“This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea.”
― William Shakespeare
We began this weeks CST session by noting the 100 years Centenary Royal Air Force flyby of Buckingham Palace on 10th July.
100 aeroplanes were in the flyby including:
- Red Arrows
- Several Spitfires
- Three F-35 Lightning stealth fighters
- And twenty two Typhoons, which spelt out 100 as they flew over the Palace.
We saw that the Red Arrows had flown over the Palace with rainbow colours, as it was also London Pride last weekend.
England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach the semi finals of the 'FIFA World Cup'.
Sadly, drunken fans trashed IKEA in London.
And then England lost to Croatia 2-0.
Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, and David Davis, Brexit Secretary, had both resigned from Government after a Chequers Brexit Awayday. (That went well then!)
Jeremy Hunt has subsequently been promoted from Health to the Foreign Office.
Donald Trump arrived in the UK on Thursday for his first official visit. A blimp of Trump as a baby wearing a nappy was approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to fly above Westminster Square.
Then there was some amazingly good news. All twelve boys were rescued from caves in Thailand, along with their school teacher. Sadly one of their rescuers died during the rescue effort, showing just how dangerous things were down there.
Prince Louis was christened this week in a private ceremony. His full name is HRH Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.
The heatwave continued and now the UK faces a drought and a hosepipe ban.
By way of introductions, we asked what people like best about England?
Do members have a favourite English place they like to visit?
Was anyone born or schooled in England, or have family members there that they visit?
What about a famous English person members would like to meet?
PRINCE WILLIAM OR HARRY
DAWN FRENCH OR JENNIFER SAUNDERS
& STEPHEN FRY... were top answers!
Not many people wanted to meet Simon Cowell or Piers Morgan!
As usual, we had some pre-prepared questions to help our discussion along.
Which plane did Donald Trump fly into the UK on board?
AIR FORCE ONE
Who is Air Commador In Chief of the RAF?
What does R.A.F. stand for?
ROYAL AIR FORCE
Which member of the Royal family flew as a pilot with the Air Sea Rescue service ?
What was the name of the famous pilot who fought in 'The Battle Of Britain' after previously losing his legs?
St. George's Day is when?
Describe the flag of England?
ST. GEORGE'S CROSS IS A RED CROSS ON A WHITE BACKGROUND
What is St. George, patron saint of England, most often shown slaying?
Who was known as 'The Bard On Avon'? (Stratford-On-Avon was where he lived.)
Which sisters wrote 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre'?
EMILY AND CHARLOTTE BRONTE
Which fabled hero robbed from the rich to give to the poor? (He and his Merry Men lived in Sherwood Forest.)
Where are HM Queen's residences?
How do you know if the Queen is at home?
THE UNION JACK FLIES
Which architect designed St Paul's Cathedral?
SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN
What railway terminates at Paddington Station?
THE SWANSEA TO LONDON LINE, PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS GWR
The Government has just approved a second runway for which London Airport?
Harry Potter boarded the Hogwarts Express from which London train station?
PLATFORM 9 3/4 KING'S CROSS
Where would you board a train to go to Europe via the Channel Tunnel?
What is the name of the nightclub in Liverpool where The Beatles started out?
Who else started their singing career there?
Where is the renowned but unknown artist Banksy from?
Which seaside resort has a replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris?
Which city has a leisure and maritime area called 'The Barbican'?
Where would you see the Crown Jewels?
TOWER OF LONDON
The Tate Modern Gallery in London used to be a what?
What is Europe's tallest Ferris wheel?
Which man in traditional costume shouts 'Oh yes, Oh yes' before making an announcement?
What do English people dance around on 1st May?
Which group of men dance in costume with bells on their ankles and bang sticks together in time to folk music?
Name the TV comedy series set in a hotel in TORQUAY?
The Pilgrim Fathers set sail on The Mayflower for The Americas on 16th September 1620 from which English port?
Where did Sir Francis Drake set sail from when he went to battle the Spanish Armada in July 1588?
PLYMOUTH HOE (Apparently he played a game of bowls there before he set sail!)
On board which ship did Charles Darwin set sail from Plymouth for the Galapagos Islands on 27th December 1831?
Which English scientist is said to have discovered gravity in the 1680s after an apple fell from an apple tree onto his head?
SIR ISAAC NEWTON
Which famous architect designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol?
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL
What is the name of the infamous motorway intersection in Birmingham?
Where would you find The Needles?
THE ISLE OF WIGHT
Which UK island is famous for its cat with no tail?
ISLE OF MAN (MANX CAT)
What group of Islands would you find 35 miles South West of Lands End? (It was Harold Wilson's favourite holiday destination)
What was the only part of Great Britain occupied by The Nazis in The Second World War?
THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
What's the difference between a Cornish and a Devon cream tea?
CORNISH TEA HAS CLOTTED CREAM ON TOP
What was the name of the vet in the TV drama series 'All Creatures Great And Small'?
JAMES HERRIOT (PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY)
What is the name of the pub in 'Emmerdale'?
THE QUEEN VIC
And Coronation Street?
THE ROVERS RETURN
(Has anyone a favourite pub they like to frequent?)
Where did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently marry?
Where are these famous LANDMARKS?
(Have some photos ready to hand)
Has anyone visited them; would anyone like to?
The Shard - LONDON
Stonehenge - SALISBURY PLAIN
The Roman Baths - BATH
Lake Windemere - CUMBRIA
Eden Project - ST AUSTELL, CORNWALL
The Cutty Sark - GREENWICH
Big Ben - WESTMINSTER, LONDON
Slimbridge - GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Angel Of The North - NEWCASTLE
The Millennium Dome (O2 Arena) - LONDON
The Prince Of Wales Bridge - SEVERN ESTUARY (What do members think of the new name for the Severn Bridge?)
King Arthur's Castle - TINTAGEL (allegedly!)
The Bullring - BIRMINGHAM
The White Cliffs - DOVER
Nelson's Column - TRAFALGAR SQUARE
The SS Great Britain - BRISTOL
The Globe Theatre - SOUTHBANK LONDON
Clovelly - NORTH DEVON COAST
St. Michael's Mount - CORNWALL (twinned with Mont Saint Michel in Normandy)
Durdle Door - DORSET
Glastonbury Tor - SOMERSET
Using a map of England, help members locate the following Areas Of Outstanding Beauty and guess at what they are famous for:
- Norfolk Broads (boating holidays, windmills, Norwich Cathedral)
- Dartmoor (hiking over tors, Dartmoor Prison, Buckland Abbey)
- Lake District (lakes, Scafell Pike, Wordsworth)
- English Riviera (seaside resorts, Torquay, Cockington Forge)
- Peak District (Pennine Way, Chatsworth House, Alton Towers)
- North Yorkshire Moors (NY Moors Steam Railway, Whitby, Scarborough )
- The Cotswolds (Bourton On The Water model village, Bath, Oxford)
- Cornwall (surfing, St Ives, Newquay, Padstow).
Let's think about some beverages made in England:
- Cider (West Country)
- Plymouth or London Gin
- Newcastle Brown
- Harvey's Bristol Cream
- Yorkshire tea
And foods from England:
- Cheddar cheese
- Wensleydale cheese
- Cornish pasty
- Lincoln sausage
- Cumberland sausage
- Melton Mowbray pork pies
- Jellied eels (East End of London)
- Yorkshire pudding
- Lancashire hotpot
- Bakewell tart
- Kendall mint cake
- Pontefract cake
- Eccles cake
Others very British not necessarily associated with a specific place:
- Tea for two
- Victoria sponge
- English crumpet
- Strawberries and cream (Wimbledon)
- English Mustard
- HP sauce (House Of Parliament)
- Marmite (Love it or hate it? Undertake a survey!)
- Worcestershire sauce.
Are there any others that members can name?
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines - John McCarthy Chorus
This 1965 comedy film is about flying where (it was its subtitle)?
HOW I FLEW FROM LONDON TO PARIS IN 25 HOURS 11 MINUTES
Dambusters - Film Score
Who invented the 'Bouncing Bomb'?
(Ask members to make a pilot's goggles with their HANDS, for fun.)
Buckingham Palace - Anne Stephens
Christopher Robin was from which series of books?
Three Lions - Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning seeds
In which year did England last win the World Cup?
1966 WHEN THEY BEAT WEST GERMANY 4-2 (GEOFF HURST SCORED A HATTRICK)
You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry And The Pacemakers
Which English football team uses this song as it's anthem?
Tea For Two - Doris Day & Gordon Macrae
When is the last time anyone used a teapot or loose leaves with a tea strainer?
Name some teas?
PG TIPS, GLENGETTIE, TETLEY, EARL GREY, BUILDERS, LEMON, GREEN, MINT, ICED, CHAMOMILE
English Rose - The Jam
Traditionally, what colour is the English Rose?
RED (THE TUDOR ROSE IS THE HERALDIC SYMBOL OF ENGLAND AND COMPRISES MAINLY RED FROM THE HOUSE OF LANCASTER AND A WHITE CENTRE FROM THE HOUSE OF YORK)
Candle In The Wind - Elton John
(You could ask before playing this song, what is the top selling UK single of all time?)
Why do you think this was the top selling UK single of all time?
IT'S ASSOCIATION WITH PRINCESS DIANA
With A Little Help From My Friends - NHS Voices
What anniversary has the NHS just celebrated?
(Originally from The Beatles 1967 album, 'Sgt. Pepper' s Lonely Hearts Club Band')
The Adventures Of Robin Hood - TV Theme
Who were Robin Hood's arch enemy and closest friend?
THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM & MAID MARIAN
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Vicar Of Dibley theme) - The Choirboys
What was the vicar's name?
GERALDINE GRANGER (PLAYED BY DAWN FRENCH)
Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler - Bud Flanagan
Where was this TV comedy ('Dad's Army') set?
All Creatures Great And Small - TV Theme
What series of books was this TV comedy based on?
IT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN TO A VET
Fawlty Towers - TV Theme
Name the four main characters and actors?
BASIL FAWLTY - JOHN CLEESE, SYBIL FAWLTY - PRUNELLA SCALES, POLLY - CONNIE FRANCIS & MANUEL (I'M FROM BARCELONA) - ANDREW SACHS
Englishman In New York - Sting
Who is this song about?
GAY RIGHTS CHAMPION, QUENTIN CRISP
Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
Which album (Kate's first) was this song taken from?
THE KICK INSIDE
('Wuthering Heights' was the first self penned song by a British female singer songwriter to reach number one in 1978)
Fields Of Gold - Sting
Which company makes Barley Water?
I Am A Cider Drinker - The Wurzels
What is rough strong cider better known as?
I'm Henry The Eighth I Am - Herman's Hermits
Name the six wives?
CATHERINE OF ARAGON, ANNE BOLEYN, JANE SEYMOUR, ANNE OF CLEVES, KATHRYN HOWARD, KATHERINE PARR
King Henry VIII,
To six wives he was wedded.
One died, one survived,
Two divorced, two beheaded.
Boleyn and Howard lost their heads,
Anne of Cleves he would not bed,
Jane Seymour gave him a son – but died before the week was done,
Aragon he did divorce,
Which just left Catherine Parr, of course!
It's A Long Way To Tipperary / Pack Up Your Troubles
Time for a singalong
White Cliffs Of Dover - Vera Lynn
What is Vera Lynn commonly referred to as?
THE FORCES' SWEETHEART
(Born 20th March 1917, she is now 101 years young!)
Swing Low '99 - Russell Watson
This song is commonly sung at England rugby union matches? Thinking of the 'Six Nations', what are the emblems worn on players' shirts?
ENGLAND - RED ROSE, WALES - PRINCE OF WALES FEATHERS, IRELAND - THREE SHAMROCKS, SCOTLAND - THISTLE, FRANCE - ROOSTER, ITALY -ITALIAN RUGBY FEDERATION FLAG
Jerusalem - Hubert Parry, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
What organisation sings this song at the opening of each of their meetings?
Rule Brittania - Last Night Of The Proms
Land Of Hope And Glory - Last Night Of The Proms
For these two tracks we gave everyone a musical instrument and gave our own rowdy performance.
We each had a Union Jack flag to wave also.
We then stood for the National Anthem.
After our active session, we went into the garden to water our tomatoes, peppers and chillis.
We then had refreshments - English Cream Tea of course!
We had previously made the English flags and bunting.