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Wintery myths and legends
We know that spring will soon be here, but in the past people couldn’t be so sure. So what did folk around the world think caused the cold conditions and long nights?
Brunost: Norway’s brown cheese that looks like waxy fudge
I went to northern Norway recently to see the northern lights. I saw them. It was nice. Whatever! But the real highlight of the trip was the cheese. The brown cheese. It doesn’t sound appealing, does it? If you continue reading, I’m not sure I’m going to make it sound any better.
5 drinks from around the world to make you feel Christmassy
Are you bored of mulled wine? If so, take a gander at these festive beverages:
Pancakes from around the world
Well, well, well, who’d have thought it? Another Christian tradition that was influenced by Pagan traditions.
Slang and sayings from around the world
Isn’t slang a wonderful thing? You can ask someone if their “bags o’ mystery” are “bang up to the elephant”, and that’s a lot more fun that asking if their sausages are perfect.
British words that originated elsewhere
The history of the English language is understandably a tad murky. With waves of immigration dating back to prehistory, it’s not surprising our wonderful language has taken a lot of influence from around the world. Here are some words that you probably use every day, without even thinking about how far they’ve travelled.