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The Irish gift of the gab

The Irish are renowned the world over for having the gift of the gab and some really funny saying. GB Mag picks a few in honour of St Patrick's Day

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Who was St Patrick

You may think you know a thing or two about the Patron Saint of Ireland. St Patrick, But did you know....

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10 things you may not know about the UK

Did you know that Stonehenge is fake, London wasn't always the UK's capital city and that the legend of Robin Hood is a myth. Find out the facts behind these myths and more.

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British Etiquette Tips

GB Mag's tips for negotiating a minefield of British manners and etiquette.

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What is British pub culture?

The Brits love to go to the pub. A pastime that is full of tradition and its fair share of social rules.

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Fancy going to the Queen’s birthday party?

Who doesn't like attending a lavish birthday party and the Queen's surely has to be the most lavish of all.  Find out how you can get a invitation to her birthday celebration.

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Understanding British humour

How do you know when a British person is joking? Or why they’re joking for that matter? 

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10 Fun Facts About Haggis

In advance of Burns Night, celebrated by Scots around the world to remember the Scottish poet Robert Burns, we give you 10 fun facts about haggis the national dish of Scotland

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Find out why 5 Jan is unlucky for some

Most homes in the UK are adnorned with a Christmas tree and decorations - which have to be removed on 5th Jan

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Popular English words that get shortened

Learn the top 20 English words that get shortened the most

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Why do people kiss under the mistletoe?

We are here to help you get a kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas.

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What is Hogmanay?

Hogmanay is the unique way Scots see in the New Year. It's one long party, full of tradition

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What is Christmas and where did it come from?

Find out who invented Santa Claus, why Jesus wasn't born on Christmas Day and why Christmas was made illegal in the UK in 1644. 

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Britain’s role in America’s Independence

Find out why Britain's rule over America was short-lived and why it ended with the 13 American colonies uniting and signing the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776

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Did the British settlers in America start Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is arguably the most popular festival in America. But was it the British settlers that started the tradition of the Thanksgiving dinner?

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Poppy etiquette: What to know

You will have noticed that lots of Brits are wearing a poppy, often made of paper, in their lapel. Here we explain why and the etiquette to wearing one.

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word. Or does it?

It must have happened to you too: You step on someone's foot and he apologises to you. The British love saying sorry, but do they really mean it? 

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Who was Guy Fawkes?

Who was Guy Fawkes and why did he attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament

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Differences in British and American spelling

British and American English may sound the same but there are many differences not least the spelling of certain words

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Is British and American English the same language

If you don't want to leave brits scratching their head about what you mean then knowing the difference between British and American English words is important

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UK’s regional food delicacies

Let's be honest when most people think of the UK they don't immediately gush about the culinary delights they are looking forward to enjoying, which is a mistake becuase the UK is full of delicious regional delicacies that also have a rich histroy.

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The Gunpowder Plot

Why do Brits light fires and let off fireworks on 5 November? It's all because of a man called Guy Fawkes and 28 barrels of gunpowder

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The clocks are going back!

You'll get an extra hour in bed this Sunday as British Summer Time ends and the clocks are wound back by an hour

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How to carve the perfect spooky Halloween pumpkin

Create your own spooky Halloween pumpkin by following our simple instructions.

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10 things you should know about the world's best tennis tournament

If there is one thing that defnes summer in the UK it is the world's most famous tennis tournament. Simply referred to as The Championships, Wimbledon.

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10 facts about Prince William

10 facts you probaby do not know about Prince William

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Buy a title to become a Lord or Lady

If you have ever dreamt of being a Lord or Lady but thought it was out of your reach think again

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Join GB Mag to wish the Queen a Happy Birthday

Join GB Mag to wish the Queen a Happy Birthday on 21st April when she will turn 90 years old.

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What are the origins of April Fools’ Day?

April Fools’ Day, on 1st April, gives everybody permission to be mischievous and play a joke on someone they know but what are the origins of this quirky custom?

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British etiquette when it comes to timings

The British are particular about timings but being on time in the UK is a complicated matter when it can mean arriving earlier or later than the given time.

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10 things you didn't know about St David

Learn more about the patron saint of Wales, St David, and the many myths that surround him. 

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10 things to give up for Lent

Giving up chocolate for Lent is childs play. Check out our list and see if you are student enough to give up one or more things for 40 days.

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What is Shrove Tuesday?

If you have no idea what Shrove Tuesday is about you need to read this article

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50 weird sayings you will hear in the UK

 

The UK has a rich mix of slang words and sayings that add colour and intrigue to our language.  Check our pick of the top 50 weird sayings and expressions you are likley to hear.

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10 strange facts about Shakespeare

This year marks 400 years since the death of Shakespeare and how his legacy continues. To mark such an importnat anniversary we have put together some of the stranger facts about Shakespear that you may not have heard.

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10 things you didn't know about St Andrew

Read 10 little known facts about St Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland, and the customs around St Andrew Day on 30th November

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UK is the most tattooed nation in the world

It is official the UK is the most tattooed country in the world. And Birmingham is the most tattooed city.

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The British surnames facing extinction

Old British surnames are hitting extinction, but why is this such a big deal?

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How to survive a British queue

Considering pushing to the front of the bus queue? Read this guide to queue etiquette first 

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How to make British friends

A GB Mag guide to making British friends, because surely you didn’t come all the way to the UK to meet people from your own country? 

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History of the Scottish flag

The Saltire, Scotland’s national flag, is steeped in history and legend and is thought to be the oldest national flag in Europe.

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Five British films you have to watch

Want a taste of what being British is all about? Then grab your popcorn and some fizzy pop as we count down the top five British films that you have to watch.

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Britain on Film

The landmarks and landscapes of the United Kingdom have been the star of many films and TV drama’s that have been globally popular. Now you here you can go and visit some of the places upto know you've just seen on screen.

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Top 5 British Superheroes and Villains

In the run up to the MCM Expo we look at the British inspired characters.

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10 British phrases you won’t find in a textbook

A countdown of Britain’s most common slang words and phrases.

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Our five favourite sweets. What are yours?

It’s no secret that us Brits have a serious sweet tooth. Here we share five of our favourite British sweets...

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What's in a name?

A look at the most popular and unpopular first names and surnames as well as the most hilarious pairings

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10 things you didn’t know about… the Queen

You should already know where the Queen resides and who she is married to, but do you know what football team her Majesty supports?

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The mysteries and tales of Stonehenge

We investigate whether the Stonehenge heritage site really was built by aliens.

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The UK’s most popular pet names

What are the most popular names for our beloved British pets?

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Cheesy exam jokes....that will put a smile on your face

Lighten the mood with our cheesy exam jokes. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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What is British summer time?

As British Summer Time begins on 30 March, find out why we lose an hour in bed.

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Celebrate St Andrew's Day with the Scots

Nobody celebrates like the Scots and November 30, also known as St Andrew’s Day, is the perfect time to get involved. 

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What the British say - and what they actually mean

A helpful translation table that deciphers exactly what the British are talking about.

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Muston Scarecrow Festival

A small North Yorkshire village was transformed into a scarecrow paradise as thousands flocked to Muston.

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Britain’s most bizarre records

Britain's oldest dog is 100 but is he holding the most impressive UK record?

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GB Mag Explains: What is a UK TV Licence?

Did you know that you need a TV Licence to watch TV on your laptop or mobile? GB Mag studies the tricky world of licencing, so you don’t have to

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Things I wish I had known at the start of my PhD

Thinking of doing a PhD after finishing your current studies? Perhaps these tips will help you re-think whether you can handle the pressure of writing a thesis and giving up the rest of your life to research

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D-Day: A quick history lesson

The 6th June marks an important day in British and world history.

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The story of Princess Diana

A biopic based on Princess Diana's final years will be released this September. But why is she so popular in Britain?

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How much do you know about Andy Murray?

As Britain is in the grip of Murray mania, after his amazing Wimbledon win, we take a quick look at the man himself.

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Most memorable British tennis players

To celebrate Wimbledon we take a look at the best Britain has to offer.

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The happiest place in the UK is … Sheffield

A new study reveals the top 10 happiest places in Britain.

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Quiz: Which superhero are you?

Ever wondered what kind of superhero…or villain you would be? Find out.

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Talk like a gentleman

The guide to talking, living and breathing like a real British ‘chap’.

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David Beckham: This is your life

The highlights of David Beckham’s 16 year international football career.

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Five crazy moments in Eurovision Song Contest history

Monsters, costumes and winners falling over - something always happens on Eurovision night. Check out these videos!

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100 years of the Chelsea Flower Show

We pack 100 years of history into a few hundred words.

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Who are Wallace and Gromit & why is the moon made of cheese?

Classic British characters Wallace and Gromit go on the tourism promotion trail.

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Lost Sock Memorial Day

A special day to commemorate all the socks that have ever been lost, or stolen by aliens.

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Cinco de Mayo comes to the UK

Why is the 5th May so important?

 

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GB Mag’s festival survival guide

The alternative guide to making it through the festival terrain.

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Five things you didn’t know about St George

Learn about the dragon slaying patron saint of England.

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What is Obby Oss?

May Day celebrations unlock the true meaning of this bank holiday.

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World’s longest football match set for Manchester

Just how long is the world record for one game of football?

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Britain in film

The UK has a starring role in 2013’s huge cinema releases.

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The ins and outs of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

The former Prime Minster will be honoured with a ceremonial funeral.

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Our top 10 quotes from Shakespeare’s works

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday by quoting his works in day-to-day life.

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Why people hate Margaret Thatcher explained in memes

The Iron Woman in pictures, because they speak louder than words.

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Margaret Thatcher died but what is her legacy?

Why we Brits care so much about our past Prime Minister.

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Jack the Ripper Anniversary

Mark the 125th Anniversary of the most infamous serial killer in history.

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Who was Jack the Ripper?

This infamous serial killer remained anonymous for more than 125 years.

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Weird Easter traditions in the UK

Easter isn’t just about eating chocolate eggs. There is egg rolling, Maypole festivals and Morris dancing.

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What is the deal with the red budget briefcase?

The red briefcase is pictured throughout the media today, but why?

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When is the first day of spring in the UK?

Find out about the Vernal Equinox and when the spring weather will be here

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Who is Madame Tussaud?

We look at how the world-famous Madame Tussauds waxwork attraction came to be.

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Polo for the masses hits London

We interview Jamie Morrison, the captain of the English polo team ahead of the O2 Arena competition.

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What is Saint David’s Day?

We explain the Welsh day and list some things you didn’t know about David.

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What will William and Kate’s baby be named?

As the royal baby due-date draws nearer, which name will be chosen for the new royal?

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How does the UK University grading system work?

The UK grading system is unique, but what is a 2:1 and what does it mean?

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The masterminds behind Frankenweenie

Ahead of Tim Burton’s film Frankenweenie’s release on DVD we caught up with production designer Rick Heinrichs to talk dark themes, Disney and how to make it in the film industry.

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Doctor Who Turns 50

We reveal the rumours surrounding the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations.

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Crazy Pancake Day activities in the UK

Pancake races, obstacle courses and a lot of pancake batter...

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The cat gets the cream in the new Monopoly

Goodbye iron and hello kitty in the next edition of Monopoly. 

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Tour de Great Britain

With the Tour de France coming to the UK in 2014, here's the low-down on why the British people love cycling so much.

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How to be Mr Darcy

Mr Darcy makes British women swoon, we show you how to copy his moves and get the girls.

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Fish & Chips: The national British dish

This year marks the 25th annual Fish & Chip awards, so we take a look at the national takeaway dish.

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How to build the perfect snowman

We show you how to build the perfect snowman and how to accessorize him or her.

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How much do you know about Great Britain?

Stuck inside with nothing to do? Take our quiz on Great Britain.

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Best quotes in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

In honour of the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice we run through our favourite moments of the book.

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Brilliant British feats of engineering

The London Underground is not the only great British engineering achievement. 

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The best & worst Christmas cracker jokes

GB Mag puts the crack into cracker jokes.

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Death of the British black cab

The traditional black London cab is on its way out, so we take a look at this iconic car.

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The best British TV box sets

GB Mag runs through what British TV box sets you need to watch

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Unseen pictures of the Queen released

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in pictures, take a look...not a selfie in sight. 

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Ghost tunnel brought back to life in London

A 98-year-old tube tunnel has been re-opened to show what it was like during the Blitz.

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London Underground: Weird and wonderful facts

The Tube is a strange place and has 150 years’ worth of weird and wonderful history. 

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The English Football Association turns 150

It’s the 150th birthday of the FA and fans are sure to celebrate.

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Marmite is 'secret' perfume ingredient

Love it or hate it, Marmite has a new unexpected use.

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All hail the 150-year-old London Underground

From the first of its kind to its use as a bomb shelter, we take a look at the London underground.

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The five Halloween songs you WILL hear at the party

Every cringe-worthy Halloween song you need to know the words to.

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GB Mag explains: How to meet some Brits

It isn't always easy for international students to meet the locals. This organisation will help you make a connection

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What the Games meant to us Brits

With a wave of optimism spreading across the UK, how has our resident Brit found this summer? GB Mag celebrates a British rebirth

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Why are the British obsessed with Doctor Who?

This scary, funny sci-fi series has been running since 1963, but it's still one of the best things on British television

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Best Olympics moments

It's been an incredible fortnight of sport and human drama. Here's GB Mag's pick of the best (and scariest) Olympic moments

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How the Mods modelled the world: Part two

The second part of our tribute to British cyclist extraordinaire Bradley Wiggins focusses on mod music, media and its lasting legacy on Britain

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How the Mods modelled the world: Part one

In tribute to Bradley Wiggins' marvellous victories in both the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympics, GB Mag looks into 'Wiggo's mod background

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Ping! puts ping-pong on the table

Forrest Gump was brilliant at it. I'm talking about table tennis, the sport that's taking the UK by storm this month thanks to the Ping! festival

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Great British Icons: The Routemaster bus

Think of the UK and you think of red double-decker buses. Introduced in 1956 the design of the Routemaster was so good it survived largely intact until 2005

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Eat your way around the world

Want to try dishes from around the world without leaving the UK? There are plenty of food festivals allowing you to do just that. And you might get to meet a few celebrity chefs along the way

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Old school: Why the British are obsessed with Antiques Roadshow

How much is that old chair worth? Find out at the Antiques Roadshow, the BBC Television show that has gripped the UK since 1979

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The mysteries of cricket revealed: Part three

In our final installment, we talk about balls, bats, and how a former Prince died during a game. See? Cricket isn’t as tame as you thought!

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Darts: A great British game explained

Darts player Colin Kent discusses the finer points of the noble game with Great British Mag's Elizabeth Khor

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The mysteries of cricket revealed: Part two

The second part of our guide to this incredibly British game includes links to words such as ‘Googly’ – and no, it has nothing to do with the famous search-engine…

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