Rule Britannia?

What with all the omnishambles of Brexit, I got to thinking about what our national identity really is.  When you think about it, we have some pretty bizarre national symbols, but ultimately what does it mean to be British / English, etc?  See what you think of this...

 

Rule Britannia?

 

Our national dish is curry, true,

Our Saint is George who dragons slew,

From Yorkshire fields we get our brew,

Three lions our symbol.  Lions?! Who knew?

 

By immigrants our bricks were laid

Our wealth has come from slaving trade

The days of Empire slowly fade

Heroic failures? The Light Brigade.

 

Tolerance is our British right

Unless of course your skin ain’t white

Invented football, now we’re shite

Enjoy a pint, the match, a fight.

 

So what is red on England’s flag?

Screaming headline of national rag?

Talking weather is our bag, 

But which celeb has had a shag?

 

Magpie nation, bloods have melt, 

Made of German, French and Celt,

A sense of duty, strongly felt,

The cards we feel unfairly dealt.

 

To be a Brit or English, Scot,

Welsh or Irish, melting pot,

Nothing matters, not a jot,

But the jokes which some have got.

 

And now we head off on our tod,

For England, Harry and for God,

The fields which once great folk have trod,

Are turning now to muddy sod.

 

We sing Jerusalem, loudly shout,

Our royal family’s blood is kraut

Our country voted, wanting out

Not Europe now, we show our doubt.

 

A corner of some homely field,

Where priest or hermit once have kneeled, 

That’s where I’ll lay my sword and shield,

Before our true blood is revealed.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 7th Dec 2018 20:12

Mike - just a thought but I've a feeling that the "lions" were in
fact "leopards" in original historical form and that these have been misrepresented as lions. Of course, I'm happy to be proved
wrong.

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Hannah Collins

Fri 7th Dec 2018 12:30

Witty and clever.

Hannah

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 19th Oct 2018 18:13

Humour, self-deprecation, and tolerance - acquired over
many centuries of conflict and/or common cause that others
find difficult to comprehend but instinctively admire...topped
up by an unwavering unwillingness to be imposed upon by others.
Each part of the UK has its individual strengths and traits
but insists on maintaining old revered traditions within its
framework. That way we have - and will continue - to make
do and get along.

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Rose Casserley

Fri 19th Oct 2018 12:25

a great summing up mixture Mike, of national pride and its impending media instigated downfall

# brexitannia
brexitannia no longer rules the waves
are we all going back to caveman days? # 😱




Rose 💋

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Brian Maryon

Thu 18th Oct 2018 22:24

There's definitely something that makes us special, different from other races such as the French but je ne sais quoi.
😁

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