bridge in Bath
There are countless places to visit if you decide to travel in the UK. One of the most beautiful places to go is the city of Bath. This city is located in the southwestern part of England and is famous for a lot of things. To say the least, it has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

This year, the annual Taste of Bath Festival is going to be held from the 3rd of July till the 6th of July. Visitors are in for a treat of the senses as the best chefs of the area congregate to present a wonderful culinary experience. Many local restaurants will be participating in the festival – you only have to take your pick. More than this, you can also participate in hands on cookery classes, in which you can learn how to make delectable dishes using the freshest local produce.

There are four different types of tickets which you can choose from:

Entry only. (Children aged 6-14yrs – £8, Children under 5 – Free)

Entry plus £15 worth of Crowns.

Entry plus £15 worth of Crowns, entry to VIP area and a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne.

Entry plus £15 worth of Crowns and exclusive entry into the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Masterclass and Connoisseur’s Lounge.

In case you are wondering, Crowns are the official currency for the festival and each Crown is worth 50p. I’d say that the entry fees are not such a bad deal, don’t you think?

Photo courtesy of Randy Son of Robert

Lewis Hamilton

lewis hamilton
Guess who this person is? Here are some clues:

-He is British.
-He is only 23 years old.
-He is well known among motorsports fans.

Any ideas yet? If you are not a fan of motorsports, you may be at a loss right now. Yet even if you didn’t really like this sport, I think that you would at least have an idea what Formula 1 racing is all about, right? Well, Lewis Hamilton is one of the most popular figures in F1 racing right now and he is British.

Some pertinent information on Hamilton:

Name: Lewis Carl Hamilton
DOB: 7th January 1985
Age: 23
Nationality: British
Home town: Tewin Wood, Hertfordshire, England
Place of Birth: Stevenage, UK
Marital Status: Single
Height: 1.74m
Weight: 67kg

Last year, he had the distinction of finishing second at the 2007 Formula One Championship. At his age, this is quite a feat. He currently drives for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team and continues to be at the head of the pack. He is poised to race once again later on today at the French leg of the 2008 race. Even though he has suffered a huge setback due to an accidental collision with Kimi Raikonnen of Team Ferrari in the Canadian leg of the race, Hamilton continues to have a good chance this year.

If you have the time, perhaps you should try and see what this young driver can do. He has been penalised 10 places from the starting position for today’s race and that will prove to be a challenge for him – making the race all the more interesting to watch.

wimbledon museum
Tennis is one of the major sports in England and has long since been quite as popular in other parts of the world. This year, the biggest event in the world of tennis is about to be witnessed – the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. This tennis tournament has a long and renowned history. In fact, this year’s tournament is already the 132nd edition of the Wimbledon Championships! Running from the 23rd of June to the 6th of July this year, the 2008 Championships will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London.

What’s up for this year’s tournament? There are varying events, which include:

• Gentlemen’s Singles (128 player draw)
• Ladies’ Singles (128 draw)
• Gentlemen’s Doubles (64 draw)
• Ladies’ Doubles (64 draw)
• Mixed Doubles (48 draw)

• Boys’ Singles (64 draw)
• Boys’ Doubles (32 draw)
• Girls’ Singles (64 draw)
• Girls’ Doubles (32 draw)

• Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles (8 pairs Round Robin)
• Senior Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles (8 pairs Round Robin)
• Ladies’ Invitation Doubles (8 pairs Round Robin)
• Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Doubles (4 pairs)

What’s special about Wimbledon? It’s just that Wimbledon is the end all be all of tennis. It is the premier tournament – if you make it to Wimbledon, then you have made it in tennis. This year, some of the notable names that we will be seeing at the tournament include, Federer and Nadal – two of the most known names in tennis today.

Photo courtesy of wallyg

Royalty is something that not everyone has had personal experience with. For most of us, our brushes with royalty are limited to movies and books. Yet, perhaps, our lives have been shaped by royalty without our being consciously aware of it.

I came across this very witty article on British Royalty and pop culture and I could not resist sharing it with you. For example, did you know how the sandwich came to be?

One of the king’s minions was a fellow known as the Earl of Sandwich, who as we all know developed the concept of putting a slab of meat between two slices of bread. Of course it became known evermore as a sandwich. Except for little cucumber thingies served on bread with the crust sliced off, the sandwich was created to provide nourishment for the working class. A peasant could hold a sandwich in one hand and still do work with the other making him or her much more efficient.

How about the lawn?

One of the other lesser royals, a fellow named the Earl of Lawn saw how efficient the Earl of Sandwich’s peasant were and decided he should develop efficiencies in his peasant ranks, while at the same time earning a bit of silver. First he had a bunch of sheep and as we all know what goes in one side of a sheep comes out the other, and Lawn decided to call his by-product fertilizer.

He didn’t really know what to do with it until he spread some on the grass beside his castle’s moat. The grass grew and his peasants were told to cut it. Other royals saw what they perceived as beauty in the Lawn’s grass and wanted some fertilizer, too. Soon everyone began calling the mowed grass lawns after the Earl of Lawn. They sat on “lawn chairs” and drank their mead as they watched peasants clipping the grass short.

I don’t know how accurate the anecdotes are but they do make for an interesting read, don’t they?