View Full Version : Why Britain is Still GREAT

7th May 2011, 09:05
The countryside, breakfasts, decent bacon, pubs (some of them), sleepy villages, Waitrose, double deckers, the English language, old red brick buildings, most of the people, farm shops, Oxford.

7th May 2011, 09:10
The South Downs, Cornwall, thatched cottages, proper cider, Duxford, long distance footpaths

7th May 2011, 09:11
The Great bit is about to become even more of a quaint anachronism if Alex Salmond has anything to do with it. England however might still remain as great as you like it.

Richard Taylor
7th May 2011, 09:28
Westminster, duck houses, moats, sleaze, fiddled expenses, debt.....................:hmm:

7th May 2011, 09:43
Tut, tut,,, Great things not great idiocies and idiots.

C130 Techie
7th May 2011, 09:55
Our countryside (the bits not strewn with litter). Lords cricket ground and cricket in general. The Lake District. Wootton Bassett (Home). Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding.

7th May 2011, 10:12
Sailing in the Clyde estuary (can't stand the Solent).
Hambledon Horse Trials cross country through the bluebell wood yesterday.

Well done to Salmond for taking down the mighty Scottish Left, although I fear that, in victory, he may become a little insufferable.

7th May 2011, 10:17
Hmmm... forgot bluebells AND snowdrops...peace in the forest. Don't take much to please me these days.

tony draper
7th May 2011, 10:22
Old grumps,salt of the Earth we is,:ok:
PS, That phrase 'Salt of the Earth' was written by a Englishman,it was not in the original

7th May 2011, 10:23
Skylarks over meadows, cups of tea...

7th May 2011, 10:25
Sleepy rural villages inhabited by supremely friendly people; village pubs; village churches...

7th May 2011, 10:26
Small boys playing football, jumpers for goalposts.............

bugg smasher
7th May 2011, 10:27
The best curry on the planet, bar none...

tony draper
7th May 2011, 10:30
Orderly queues and complete strangers wishing each other 'Good Morning' as they pass each other hound walking in the Park.

7th May 2011, 10:32
Someone mention village churches?

Was wandering through the remains of Roman Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum) yesterday and took this shot of the 12century church just outside the city wall.

7th May 2011, 10:34
Ohhh, I like this thread... it makes me feel good... oh, Did I start it?

Utrinque Apparatus
7th May 2011, 10:37
Tolerance, compassion and well earned grumpiness. The ability to take a joke and the piss out of ourselves, and genuinely not understand why other factions in our midst have not learned this art :E

Utrinque Apparatus
7th May 2011, 10:40
Did you go to the wedding RT ? Sounds like you are suffering from a mild form of British euphoria, usually emanating from total blissful ignorance of the shit state Blair and Brown left us in, and an equal ignorance of the deep depression which usually follows on a Monday morning when we get back to "normal" ? :}:E

7th May 2011, 10:41
Oh, cream teas...

Haven't had one for a long time...

Richard Taylor
7th May 2011, 10:43
The green of the countryside
The blue of the sea
The grey of the mountains
The yellow of the flowers
The purple o' the bonny blooming heather
Mean Home Sweet Home tae Me.

7th May 2011, 10:45

Am an Englishman. and go to visit Mother and don't worry about taxes or government or anything not palatable. Think might be actually 1/11th Australian.

Solid Rust Twotter
7th May 2011, 12:46
Real ale. Village cricket.

7th May 2011, 13:12
Fish n Chips, to Meat Thalis - Uncle Joe's Mint Balls, Timothy Taylors to Isle of Skye breweries, scenery that varies from the plain of York to the Torridon peaks, the ability to tour it by whatever means floats your boat - and we just have - and great mates right through it like a stick of rock - just like on here!

Did I mention that I got no further than the breakfast table the morning after the Edibash before being addressed by name, and the same at Kyle three days later - this notoriety bit is a bit of a buggah! - and where can I misbehave if they all know my name???!!!

As to Blair and Brown - well rank them with Thatcher and Norris and Major, and all their shenanigens in the worldwide game of mine's bigger than yours!

Never played it - doesn't impress! - To use the old quote - if you seek his memorial - look around you; heritage buildings, motors and transport all still around because "I was there" - That'll do!

flying lid
7th May 2011, 13:18
Why is Britain still GREAT ?

Best pop musicians in the world from here. Allways have been, allways will be.

For its size, the best diverse countryside & coastlines you will find. Our national parks, castles and cathedrals are the finest in the world.

Food ain't the best (Thailand for that) - but our beers and ales are the best, along with our (sadly many closing) pubs.

Our attitude of grin and bear it, though as Cameron & co will realise soon, we will only be pushed so far.

Unarmed (mainly) bobby's (police) on the beat. (not enough of em though).

Weather - you can have all 4 seasons in 1 day here !!

Public transport - NOT the best, by any means, but a damn sight better than say the USA

National Health Service - HANDS OFF - CAMERON / BANKS

The Queen.

Sport - Football, Rugby (both codes), Cricket, Formula 1 & many others.

Allready mentioned - our sense of humor - we are the only nation on the planet who can laugh at ourselves.

Oh, and never forget, God is an Englishman.


Ancient Observer
7th May 2011, 13:28

7th May 2011, 13:37
Very few dust storms, tornados or volcanic lava flows.

Sun and cloudless skies occasionaly seen.

Thousands of historic edifices and beings to visit, a true melting pot looking forward to one day speaking a common language with the same accent.

7th May 2011, 13:48


Note on the above from a Colonial - a glorious past is a wonderful thing, but confidence in a glorious future is more useful. The image is The Defence of Rorke's Drift, a glorious moment for sure.

Bryn the Sheepdog
7th May 2011, 14:04
Friendly pubs with good food and beer (for the humans) which welcome, not simply tolerate we dogs and supply us with water and sometimes biccies too. :ok:
My favourite pub (well known now to TBF):

7th May 2011, 14:15
English breakfasts, English pubs, English tea, English crumpet, English tits.... . . .

7th May 2011, 14:45
Your bottom right looks distinctly American Slash!

Have a bit of Nigella, instead :E

... and you're "cheeky" picture is distinctly out of fashion this month!: ;)

7th May 2011, 14:53
Your bottom right looks distinctly American Slash!

Nope, that's Lindsay Dawn McKenzie without makeup Checks!

English as marmalade and toast.

A quick Google might reveal some interesting facts about her... :E

7th May 2011, 15:06
Surprised no-one has mentioned warm beer and old maids cycling through the autumn mists to Holy Communion, which the ignorant attribute to John Major, but who was in fact quoting George Orwell in his essay The Lion and the Unicorn.

For myself I'll go for Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Butterworth and Delius.

Krystal n chips
7th May 2011, 15:10
With you in mind Slasher....scenic views as they say...and the priapismic location..:E

YouTube - Half Man Half Biscuit - Lord Hereford's Knob

Actually, the location of the above..... and below...... is a very pleasant part of the UK.:ok:

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B Fraser
7th May 2011, 17:56
Radio 4
Most of the Police
Fred Dibnah and all who love steam driven transport.
Private Eye
The Albert Hall
David Attenborough
Sir Patrick Moore
Being silly

On the other hand, London is totally fecked unless there's a royal bash.

unmanned transport
7th May 2011, 19:28
Now let's not get, what I call too Britcentric here with an arrogant attitude here people. A myoptic mindset creeps into some folks thinking. For Pete's sake the Brit Islands are only less half the size of France. Germany is more impressive with a higher GDP.

How can the little old Kingdom be called united when Scotty is mutineering and wanting his independence? NI as well.

tony draper
7th May 2011, 19:34
Let us not forget the Martini Henry .455,they didn't like it up em.:E

Mr Optimistic
7th May 2011, 20:39
As has been stated here more than once, to be born an Englishman is to win first prize in the lottery of life.


7th May 2011, 20:54
I once spent a good hour stuck on the end of Lord Hereford's knob.

Then the wind picked up a bit & me & me glider climbed out of there.:)

unmanned transport
7th May 2011, 22:32
German engineering was and is thee best bar none.

7th May 2011, 22:33
The R.N.L.I.

tony draper
7th May 2011, 22:47
Indeed UT their engineers put rockets on the Moon and London.:rolleyes:

7th May 2011, 22:52

Knowing we're superior without having to keep saying so... ooops:hmm:

7th May 2011, 23:49

I once spent a good hour stuck on the end of Lord Hereford's knob.

Much to Lady Hereford's chagrin. :eek:

Surely there must be a better way to phrase that para......

unmanned transport
8th May 2011, 00:16
English comedy, hard to beat sometimes:)

Abraham Zapruder
8th May 2011, 01:09
Football hooligans, Chavs, sink estates, teen pregnancy rates, the education system, the public transport network, call centres, local authorities, immigration, taxation, child poverty, the health service, potholes, Cheryl Cole, UKIP/BNP/EDL, the House of Lords, Birmingham, social workers, The Sun, the price of fuel, the flight home...

8th May 2011, 05:57
Ahhh, Abraham, there are these issues but nothing can detract from the scenery




Northern Ireland


And, of course

8th May 2011, 06:16
Not forgetting banging away in the heather

Ooops! Sorry, wrong picture. This what I meant

8th May 2011, 07:57
The Queen, The Royal Family and The Monarchy.

The English Channel.

Tea made properly in a warm pot with boiling water.

Gin and tonic before dinner.

Hardy fly rods.

A diverse (bordering on mongrel) mix of peoples and cuisines.

Being able to winge about all sorts of things in Strongly Worded Letters to The Daily Telegraph without fear of reprisal or imprisonment (except from other Writers of Letters to The Daily Telegraph).


Those are some of the things that make Britain Great for me :)

8th May 2011, 09:30
German engineering was and is thee best bar none.

Whilst one is an admirer of Teutonic engineering excellence, the main reason it still is excellent on the world stage is because ze Germans place great importance in 'real' jobs, that is things that contribute to making life better (if more automated). The Germans are also more 'digital' in their thinking, whereas other nations are more 'analogue'. Britain used to have widespread manufacturing, but then things changed. Engineering excellence does still exist in niche areas and is world leading.


B Fraser
8th May 2011, 10:54
We're building cars that can go so fast that we're running out of suitable places to drive them.

El Grifo
8th May 2011, 11:02
No question that England and Scotland (if one is allowed to use that now in-vogue title) are lovely places to visit.

As for spending ones life there, nope, not for me.

I prefer a happier, more polite environment, where one can promenade around of an evening without being clad in berghaus or similar.

Having said that, I am packing same today for a Tuesday visit.

Not Hadrians this time, Rogers to be precise :ok:

8th May 2011, 11:54
Refusing to surrender to some of the diktats from Brussels.

Continuing to drive on the right side of the road, as opposed to those who drive on the wrong side.

Refusing to abandon border controls.

Sticking to miles, yards, feet, and inches to confuse the enemy. A pity they surrendered and went metric for weight and capacity measurements.

Cricket on the village green, quintessentially English even if it's as boring as Royal Weddings and watching paint dry.

The great greasy British fry-up breakfast, emulated by many but only bettered in South Africa, and then only when done on a skottel.

The huge variety of (English language) regional accents and words in such a small geographical area. The fact that people from places as little as 50 miles apart can have dialects which are almost mutually unintelligible give the country a richness which many others lack.

And then, as I heard a South African friend of mine say recently : "I've only been in England a few months and I've already learned basic Polish."

And this :
Number 10 shuns EU flag tradition

Downing Street will not fly the EU flag over Number 10 during Europe Day on Monday unlike previous years, the BBC has learned.

8th May 2011, 12:06
Fish, chips and mushy peas.

Mr Optimistic
8th May 2011, 13:34
...once we would have said the BBC, but not anymore:*

8th May 2011, 17:51
Well basicly it comes down to our funamental ability to ignore reality. We gave the world; Sir Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday and James Clarke Maxwell. Que the Rot Syndrome - Empire, Fags, Boose and Chrisps - Oh! and Slum housing for the industrial working poor - I know about that one - I grew up; in the shadow of the Aston Work houses in Brum. it dominated the views from the industrial areas Aston,Nechells,Saltley and Witton.

Shame really - I suspect that during the latter end of the Victorian era (say 1850 - 1900) leading through Edward the VII and up until the beginning of 1914 - and if you had wealth and connections; with a modest stately pile in the Cotswolds - Britain would indeed have been Great, - In fact the best place to live anywhere; (Dentistry being gentlely side stepped).

The past is a foreign country, about which we know very little. Who ever said that, knew what they were talking about.


8th May 2011, 19:16

8th May 2011, 19:57
CAT 111.
The quote is from L.P.Hartley's novel, The Go Between.The opening line of which is;
"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

tony draper
8th May 2011, 21:12
The greenness,you return from a trip out east up the Red Sea through the Medi where every shore line and landscape looks like someone has gone over them with a giant blow torch,then you arrive home and pay off, much hustling about, no time to take a look at your homeland, catch the train Kings Cross to Newcastle, take your seat, look out the window and there it is, the greenness like nowhere else on earth, keep your flyblown scorched tropical paradises,give me the green landscape of England every time.

8th May 2011, 21:17
Correction: "As has been stated here more than once, to be born an Englishman is to win second prize in the lottery of life." :p

8th May 2011, 21:28
The greenness

Yep, out for a walk along the North Downs and over Kenley Aerodrome this evening, all the trees in leaf, the grass, marvellous! And the swifts are back.

A Spitfire aerobating over Kenley would have been perfect.

unmanned transport
8th May 2011, 21:56
You guys are so full of it.

I call it Britcentricism.

Time to get away from the island and start travelling and see the great big world out there. Maybe come west for a week in Florida, catch the last Space Shuttle launch, take the kids to Disney World, drive around some and check (discover) this new land out. You might never go home again.

I was one of ya at a time.

8th May 2011, 22:03
And we miss you so.

I've flown my glider all over the place, Greece, France, Germany, The Canaries, above the alps & over olive farms & coastal cliffs & like Drapes, nothing lifts the spirits as much as the green patchwork quilt passing by beneath one's feet.

One from the personal stash.

8th May 2011, 22:36
through the Medi where every shore line and landscape looks like someone has gone over them with a giant blow torch

Agreed, Drapes. Remember watching one of those programmes about investing in overseas property where some silly woman was pointing at a monochrome Mediterranean landscape and saying "just look at that view!"

No thanks!

(where's that, Para ?)

8th May 2011, 22:47
Devil's Dyke looking north to Gatwick. en route to the Asda in Hollingbury when my mates went on to Rye.:O

One lost concentration when one should have been looking for thermal clues and consequently recorded an enormous 6 km cross country that day. Still, on the bright side, one was back home within the hour, whereas the chaps who did 60 km were still hitching home after dark.

Mr Optimistic
8th May 2011, 23:07
Still think thats a croissant in post 30.

8th May 2011, 23:12
The British Stiff Upper Lip!"Due to the weather blighted planned last flights of the Harrier from Cottesmore, the aircraft were given one last swansong in late December when 800 Naval Air Squadron and IV ® Squadron at RAF Cottesmore flew an approved route over several Lincolnshire and Suffolk airfields, then on for a flypast over the MOD and Parliament to entertain a number of UK and foreign dignitaries and massed MP's.The disgruntled yet highly professional former Harrier pilots were specially recalled for this event, laid on by the RAF top brass in an effort to demonstrate that despite the cuts, the good old British stiff upper lip will eventually see us through. This event wasn't well publicised and unusually escaped the attentions of most of the Aviation enthusiast sites. Fortunately an image of the London leg of the flypast was captured for prosperity."

8th May 2011, 23:21
Radio 4
The White Cliffs
Fields of (British) poppies
Our dryest humour
Many traditions (maritime, folk..)
Pubs & real ale
Cricket on the village green
Our coastline
The view from 1000'
Fair play
Inventors (eg Christopher Cockerell, Barnes-Wallace)
& lots more I'm sure

When it's good, it's marvellous & I'm proud...

8th May 2011, 23:33

And where is he when he makes these comments - oop north by gum!

Mr Optimistic
8th May 2011, 23:51
think I may have to start a thread about 'croissant' creep, like a sort of toast destroying alien introduction, sort of cane toad of the breakfast table.

bugg smasher
9th May 2011, 00:55
The pub, the art of conversation, the genuine interest in the bloke beside you at the bar. England is a good place, before nine, or so, in the evening. Tends to get a little messy after that.

Time to get away from the island and start travelling and see the great big world out there. Maybe come west for a week in Florida, catch the last Space Shuttle launch, take the kids to Disney World, drive around some and check (discover) this new land out. You might never go home again.

Florida is replete with guns and religious nutters. truly spoken, you might never go home again.

galaxy flyer
9th May 2011, 01:11

Are you implying that religious people and legal gun owners would kill tourists in Florida? Or that guns, all by themselves, shoot people? Do evangelical Christians have a demonstrated record of murder and mayhem?

9th May 2011, 01:21
galaxy flyer

Bush and Blair come to mind!

Metro man
9th May 2011, 01:58
Given the title of the thread "Why Britain is STILL great." we should look at the present rather than past contributions.

Unfortunately it's an ever diminishing list. These days when I think of Britain it's chavs, larger louts, football hooligans, council estates, drugs, crime, political correctness, declining educational standards, illegal immigration, high taxes, surveillance police state and miserable weather which first come to mind.

Most of the good things are in terminal decline.

bugg smasher
9th May 2011, 02:11
GF my good friend,

The reports, in the past, have been replete with innocent tourists in rental cars, mistakenly wandering into some of the more unsavory parts of Miami, with predictable results. The Germans, especially, have taken casualties.

Shall I post the news clips, or would you like to Google them yourself?

Apologies for the thread creep, this is a subject for another.

God bless England, carry on.

9th May 2011, 09:20
Hmmm, pub in King's Cross suddenly came to mind...two weeks in Sydney and bloke (total stranger)shouted me a schooner....I shouted back. Thing to do.

Hmmm, not Britain..... Commonwealth though

9th May 2011, 09:48
These days when I think of Britain it's chavs, larger louts, football hooligans, council estates, drugs, crime, political correctness, declining educational standards, illegal immigration, high taxes, surveillance police state and miserable weather which first come to mind.

Sadly this is very true, but limited to certain areas only. The countryside mostly remains relatively free of these blights on society.

El Grifo
9th May 2011, 11:30
catch the train Kings Cross to Newcastle, take your seat, look out the window and there it is, the greenness like nowhere else on earth,

Planning that for next week Drapsey!

Normally fly up when visiting London and Scotland but love that train journey now and then.

Give you a wave on the way past :ok:

El G.

9th May 2011, 11:58
I can still remember being put to bed in my Gran's two-up,
two down hovel with the iron oven plate, wrapped in a tea
-towel, to warm me up a bit. The good old days, so they said.
Outside toilets were, eventually, banned. Thank goodness.

Bill Bryson should be declared a National Treasure.

Ancient Observer
9th May 2011, 12:10
Mr Optimistic,

You are, of course, correct, and Slasher needs to get back to boobs, as his food shot is distinctly foreign.

Mr Draper,

the grass in the south is greener than the grass in the North. The grass in Wales is the greenest of the lot. (Too much fertiliser?)

9th May 2011, 12:17
Well I got a croissant with my English room-service brekky
at the London Olympia once, and I didn't kick up any stink....

The delivery bloke had white gloves and all!

9th May 2011, 13:50
Perception is reality.....and in some cases pure fantasy!

Duxford, Shuttleworth....and a few other places and things still qualify!

flying lid
9th May 2011, 20:58
Unmanned transport wrote

You guys are so full of it.

I call it Britcentricism.

Time to get away from the island and start travelling and see the great big world out there. Maybe come west for a week in Florida, catch the last Space Shuttle launch, take the kids to Disney World, drive around some and check (discover) this new land out. You might never go home again.

I was one of ya at a time.

So sad these days to be an American. Such a once super-capable and proud nation, now bankrupt, several times over AND in hock to China. - Now China, and space, come to mention it --

Wonder when the first Chinese chip shop will open on Mars !!!!


Curious Pax
9th May 2011, 21:12
Bill Bryson should be declared a National Treasure.

Indeed - as an American Mr Bryson occupies an almost unique place in British affections. Curious to know if the folks to the west of the Atlantic have even heard of him - they're missing something if they haven't.

9th May 2011, 21:25
Why is Britain still Great?

Because if we drop the "Great", we become another part of Britanny, which might upset a few here....or am I missing the point of the argument :sad::sad:

9th May 2011, 21:26
Bill Bryson is well known on this side of the pond. My son did a book report on his "A Walk in the Woods" back in junior high school. Mother Tongue and Made in America are reasonably well known, though "Notes From a Small Island" came across my radar due to a Brit suggesting it. His Sunburned Country bit on Australia didn't quite wow me, but I enjoyed the read. Currently on his book in re the Royal Society.

Now, why Britain is still Great.

1) The particular color of green

2) Theakston's (of any variety) when partaken as real ale in a proper pub

3) Liz Hurley

10th May 2011, 00:47
Poor old England


How do you tell the difference between a British Police Officer,
an Australian Police Officer and an American Police Officer?

Pose the following question:

You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children.
Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife, and charges. You are carrying a Glock .40, and you are an expert shot.

You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?


Well, that's not enough information to answer the question!

Does the man look poor or oppressed?

Is he asian or black or a muslim?

Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?

Could we run away?

What does my wife think?

What about the kids?

Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?

What does the law say about this situation?

Does the Glock have appropriate safety built into it?

Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children?

Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me?

Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?

If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?

Should I call 999?

If I raise my gun and he turns and runs away, do I get blamed when he falls over, knocks his head and kills himself? .

If I shoot him, and lose the court case, does he have the opportunity to sue me, cost me my job, my credibility and the loss of my family home?

or prosecute me for racial abuse






Daughter: 'Nice grouping, Dad! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips?'










If this moves you, please pass it on. This is my opinion only –
to which, of course, I am still entitled (well, for the present at least but for how long?) !!!

10th May 2011, 00:58
A little shove in the scrum...




Krystal n chips
10th May 2011, 06:53
Yorkishire Tyke,

So, was that a Party Apoplectic Broadcast on behalf of the ( select or combine options below, please note there are no distinguishing features )




Just asking...:confused:

10th May 2011, 07:45
YLF - Yorkshire Liberation Front.

I've just formed it.

( if Scotland can go it alone, why not Yorkshire ? )

10th May 2011, 08:12
When driving have you ever noticed how the view in the rear view mirror looks familiar but kind of strange but beautiful? Perhaps because you see it from a different perspective.

Yours, ex-pat, Western Australia. :}

10th May 2011, 09:28
Has anyone mentioned Stonehenge yet? Spike Milligan? 1966? Bletchley Park? Trafalgar?

10th May 2011, 09:38
Yorkshire Tyke. The correct answer to your question is 2 (as for the Australian policeman). As an expert shot he would only need to fire once, the American policeman is merely wasting ammunition.

Now I know who instigates all those emails full of poisonous tosh like this which I delete from my inbox on a daily basis :*

10th May 2011, 10:33
The correct answer to your question is 2 (as for the Australian policeman). As an expert shot he would only need to fire once, the American policeman is merely wasting ammunition

CCC Taser probe puts WA Police under fire | Perth Now (

....and some of these bright sparks were recruited from the British police!

10th May 2011, 10:39
..........who instigates..........

I didn't instigate, tho' I agree that I did pass it on, as I agree with it.

Poor Old England.

( didn't some British Cop use the Australian method against some guy on a London Underground train not so long ago ? seem to remember the reverberations reverberated for the greater part of some considerable time )

10th May 2011, 10:45
.........didn't some British Cop use the Australian method.........

NZ recently lost a cop who used the British Method, and by the time he'd got half way through the questionaire - he was dead.

flying lid
10th May 2011, 13:04
YLF - Yorkshire Liberation Front.

I've just formed it.

( if Scotland can go it alone, why not Yorkshire ? )

No marauding raids along the M62 into Lancashire please !!!!!! Don't forget HM The Queen is the Duke of Lancaster.

Seriously though, why do we not devolve England, get in first, stop all the money taps going North South East & West ?.


10th May 2011, 13:45
Theakston's......pulled from a hand Yorkshire....wee village of Moulton....the Black Bull it was as I recall.

Ah...but that was over 30 years ago!

10th May 2011, 14:11
Sheds and other ramshackle constructions

10th May 2011, 14:52
Scottish Independence??

All for it. The sooner the better.
(Do they all get sent home as soon as possible after Independence?)

tony draper
10th May 2011, 15:41
Worra bout us half breeds:{
is one about to become a stateless person :uhoh:

10th May 2011, 15:43
Don't worry, FSL. We know for sure that you're in a state.

(I can't make the flamin' smileys work today . . .)

10th May 2011, 16:04
We'd have to make individual judgments concerning those
unfortunates of mixed race.

Those smileys????

Krystal n chips
10th May 2011, 17:58
Yorkshire Tyke,

My apologies for linking you with other groups given that the YLF is clearly a splinter group anyway.

With hindsght, your post is clearly the basis of the Daily Mail's editorials for the next few months....:E

SASless, bit disturbing to think we have drunk the same beverage in the same pub around the same time ! :p

Ancient Observer
10th May 2011, 20:36
I think that all the minorities ought to have full independence.

As long as they pay their bills before they leave. Scotland owe the English 8bn per year for the last 50 years.

10th May 2011, 20:40
Sure. And London can refund the oil revenues, the M25, the Tube upgrades, the Dome, the Olympics and the higher level of public expenditure subsidies enjoyed for years.

Happy to balance the books.

10th May 2011, 20:41
given that the YLF is clearly a splinter group anyway

Are them splinters from the chips on both shoulders?


10th May 2011, 20:42
Royal Weddings!

French Inspired?

10th May 2011, 21:34
Gotta'say, not quite certain of the exact reason why, but I love England. Maybe it's the diversity.:)

Even Grimy Manchester had a certain splendour this morning.

Have a look at the lady making some butties to try and comfort the relatives of Aarron "it's just a bit of kindness to do what you can to help other people...." BBC iPlayer - Wootton Bassett: The Town That Remembers (

at 13:50.

It makes me proud.

10th May 2011, 23:39
Are them splinters from the chips on both shoulders?

Clearly I'm well balanced then.