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just a note on the state of the British oral hygiene, just because we haven't all been brain washed to have a "Hollywood Smile" doesn't mean we don't look after our teeth
Originally posted by ImaginaryReality1984
Originally posted by 44soulslayer
Queen, Country and Jerusalem.
All else is filler.
Why is loving the queen British? I've lived here all my life and i hate the monarchy! Surely the most British thing would be freedom to think what you want? Which country are you referring to? Because britain isn't really one country.
Jerusalem i will completley skip over as an atheist. If you mean the song then again i can completely skip over that.
I feel sad? Smoke a fag. I'm really happy? Smoke a fag. Feeling confused? Smoke a fag. Raining outside? Smoke a fag. Just ate a meal? Smoke a fag. Driving to or from work? Smoke a fag. Driving anywhere? Smoke a fag. Listening to music? Smoke a fag. You see the trend.
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by Breifne
The Union was formed at the behest of the Scottish, who first voted for the Union to take place after they bankrupted their country attempting to be a colonial power. I might add that the King on the throne of England at the time was a Scot.
In fact, some of the biggest proponents of Imperialism in British history have been Scottish.
The problem is that the English get the bad rep for it, because we're the biggest country in the Union, but the Socttish have always have had a very disproportionate amount of influence for their size.
The English also have this image of being conquerors, which is not entirely true. Histprically, Scotland has invaded and declared war on england kore times than vice versa and usually with the aid (or under the direction of) of those dastardly French and Spanish.
I might add that personally I view myself has ethnically Cornish, but I remain loyal to England seeing as we're part of the country. I don't seek or desire Cornish independance, although some recognition from central Government like they gave the Welsh and Scots would be nice.
Originally posted by ImaginaryReality1984
This is a question which i think is ultimately flawed. Because even in old times a scot would consider him or herself quite different to an englishman, and vise versa. So how can you even have the idea of british?
Even if we seperate the groups and say, what is english? Can anyone truly answer this question without sitting in the past? Cultures have always changed, adapted and grown or failed. Now i'm all up for being allowed to fly the flag without someone saying it's offending them. However i have yet to understand what is British and i have lived here my entire life.
What is very worrying is that some people only think white people are British and yet this is wholy untrue and absolutely stupid. Endless flag waving, the idea of a British identity is stupid. Remember that throughout time, bad governments have always used nationalism for their own, usually devious ends.
I have always thought of 'being British' as a state of mind. Its a way of life. Think of this that are only in British places. Big red Bus, London cabs.
I consider myself English first and British Second. Dont forget people in The Falkland islands are British. And they are misles away!!
You dont have to be white, English, Scotish, Welsh, or Irish to be British. Its a state of mind.
So what does everyone here think, what is British?
Originally posted by beforetime
Only thing i know about British is,.
Americans take drag's of there cigarette's.
British take fag's off there cigarette's.
Originally posted by Niall197
Britain & Britishness simply won't be around in a generations time. There's very few identifiably British things north of the border now anyway, I can't remember the last time I saw the Union flag flying from a public building (Queen Mother's death ?), I haven't attended a public function in over 30 years where "God Save The Queen" was sung. Apart from the coinage & postage stamps you wouldn't even know we were part of Britain, really.