Традиции и обычаи Великобритании

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The London Eye, a must-see London attraction


If you are planning your tour in London, without any doubt the London Eye is a must-see attraction.  It is a great way to see panoramic views of London and make stunning pictures. It is situated on the South bank of the river Thames and is 135 meters tall. It was opened to the public in 2000.

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The London Eye, 2017

10 things you might want to know about the London Eye

1. The London Eye is not a Ferris wheel. It’s the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel.

2. On average more tourists visit the London Eye per year than the Great Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt and the Taj Mahal, an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.

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The Taj Mahal, India

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The Pyramid of Giza, Egypt














3. The London Eye can carry as many people during one rotation as 11 London red double-deckers busses. That means that 800 people can ride this attraction at the same time!

4. Kate Moss, the British supermodel and actress has set a record for a UK celebrity visiting the London Eye 25 times.

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Kate Moss, a British supermodel and actress


5. There are 32 capsules on the London Eye which represent 32 London boroughs ( /ˈbʌrə/ — a town or part of a city) and each one weighs as much as 1,052,632 pound coins.

6. In spite of the fact that there are 32 capsules all in all, for superstitious reasons they have numbers from 1 to 33. There is no capsule with number 13 on the wheel to avoid bad luck.

7. Capsules travel at a very slow speed which is only 26 cm per second which is twice as fast as a tortoise sprinting.

8. When the weather is fine, you can see up to 40 kilometers in all directions from the top of the London Eye and that is as far as Windsor Castle.

9. In December 2005 the London Eye was lit pink during the first Civil Partnership celebration that was performed on the wheel. Dave Cook, 36 and James Wright, 30, from Clapham, exchanged their vows on the London Eye.

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The London Eye lit in pink


10. The London Eye had a predecessor /ˈpriːdɪˌsesə/ предшественник, the Great Wheel, which was built at Earl’s Court, London for the Empire of India Exhibition. It was opened to the public in on 17 July 1895. It was 94 meters tall and 82.3 meters in diameter. It stayed in service until 1906.

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The Great Wheel, London, 1906

 Happy travelling!

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Christmas films: Mog's Christmas Calamity


Hello, my dear readers!

Recently I've come across this beautiful short film about a lovely cat called Mog on YouTube. It was made in November 2015 for the 2015 Christmas advert for the British supermarket chain Sainsbury's and was titled «Mog's Christmas Calamity». I absolutely adore this short film which was inspired by the book written by the children's writer Judith Kerr.

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Mog is the main character in this series of books. Other characters are Mr and Mrs Thomas who are Mog's owners and their two children Nicky and Debbie. Unusually for a popular children's series, Mog dies in the final book, 2002's «Goodbye, Mog». 

Kerr based her illustrations of the house in which the family live on her own family home in Barnes, London, and the two children were named after the middle names of her own son and daughter, Matthew and Tacy. The family name «Thomas» is from the first name of her husband, NigelKneale, upon whom the appearance of Mr Thomas was based.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org

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Mog's Christmas Calamity book

In «Mog's Christmas Calamity» Mog accidentally started a fire in her home after having a bad dream. Nevertheless, she was able to alert the fire brigade as she had called 999 when scrabbling across a phone. Everyone considered her to be a hero because she saved her owners.  And after her owners' neighbours had pooled their resources to undo the damage she had done, in reference to Sainsbury's «Christmas is for sharing» tagline, she was later given an egg as a treat. Kerr herself appeared in the advert as a neighbour of the Thomas family. A special plush Mog and book version of the story were sold exclusively through Sainsbury's, with all profits being donated to Save the Children's child literacy work.

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Judith Kerr in Mog's Christmas Calamity


You can use this wonderfulshort film advert in your classes with young learners, teens and adults as well while studying about Christmas traditions.

Warming up activity

Use flashcards to elicit Christmas vocabulary.

Christmas card

Christmas Tree

Christmas decorations







Play the matching game

Match the verbs which go with the Christmas vocabulary on the flashcards

to write

to decorate

to buy

to choose

to open

to wrap

to pull

to roast

to light

to put

to make

to send

to receive

to stuff

Group work

Ask the studentds to describe Christmas traditions in their country (family) or in the English speaking countries. Spot the differences in celebrating Christmas in their country (for example, in Russia people celebrate Christmas on January 7th) and in other countries. You can read about Christmas celebrations in Russia here.

Film watching 

Tell the students that they are going to watch a short film about a fat cat called Mog who cuased lots of calamities which ruined a perfectly prepared Christmas. Put students in pairs and ask them to predict what Mog might do to ruin Christmas Day.

Remember that you should limit the time for your students (up to 5 minutes) to come up with the ideas.

Tell the students to watch the film and compare their predictions with the real events in the film.

Christmas is for sharing

Stop the film at the caption «Christmas is for sharing». Ask the students how they understand this message  and give their own examples of how we can share at Christmas.


It was Christmas Eve and everyone in the Thomas family was dreaming sweet dreams.

Nicki and Debbi were dreaming about what Santa would bring them; Mr Thomas was dreaming of a new bat; Mrs Thomas was dreaming of... «Oh, Captain Thomas!» ...something else. Finally, of course, we have Mog.
Mog was not dreaming sweet dreams, Mog was having a nightmare. 

1:06 : «Hello, fire service. Hello? Hello...»
2:04 «Follow that cat!»
2:08 : «All clear Boss.»
2:21 : As the neighbours gathered, the fireman told everyone how Mog had saved the day. 

«She deserves a medal»
«I think she'd rather have an egg»

But there was no egg for Mog. There was no Christmas at all. At least, that's what they thought... but everyone else thought: if the Thomas's and Mog can't have a Christmas, they can share ours. So that's exactly what they all did.
«There you go Mog»

Enjoy watching!