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by Mickey 

Posted: 10 April 2007
Word Count: 113
Summary: The reported Government plan to include ‘Britishness’ in the National Curriculum for schools, prompted me to re-post this piece which I wrote last year when tests were being proposed for applicants for British Citizenship. I thought at the time that the following essentials would assist in focussing the mind and it can now be smuggled into the exam room as a crib sheet!

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Britishness is never learning any foreign tongue
Britishness is showing others how things should be done
Britishness is packing children off to boarding schools
Britishness is playing fair and sticking by the rules
Britishness is letting other people have their say
Britishness is silly hats on Ascot Ladies Day
Britishness is breakfasting on marmalade and toast
Britishness is caravans and weekends by the coast
Britishness is bowler hats and brollies rolled up tight
Britishness is holidaying on the Isle of Wight
Britishness is standing in interminable queues
Britishness is Harris Tweed and sensible brogue shoes
Britishness is feeding bread to ducks on village ponds
Britishness is Sunday tea of potted meat and scones

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joanie at 00:03 on 12 April 2007  Report this post
Hi Mike..... although I realize that all these are ridiculously British, I just love them all! I am more British than I thought!!
Excellent, as always. Potted meat ... Mmmmmm... it's years since I had any.

Oh dear, was that not the desired response? I'm trying very hard to be cynical but it's not working.

Potted meat ..... Mmmmm....


Dreamer at 00:20 on 12 April 2007  Report this post
Loved this.

I agree with Joan, hard to be cynical. I love the British!

To know what I mean, try writing that for a Canadian!


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