Top 5 Weirdest Laws: UK Edition | Reading Comprehension

Across Britain, there are laws still enforced today that date all the way back to the 1300s! Some of them have no relevance in today’s world and are actually quite funny. The Team at Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan have put together a list of the top 5 weirdest laws that still exist in the UK. Get ready for your minds to be blown!

First up, it is actually illegal to be drunk in the pub! Yes, that’s right, you’ve read correctly! According to the 1839 Metropolitan Police Act, it is illegal to be highly intoxicated in a pub or for the pub-keeper to permit drunkenness on the premises

Next up, jumping the queue in the Underground ticket hall is not just rude, but actually illegal! That’s right, us Brits take queueing to a whole new level!

One of the most absurd laws that still exists is that it is apparently illegal to die while in Parliament. As the House of Parliament, less commonly known as the Palace of Westminster, is in fact a royal palace; so, if you were to die there, you would be required to be given a state funeral!

Another interesting law is that you can’t dress up as a soldier or seaman if you go to a fancy-dress party. According to the Seamen’s and Soldier’s False Characters Act 1906, it is illegal to pretend to be part of the armed forces.

Last but certainly not least placing a postage stamp bearing the monarch’s head upside down on an envelope is considered as an act of treason. So, when sending a postcard from your travels in the UK, make sure you place your stamp the right way up!

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BREXIT – What is it? | Reading Comprehension

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted in a referendum to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU). Over three years later, MPs (Members of Parliament) are still debating how to successfully implement this decision. The big question is, however, why did the citizens of the UK vote to leave in the first place? The Team at Scrambled Eggs School in Milan have a put together a short outline of all the facts.

‘Brexit’ is the term coined to describe the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The word Brexit is in fact a shortened version of ‘British Exit.’ In June 2016, 72.2% of voters went to their Polling Station (the place where you are registered to vote) to cast their vote on whether or not the UK should remain in the EU. The results were not only unexpected, but extremely close, with 51.9% of people voting to leave and 48.1% voting to remain! Brexit evidently divided the nation.

What encouraged people to vote the way that they did? In the months leading up to the vote, both supporters and opponents of the EU referendum led various campaigns to outline what the pros and cons would be if we decided to leave or remain in the EU. Here are the for and against arguments briefly outlined.

The For Argument

The push to leave the EU was advocated mostly by the UK Independence Party who argued that Britain’s participation in the EU restricted the country. The Party’s main arguments centred around: regaining border control and reclaiming business rights. Additionally, they argued that the high EU membership fees could be used use to benefit the UK, in particular to fund the NHS (the UK’s healthcare system).

The Against Argument

The Conservative Party, including David Cameron, the Party leader and the Prime Minister at the time, were strongly in favour of remaining in the EU. Their arguments against leaving were predominately related to business benefits; being a part of the EU allows the UK to participate in the single market and therefore benefit from economic strength and security. In addition, they argued that immigration helps develop the workforce and fuels public service projects.

In response to the results of the EU referendum, the UK invoked Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty on 29th March 2017. In doing so, the UK made its break from the EU official. The UK then had two years to negotiate a departure with the other member states and was officially due to leave on 29th March 2019. However, British MPs failed to come to a unanimous decision and the Article 50 process was extended to 12th April 2019 and then subsequently, a further six months, to 31st October 2019. As things stand, the UK is set to leave the EU on 31st October, unless a withdrawal agreement is ratified by both the UK and the EU before this date; as a result of which, the UK would leave before the deadline.

Until the UK’s exit becomes legal, the UK is still subject to EU laws. What will happened between now and then is completely up in the air. There is support for a second referendum, talks of extending the October deadline and even advocates for a no-deal Brexit (to leave the EU immediately and without any agreements in place). At the moment, the UK’s future in the EU is unknown.

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5 “Italian” dishes that you won’t find in Italy!

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Italy is known and loved for its flavourful and regionally diverse cuisine, especially for its pizza and pasta dishes. Italian cuisine is undoubtedly one of the world’s favourite cuisines. In fact, A YouGov survey revealed that 86% of all those surveyed ranked Italian food as their all-time favourite!* It is so popular that other countries have created their own “Italian” dishes. The team at Scrambled Eggs English School in Milano has put together a list of the top 5 “Italian” dishes that you won’t find in Italy! Prepared to be amazed!

Panini

First up, we have the “panini.” A panini is a grilled or toasted sandwich filled with deli ingredients, from bacon, brie and cranberry to chicken pesto and anything in between! This is a very popular lunch choice in the UK and served in most cafés. However, in Italian the word panini means sandwiches. So, if you ordered panini in Italy, you would simply get some normal sandwiches.

Spaghetti Carbonara with cream

Next up, we have Spaghetti “Carbonara” made with cream. This is personally one of my favourite “Italian” dishes. A true Carbonara however, a dish which originates from Rome, can only be made from eggs! The traditional ingredients also include guanciale, pecorino Romano and black pepper.

Garlic bread

Garlic bread is another super popular “Italian” dish that you can find in a lot of Italian restaurants outside of Italy. Sometimes it is served with caramelized onions on top and often the bread used to make it is baguette, which originates from France! In Italy, you will only find garlic on bread when it is used to make bruschetta.

Pepperoni Pizza

Next on the list is pepperoni pizza. “Pepperoni” is one of the most popular pizza toppings in both the USA and the UK. There’s just one problem: we know and love pepperoni as spicy salami slices, but in Italian pepperoni means peppers! So, if you order a pepperoni pizza in Italy, you’ll get a pizza full of peppers. Instead, ask for salame piccante.

Ham and Pineapple Pizza

Last but not least, ham and pineapple pizza, also known as Hawaiian pizza, is 100% not Italian. Ham and pineapple pizza in fact originates from Canada! The story goes that Sam Panopoulos, a young restaurant owner originally from Greece, decided to put it on his pizza to attract customers to his restaurant.

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*Over 25,000 people from 24 global locations were surveyed and asked which out of 34 different national cuisines was their favourite.