Well, another way of thinking about it is this… What makes you proud to be british?
Is it merely that feeling you get whenever you see a street lined with the Union Flags? Is it that warmth on your back in spring, when you’re hooning around the twisties on your bike? Or the lump in your throat when you hear “Jerusalem” being sung by a welsh male voice choir? That tear in your eye when the British Lions tour a country and come back with more wins than losses?
Is it the feeling you get when you’re sat on a hill in one of our beautiful national parks, overlooking unrivalled scenery? The warmth of the wood fire in the pub on a cold winters day, whilst you drink a nice pint of real ale?
I’ll tell you what pride is… Pride is seeing the people in Royal Wooten Basset welcoming home the services personnel who have paid the ultimate price for this country, week after week… It is the fire in your belly when you watch an international game and stand shoulder to shoulder with all of your countrymen… It is never surrendering to the will of terrorists, and showing them that we shall never be beaten… It is seeing everybody stop and stare when the Queen drives past in her carriage… It’s standing to attention when the national anthem is played, and hopefully knowing more than one verse!
In one way or another, whether you were born in this country or you have been nationalised into it, there are many things that people are proud of in this country. It’s not just about the royal family, or tourist spots. It’s about the things that make us British…
Real ales… Bacon sarnies… Tower Bridge… Breakfast tea… Hot cross buns… Sh1t weather… Nice weather… Rugby… Cricket… Pimms… A glorious and grisly history… An amazing Armed Forces, who do a fantastic job, regardless of cr@p that is thrown at them daily… A fair justice system (Kaos, before you comment, name me any country with more rights!)… A very historical motor industry… The devonshire cream tea with clotted cream… A vast range of beautiful lovely whiskies and whiskeys!.. The list goes on and on, ad infinitum…
Yes, we have our down side to all of this. We have negative points. We have a problem with immigration and unemployment etc… But, who doesn’t?!
I’m very proud to be British. I always have been, and always will be! When I swore my oath of allegiance, it was to Queen and Country. I still stand by it, and will until the day I die.
So, regardless of whether you will be celebrating the wedding or not, I’d like to wish the happy couple a fantastic day and ongoing happiness.
PS… Kate, be nice to Grandma and always wear your seatbelt! :w00t: