This is a short supplement to the 'England - St George's Day' CST activities pages.
It focuses on the East End of London and Cockney rhyming slang.
Before we get to that, though ... 'Ave a butcher's at these quiz questions ...
To be called 'Cockney', where do you have to be born? - WITHIN EARSHOT OF THE BOW BELLS (Mary-Le-Bow Church in Cheapside)
What are Cocknies who dress in traditional costume and perform to raise money for East End charities called? - PEARLY KINGS AND QUEENS
What is the name of the TV soap set in the East End that has a pub called 'The Queen Victoria'? - EASTENDERS
Who starred as Peggy Mitchell in this soap? - BARBARA WINDSOR
What Christmas did Den and Angie Watts separate (he gave her divorce papers as a Christmas present)? - 1986 (30.1m viewers tuned in to watch!)
Which Cockney singing pair had hits with 'Rabbit', 'Gertcha' and 'Ain't No Pleasing' You'? - CHASE & DAVE
Which musical had Eliza Doolittle being taught 'proper' Queen's English by Henry Higgins? - MY FAIR LADY
Who starred in this 1964 movie? - AUDREY HEPBURN & REX HARRISON
What are the brown coloured street in the game of 'Monopoly'? - OLD KENT ROAD & WHITECHAPEL ROAD
The foremost perpetrators of organised crime in the 1950s and 60s in the East End were twin brothers. What were their names? - REGGIE & RONNIE KRAY
Which notorious serial killer was active in the Whitechapel area of the East End in 1888? - JACK THE RIPPER
Name some other UK accents? - GEORDIE, MANCUNIAN, BRUMMIE, YORKSHIRE etc
Who said, after Buckingham Palace was bombed in the Blitz, "I’m glad we’ve been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face." - QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
Where did Eastenders take shelter during the Blitz? - THE LONDON UNDERGROUND
(Does anyone remember having an 'Anderson Shelter' in their garden?)
What food item is an East End delicacy? - JELLIED EELS
Which canal runs through the East End of London? - REGENT'S CANAL
Ask members to guess at what the Queen has to eat and drink each day?
"The Queen meets with the head chef to the royal household twice a week, to decide what meals she fancies.
Breakfast: The Queen likes cereal, usually Special K, and fruit, or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, according to a former chef.
Lunch: Former chef Owen Hodgson said he would often make the Queen mushrooms with a bit of Marmite, and crustless tuna sandwiches with thinly sliced cucumber and pepper.
Evening meals: She’ll often have an evening meal consisting of something like grilled sole with vegetables and salad.
To drink: The Queen likes a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and ice, and also likes wine and champagne with dinner."
Apparently, when on a long train or plane journey she also enjoys something simple, like a Fray Bentos pie!
Also, random information, she enjoys dancing to 'Dancing Queen' if at a function which involved dancing.
(Play Abba - 'Dancing Queen' if there is time.)
The nursery rhyme 'Oranges And Lemons' is about the churches in the East End of London. Try saying it together ...
Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement's.
You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin's.
When will you pay me?
Say the bells at Old Bailey.
When I grow rich,
Say the bells at Shoreditch.
When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.
I do not know,
Says the great bell at Bow.
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!
Chip chop chip chop the last man is dead.
Name the famous people in this 'Eastenders' picture, and what are they dressed as?
PAT BUTCHER (PAM ST CLEMENTS)
NORMAN SIMMONDS (GEORGE LAYTON) * Starred in 'It Ain't 'Alf Hot Mum' and 'Doctor In Charge'
JEAN SLATER (GILLIAN WRIGHT)
PEARLY KINGS AND QUEENS
COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG
Now have a go at guessing some of the meanings of these 'Top 100 Cockney Rhyming Slang Words and Phrases' (Londontopia.net):
(Take care. A few of these are a bit on the rude side. Maybe just choose a few?)
1. Adam and Eve – believe
2. Alan Whickers – knickers
3. Apples and pears – stairs
4. Artful Dodger – lodger
5. Ascot Races – braces
6. Aunt Joanna – piano
7. Baked Bean – queen
8. Baker’s Dozen – cousin
9. Ball and Chalk – walk
10. Barnaby Rudge – judge
11. Barnet Fair – hair
12. Barney Rubble – trouble
13. Battlecruiser – boozer
14. Bees and honey – money
15. Bird lime – time (in prison)
16. Boat Race – face
17. Bob Hope – soap
18. Bottle and glass – arse
19. Brahms and Liszt – pissed (drunk)
20. Brass tacks – facts
21. Bread and cheese – sneeze
22. Bread and honey – money
23. Bricks and mortar – daughter
24. Bristol City – breasts
25. Brown bread – dead
26. Bubble and squeak – Greek
27. Bubble bath – laugh
28. Butcher’s hook – a look
29. Chalfont St. Giles – piles
30. Chalk Farm – arm
31. China plate – mate (friend)
32. Cock and hen – ten
33. Cows and kisses – missus (wife)
34. Currant bun – sun (also The Sun, a British newspaper)
35. Custard and jelly – telly (television)
36. Daisy Roots – boots
37. Darby and Joan – moan
38. Dicky bird – word
39. Dicky dirt – shirt
40. Dinky doos – shoes
41. Dog and bone – phone
42. Dog’s meat – feet
43. Duck and dive – skive
44. Duke of Kent – rent
45. Dustbin lid – kid
46. Elephant’s trunk – drunk
47. Fireman’s hose – nose
48. Flowery dell – cell
49. Frog and toad – road
50. Gypsy’s kiss – piss
51. Half-inch – pinch (to steal)
52. Hampton wick – prick
53. Hank Marvin – starving
54. Irish pig – wig
55. Isle of Wight – tights
56. Jam-jar – car
57. Jimmy Riddle – piddle
58. Joanna – piano (pronounced ‘pianna’ in Cockney)
59. Khyber Pass – arse
60. Kick and prance – dance
61. Lady Godiva – fiver
62. Laugh n a joke – smoke
63. Lionel Blairs – flares
64. Loaf of bread – head
65. Loop the loop – soup
66. Mickey Bliss – piss
67. Mince pies – eyes
68. Mork and Mindy – windy
69. North and south – mouth
70. Orchestra stalls – balls
71. Pat and Mick – sick
72. Peckham rye – tie
73. Plates of meat – feet
74. Pony and trap – crap
75. Raspberry ripple – nipple
76. Raspberry tart – fart
77. Roast pork – fork
78. Rosy Lee – tea (drink)
79. Round the houses – trousers
80. Rub-a-dub – pub
81. Ruby Murray – curry
82. Sausage roll – goal
83. Septic tank – Yank
84. Sherbert (short for sherbert dab) – cab (taxi)
85. Skin and blister – sister
86. Sky rocket – pocket
87. Sweeney Todd – flying squad
88. Syrup of figs – wig (sic)
89. Tables and chairs – stairs
90. Tea leaf – thief
91. Tom and Dick – sick
92. Tom tit – shit
93. Tomfoolery – jewellery
94. Tommy Trinder – window
95. Trouble and strife – wife
96. Two and eight – state (of upset)
97. Vera Lynn – gin
98. Whistle and flute – suit (of clothes)
99. Wonga – cash
100. And of course, Rabbit and pork - TALK
Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner - Davy Jones
Davy Jones went on to be part of which group?
Underneath The Arches - The Andrews Sisters
Bud Flanagan wrote the theme song to which hit UK TV comedy about the 'Home Front'?
Dad's Army - TV Theme
Name the main characters?
CAPTAIN MAINWARING, SERGEANT WILSON, LANCE CORPORAL JONES, PRIVATE WALKER, PRIVATE PIKE, PRIVATE FRAZER, PRIVATE GODFREY
Some of their catchphrases were ...
"They don't like it up them!"
"You stupid boy!"
"Don't tell him Pike."
"Do you really think that's wise, sir?"
"Mum won't like it, Uncle Arthur."
"It fell off the back of a lorry, sir."
"Might I be excused sir?"
My Old Mans A Dustman - Lonnie Donegan
Which UK hit TV sitcom was based in 'Oil Drum Lane' and about a rag-and-bone business?
STEPTOE AND SON
Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way - Fiona Harrison
What is a 'cock linnet'?
MALE BIRD AKIN TO A GOLDFINCH THAT WAS COMMONLY KEPT AS A CAGED SONGBIRD
Lambeth Walk - Official Play Me Music
What musical is this song from?
ME AND MY GIRL
Any Old Iron - Peter Sellers
Can anyone play the spoons? Have a go ...
Down At The Old Bull And Bush - Stanley Holloway
We mentioned the pub 'The Queen Victoria' from 'Eastenders', what are the pubs in 'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street'?
& THE ROVER'S RETURN
Knees Up Mother Brown - Mrs Mills
Who likes a good old knees up, or party? Ask members to maybe tell a story about the best party they ever went to?
Get Me To The Church On Time - 'My Fair Lady'
'My Fair Lady' was based on which 1913 play by George Bernard Shaw?
Wouldn't It Loverly - 'My Fair Lady'
What does Eliza Doolittle shout at the races?
COME ON DOVER! MOVE YOUR BLOOMIN' ARSE!
You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two - 'Oliver'
Who was the 'receiver of stolen goods' in 'Oliver'?
I'd Do Anything - 'Oliver'
Who wrote 'Oliver Twist' in 1839?
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles - Doris Day
Which football team in the East End has taken on this song?
Rabbit - Chas And Dave
What shop is mentioned in the lyrics?
YOU'VE GOT MORE RABBIT THAN SAINSBURY'S