Your source for free quality articles. Add free content to your site or ezine and get more traffic! Article Authors/Writers: Submit your free articles for reprint and get credit and exposure. Free Content Articles has an extensive collection of articles on various subjects. Just click on the appropriate category to read the articles or copy them FREE for your use. Original, legal wealth of free website content is updated daily. Subscribe to the newsletter digest and receive a daily listing of all new posted articles for free reprint. Be the first to know!
Published:  2012-10-11 Views:  906
Author: 
Published in:  Cruises
So, the British: we’re a funny lot, aren’t we? I’ve always been a Brit, and I wouldn’t know how to be anything else. This particular year of 2012 has seen a veritable explosion of “Gosh isn’t Britishness spiffing� type sentiment, both in the media, online and in what we old duffers like to call ‘reality’. And why not? This year sees several celebrations of nationality & pride, namely the Queens’ Jubilee, some sort of football tournament in Ukraine (we lost, apparently) and of course, the Olympic Games in London, which at the time of writing begins in a little over a week.

Personally, I don’t care for sport or athletics. If we’re honest, I’m not wildly enthused about royalty either. So for me, so far this year has been one of sitting indoors in the rain, listening to people more optimistic than me talk about how great things are. I recall reading during Euro 2012 that the governments of many nations were surprised –presumably pleasantly so- that the football related violence that did occur had nothing to do with the English supporters. It was fully expected, and then didn’t happen.

That’s okay then, is it? We’re a nation of drunk hooligans with a penchant for racism and the odd bit of ultra-violence, apparently. And when it turns out we’re not, the rest of the world acts surprised, and frankly we as a nation should be offended. There is more to being British than the royal family and sport, despite what advertisers will have us believe.

I always thought my nationality carried a little more behind it than that, although historically we’re certainly no saints. One doesn’t rule over an empire with tea, cakes and understanding the plight of the locals. Particularly when there’s money to be made in packing said locals into deeply inhuman conditions on slave ships and sending them off to a new life –if one could call it that- on the other side of the globe. Unquestionably, British history is as bloodied and twisted as that of many other nations.

But of course, it’s not all slavery & oppression. I’ll happily be the first to point out the more laudable side of our history. The Industrial Revolution, which quite literally changed the world, began right here. The development and first usage of the computer during World War II also occurred on this damp little island. Looking further back, the modern legal and parliamentary systems used virtually the world over also originated in dear old Blighty.

So there’s a lot to be patriotic about, this is a great nation. It seems that many confuse patriotism with racism and xenophobia. I once declared myself a proud Brit in a pub, only to find that several people seemed to think this meant I was calling for the expulsion of anything and anyone non-British from these shores. On the contrary: let them come.

Controversial, you say? Why? Surely, it is plain to see that the tremendous mix of culture & lifestyle from all over the world we have in Britain is part of what makes the country so great. When I lived in a city, I could leave my house at 2am, walk for five minutes and be able to buy food from all corners of the globe. Admittedly, at 2am it’s rarely the highest quality world cuisine, but at the time that wasn’t really the point. I’ve heard some people complain about walking down some streets that “you wouldn’t know you’re in England�. Yeah, and isn’t that great? A melting pot of people, culture, views, philosophies and culinary delights, all to be found right here. So yes, I’m patriotic. I believe in what Britain can be, if we just get our priorities right. Here’s to the Olympics, cheers!

The author is marketing director at My Outdoor Store

The premier walking and hiking outdoor gear store.
There are zero comments yet, why not be the first?

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Please log in or register to comment or reply to a comment.


Improve Your Career And Salary With ITIL Certifications
Improve Your Career And Salary With ITIL Certifications
Cisco CCNA Certification A Preferable Choice For Career In Networking
Cisco CCNA Certification A Preferable Choice For Career In Networking
CompTIA Security+ Certification - Open The Doors Of Career Opportunities
CompTIA Security+ Certification - Open The Doors Of Career Opportunities
Get Lucrative Career And Higher Salary With EC-Council CEH V9 Certification
Get Lucrative Career And Higher Salary With EC-Council CEH V9 Certification
Overcome Your Anxiety And Fear In Real Estate
Overcome Your Anxiety And Fear In Real Estate
Comptia Network+ Certification For A Brilliant Career In Networking Field
Comptia Network+ Certification For A Brilliant Career In Networking Field
The Worst Diet Mistakes For Hair And Nails
The Worst Diet Mistakes For Hair And Nails
Improving Customer Satisfaction In Hotels
Improving Customer Satisfaction In Hotels
Select A Better Home Colour For A New Home
Select A Better Home Colour For A New Home
Home Buyers Prefer A New Home Rather Than An Old One
Home Buyers Prefer A New Home Rather Than An Old One
Real Estate: Things You Should Know To Negotiate The Best Deal
Real Estate: Things You Should Know To Negotiate The Best Deal