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A Cultural Icon or a National Treasure?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by JosieWhitehead, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    Is there a difference between a cultural icon and a National treasure? Which of either would you choose for the UK and why?
  2. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    National Treasure sounds sort of cosy. Like Mary Berry.
    Cultural Icon is more David Bowie.
  3. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    National Treasures can be like Dot off Eastenders - not particularly cultural!
    I would choose the deep fried pizza as a cultural icon.
    coffeekid likes this.
  4. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Cultural icon. They have to be dead. I don't think Bowie would have got the accolade when alive. But I think it's perfect now.

    Also Mary Berry for Treasure.

    Cultural icons must be dead. Like Eric Morecambe. He's both.
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Just simplistic media labels...

    After all I'm fairly sure the term 'National Treasure' was once applied to Rolf Harris and Savile. Pinch of salt always.

    One of the problems at the BBC was being overly deferential to their stars... I don't feel like doing the same in my world.
  6. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Alan Bennett could be both but I'd prefer to honour him with the Cultural Icon label and he's not dead. Les Dawson would work too.
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  7. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Stephen Fry was once thus described...
  8. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    It depends on your point of view, and in some cases your sense of humour. Michael parkinson when he was a top interviewer might have qualified for one of them, but he has not been doing that for a good while and only crops up on very dodgy adverts for ripoff funeral insurance, hence he is just a (insert insulting name here).
  9. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Quick with the sick bucket!
    aspensquiver_2 likes this.
  10. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I've seen Anne Widdecombe described as a national treasure. :eek:
  11. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I don't this she is Strictly :)
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  12. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I thought a national treasure was a person and a cultural icon was a building or an inanimate object of some kind. I can't think when I have heard of a person referred to as a cultural icon. It's more something like the V&A museum or the Angel of the North.
  13. cosmosinfrance

    cosmosinfrance Star commenter

    There is only one National Treasure and that is David Attenborough. When he goes I am prepared to accept Judy Dench.
    Flere-Imsaho likes this.
  14. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    Perhaps a national treasure, or even an icon (but I'm not sure about a cultural icon) could be the oak tree, or a Herefordshire bull, or what about a cup of tea? ha ha Other than that there is always a corn dolly or a scone. The scone is my cultural treasure for certain and I have no room in my home for the bull. Perhaps a British Bulldog? Is the Queen a National Treasure - - or I'm sure Prince George is.
  15. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    Or Norris on Coronation Street? Or Ena Sharples with her hairnet on?
  16. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Since when did cultural icons and national treasures cease to be inanimate?


    As far as I'm concerned all of these human imposters can wait a few more centuries before they're considered worthy of either title.
    JosieWhitehead likes this.

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