What it means to be British

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by 2nd man down, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    One of the British national daily newspapers is asking readers "what it means to be British?". Some of the emails are funny, but this is one from a bloke in Switzerland ...

    Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. And the most British thing of all? Suspicion of anything foreign!

    And you just know that some of the above is very true!!!!!!
  2. Di

    Di Active Member

    Can't argue with that. I've just driven home from work in my Korean car, am sitting on my Swedish pine bed typing on my Japanese Toshiba computer. :rolleyes:
  3. persins

    persins Member

    Absolutely, especially the bits about suspicion of all things foreign!

    One of my mates always claims that he is not xenophobic because he hates everyone else equally!
  4. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    You forgot.....

    Listen to music on a Japanese Hi-Fi (Well, if you'd ever listened to music on an Amstrad, then you'd appreciate why! ;))
  5. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    hmm, that would make a lot of people over here "British" then... :eek::eek:

  6. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Wear italian leather jackets, ride a japanese motorcycle, drink american whiskey and coke, love chinese and indian food and play in a good ol' english brass band!

    Why do so many English laugh at the Germans just because 'they lost the war' ?

    They've also got a strong economy, well-run and efficient public services, a public transport network that WORKS, low crime rate, low alcoholism and addiction rates and a democratically and proportionally elected government. (Not the 'first past the post rubbish we have here.)

    Sounds like we haven't much to laugh about.
  7. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    ^seems like a typical case of "the grass is always greener on the other side" :)
  8. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Strong Economy? Don't think So------ BBC NewsWebsite
  9. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Hmm, not sure about the strong economy bit.....Also not sure that their Governmental election system is anything to write home about either, given the problems they've had in the last election (and the last few years)

    Funnily enough, the Germans (according to a German friend of mine) say very similar things about us. For example, they consider us to be brilliant engineers...

    Guess this really is a case of the grass always being greener ;) I'd certainly prefer to commute on a German train than a British one!
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2006
  10. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Do you mean German-built or German run ? - there is quite a difference, and many of our trains are now made in Germany ;)
  11. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Quite right - I mean German run! ;)
  12. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    To go sideways a little, Flanders & Swann had a good grasp of what some people think it means to be English...

    The English, the English, the English are best
    I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest.

    The rottenest bits of these islands of ours
    We've left in the hands of three unfriendly powers
    Examine the Irishman, Welshman or Scot
    You'll find he's a stinker, as likely as not.

    Och aye, awa' wi' yon Edinburgh Festival

    The Scotsman is mean, as we're all well aware
    And bony and blotchy and covered with hair
    He eats salty porridge, he works all the day
    And he hasn't got bishops to show him the way!

    The English, the English, the English are best
    I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest.

    Ah hit me old mother over the head with a shillelagh

    The Irishman now our contempt is beneath
    He sleeps in his boots and he lies through his teeth
    He blows up policemen, or so I have heard
    And blames it on Cromwell and William the Third!

    The English are noble, the English are nice,
    And worth any other at double the price

    Ah, iechyd da

    The Welshman's dishonest and cheats when he can
    And little and dark, more like monkey than man
    He works underground with a lamp in his hat
    And he sings far too loud, far too often, and flat!

    And crossing the Channel, one cannot say much
    Of French and the Spanish, the Danish or Dutch
    The Germans are German, the Russians are red,
    And the Greeks and Italians eat garlic in bed!

    The English are moral, the English are good
    And clever and modest and misunderstood.

    And all the world over, each nation's the same
    They've simply no notion of playing the game
    They argue with umpires, they cheer when they've won
    And they practice beforehand which ruins the fun!

    The English, the English, the English are best
    So up with the English and down with the rest.

    It's not that they're wicked or natuarally bad
    It's knowing they're foreign that makes them so mad!

    For the English are all that a nation should be,
    And the flower of the English are Donald (Michael)
    Donald (Michael) and Me!

  13. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    One of my favourite Flanders and Swann songs! :clap: Makes a regular appearance on my car stereo! Even though I'm one of the dishonest, cheating Welshmen :(
  14. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    It's also one of the best tracks on the King's Singers Flanders & Swann/Noel Coward lp - with a lovely chord on the " . . . and flat" bar ;)
  15. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    I use a German Boning Knife amd a Swiss Steak Knife to cut the meat up at work.
    I drive a Ford Focus that had to be made in Belgium.
    But i support a BRILLIANT FOOTBALL TEAM LIVERPOOL:clap: :clap: :clap: ,who have a Spanish Manager Super Rafa Benitez:woo
  16. cornetgirl

    cornetgirl Active Member

    I love the Flanders and Swann song - maybe not the best thing to sing at Brass in Concert though! I love the chat before it as well - and what's the English national song? JERUSALEM.

    Rach x
  17. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Only the Ford Mondeo is built here (the Transit used to be, but they moved the production to Turkey last year :( )
  18. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    And who have one more local lad than a lot of teams these days. Home grown too.

    Our favourite son at Newcastle cost us £15m to buy back after thay played him in goal at a trial! Needless to say, he didn't sign, went to southampton... and scored a hat-trick past the legendary arsenal backline of Dixon, Winterburn, Adams and Bould with Seaman behind, on his debut.

    And tyneside wept!
  19. stevetrom

    stevetrom Well-Known Member

    we are brilliant engineers are'nt we?

    Well I think I am pretty good!
  20. Dave Euph

    Dave Euph Member

    I do my food shopping in a German Supermarket - Lidl!

    And don't forget those Yamaha, Courtois or Wilson instruments we play! ;)

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