of his 70th birthday, his mother rang, telling him that he was only 69

Denis Compton Compton’s absent-mindedness was legendary. Colin Cowdrey writes that Compton turned up for the Old Trafford Test of 1955 against South Africa without his kitbag. Undaunted, he sauntered into the museum and, borrowing an antique bat off the display, went on to score 158 and 71. Nevertheless, England lost by three wickets. This absent-mindedness …

English cricket great Denis Compton was renowned for his absent-mindedness. He once arrived at a match without his kitbag, so he used an antique bat from the stadium’s museum; and during a major celebration in honour of his 70th birthday, his mother rang, telling him that he was only 69 Read More »

How Did a Sewer Worker Get Inside the Gold Vault of the Bank of England?

With all the complex underground systems in England it isn’t a surprise to find secret passages that would lead to various places around the city.  In 1836 a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain that ran under the Bank of England’s gold vault. He requested a meeting with the upper management of the bank, …

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