"Be England what she will. With all her faults, she is my country still".
-Charles Churchill, Poet.
Say the words "British" or "English," and most people think bravery and honour. A Royal succession that goes back to 1066, the language of Shakespeare, ancient universities one of which is still the best university in the world, the mother of Parliaments, the country with the most successful currency, the country which has the most widely used language, the country where all polite conversations begins with either 'what do you think of the weather', or 'would you like a cup of tea'.
I am excruciatingly proud of my background. I am half Welsh and half English but as a child I grew up in a little town called Moshi on the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. I am so proud to say that I've had the experience of growing up in another country until the age of 10, and I think that it has helped me so much as a person.
But this feeling of appreciation towards my experience in Tanzania can in no way dampen the raging patriotic passion I have for Britain. I am convinced i have had the best of both worlds, an exotic start to life and now living in England surrounded by culture and extravagance, I cant think of anything better.
I am going to tell you why Great Britain is the most amazing place on earth, and put to rest any cynical angry comments about how 'this country is going to ruins' - absolute bollocks.
First of all;
I can go for a walk and not fear being kidnapped, shot, stabbed or lynched.
I can travel anywhere in the world with minimum fuss.
I can purchase high quality food at low prices.
I can drink water from the tap.
I can receive the best education the world has to offer.
I live on a safe little island guarded by the best troops the world has to offer, a small little island no-one has managed to breach for nearing 1000 years.
I have the greatest history I can think of.
No matter what happens, there will always be free healthcare for me.
Now the last one might be a little iffy for the time being, but this country is intent on keeping me safe and I know that.
We have completely no respect for authority and love to make jokes about it and never take ourselves seriously;
We have a royal family which is not only completely awesome and does alot for this country (yes they do things for this country - they are not just stealing our taxes, stop being so narcissistic), but a royal family that allows us to make them do completely ridiculous things;
Again with the digging.
and then we wonder why the queen has a face like this;
Our music and our culture and our literature make Britain the most impressive place on the country.
Not to mention the diversity that makes up our streets - I can walk across the street and learn about everything from suburban Gdansk to the slums of Delhi. I can also buy all sorts of weird questionably digestive nonsense which is not only ridiculously fun but can teach you a lesson or two about the food that your stomach can handle.
And to those who say our country is full of 'foreigners' (god I hate that word), please do put a bloody great sock in it.
The very meaning of being British is coming home from a job which benefits the worlds economy, going to an Irish pub then having a German beer and then ordering a Chinese or Indian or Thai or Japanese takeaway and coming home to houses built by polish,french,Romanian,English,American,German,Italian (frankly could be any nationality) workers, and sitting down on Swiss furniture to watch American TV on a Japanese television and sipping a cup of tea which has Chinese tea leaves and probably having some sort of tea cake made with Brazil nuts and produced in Luxembourg.
In all honesty the meaning of being British is to completely accept other cultures into our midst and make them feel like one of us, because essentially they make up our culture. And to those who don't and instead turn to racist hate because of the prejudiced examples of a few minority groups - well to be completely honest they have no more right to call themselves British than they claim foreigners do.
To add to this little tirade I heard that the sun newspaper had been complaining about the fact that Britain's second language is polish, and that its an outrage that our second language is foreign....
Now correct me if I'm wrong but whatever our second language is, its gonna be foreign? Maybe I'm just being stupid!
More reasons to love being British;
Our Olympics was absolutely phenomenal! It cant have just been me that was almost crying at the closing ceremony!
|Now look at his face - he is definitely happy to be British and to have one for us!|
And look what our lovely Bradley Wiggons said when he won his gold medal;
Moving on to music - can I just say. OMG. The British are the BEST at music, now it would be impossible for me to like all of it (I'm sorry but one direction just isn't my thing). That being said we are still bloody awesome.
For example let me present to you musics version of god;
|For those uneducated people who do not know him - this, is David Bowie.|
Now for my list of fabulous music artists, that have changed the industry;
amy winehouse,arctic monkeys,belle & sebastian,blur,david bowie,dizzee rascal,duran duran,echo & the bunnymen,elton john,elvis costello,eric clapton,fleetwood mac,gang of four,gomez,gorillaz,happy mondays,joy division,kate bush,led zeppelin,m.i.a.,mumford & sons,new order,nick drake,nick lowe,oasis,pink floyd,pj harvey,pulp,queen,radiohead,richard thompson,roxy music,super furry animals,t-rex,the beatles,the buzzcocks,the clash,the cure,the faces,the kinks,the libertines,the rolling stones,the sex pistols,the smiths,the specials,the stills,the stone roses,the waterboys,the who,the zombies, van morrison.
There are so many more and let me just say although I don't enjoy One Directions music - they are the biggest boy band in the whole world, and they're British!
In comedy we are also rocking the field!
Russel Howard still remains my ultimate comedy genius;
But there are so many others! Now if you're reading this from another country - I thoroughly recommend you watch some of the shows I mention!
Here are the best;
The Fork Handles/ Four Candles sketch
The IT crowd
There are so many more funny comedians like Dara O'brien, Micky Flanigan, Billy Connoly, Michael Mcintyre, Alan davis, Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Bill Bailey, Alan Carr, Jimmy Carr, Stephen Fry. Honestly they are all fantastic check them out!
Should I even bother with TV icons? The British do own again! Though my favourite..
Its not like our only contributions to the world are cultural - take a look at this guy;
|Inventor of The World Wide Web.|