Post Tagged with "UK"

Picture Postcards: Sky over England

Today’s sky photo comes to us from our Managing Editor, Lucy, who has captured this scene in northern England.

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Guy Fawkes
Stephen:From London to Beijing

August 12, 2013 Comments disabled

Picture Postcards: Clip-on baby chair

Our Managing Editor, Lucy, has sent in this photo of a clip-on baby chair which attaches to the table for convenience.

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Turkish Customs
Recycling in Turkey

August 27, 2012 2 comments

UK riots: a Londoner’s perspective

Brixton is many things to many people. To me, it’s my home. To others it is variously the unofficial centre of black London; an artsy, left-leaning alternative and inclusive community; a gay mecca; a self-satisfied gentrified London borough brimming with 20- and 30-somethings drinking Starbucks; the drugs capital of London; the site of one of the best parks in London (complete with a recently restored 1930s lido); a deprived neighbourhood brimming with gangs, sink estates and gun crime. All of these clashing counterpoints coexist and are in their own ways true.

Walk around Brixton’s noisy, jostling, litter-strewn streets and you’ll see London in all its disorientating diversity: the chichi Farmers’ market; disreputable stalls unlocking stolen mobile phones; Marks and Spencer, the spiritual home of middle-class England; halal butchers sweeping blood and ice into the gutter at the end of the day; vegan cupcake shops; bearded, thobe-wearing Muslim men selling joss-sticks and distributing Islamist leaflets outside Iceland; a boutique selling expensive clothes made from traditional African prints; the Black Cultural Archives; Morleys (one of the oldest independent department stores in London); Portuguese delicatessens selling pasteis de nata; pound shops being undercut by 99p shops. All of life is here. These juxtapositions make Brixton the place it is: vibrant, exhausting, energetic, frustrating, depressing, inspiring and unique.


London after a night of rioting. Image credit: George Rex

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August 12, 2011 Comments disabled

Always evolving: some languages of the world and where they come from

This month’s collaborative post was inspired by a conversation between some of our contributors about languages and how much they ‘borrow’ words from one another. Malay has words from English, Turkish has words from French, English has words from Hindi, Spanish has words from Arabic. Not to mention the massive way in which European languages have influenced each other.

So here’s a look at the history and foreign influences of some of the languages spoken by PocketCultures contributors around the world.

It’s a long article, so if you’re interested in a particular country use these links: India, UK, France, Canada, Turkey, Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, Portugal, Malaysia.

India: Hindi, English, Tamil, Marathi and many more!

Languages in India are as varied and complex as the country itself. The 2001 census estimated that there were 29 languages spoken by more than a million native speakers, 122 by more than 10,000!

We have 22 ‘official’ regional languages spoken across the country, but no ‘national language’. Hindi is often mistakenly referred to as the ‘national language’, but the constitution lists it as our ‘principal official language’. Where does Hindi come from? Well, it’s a language which evolved from a dialect spoken in northern India during the Mughal period, was influenced by Persian, and is closest to Urdu – the language today identified with Islam!

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July 15, 2011 9 comments

The Royal Wedding and Britain’s north-south divide

Last Friday the UK celebrated the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, otherwise known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The day was designated as a special public holiday so most people had the day off work.

Kate and William
The happy couple

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May 6, 2011 4 comments

Picture Postcards: Wedding Cake in the UK

This week’s image representing love around the world is of a special kind of wedding cake Liz at Pocketcultures saw in the UK. It’s made up of wheels of cheese! She says this may be a current trend in the UK. What about in your country?

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Australian Wedding Cake
Portuguese New Year Cake
Chinese Mooncakes

February 14, 2011 3 comments