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United Kingdom

Our journey, this month, has brought us to the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland or as it is more popularly known as – United Kingdom (UK). UK consists of four countries – England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. UK is a unitary state (central government holds power) under a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state of UK as well as monarch of fifteen other independent Commonwealth countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, etc.).

The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy. UK is considered to have a high-income economy and is categorized as very high in the Human Development Index, ranking 14th in the world. UK has been a permanentmember of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946. London is one of the three "command centers" of the global economy (alongside New York City and Tokyo), and is the world's largest financial center alongside New York.

UK was the world's first industrialized country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Industrial Revolution started in the United Kingdom, in the early 17th century, wherein British merchants, shippers and bankers developed an overwhelming advantage over other nations allowing UK to dominate international trade in the 19th century. Over the later years, as other nations industrialized, coupled with economic decline after two world wars, UK began to lose its competitive advantage and heavy industry declined, by enormous degrees, throughout the 20th century.

UK has also produced age-defining scientists (e.g., Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin) and its influence to the English literature knows no bounds with the likes of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, to name a few. UK has been described as a "cultural superpower", and London has been described as a world cultural capital. As a result of UK’s Industrial Revolution and the British Empire, significant British influence can be observed in the language, law, culture and institutions of a geographically wide assortment of countries, including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, the United States and English speaking Caribbean nations.

What's inside this box?

Jacobs Jaffa Cakes
Jacobs Jaffa Cakes

The delicious combination of light sponge, plain chocolate and a smashing orange bit of jam in the middle, makes Jacob's Jaffa Cakes absolutely delicious. Made in the UK, Jacob's Jaffa Cakes were introduced over 60 years ago and the brand is now the 3rd biggest in the biscuit market. Jaffa Cakes are named after Jaffa oranges. In 2012, they were ranked the best selling cake or biscuit in the United Kingdom.

Walkers Scottish Shortbread Biscuits
Walkers Scottish Shortbread Biscuits

Walkers Shortbread is a Scottish manufacturer and is Scotland's biggest exporter of food. The company's signature pure butter shortbread is baked in the Moray village of Aberlour, Speyside, according to an original family recipe from 1898. Shortbread needs to be made in a place with no heat waves, and hence Speyside. Although the biscuits are made with simple ingredients:flour, butter and salt, you can taste the wholesome goodness in every bite

Tayto Chips – Cheese & Onion
Tayto Chips – Cheese & Onion

Tayto Crisps have been a firm family favorite in Irish households for over 60 years, and are credited with having invented the first ever Cheese & Onion flavored crisps. Production started in a factory on Moore Street, Dublin, where they were packed by hand in waxed greaseproof paper, and delivered in airtight tins

McVities Crawford Gribaldi
McVities Crawford Gribaldi

These golden crispy biscuits with a definitive layer of squashed fruit (currants) in the middle have long since been a British favorite and are best enjoyed with a pot of tea or coffee. This biscuit is named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian general and leader in the fight to unify Italy

Tayto Mighty Munch – Hot & Spicy
Tayto Mighty Munch – Hot & Spicy

Mighty Munch is a hot and spicy corn snack available in Ireland made by Tayto. They are shaped into the shape of a monster's hand or paw with three fingers and a hole in the palm, and have a delicious but oddly mild flavor, almost like ketchup.

Cadbury’s Flakes
Cadbury’s Flakes

Flake is a chocolate bar, which consists of thinly folded milk chocolate. The product was first developed in 1920 after an employee of Cadbury’s noticed thin streams of excess chocolate falling from molds and cooling into flaky folded bars. An interesting fact about the Flakes is that considering how thin and crumbly the chocolate bar is, it doesn’t melt at high temperatures.

TopPhrase

TopMunch was formed with a mission to educate people about the different cultures in the world. The learning curve is incomplete if people do not understand the native language, and with this in mind TopMunch has launched TopPhrase. TopPhrase provides our customers with basic phrases and their usages in each country, so that everyone would be able to conduct basic conversations with locals of that country.

This month, since we are travelling to the land, which gave birth to the English language; we thought of doing something different. We will be exploring the different usages and idioms used by the English, the Scottish and Irish folk.

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Clothing The word "pants" means underwear in Britain. What Americans would refer to as "pants" are called "trousers" in the UK. 'Sweaters' are known as 'jumpers' in the UK. Also "trainers" are tennis shoes or sneakers.

Places
Main Road Highway
Motorway Freeway
Level Crossing Railroad Crossing
Zebra Crossing Pedestrian Crossing
Public Toilet Restroom
Chemist Drug Store
Foods
Aubergine eggplant
White coffee coffee with milk
Biscuit cookie
Chips fat french fries
Crisps chips
Bangers sausages
Mash mashed potatoes
Jelly a children’s sweet desert that comes in a variety of color
Misc.
Lift elevator
Queue line
Bin trash
Brilliant wonderful
Boot used in context of a car trunk
Petrol Gas/Gasoline
Ground floor in the UK refers to the first floor
I'll give you a lift I'll give you a ride
I'll give you a ring/bell I'll call you
Common UK Expressions & Slangs
Ace brilliant, which means very good
Barmy mad or crazy
Blimey an exclamation of surprise
Blinding fantastic
Budge up move over and make some room
Cheeky flippant
Cheerio friendly way of saying goodbye
Cheers Used sometimes instead of "thank you" or "goodbye"
Chivvy along hurry up!
Dodgy not to be trusted
Dull boring
Engaged busy
Fancy desire
Grub food
Gobsmacked shocked, surprised beyond belief
Guv'nor (or simply Guv) the equivalent of saying "chief", "mac" or "buddy" in colloquial American.
Hunky-dory cool, no worries
Knackered tired, exhausted
Leg it run, run for it
Not my cup of tea not to my liking
Posh high class
Potty a little crazy, looney
Rubbish trash, garbage
Smart refers to the way you are dressed
Smashing terrific
Snog making out, kissing, etc.
Ta thanks

TopTravel

We, at TopMunch, aim to provide our customers the opportunity to experience the different cultures in its entirety. We have listened to the local music, learnt to converse in the local language, and hopefully already munched on a few local flavors already. If you were to travel to this country, all that you would need now in your kitty is a guide to take you around the different local sights along with local tips about how to gain an experience that can be preserved in your treasure chest of memories

With this mission in mind, we present to you our travelogue – TopTravel through which, we will not only be opening your eyes to the different sights in a country but shall also be helping you plan your next getaway or vacation to that country.

UNITED KINGDOM

The United Kingdom is the world's 8th biggest tourist destination, with over 36 million tourists having visited in 2015 and spent more than $22 billion. The country's principal tourist destination is London, with the Tower of London being the single most visited attraction in the country. The other capital cities of Scotland (Edinburgh), Wales (Cardiff) and Northern Ireland (Belfast) definitely warrant a visit too

Isle of Skye, Scotland The Isle of Skye takes its name from the Old Norse word “sky-a”, meaning “island of clouds”. The main attraction is the breath-taking scenery - the stark rise of the jagged Cuillin ridge which drops in to the gentle white of a soft sand beach; the inlets, bays and islands creating a complex lacework pattern with the sea; the rustic villages - all draw a memory that cannot fade.

Stratford-upon-Avon, England How can we talk about UK and not mention the author of some of the most-quoted lines of English Literature – William Shakespeare? He was born in Stratford in 1564 and died here in 1616. The whole town is built to provide its visitors theexperience of having lived in that era – with bard-themed tearooms to medieval recreations around town ending with taking in a play by the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Scottish Highlands, Scotland You can get lost in yourself gazing upon the majestic mountains and mysterious lochs as you journey through this beautiful land. Pass through Britain's largest National Park, witness dolphins frolicking off the Moray Coast, walk in the shadow of Britain's highest peak - Ben Nevis. If you do get a chance, say “wotcha” to Nellie at Loch Ness, (a.k.a the Lochness Monster).

The Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains are an adventurer’s paradise. While enjoying the outstanding scenic beauty of this area, you can also visit the Tollymore Forest park (the Oakwood from here was used to make the interiors of the Titanic), the Kilborney park, the Dundrum castle, and also learn how to cook fresh local seafood at the Mourne Seafood Cookery School.

Things to do in United Kingdom
  • Watch the changing of guard, at the Buckingham palace.
  • Visit Platform 9 and ¾ at the King’s Cross Station and relive your Harry Potter fantasies, while awaiting your owl from Hogwarts.
  • Visit the Stonehenge in Wiltshire, a British cultural icon and one of the most famous landmarks of UK
  • Visit the Twinings Tea Shop in London, a 300-year-old teashop that has brought tea to the English people, not to mention the Queen herself.
  • Visit the Longleat Hedge Maze, the longest hedge maze in the world and try not to get lost in it
  • Visit Skara Brae, which are the ruins of a Neolithic settlement (3100-2500 BC), located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland Orkney, Scotland (for all the Indiana Jones’ out there)
  • Visit 221B Baker Street, and hope to run into Sherlock Holmes who might be hot on the trail of a new mystery. “Watson, The Game is Afoot!”
  • Visit London's Original and All-Inspiring Coffee House in London - the site of London's first coffee house that has been serving refreshments of one kind or another for 360 years.
  • {"Visit The Eden Project"=>"The World’s Largest Greenhouse, which is situated in Cornwall, England."}
  • Drive in a London Black Cab, the oldest taxi service in the world.
  • Visit the Greenwich Royal Observatory and while there, walk towards the Greenwich Meridian line to be at 0 degree longitude and at GMT.
  • Drive into a whisky distillery in Scotland where they will walk you through the entire distilling process, which ends with a tasting of their single-malt whiskeys. Even if you don’t drink, do visit it.
  • If you like mystical adventures – we recommend that you visit Merlin’s Cave in Tintagel, the Roslin Glen (below the Roslyn Chapel) in Midlothian, the Giant’s Seat (or the Cadair Idris) in Snowdonia National Park in Wales.