What makes Britain Great?

Old Oct 17th 2013, 3:42 pm
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Contrary to what some miserable gits would have us believe Britain is still Great but what is it that makes it great?
For me it is the friendly helpful people, the wonderful countryside, the pubs, the self effacing nature of the Brits, the architecture, the polite drivers, he beautiful villages, the food. Also the fact that Britain really is still very influental on the world scene, still makes the best cars and bikes in the world, has some of the best innovators and engineers in the world.
Things arent brilliant at the moment but they arent anywhere in the world to be fair and they are getting noticeably better.
So what is it that makes Britain Great for you?
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I like Britain and don't understand the national sport of self-loathing, but I have to point out that 'Great' Britain gained its name in reference to Brittany, not because it's cool or had an empire (as my Mum believes )
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Brits are the only people that can find a negative in the most positive situation. I should say some not all but they seem to be the loudest.
I dont know where the Great came from but it is appropriate
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Lovely food and drink
Everything close together, with many walkable areas and public transport
Willingness to criticize and change institutions
London
Beautiful countryside
Friendly, genuine people
TV
Comedy
National Health Service
Pubs
Music
Not boiling hot

just for starters...
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Beer
BBC
NHS
Public transport (especially trains)
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Thanks guys, I agree with all those points, keep them coming
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William Wilberforce
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William Wilberforce
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I think we are heading for one of those strings where Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, Nelson and Princess Diana end up in the same sentence. Oops, we got there!

The legacy of the Beatles and the Stones

Events - Last night of the Proms, Glastonbury, Lords, Premiership, Wimbledon.....

Farmer's markets and market towns

Stiff upper lip

Easyjet and access to cheaper travel

IPA, even Deuchars!

Smoked salmon

Some evidence of a genuine multicultural society

Separation of church and state - or a good attempt at it
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The Scottish Highlands and Islands.
Touring, and sampling, at distilleries.
Vibrant music scene.
Yummy varied food.
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Only been here 5 weeks, but I can contribute a few:

Cider
Pubs
Indian food
Cool weather
Beautiful countryside
Public transpo
Stunning architecture
Visiting places where history happened
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Simples...it is home.
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Simples...it is home.
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Proper Fish and Chips
The people
Easy access to Europe
History
Lake District
Jeremy Kyle (only joking)
Good Indian food

And as above.... It is where I belong...home.

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Waitrose
John Lewis
M&S
Sainsburys
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Parish churches
Ordnance survey maps
Public footpaths and bridleways
National Trust
Preserved steam railways
Nice cup of tea
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