I’ve been watching a new programme on TV called “Very British Problems”, and it gave me an idea for a blog post.
What is ‘British’? What does it mean to be British?
Well. Here’s my take.
Sitting on a bench, eating fish and chips straight from the paper.
Donkey rides on the beach.
Being too polite (even when people don’t deserve it).
Overusing the word “sorry”.
Sarcasm (British sarcasm is very different to the rest of the world).
Scones stuffed with jam and freshly whipped cream.
Pots of tea with china cups.
Gordon Ramsay. By the way… He rocks!
Bangers and mash.
We also have a fancy name for cheese on toast… “Welsh Rarebit”.
The Spice Girls.
Take That (bleurgh).
Queen Elizabeth II
Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Cockney rhyming slang.
We’re pretty good at tongue twisters too.
The Bronte sisters.
Robert the Bruce.
William Wallace (aka Braveheart – yes. He was a real man).
Robert Roy Macgregor (Rob Roy – yes. He was real too).
Haggis, neeps and tatties.
The Loch Ness Monster (Nessie. And of course, his sister – Morag).
Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie was Scottish).
George and the Dragon.
The Union Jack.
The BBC Proms.
Last Night of the Proms.
The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (best in the world).
Marks and Spencer.
Callenish Stone Circle.
The Tower of London.
Big Ben (is actually the name of the bell; not the clock tower).
I think this list is sufficient enough at the moment… I could probably go on forever; and I am sure that you could too.
So what do you think? When you think of all things British, what comes to your mind?