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Diamond jubilee in charts: how has Britain changed since Elizabeth took the throne?

samedi, juin 2nd, 2012

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/5/29/1338330545596/Jubileelarge.jpg

Read the article on the website of the Guardian:  click HERE.

The flags of the British Isles

mardi, avril 17th, 2012

The Union Jack, the national flag of the United Kingdom:

Union Jack par alexnunez

Photo credit: alexnunez on Flicker.

The flag of England, also known as the St George’s Cross:

England / Inglaterra par LisbonVisitor
Photo credit: Lisbon Visitor.

The flag of Scotland, also known as the St Andrew’s Cross, or the Saltire:

Scotland (Alba) par FlagsofCelticNations
Photo credit: FlagsofCelticNations
Saint Patrick’s Cross or Saint Patrick’s Saltire:
Information from Wikipedia:

The flag is sometimes considered as a symbol of Ireland or of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The antiquity of the association with Ireland and Saint Patrick has been questioned. The cross was used in the regalia of the Order of Saint Patrick, established in 1783 as the premier chivalric order of the Kingdom of Ireland, and later in the arms and flags of a number of institutions. After the 1800 Act of Union joined Ireland with the Kingdom of Great Britain, the saltire was added to the British flag to form the Union Flag still used by the United Kingdom. Saint Patrick’s Cross is rejected by many Irish nationalists as a British invention. There is no universally accepted flag for the island of Ireland.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh! par giveawayboy

Photo credit: giveawayboy.

The Union Jack is made up of the Saint Andrew’s Cross, the Saint George’s Cross and the Saint Patrick’s Cross. As Wales was not a kingdom but a principality, it was not included on the flag.

Union Jack par summoning_ifrit

Photo credit: summoning ifrit.

The flag of Wales, also known as the Red Dragon or Y Ddraig Goch:
Red Dragon - Y Draig Goch par CharlieBrown8989
Photo credit: CharlieBrown8989.

The Ulster Banner , also known as the Ulster Flag,  the Northern Ireland flag or the Red Hand of Ulster flag, was the flag of the Government of Northern Ireland between 1953 and 1972. It is still used to represent Northern Ireland in some sporting events in which Northern Ireland competes. The Ulster Banner is used within the unionist community, along with the Union Jack.

Ulster / Northern Ireland / Irlanda do Norte par LisbonVisitor

Photo credit: LisbonVisitor.

The flag of the Republic of Ireland:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/45/Flag_of_Ireland.svg/500px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png

The flag of Cornwall: Saint Piran’s flag

http://www.theflagshop.co.uk/ekmps/shops/speed/images/cornish-flag-cornwall-nylon-3690-p.gif

Map of England and Cornwall:

Flag of Jersey:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/flags/248-lgflag.gif

The flag of Guernsey:

http://www.knowledgerush.com/wiki_image/4/4b/Guernsey_flag_large.png

The flag of the Isle of Man:

http://www.mapsofworld.com/images/world-countries-flags/isle-of-man-flag.gif

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

samedi, mars 17th, 2012

http://reflectionsoutdoors.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/history_of_st__patricks_day.gif

Image de prévisualisation YouTube

Click HERE to read the article I wrote last year on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Murals in Northern Ireland

mercredi, mai 18th, 2011

http://www.ukstudentlife.com/Travel/Tours/NorthernIreland/Belfast/LoyalistMural.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5206/5327983365_44b9d5b555.jpg

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00232/No_More_m_232405t.jpg

Image de prévisualisation YouTube

Have a look at Google Images to see more photos of  murals in Northern Ireland (click HERE)

Here are a few links to interesting websites:

Picture gallery: Northern Ireland murals on the website of the BBC.

Murals of Northern Ireland on the website of the Claremont Colleges.

Belfast murals with a Google map of Belfast.

Political murals on the website of Channel 4 which also discusses murals outside of Northern Ireland.

Belfast’s murals: Off the walls? on the website of the Belfast Telegraph.

A makeover for the murals that depicted hate, violence and bigotry on the website of The Independent.

What is the UVF? on the website of the BBC.


Bomb threat to London from Irish dissidents

mercredi, mai 18th, 2011

Terminales, as we are currently working on the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, the London police received a bomb threat from Irish Republicans before the Queen’s trip to Ireland. Click HERE to read the article on the website of the Independent.

Ireland

jeudi, mai 5th, 2011

Retrouvez les articles précédents sur l’Irlande en cliquant sur les liens suivants:

Discover Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway

Cameron apologizes for Bloody Sunday

The flags of the British Isles

Saint Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

jeudi, mars 17th, 2011

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17 by the Irish community in Ireland and in the rest of the world as in Chicago, for example, where the Chicago River is dyed green (as you can see on the top left-hand corner of the above photo).

Image de prévisualisation YouTube

The parade in Cork:

Photo credit: guileite on Flicker.

Learn more on Wikipedia.

Christmas crackers

mercredi, décembre 22nd, 2010

Adults' table
Creative Commons License photo credit: citymama

At a Christmas dinner or at parties in Britain, don’t miss the Christmas crackers! They are little cardboard tubes that two people pull on the ends (it’s called popping the cracker) and they produce a small bang. Inside the crackers, you traditionally find a coloured paper crown or hat, small toys and a joke.

365-348 - crackers
Creative Commons License photo credit: Ruth_W

Click HERE to learn more about Christmas crackers.

Image de prévisualisation YouTube

If you didn’t understand the jokes on the video, click HERE or HERE.

The flags of the British Isles

dimanche, mai 23rd, 2010

The Union Jack, the national flag of the United Kingdom:

Union Jack par alexnunez

Photo credit: alexnunez on Flicker.

The flag of England, also known as the St George’s Cross:

England / Inglaterra par LisbonVisitoroto credit: Lisbon Visitor.

The flag of Scotland, also known as the St Andrew’s Cross, or the Saltire:

Scotland (Alba) par FlagsofCelticNations

Photo credit: FlagsofCelticNations

Saint Patrick’s Cross or Saint Patrick’s Saltire:
Information from Wikipedia:

The flag is sometimes considered as a symbol of Ireland or of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The antiquity of the association with Ireland and Saint Patrick has been questioned. The cross was used in the regalia of the Order of Saint Patrick, established in 1783 as the premier chivalric order of the Kingdom of Ireland, and later in the arms and flags of a number of institutions. After the 1800 Act of Union joined Ireland with the Kingdom of Great Britain, the saltire was added to the British flag to form the Union Flag still used by the United Kingdom. Saint Patrick’s Cross is rejected by many Irish nationalists as a British invention. There is no universally accepted flag for the island of Ireland.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh! par giveawayboy

Photo credit: giveawayboy.

The Union Jack is made up of the Saint Andrew’s Cross, the Saint George’s Cross and the Saint Patrick’s Cross. As Wales was not a kingdom but a principality, it was not included on the flag.

Union Jack par summoning_ifrit

Photo credit: summoning ifrit.

The flag of Wales, also known as the Red Dragon or Y Ddraig Goch:

Red Dragon - Y Draig Goch par CharlieBrown8989oto credit: CharlieBrown8989.

The Ulster Banner , also known as the Ulster Flag,  the Northern Ireland flag or the Red Hand of Ulster flag, was the flag of the Government of Northern Ireland between 1953 and 1972. It is still used to represent Northern Ireland in some sporting events in which Northern Ireland competes. The Ulster Banner is used within the unionist community, along with the Union Jack.

Ulster / Northern Ireland / Irlanda do Norte par LisbonVisitor

Photo credit: LisbonVisitor.

The flag of the Republic of Ireland:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/45/Flag_of_Ireland.svg/500px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png

The flag of Cornwall: Saint Piran’s flag

http://www.theflagshop.co.uk/ekmps/shops/speed/images/cornish-flag-cornwall-nylon-3690-p.gif

Map of England and Cornwall:

Flag of Jersey:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/flags/248-lgflag.gif

The flag of Guernsey:

http://www.knowledgerush.com/wiki_image/4/4b/Guernsey_flag_large.png

The flag of the Isle of Man:

http://www.mapsofworld.com/images/world-countries-flags/isle-of-man-flag.gif

Discover Ireland

mercredi, avril 21st, 2010
photo

(rush hour = l’heure de pointe)

Watch videos of Ireland while you listen to traditional Irish music on Discover Ireland,the official website of Tourism Ireland. Click on ‘About Ireland’, ‘Places to go’ and ‘Things to see & do’ at the top of the page to see the different videos and click on ‘Follow the locals’ to listen to Irish people presenting  you the areas where they live.  You will probably feel like visiting this beautiful country!