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What's Good About Britain and Britishness?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by JosieWhitehead, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    I read that we're good at making social connections, (a good example is on TES) - and we make friends to whom we can turn in a crisis (not necessarily family, but friends) - and aren't there many problems aired on here with good replies? What else is good about Britain and Britishness that you like?
    sparklepig2002 likes this.
  2. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Me! lol
  3. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    Ha ha ha - - - Don't forget me too! I don't think we have one in my family or family history who isn't British - but I'm NOT sure that adds goodness to Britishness!! I do agree with what I read. We are good at being good friends - - - - well, sometimes!
  4. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    I'm the besty person in the whole place :rolleyes:
  5. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    We are stoical and adaptable - and that is because of the changeable weather we have. 'I don't like to grumble' and when I go out for the day, I take clothing which will match any change in weather.
  6. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I'd say nothing, and mean it, but I'm not going to say why and upset the applecart because it would lead to more arguments.
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  7. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Cor .You mean it will stop another argument /discussion happening. So nice.Shyness is a form of Englishness.
  8. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter


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  9. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I recently experiencesda nice spring festival in part of europe. GIfts and flowers and general niceness to mark the end of winter. And as a result of that I've had various conversations about carnival, spring festivals, easter and so on and about the different traditions there are around the world. Some countries have really lovely customs like that spring one, then there's the huge carnivals around the world be it the raucous gaudy celebreations in Rio or the satirical songs in Spain. And when asked what we do, I thought of rolling eggs down hills. "Do you really do that?" "No, not really" And all I could think of was pancakes on pancake day and chocolate at easter. And it really got me wondering, for all our talk about british heritage and traditions and values, what do we actually do about it? I can't think of anything. The Maypole? Where does that still happen?

    (Mind you, if you tell anyone about Burn's night and the toast to the haggis, they think you're kidding anyway.)
  10. A_Million_Posts

    A_Million_Posts Star commenter

    That none of us can agree on what Britain and Britishness actually are.
  11. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    He did vote for Brexit.
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  12. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    Yorkshire pudding.
  13. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Very un-British qualities. The true Brit:

    whinges terribly whilst contradictorily claiming how much one doesn’t mind!

    keeps saying sorry for things no else in the world would apologise for

    remarks with some astonishment how changeable the weather has been lately
  14. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

  15. eleanorms

    eleanorms Established commenter

    The Monsal Trail in the Peak District. There's nothing not good about it.
  16. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

  17. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Personally I'm struggling to identify anything positive about Britain or being British at the moment.
  18. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I can go and see a live football match most Saturdays
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  19. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    You have been listening in on my weekly phone calls to my mother!
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  20. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    What about if you are not capable of getting there, as huge swathes of the population are not?
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