A Dictionary of British Institutions: A Students' Guide by John Oakland

By John Oakland

This succinct consultant offers quick access to chose vital British institutional phrases that are extensively hired in modern British existence. it's cross-referenced with a finished index and appendices.

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Broker (finance) An independent financial agent who buys and sells commodities or services, Brownie Guides, the 28 such as insurance and shares, for another person and is paid or receives a commission for such work. Brownie Guides, the (sport and leisure) See Guides Association. Buckingham Palace (royalty and London) The official residence of the sovereign in central London, built in 1703, where the monarch lives for most of the year and from which much state and royal business is conducted. The ceremonial Changing of the Guard is held daily in its courtyard.

Canterbury Cathedral (religion) Canterbury in Kent became the ecclesiastical capital of England after St Augustine and other Roman monks had converted the pagan Saxons to Christianity in AD 596–7. The present cathedral was built between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries embodying the styles of several architectural periods, and became a centre for religious pilgrimages after the murder there of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170. It is the religious seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Canvass/canvassing (politics) The procedure at election time in Britain when local and national representatives of the political parties visit homes and other venues in a constituency trying to gain information about voting intentions, and attempting to persuade voters to vote for their party.

For most Britons it is a family holiday season, and focuses on Christmas Day (25 December) with its Christmas dinner. Presents and greetings cards are given, a Christmas tree (usually a fir tree) is erected and decorated, and parties, pantomimes and carol services are held. The Christmas season traditionally starts on Christmas Eve (24 December), and lasts until Twelfth Night (6 January) when decorations are taken down. Church of England, the (C of E) (religion) The established Christian Church in England was founded as a national Church by the Act of Supremacy 1534, after which it developed from a Roman Catholic into a Protestant Church.

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