Our country is a fascinating place full of amazing culture, breath-taking sights and attractions and steeped in a rich history. We’ve brought together just a fraction of the fascinating, obscure and entertaining facts that give an insight into our British culture and history. According to British law, it’s still perfectly legal to kill any Scotsman who enters the city of York if he happens to be carrying a bow and arrow. People from Liverpool are often called ‘Scousers’. The name is short for ‘Lobscouse’, which was a Scandinavian stew eaten by the sailors who visited the port. Local families adopted the dish, and the name stuck. ‘Big Ben’ doesn’t refer to the famous clock at London’s Houses of Parliament, but to the bell inside. The building itself is called the Elizabeth Tower. The one-and-a-half mile journey from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney islands is the shortest scheduled flight
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