The British Isles are a group of islands off the north-western coast of continental Europe that consist of the islands of Great Britain, Ireland and over six thousand smaller isles. Two sovereign states are located on the islands: Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern... MORE
The British Isles are a group of islands off the north-western coast of continental Europe that consist of the islands of Great Britain, Ireland and over six thousand smaller isles. Two sovereign states are located on the islands: Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The British Isles also include three dependencies of the British Crown: the Isle of Man and, by tradition, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, although the latter are not physically a part of the archipelago. The oldest rocks in the group are in the north west of Scotland, Ireland and North Wales and are 2,700 million years old. During the Silurian period the north-western regions collided with the south-east, which had been part of a separate continental landmass. The topography of the islands is modest in scale by global standards. Ben Nevis rises to an elevation of only 1,344 metres, Lough Neagh, which is notably larger than other lakes on the isles, covers 390 square kilometres. The climate is temperate marine, with mild winters and warm summers. LESS
The MICHELIN guide Great Britain & Ireland 2011 will be available in bookshops from Wednesday 19 January, priced at £15.99 The 2011 edition is a very special one, because this year marks its 100th anniversary. This video features Michelin star chef Heston Blumenthal talking about the guide and its significance. This year each guide comes with a booklet recounting the guide's history. The first Michelin guide to the British Isles was published in 1911, with the aim of helping intrepid motorists on their travels. It was dark blue and largely instructional in nature, with information on road quality and how to change a tyre, as well as details on hotels and repair shops for the inevitable breakdowns. Five editions were initially published, with a break for the First World War, followed by from 1922 to 1930. The current Great Britain & Ireland guide was launched in 1974 and has been published every year since. In 2011, the guide continues to respond to the needs of its readers. It recommends a large and diverse selection of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and pubs in all price categories and across every region of the UK and Ireland. The 1911 guide pointed out amenities such as central heating or electric light but in 2011 is more likely to highlight outstanding cooking and exceptional wine lists. Commenting on the 2011 guide, Editor in Chief Rebecca Burr said: "This centenary edition underlines the UK's greatest strength which is the rich diversity and variety of its ...
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