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Øresund Bridge: The bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark

Øresund Bridge: The bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has suggested building a bridge spanning the English Channel, connecting Britain and France. Perhaps he’s forgotten about the far more practical tunnel which already exists. But the idea of connecting two countries by a bridge isn’t as barmy as it might sound.

Slang and sayings from around the world

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 which originated elsewhere

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.

Surströmming: Sweden’s very, very stinky fish dish

Surströmming is a dish from Sweden that really doesn’t sound very appetising at all. First off, “surströmming” is Swedish for “soured herring”. So if you thought herring was stinky enough as it is, this is soured herring.

5 more rocks that look a bit like people

It’s been almost three years since our last round-up of rocks that look a bit like people, so I think it’s about time for another, don’t you?

Wedding cakes from around the world

Let’s be honest, apart from seeing two people who love each other say their vows, the best part of the big day is the food, and more importantly, the cake. You’ve spent hours standing around and taking part in the pleasantries, you deserve to indulge in some marzipan goodness.

Dinner For One: Germany's strange New Year's tradition

Dinner For One: Germany’s strange New Year’s tradition

In Germany, however, they actually do repeat the same programme every New Year’s Eve – and that programme is Dinner for One. The British comedy sketch was filmed in 1963 and has been shown on German TV every year since 1972.