Continuing on with #GlobeFacts Britain after we admire this lovely 36cm Prussian Blue globe.

The 1.5-mile journey from Westray to Papa Westray in the UK’s Orkney Islands is the shortest scheduled flight in the world. The trip takes less than two minutes.

Britain’s most remote pub is the Old Forge on #Inverie, Scotland. It is 107 miles (172 km) from the nearest city, Inverness, and has no road access.

James Bond’s code “007” was inspired by the author Ian Fleming’s bus route from Canterbury to London.

The Christmas tree in #TrafalgarSquare is presented every year by the people of Oslo in gratitude for London’s assistance during World War II.

The London subway (the Tube).. is one of the oldest in the world. The 409 escalators in the Tube cover a distance every week which is approximately equivalent to several trips around the globe.

A new breed of mosquito was found in the Tube tunnels in 1998. Scientists believed it mutated from the bird-biting form that colonized the London Underground when it was built in last century and, as it would not mate with its aboveground cousin, it has evolved into a separate species.

The most famous of all British pop bands, and maybe in the world, The Beatles, were once known as “Johnny and the Moondogs.” Johnny was, of course, John Lennon. He legally changed his middle name from Winston (after Winston Churchill) to Ono in honour of his then girlfriend and later wife, Yoko Ono.

Britain is the only country in the world which doesn’t have its name on its postage stamps.

Over 27 tons (59,523 lb.) of strawberries and 7,000 litres (1,849 gal.) of cream are consumed every year during the two weeks of Britain’s Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Beauty in an organised mess

Continuing on with #GlobeFacts Britain

The New England Historic Genealogical Society in both Britain & the United States estimates that up to 50 million Americans can trace their ancestry back to King Edward III

About 30% of today’s Londoners were born outside the United Kingdom

The first fish and chips restaurant was opened in 1860 in London by a Jewish immigrant named Joseph Malin

More languages (over 300) are spoken in London

Every day, the British drink 165 million cups of tea, more than 20 times that of the average American

Champagne was invented in England by scientist Christopher Merret in 1662.. or at least he was the first to document the deliberate addition of sugar to the production of sparkling wine

There is only a 21-mile (34-km) gap between England and France, and the countries are connected by the Channel Tunnel, which opened in 1994. It is the world’s second longest underground tunnel; Japan’s Seikan Tunnel is the first

The Ghost Research Foundation has determined that with 500 recorded cases of ghostly encounters, York is the most haunted city in England and one of the most haunted in the world

Britain has an annual cheese-rolling competition that involves running down Coopers Hill after a Double Gloucester round. The winner gets to keep the cheese

As Alex glosses a 36cm Ochre Livingstone globe we continue on with yet more #GlobeFacts Belgium..

Belgium is one of the nearest country from the UK. It takes about 2 hours by Eurostar (bullet-train) from Brussels to London, that is less than from Northern England, Scotland or Wales.

Interestingly, the English language is a hybrid of Germanic languages (Anglo-Saxon and old Norse, close ancestors of Dutch) and Latin languages (Old French and Latin, direct ancestors of modern French). Nowadays, the most similar Germanic language to English is still Dutch, and many words in English have kept an (almost) identical spelling to French.

As Belgians speak both Dutch and French, English should be the easiest language to learn for speakers of either language, and even more so for those who already master the two national tongues.

Indeed, it is now increasingly common for young Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons to communicate in English together, instead of trying to speak each other’s language.

This way, there is no hesitation about which of the two languages to use, and it prevents giving the advantage to the native speaker of the chosen language of communication.