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Man wakes from coma speaking new language

When 81-year-old Alun Morgan suffered from a stroke he woke up to find that he could speak Welsh. Now retired, Alun lives with his wife in Somerset an…

Ducks Step in To Ring Bell

For 800 years, it has been tradition that the swans in the moat at the Bishop’s Palace in Somerset, England ring a bell to be fed. Tourists come to see the swans in action, and new swans are trained occasionally to carry on the tradition. However, the newest pair of swans are shy and have [...]

7 Other Famous Abbeys in England

The most famous abbey in England right now is not actually an abbey at all — it’s a castle. Highclere Castle is the stand-in for Downton Abbey, the eponymous location of the mega-popular British series about an upstairs-downstairs household in the early 1900s. While Downton might be the only abbey about which people in the [...]

Americanisms

As an American, sometimes it’s tough to know which commonly-used words and phrases are particular to America, and sound strange in other parts of the world. There was a fascinating round-up of “Americanisms” on this BBC blog the other day, and I wanted to share a few here. Some I find surprising — what, you [...]

Shed of the Year

We always get a kick out of announcing the winner of the British contest Shed of the Year, but this year, the winning shed is quite interesting in its own right. Jon Earl of Clevedon, Somerset won £1000 and a “shedload” of the sponsor’s products. His shed is more than just a place to store [...]

Why the Red Telephone Box was Almost Silver and Other Facts About the K6

Though they’re not as numerous as they once were, the red telephone box is one of a handful of images that instantly conjures up visions of England. But it wasn’t always such an icon. The Versions When telephone booths first came on to the scene, they were definitely more function than form. Intent on finding something [...]

Cheesy Couture

Inspired by Lady Gaga’s meat dress, fashion and textile students at Bath Spa University created fashions using 1000 pounds of Pilgrims Choice Vintage, Extra Mature and Red Leicester cheeses. These heat-molded, sculpted designs come with “Jimmy Cheese” shoes made from stale cheese sandwiches and a block of West County cheddar. No thanks, I prefer to keep [...]

Leaf eaters for Nettle Eating champion

Sisters Louise (L) and Lottie Gray, of Bincombe, Weymouth, and Nina Ivanova (R) of London compete in the annual Nettle Eating World Championships during a hen party at Bottle Inn pub in Marshwood, Dorset June 19, 2010. Sam Cunningham, a fishmonger from Wellington, Somerset won the event by eating the leaves of the equivalent of [...]

Knitted breasts

Knitted breasts now available on NHS When a baby is on its way, mothers-to-be can often expect a plethora of knitted presents such as clothes and blankets.Now one group of women is shaking up the tradition – commissioned by the NHS to knit 150 woollen breasts.The models, made by the Somerset Mothers’ Union, are being [...]

Mysteries of Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor is a place of legend, intrigue and mystery; a conical hill in the Somerset landscape it has been the subject of many tales ranging…