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The Thames: Liquid History

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The Thames: Liquid History

1. The River Thames is perhaps best known as the river that flows through London. It laps at the ancient walls of the Tower of London, flows past the Palace of Westminster and is spanned by Tower Bridge.

2. The River Thames starts its cross-country journey at its source at Thames Head in Gloucestershire and spills out into the Thames Estuary at Southend-on-Sea.

3. In 1929, John Burns, the London born radical politician and keen historian, brilliantly described the Thames as "liquid history" (see right). Julius Caesar was held up by the river in 54BC, the Magna Carta was signed on its banks and Vikings, pirates, the Dutch navy and the Luftwaffe have all used the Thames to navigate their way into London and threaten the country. Today we can also see Vikings sailing down the Thames, but only for some movie promotion campaigns.

4. The Thames is in many ways connected with sports. Today there are approximately 37 major rowing clubs along the river, and more than a dozen university clubs.

Then, you must have heard about the famous Boat Race, an annual event between the boat clubs of Oxford University and Cambridge University. It began in 1829, and is very popular nowadays. The Thames played a very visible role in the 2012 London Olympics. The Olympic Torch was carried by boat along a stretch of the river in Central London.

5. The river has also inspired poets, writers, painters and composers for centuries. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor to the Prospect of Whitby pub on the banks of the Thames and featured the river in his book Our Mutual Friend. Jerome K Jerome's classic book Three Men in a Boat describes a boating holiday on the Thames. In 2012 the Thames was used for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

6. What can the Thames be used for?

7. And finally there are some more facts about the River Thames.

  • The river is 215 miles long.

  • It has over 80 islands.

  • There are more than 200 bridges across the river (not only in London).

  • There are more than 20 tunnels.

8. A quiz:

1. What sight can’t you see on the Thames?

  • The Palace of Westminster

  • Westminster Abbey

  • Tower Bridge

  • The Tower of London

2. Who described the Thames as "liquid history”?

  • Julius Caesar

  • Vikings

  • John Burns

  • Charles Dickens

3. The Boat Race is held between:

  • Oxford and Cambridge

  • Rugby School and Eton College

  • London and Manchester

  • Essex and Devonshire

4. What book describes a boating holiday on the Thames?

  • Our Mutual Friend” (Ch. Dickens)

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (M. Twain)

  • The Deerslayer”(J. F. Cooper)

  • Three Men in a Boat”(J. K. Jerome)

5. How many bridges are there across the river?

  • 40

  • 100

  • 150

  • more than 200

Thank you for your attention!







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The Thames Liquid History Автор: Назарова И.М. УМК «Spotlight», 8 кл.

The Thames

Liquid History

Автор: Назарова И.М.

УМК «Spotlight», 8 кл.

The River Thames is perhaps best known as the river that flows through London. It laps at the ancient walls of the Tower of London , flows past the Palace of Westminster and is spanned by Tower Bridge . The Tower of London Tower Bridge

The River Thames is perhaps best known as the river that flows through London.

It laps at the ancient walls of the Tower of London , flows past the Palace of Westminster and is spanned by Tower Bridge .

The Tower of London

Tower Bridge

Stone, Thames Head, marking the source of the River Thames, near Kemble The Thames Estuary, Southend-on-Sea

Stone, Thames Head, marking

the source of the River Thames,

near Kemble

The Thames Estuary,

Southend-on-Sea

The Thames & History 1929 – John Burns described the Thames as

The Thames & History

  • 1929 – John Burns described the Thames as "liquid history” ;
  • 54BC – Julius Caesar was held up by the river;
  • The Thames was used by:
  • Vikings
  • Pirates
  • the Dutch navy
  • the Luftwaffe

Vikings sail down the River Thames

The Thames & Sport The Olympic Torch, 2012 37 rowing clubs; the Boat Race (Oxford and Cambridge)

The Thames & Sport

The Olympic Torch, 2012

  • 37 rowing clubs;
  • the Boat Race

(Oxford and Cambridge)

The Thames & Culture

The Thames & Culture

  • Charles Dickens featured the river in his book “Our Mutual Friend”;
  • Jerome K. Jerome's classic book “Three Men in a Boat” describes a boating holiday on the Thames;
  • In 2012 the Thames was used for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Facts about the Thames 215 miles long; over 80 islands; more than 200 bridges (not only in London);

Facts about the Thames

  • 215 miles long;
  • over 80 islands;
  • more than 200 bridges

(not only in London);

  • more than 20 tunnels.
What can the river Thames be used for?

What can the river Thames be used for?

Quiz 1. What sight can’t you see on the Thames?

Quiz

1. What sight can’t you see on the Thames?

  • The Palace of Westminster
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Tower Bridge
  • The Tower of London
Quiz 2. Who described the Thames as

Quiz

2. Who described the Thames as "liquid history”?

  • Julius Caesar
  • Vikings
  • John Burns
  • Charles Dickens
Quiz 3. The Boat Race is held between:

Quiz

3. The Boat Race is held between:

  • Oxford and Cambridge
  • Rugby School and Eton College
  • London and Manchester
  • Essex and Devonshire
Quiz 4. What book describes a boating holiday on the Thames? “ Our Mutual Friend” (Ch. Dickens) “ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (M. Twain) “ The Deerslayer” (J. F. Cooper) “ Three Men in a Boat” (J. K. Jerome)

Quiz

4. What book describes a boating holiday on the Thames?

  • Our Mutual Friend”

(Ch. Dickens)

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

(M. Twain)

  • The Deerslayer”

(J. F. Cooper)

  • Three Men in a Boat”

(J. K. Jerome)

Quiz 5. How many bridges are there across the river?

Quiz

5. How many bridges are there across the river?

  • 40
  • 100
  • 150
  • more than 200
Thank you  for your  attention!

Thank you for your attention!


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Автор: Назарова Ирина Михайловна

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