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The most British thing of all…

The most British thing of all…

It’s sometimes joked or cited (especially by Buzzfeed) that this is the most British thing of all… Stephen Fry walking a corgi outside Buckingham Palace.

The most British thing? Stephen Fry walking a corgi outside Buckingham Palace The most British thing? Stephen Fry walking a corgi outside Buckingham Palace

 

Indeed, it is the most British thing of all, in the sense that they pretty much all originate from outside England.

Stephen Fry, is one of the finest examples of populist intellectualism that Britain has ever produced. His maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jews.

Buckingham Palace was re-modelled by King George  III. His grandfather was born in Germany.

The Union flag was probably made in China, and was created to celebrate the union of England and Scotland.

The corgi originates from Wales.

The road was possibly originally paved by the Romans.

 

Now, obviously, as the son of immigrants who nevertheless feels so British that I have to work at the British Broadcasting Corporation, I don’t see this as a bad thing in any way.

But if ever some pig-headed nationalists start saluting to this as a reason to keep immigrants out or to persecute “foreigners” in any way… well, they’re even more idiotic.

British v American young people, in a nutshell

British v American young people, in a nutshell

One in 10 young (British) people feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life – with those not in work, education or training more than twice as likely to feel this way – according to a Prince’s Trust survey.” – BBC News, 2 January 2013

… there has been a dramatic rise in the number of (American) students who describe themselves as being “above average” for academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability and self-confidence.” – BBC News, 4 January 2013

How does British adland see the last 122 years?

How does British adland see the last 122 years?

Over the weekend, a new TWO-MINUTE-LONG epic advert – of the kind they just don’t really make any more – has attempted to summarise the key events of British history over the last 122 years, all in order to sell some bread.

The interesting bit to me – aside from the token shoving in of an ethnic minority couple for a flash second – is that the 1984 Miner’s Strike and the Millennium celebrations are accorded almost as much “screen-time” as World War 1 & 2. (More details on the making of the advert via the MediaGuardian)

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