Archive for the ‘Britain’ Category

Britain’s tiny islands

In what has been described by Stephen Fry as a ‘project so pointless as to be vital to our national well-being’:  Dixe Wills, the author of bestselling book, Tiny Campsites, has surpassed his previous efforts with a new project entitled Tiny Islands.

More Bad Taste from Starbucks

I can’t think of a reason to want to buy Starbucks’ Coffee: They allow gun toting clients in the USA (“would you like hot lead with that?”).

Now, they have the bad taste to ask the Irish why they are proud to be British!

Inviting followers on Twitter to “show us what makes you proud to be British” as part of a diamond jubilee promotion must have seemed like a good idea at the time at Starbucks.

But after tweeting the invitation to nearly 2,000 Irish followers of its Twitter account on Tuesday, the coffee giant has been on the receiving end of a backlash over its seemingly shaky grasp of political geography.

If allowing gun toting customers isn’t bad enough, they have to show how DUMB they are by asking Hibernians (the Irish) if they are proud to be British--TWO DIFFERENT ISLANDS.

I should repost the C G P Grey video post about the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain

It never fails to amaze me how culturally ignorant the Yanks are with this  error coming months after another global brand, Nike, found itself on the back foot after falling foul of sensitivities over Irish history.

The sportswear giant said no offence was intended after issuing a St Patrick’s Day-themed shoe which raised memories of a British paramilitary unit which gained notoriety during the Irish war of independence.

IRELAND IS NOT BRITAIN, BUT NORTHERN IRELAND IS PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM (FOR THE TIME BEING).

The Kink’s “Victoria”

OK, when I first heard this, I was living in Canada and it has always struck a chord with me since I consider myself British rather than English, Welsh, or Scottish (says the person who just celebrated St. Andrew’s Day), or even one of the “colonies” : United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and so on.

Being British is more than being in a place, it is a state of mind.  It is a celebration of our heritage and how that has played out throughout the world.  It is the mixing of cultures and celebration of those cultures.  Of course, this song celebrates being British in the mindset of the Victorians, but I felt that as I walked around wearing my Inverness Cape on St. Andrew’s day since Victoria had a fetish for things Scottish.

So, take it away!

Long ago life was clean
Sex was bad and obscene
And the rich were so mean
Stately homes for the Lords
Croquet lawns, village greens
Victoria was my queen
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, ‘toria

I was born, lucky me
In a land that I love
Though I am poor, I am free
When I grow I shall fight
For this land I shall die
Let her sun never set
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, ‘toria
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, toria

Land of hope and gloria
Land of my Victoria
Land of hope and gloria
Land of my Victoria
Victoria, ‘toria
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, ‘toria

Canada to India
Australia to Cornwall
Singapore to Hong Kong
From the West to the East
From the rich to the poor
Victoria loved them all
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, ‘toria
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria

The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained by C G P Grey

I first saw this on MikeB’s blog. Since then, I’ve wanted to post it since it is pretty accurate in my opinion.

OK, the British don’t really want to ignore the Northern Irish, it’s just that we aren’t sure what to do about them. For the folks who wander around with stickers that say “26 + 6 =32”, they need to get it straight that that is the case through the European Union. To some extent, that was true prior to 1992, but European Unification has turned that into a moot point. That’s why the hard liners on both sides disliked the European Union.