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What It Means To Be British?

Old 6th Jan 2006, 08:59
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Re: What It Means To Be British?

tilewood said: I wonder what Switzerland, and Sweden and Ireland would have been without the vile and obnoxious British
Hmm, defeating the Nazis involved more than just the British, as I recall.
Some of the countries mentioned had their own track records in repelling other vile invaders, even if moderately less vile than the Nazis.
Most countries have great qualities and qualities that suck. Personally, I am a great admirer of most things British while acknowledging a significant amount of unadmirable things now and in the past. Like any other country.
As regards it meaning less and less to be British, that is garbage.
I had a very pleasant beer drinking session with some Londoners a few years back, with all the pisstaking that involved. The fact that they were dark skinned Muslims (albeit not of the stricter kind) did not make them any less recognisable as Londoners.
One of the best things about the British is that there is very little flag waving about your patriotism. Now that I admire.
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Old 6th Jan 2006, 09:14
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Re: What It Means To Be British?

A belief that queue-jumping should be a capital offence. Also, that almost any situation can be resolved with a nice cup of tea.
Comedy from Monty Python to The Office.
The fact that we invented every sport worth playing (even the Scots got in on the act with gowlf).
The fact that even though we were almost bankrupted by WWII, 60% of the greatest inventions of the 20th century were British.
A country which has never had a truely facist or communist government.
A language in which inflammable means exactly the same as flammable. And the ability to speak it without using your hands.
The sandwich.
Unarmed policemen.
London.
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Old 6th Jan 2006, 09:18
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Strafer - I guess you're a comedian from the Mayor's office ?

Maybe if we did have an extremist govenment, we wouldn't be in the s**t hole state we are now. People don't deserve democracy anyway. You give to them and they don't even bother to vote. You need firm control, a bit like Saddam really. A firm dictator is better than a weak democracy !
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Old 6th Jan 2006, 09:32
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I love Australia, or Wilkinsonland as I prefer to call it. Under no circumstances should Australia become a republic, as then it would just be like any other jail. No, it must stay British, and god bless her majesty. It is also a well known fact that God is British, you can prove this in a number of ways: First we don't have earthquakes, well you don't shit on your doorstep do you? Okay, we had a hurricane in Birmingham, but that was just to keep the Brummies on their toes. Secondly, the bible is in english as any fool can tell you & finally, animals understand english - go home & ask Rover to sit & he will. Ask him to assiez vous or setzen sie & he will just look at you worriedly as he thinks you've electrified the fort or something.
With apologies too the pub landlord.
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Old 6th Jan 2006, 11:57
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Re: What It Means To Be British?

Parapunter,

You must have some really serious issues about the tower of Babel...just think, if it hadn't been built, we'd all be speaking English...right?

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Old 6th Jan 2006, 13:14
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I don't think it means anything. I am a Scot. I think I'm Celtic, but I don't speak Gaelic. There is an Irish great-grandfather, there is almost certainly Viking blood (Ancestors from Stornoway) and possibly Anglo-Saxon blood in me. My surname is Norman in origin. My wife is Welsh and my daughter, educated in the Oxford area, is culturally English. I am British. That's all.
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Old 6th Jan 2006, 13:44
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I've lived in the Middle East, Far East, South Atlantic and been lucky enough to travel to the USA, Canada, Aus, NZ and just about all over Europe. Great countries, great people, great cultures and great memories BUT there is nothing as good as the feeling when you land back home. Not perfect by a long shot but I would not like to live anywhere else.
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Old 6th Jan 2006, 17:01
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Old 6th Jan 2006, 20:06
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Re: What It Means To Be British?

My wife and I were visitors in London a few years ago and loved every minute of it. The people are incredibly friendly and the sights are terrific. And if there were ever a better accent I'd like to hear it. There's nothing more arousing that cutie with a British accent. (Just don't tell my wife.) It was a great visit and I'm looking forward to returning soon and I'd like to log some flight time while there to gain yet another perspective.

To those that say they enjoy other lands but there's no place like home....That is showing respect and I doff my cap to you.
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Old 6th Jan 2006, 22:47
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Re: What It Means To Be British?

Right then.

Here's a tongue-in-cheek explanation I saw in a book a few years back on why Germany never became the great colonial power the British Empire did:

"Germans are too fond of their home brew to stray too far from the source. The British, on the other hand, will drink anything. And so they went all over the world, drinking everything in sight...."

Curious theory of history, but it did come from a jokebook.
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Old 7th Jan 2006, 06:58
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It's the Scandyhooligan blood - it takes a lot of diluting.
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Old 7th Jan 2006, 08:12
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Being British meane being:

Pragmatic, witty, fair minded, moderate and well 'ard.
 
Old 7th Jan 2006, 09:24
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It is state of mind.

Those old fellows on Normandy beaches in June last year all had it.

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Old 7th Jan 2006, 09:56
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Vampires.
More than five minutes in direct sunlight and you're done for...

Blindingly white knobbly knees. Bad for the eyesight of those of us from sunnier climes.
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Old 7th Jan 2006, 11:27
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Walking around Disney World in my soccer shirt, addidas shorts, sandles with black socks, everything I own in a plastic bag. Complaining about everything. And moaning because the beer here isn't like the pub at 'ome.
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Old 7th Jan 2006, 14:56
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Ah, so YOU'RE the one... So much for the "Happiest Place on Earth."
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 12:23
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What being British means to me; it's OK, I suppose.
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Old 9th Jan 2006, 03:56
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Re: What It Means To Be British?

tony draper posted:
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd,
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd,
From wandering on a foreign strand!
Apart from the "soul so dead", that just about describes me. The Terminal Three blues I call it. Step off the plane onto the filthy carpets of the world's nastiest airport and its "Oh God, here we go again..."

I still haven't worked out what the attraction is, but we do seem to keep coming back for more...

Perhaps the freedom to be exactly who you want to be has something to do with it?
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Old 9th Jan 2006, 04:12
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Re: What It Means To Be British?

being taxed to excess if you drink, smoke, work, live in a dwelling, drive a car, or die! (but you must not complain about it!!) oh yes, and put up with a government that tells you lies most of the time,and be willing to pay many times over with your motoring taxes to use the roads whilst remaining silent while the govt dreams up new ways to price you off the roads and out of the air in order to satisfy the minority environmental lobby car and aviation haters club

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Old 9th Jan 2006, 07:06
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Re: What It Means To Be British?

Originally Posted by Howard Hughes
Of course I still have a British (read European) passport, for purely opportunistic reasons of course, the folks however have crossed to the "dark side"....
Like Howard, I too live in Australia, and yes, I still have a British passport.

Why?

Regardless of whether they're guilty or innocent, have you seen the way Oz often turns the other cheek when its citizens get into strife overseas?!
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