domingo, 7 de mayo de 2017


Can you guess the names of these 11 icons of the British culture?


Adapted from: Redaelli, A., Invernizzi, D. (2011). Eyewitness. Culture in a Changing World. Italy: Pearson/Longman.


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  1. Free Derry Corner. This can be found in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland. The slogan was first painted in January 1969 by John Casey. The sign is a reminder of the Battle of the Bogside which was the first major confrontation in the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.
  2.  RMS Titanic. The famous and tragic liner was built in Belfast in 1911 by Harland & Wolff in the largest shipyard in the world at the time. Visit Titanic – built in Belfast, the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum website dedicated to the Titanic at
  3. The Tudor Rose. This is an English icon. At the end of the Wars of the Roses between the House of Lancaster (red rose) and the House of York (white rose) Henry Tudor (who succeeded Richard III of the House of York) became king of England as Henry VII. Henry combined the white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster and created the Tudor Rose emblem.
  4. Whisky. This is a Scottish cultural icon recognized the world over. Whisky, Scotland’s national drink plays a vital role in the Scottish economy. This industry generates £800 million of income in Scotland and supports over 41,000 Scottish jobs. Source:
  5. The thistle. According to a legend the thistle became Scotland’s national emblem a very long time ago when Scotland was ravaged by Viking invaders. One night, as the marauding Vikings approached a group of Scots; they stood on a patch of thistles with their bare feet and, of course, let out cries of pain as the thorns dug deep. The Scots woke up and were able to fight off their assailants.
  6. The Beatles. The famous Liverpool group is a well-established icon of England.
  7. Sir Sean Connery. The world famous ‘James Bond’ actor was born in Edinburgh. He has been a high-profile supporter of Scotland’s National Party, donating thousands to funds.
  8. The Red Dragon.This has long been a symbol of Wales. A Red Dragon features on the national flag and is often to be found marking goods of Welsh origin. Source:
  9. The robin. This is England’s favourite bird. It is celebrated, among others, in the poetic lines of Keats and Blake. Unlike most other woodland and garden birds, the robin rarely migrates abroad. It is for this reason that the English associate this bird with Christmas, and the fact that their distinctive red breasts show up so well against white snow.
  10. Rugby. This is the national sport of Wales and the national team is sometimes known as ‘The Dragons’. The home ground is the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. 
  11. The Red Hand. This is one of the only emblems in Northern Ireland used by both the communities in Northern Ireland although it is more associated with the Protestant community. Catholics see it as representing the nine counties of Ulster, while Protestants see it as representing the six counties of Northern Ireland. The Red Hand of Ulster appears on many murals and flags.   Source:


50 comentarios:

  1. The man in the kilt is Sean Connery. He's a Scottish actor who's played roles such as James Bond and Indiana Jones' father, among many others.

    1. It could also be the kilt itself, the typical Scottish garment traditionally worn by men in the Scottish Highlands. Its origin is Celtic, more specifically Gaelic, but it has become associated with the culture of Scotland.

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  3. The Beatles. They are the most famous and successful boy band that i've ever seen in the music industry. They started out in Liverpool in 1960, the members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are influence for a lot of people and artists today.
    de Bary Dana Sabrina.

  4. Number 8 is the Wales´ National flag. It was designed in 1485 for the Battle of Broswotrh. Henry VIII used it there. It has a red dragon passant on a green and white field. It was officially recognised as the Welsh national flag in 1959.

  5. Number 3: The Titanic. It was a British liner, the largest passengers ship in the world. It sank on April 15Th, 1912, during its first voyage from Southampton to New York. 1514 out of the 2223 passengers died. It was the biggest shipwrest in history. Mercedes Elicegui

    1. Sorry, I've mistaken the numbers!!! The Titanic is number 2, not number 3.

  6. Number 9: The Robin, won the first plaze, with 34% of the votes, for being UK's national bird. Almost 225,000 votes have been cast since the ten finalists were announced in March 2015. The voting closed on May 7, and this red-breasted bird got 75,623 votes.

  7. Number 9: Robin is the national bird of England. Male and female have similar plumage colour with an Orange face and breast.
    Several English and Welsh sports organizations are nicknamed the Robins!!
    Vanesa Belizo

  8. Number 6: they were the group the beatles, they from liverpool, they were a group of rock music, in the 90' they were the most famous band in england, your members they were John lennon, paul McCartney, Ringo Star, George Harrison. They became widely regarded as the foresmost and most influentian act of the rock era.
    Natasha ojeda.

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  10. NUMBER 3: The Tudor Rose
    The Tudor rose (sometimes called the Union rose) is the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England and takes its name and origins from the Tudor dynasty.
    The Wars of the Roses were a series of wars for control of the throne of England fought between House of Lancaster (associated with a red rose), and the House of York (whose symbol was a white rose). The conflict lasted through many sporadic episodes between 1455 and 1487. It ends with the defeat of king Richard in the hands of Henry Tudor. Henry, having been acclaimed King Henry VII, then strengthened his position by marrying Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and the best surviving Yorkist claimant. He thus reunited the two royal houses, merging the rival symbols of the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York into the new emblem of the red and white Tudor Rose.

    Luciana Campoónico

  11. There is a Rugby ball in picture number 10. Rugby is a famous kind of football born in England. It is one of the most important sports in that location, including football, cricket and hockey.
    Paulina Capparelli.

  12. Number 10: Rugby ball.

    The origins of the game, now know across the world simply as rugby, can be traced back over 2000 years. The Romans played a ball game called harpastum, a word derived from the Greek word "seize", the implication of the name being that somebody actually carried or handled the ball.
    The roots to the modern game of rugby can be traced to a school for young gentlemen in the Midlands of England, which in 1749 finally outgrew its cramped surroundings within the town centre and moved to a new site on the edge of the town of Rugby in Warwickshire. The new Rugby School site had "…every accommodation that could be required for the exercise of young gentlemen." This eight-acre plot became known as the Close.
    The game of football, which was played on the Close between 1749 and 1823, had very few rules: touchlines were introduced and the ball could be caught and handled, but running with ball in hand was not permitted. Progress forward towards the opposition's goal was generally made by kicking. It was during a match on the Close in the autumn of 1823 that the face of the game changed to the one which is recognizable today.
    The rules and the fame of the game spread quickly as the Rugby School boys moved onwards and upwards, first to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The first university match was played in 1872. From the universities, the graduating teachers introduced the game to other English, Welsh and Scottish schools, and overseas postings for the Old Rugbeians who had moved through to the army officer class, promoted its growth on the international stage. Scotland played England in the first International game at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh in 1871.

    Aschero Yanina.


  13. Number 11: The Red Hand of Ulster

    The Red Hand of Ulster is an Irish symbol used in heraldry to denote the Irish province of Ulster. The symbol is rooted in Irish Gaelic culture and its origins are attributed to the mythical Irish figure Labraid Lámh Dhearg (Red Hand Labraid), of the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology.

    Marolla Luciano.

  14. wow, WOW ...and WOWWWWWW. I CONGRATULATE YOU ALLLL ON YOUR (partial) PERFORMANCE!!! I thought this was a hard task; but you were able to find MOST OF THEM!!!!
    So far: 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10.

    stella :-)))

  15. The picture number 5 shows us The Thistle which is the symbol of Scotland. This flower is common throughout the highlands, islands and lowlands of Scotland, the prickly purple thistle has been Scotland's national emblem for centuries. This proud and regal plant, which grows to a height of five feet, has no natural enemies because of the vicious spines that cover and protect it like a porcupine.

    Peñalva Carol

  16. Picture number 1 is a mural called "The petrol bomber". It is located in Bogside, Ireland. It was painted in the summer of 1994 by The Bogside artist for the 25 th anniversary of the battle of the Bogside. The boy depicted is bassed on a photograph of Paddy Coyle, but the image is also based on the front cover of the book about the battle, written by Clive Limpkin. It is one of the most photographed murals in the world.

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  18. Picture number 4: Paddy Irish Whiskey

    Paddy Whiskey was first produced by the Cork Distilleries Company, two years after being started in 1877, although it was originally known as Cork Distillery Company Old Irish Whiskey.
    Paddy whiskey is distilled three times and matured in oak casks for up to seven years and It has a high malt content. In addition,It is Ireland's third best selling whiskey.

    Julieta Dattoli

  19. So far: 1, ..., 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10, ...


    st :-)

    1. Number eleven is already done too!!

    2. And also number two, but Mercedes wrote "number 3" instead of writing number two!!

  20. Picture n°6 : The best band in history,The beatles!

    John lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison debuted in 1961 at the Cavern club on Mathew Street in Liverpool. Since then they had been unstoppable ! They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, "Love Me Do" in late 1962 and The 'Beatlemania' grew in Britain over the following year, by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market ! They starred five movies and motion pictures that had the same name as theirs soundtrack "A Hard Day's Night", "Help! ", "Magical Mystery Tour" , "Yellow Submarine" and "Let it be".
    Unfortunately, due to problems between them Jonh Lennon first decided to leave the group in 1969. By 1970 Paul McCartney announced that "The beatle thing" was over.

    This is one of my favourite bands and to me they will always be alive and together as "The Beatles" !

  21. Number 7:
    Sean Connery is a retired Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of England in July 2000 after receiving Kennedy Center Honors in the US in 1999.
    Connery was the first actor to portray the character James Bond in film, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.
    In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables which is one of my favorites movies.

  22. Number 7:
    Sean Connery is a retired Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of England in July 2000 after receiving Kennedy Center Honors in the US in 1999.
    Connery was the first actor to portray the character James Bond in film, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.
    In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables which is one of my favorites movies.

  23. Number 8: The mame of the flag is "the Red Dragon" and is the flag of Wales.
    "The Red Dragon" appears to have regained popularity in the early part of the tweentieth century, when it was used for the 1911 Caernarfon Investiture of Edward, Prince of Wales. However, it wasnt until 1959 that it became a officially recognised as the national flag.

    Romina Rapanelli

  24. Number 9: this cute bird is called "Robin", is the UK's favourite bird and can be distinguish from the others by its red and bright breast. Although they seem to be friendly creatures, they can be aggressive when other animals try to invade their territory. They sing all throughout the year.

  25. Picture number 8: The flag of Wales. The name is Y Ddraig Goch (The Red Dragon, in English). Used by The King of Owynedd who was called Cadwaladr in the north-west of Wales, from 655 to 682.
    This dragon was composed of a wolf's head with a forked tongue and a serpent like body made of fabric which would ripple out in the wind.
    It is often said that is one of the oldest national flags in Europe although this is almost impossible to verify. Certainly, the association of the Red Dragon with the people of Wales has existed for longer than that of the English with the cross of St.George. However, it was not made the official flag of Wales until 1959 and before then many alternatives had been in use.


    Yamila Nair Aranda

  26. Good! Is there any question missing??? Could you check it out, please?


  27. Picture n°2

    Titanic was one of three 'Olympic Class' liners commissioned by the White Star Line to be built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.These magnificent vessels were the industrial marvels of their age and Titanic was to be the biggest, fastest and most luxurious liner yet.
    When the Titanic was finished - a floating city, ready to set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. On board was a collection of passengers comprising millionaires, silent movie stars, school teachers and emigrants, in search of a better life in the United States.
    By the fifth day of its journey, Titanic was making swift progress across the Atlantic. Although Captain Edward Smith had plotted a new course upon hearing earlier reports of ice from other liners. On the night of Sunday 14 April 1912 At 11.40pm the lookout sounded the alarm, the warning came too late to avoid the iceberg and Titanic struck it less than 40 seconds later, tearing a series of holes along the side of the hull. Upon inspecting the damage, Titanic's chief naval architect Thomas Andrews said to Captain Smith that the ship would certainly sink. Less than three hours later Titanic lay at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean, nearly four kilometres down. The sinking of Titanic claimed more than 1,500 lives. For many, the tragic fate that befell Titanic would come to mark the passing of the opulence of the Edwardian era and foreshadowed the global tragedy of World War One.


    Micaela Balderrama

  28. Number 4: Paddy Irish whiskey
    Behind the famous whiskey brand "Paddy", we have an interesting and curious story. This whiskey is called like that in honor of an employee of the company. Paddy O’Flaherty was a sales representative of the company and his strategy of sale was so successful that "Cork Distilleries Company Old Irish Whiskey" awarded to Paddy be part of the identity of one of the most famous whisky brand like Jameson which belongs to this destillery too.
    "Paddy’s technique was to send advance notice of his arrival time a day or so in advance to the town he was due to visit with the word that he would be buying a free whiskey for all his “friends” who were drinking in any of the pubs that stocked his whiskey. The result was that Paddy’s Whiskey became very popular indeed. So popular that it became known to one and all as Paddy’s or Paddy Whiskey. Eventually, Paddy’s employers agreed to allow him to take early retirement on full salary in return for permission to trademark and use his name on the whiskey and so, Paddy Irish Whiskey was born.""

    In my opinion, Knowing the history of each whisky, liqueur, and beverage is extremely useful to the best bartenders in the world. Due to this knoledge they can make any person to enjoy not only a drink or a cocktail, They can make them experience a culture, their flavours and its history.

    Gabriela Somma

  29. I´m sorry I forgot to post the source:


    Gabriela Somma

  30. For example, Arthur Conan Doyle,best known for Sherlock Holmes storiesss...

    [...]Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Doyles were a prosperous Irish-Catholic family. Charles Altamont Doyle, Arthur's father, a chronic alcoholic, was a moderately successful artist, who apart from fathering a brilliant son, never accomplished anything of note. At the age of twenty-two, Charles had married Mary Foley, a vivacious and well educated young woman of seventeen.[...]


    Laura López

  31. Number 6: The Beatles
    The most iconic and popular rock band in the history of england and the world!. John Lennon,Paul Mccartney,George Harrison and Finally Ringo Starr all native from Liverpool, England an
    city and metropolitan municipality of the county of Merseyside, in the region Northwest of England. They knew each other when they were just teenagers dreaming with being like Elvis without knowing that them as a group and The Beatlemania would be greater than his idol career. They began their journey as a band on early 60's with Stuart Sutcliffe (the best friend of John Lennon and a very talented painter) as the bass player, and Pete Best as the drummer. When the legendary Brian Epstain discovered the band on the local pub The Cavern, he became their manager, and replace Pete Best with the lovely and charismatic Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey). In regards of Stuart he decide to leave the band because he wasn't a musician, leaving Paul Mccartney with the place of bass player. Some weeks later before he left and The Beatles went to hamburg for a tour he died of a stroke in front of his former Germanic girlfriend Astrid. The Career of The Beatles last only ten years, but in this little time as a band they publish thirteen record and knew how to change the history of music. Adding new instruments like citar (A typical indian instrument), playing tracks backwards like Tomorrow Never Knows, using for the first recorded time the guitar coupling, being the first band having their own movies, even one animated (Yellow Submarine) and arousing crazy passion in teenagers all over the world. They were the first model to all the other bands that came before and leave us so many great music that we can enjoy even today.
    Rebeca Rianelli
    (I don't have a source to post because i write this from my heart, i am really passionate fan of the beatles, sorry for the writing mistakes! )

  32. Number 9
    The robin or robin redbreast in the British Isles, is a small insectivorous passerine bird.About 12.5–14.0 cm (5.0–5.5 inch) in length, the male and female are similar in colouration, with an orange breast and face lined with grey, brown upperparts and a whitish belly. It is found across Europe, east to Western Siberia and south to North Africa; it is sedentary in most of its range except the far north.
    A nationwide ballot saw more than 200,000 people elect the robin as Britain’s national bird, after it swooped away with 34 per cent of the vote. It beat competition from the barn owl, which came second with 12 per cent, and the blackbird in third with 11 per cent.

    Source: >>
    Elisa Chamorro.

  33. Number 2, the RMS Titanic. It was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic ocean in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg. More than 1500 passengers died, included it's architect, Thomas Andrews. The RMS Titanic was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

  34. Number 7 = Sean Connery

    Hard to not recognize one of my most favourite actors of all times!
    Sean Connery, an icon from Scotland, best known for several big roles in movies such as "The Name of the Rose", "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", "The Untouchables", "Robin and Marian" (all of which I've watched and enjoyed), as well as being known for starring the first James Bond movies! He's an amazing actor, although he's now retired.
    He was born on August 25, 1930, in Fountainbridge, Scotland. He had quite a modest upbringing, being born from a truck driver and a laundress. He later joined the Navy at 13, but was soon released due to stomach ulcers. Eventually, after taking on assorted jobs, he ended up joining a Mr Universe contest, at which he was contacted by a local casting director. His acting career pretty much started from there.
    In the 1950s, he was part of numerous U.K. films and television programs.
    In the early '60s, and after some personal problems and fights, he finally landed the lead role of James Bond in "Dr. No", continuing the role in followups like "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" while gaining massive popularity. He worked regularly in film thereafter, and in 1987 won an Academy Award!! in the category of supporting actor for "The Untouchables". Connery later starred in the adventure films "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" before retiring from acting.
    However, while his professional work is applauded, his personal choices have often come under fire. In 1998, he was denied a British knighthood due to his active support for the Scottish National Party. (He would be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, for which he wore traditional Highland attire.) In 1999, Connery received a Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2006 received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.
    In 2008 Connery released the book "Being a Scot", a work which was billed as an exploration of the actor's native country and its ideologies more so than a traditional autobiography.

    As you can see, he's a man passionate and true to his beliefs, and has worked hard for his accomplishments despite all the difficulties! He's also quite charming, charismatic and very determined. Definitely one of my favourite actors!

    Source: Although I took the information from here, , I've included my own opinion and words, as its a topic I enjoy talking about :)

  35. Number 6

    The Beatles was a British rock and pop music group, they were really admired and very popular of the 1960s. Even they were one of the most influential in the history of modern music.
    The band was stablished on 1962 and its official separation was in 1970. The members of The Beatles were John Lennon (Liverpool, 1940-New York, 1980), Paul McCartney (Liverpool, 1942), George Harrison (Liverpool, 1943-Los Angeles, 2001) and Ringo Starr (Liverpool, 1940). However, it is difficult to give an exact date when the Beatles were formed. In the second half of the 1950s, John Lennon and his friend Peter Shotton (who would leave soon after) formed a group of music called The Quarrymen, which in 1957 was added Paul McCartney, followed shortly by George Harrison.
    The composition of the songs would almost always be in charge of John Lennon (rhythm guitar) and Paul McCartney (bass). In general they are due to Lennon, who must be considered the leader and the creative soul of the group, the most innovative songs and the artistic and intellectual exigency; The brilliant musical talent of McCartney was easily carried away by the commercial, but equally the songs ended up being the result of the balance between both. The ever restless George Harrison (guitar solo) contributed to the repertoire of the group with valuable contributions.
    Un 1967 wasthe year of the death of the one who had taken them to stardom, Brian Epstein, surely the only one able to maintain united personalities so different. John Lennon would always claim that Epstein's death was the end of the Beatles. The official separation would be delayed, and preceded by clamorous clues, such as the release of John Lennon's solo albums (three albums produced with Yoko Ono, his wife since 1968) and George Harrison. It probably did not take place earlier because of the interest of its components to edit the pending joint works before starting a personal trajectory.

    Lucas Lopez.

  36. Number 4:
    Paddy Whiskey is a brand of 80-proof blended Irish whiskey produced in Cork, Ireland, by the company Irish Distillers. It is Ireland's third best selling whiskey.

  37. The Beatles were an English Rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960.
    They became the most influential act of the Rock era,in the early 1960 its popularity was known as BEATLEMANIA

  38. Picture number 5 :
    In recent times, Scotland has adopted "Flower of Scotland" as its unofficial anthem. Regularly played at national rugby and football matches, "Flower of Scotland" evokes the country's very significant victory against England at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, led by Robert the Bruce.

    Damaris Martínez

  39. Number 1: the petrol bomber: ir was hainted in the summer of 1994 by the Bogside Artists for the 25th anniversary of the Battle of the Bogside.

    Vanesa Longhi

  40. Picture N°5: 'The thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland and is known for it's prickly touch. This flower actually grows those spiny leaves to protect against being eaten by wildlife. Thistles bloom in a range of colours including yellow and white, however they are most commonly seen in shades of purple.
    Edible thistles such as the bull thistle can be roasted and eaten. The seeds can also be used for producing oil and Native Americans used to chew on the petals like chewing gum.
    Also, the thistle is the oldest recorded 'National Flower' dating back to the 13th century when the vikings tried to creep up on Scotish clansmen, only to walk barefoot over thistles. This caused them to cry out alerting the Scotish army.'


    Rocio Molinari.

  41. VERY GOOD ANALYSES! I've paste the KEY for you to check/complete your own list of icosn.

    stella ;-)

  42. Picture number 8: The name is Red Dragon of Wales.
    The Red Dragon has always been used to rise Welsh nationalism specially in times of war. The Dragon has somehow always been the flag of the people rather than the flag of a person. Perhaps the very survival of the Dragon flag has been because it served the historic needs of those who required the service of Welsh soldiers.

    Anahí Estrella

  43. The fantastic gruop in the whole world were Beatles. The Beatles were so excitng band that to our sorprise the main singer called Lennon was murdered by a fan ( who loved him). Imagine!!!
    Ruth M. Gaona

    you were able to discover ALL the icons and to complete the information with other sources.

    st ;-)