British weather. British people talk about the weather all the time because it changes all the time.
The weather for us is a national obsession. This is BBC Television Centre in London. Here, the weather forecasters - or meteorologists - try and work out what the weather is going to do next. I’ve come to find out if it is possible to predict the weather. Is weather prediction an art or a science? The Weather Centre is somewhere in the maze of the BBC. Nick Miller presents the BBC weather. Amandeep: Hi Nick! Nick: Well, I’m a weather presenter. Amandeep: How difficult is the British weather to predict? Nick: Well, Britain is affected by lots of weather systems. Amandeep: Does the weather vary across the UK? Nick: It can differ vastly from one end of the country to another because we’re affected by lots of different weather systems, and you can have a weather system giving rain in one part of the country, and another elsewhere giving sunny, hot weather.
Nick: Well, it gives us something to talk about. Four Nations. Nick: This is London and behind me are the Houses of Parliament.
Parts of these buildings are more than nine hundred years old. This is where the laws of the UK are debated and created. The United Kingdom is actually made up of four different countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each nation has its own culture and heritage. The population of England is around fifty million people. But what are we really like? Priest: The English are a tolerant people. Woman 1 : They’re just enchanting. Woman 2 : The English people are very nice. Woman 3 : They’re so polite and so friendly. Nick: Scotland is in the north of Britain. It’s been part of the UK since 1707. Scotland has some unique customs: wearing tartan kilts … playing the bagpipes … and tossing the caber, a very large post. For over sixty years, the Edinburgh Festival has celebrated art, theatre and culture.
Nationality in Britain. UK, GB, British Isles – What’s in a name?
Nationality, or national identity, can be a complex issue for those of us from Britain. Take me for example. I was born in England, but my Mum is Scottish and my Granny is from Northern Ireland. Now I live and study in Scotland. So what am I? When we Brits travel abroad we often confuse people as we try to explain why we have such muddled identities. But beyond these geographical terms, it’s impossible to separate nationality from national pride. People tend to be passionate about their nationality and most Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish hate being labelled as English! Phew! England's obsession with tea. England’s ongoing love affair with the humble cup of tea is no secret.
In fact, our obsession with tea is probably one of the most well-known quirks about your average Brit. It makes up a huge part of English and British culture, both historically and today. It is the solution to all of life’s biggest problems: feeling a bit sad? Have a cup of tea! Need to relax in front of the television? I wasn’t fully aware of England’s fascination with tea-drinking until I moved to France and made a fast discovery: their preferred hot beverage is coffee!
It just goes to show how much cultures can differ, even in terms of what we prefer to drink in the morning! England. England is the biggest of the four countries in the United Kingdom.
Together with Scotland and Wales, these three countries are the island of Great Britain. The English Channel is in the south between England and France. People travel to France by ferry across the English Channel or by train through the Channel Tunnel which goes under the sea. Over 50 million people live in England, that’s around 80% of the total UK population. It is a multicultural country where more than 250 languages are spoken in the capital city, London. Other large cities in England are Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Bristol. Language.