What an ace year it has been..so much has been going on in and revolving around Great Britain in this year, 2012 that i know i'll be telling my kids about it in years to come. It's almost impossible to sum it up, but watching Pistorius cruise round 400m in 46s in front of a full house screaming their heads off really drove home to me that we are a nation of sports lovers....and then i caught the end of the Proms and, while that most English of pieces of music, Pomp and Circumstance is played, there are so many flags of different nations being waved, flags of people who live and work here....and then it hits me....this is without a doubt the best country in the world...tolerant, progressive, green, beautiful....I f*****g love this country
Quite right- with last night of the proms reservations as they always make me think of some kind of twisted spawn of Jonathan King and a bunch of Young Conservatives- it doesn't do any harm to be reminded of how fortunate so many of us are to be born British.
The Olympics have confounded my expectations and the Paralympics have been even better, especially with Jonnie Peacock with virtually no track record suddenly defeating Goliath.
There was the diamond jubilee celebrations which proved that the Queen is probably the worlds most popular head of state as well as the longest serving, to the extent that if you talk about royal families to foreigners they will instantly associate it with our royal family, even if they have one of their own, like the Swedes.
Amidst all that it was easy to overlook the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, not only the last conflict fought by Great Britain on it's own but also the catalyst for Argentina's self liberation from tyranny and the start of full civic and political representation for the Falklanders who had previously been little more than serfs to the Falkland Islands Company.
Today I'll also be going down to my High St as it is my own community's annual Battle of Britain parade- this been the Sunday prior to Battle of Britain Day when the German's launched their biggest ever aerial assault on our realm, and Churchill, visiting Fighter Command HQ innocently asked about our reserves to be told that we had none- which always makes me think how much we have sacrificed not just for our own freedom but other people's freedom too. And how we continue to do
Also worth mentioning that Sterling is still a hard currency unlike that saviour of the western world the Euro
and that Britain still has an AAA credit rating, unlike almost everywhere else in the world.
Celebrate Yorkshire Day; put weedkiller on your red roses!
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