Monday, 14 July 2014

100 Lots of things I like about England

Well, maybe not lots, but several.  Like the view from my bedroom window.  This was what I saw when I opened the curtains this morning.

And then, in no order whatsoever:

It's not Italy...   or Egypt...   or Venezuela.
Fish and chips.
We don't have climate, we have whether - whether it's raining or whether it's not.
The beer's not cold enough to pull the fillings out of my teeth.
Stiff upper lips, don't you know.
The distant view of Salisbury cathedral as I drive through Britford.
The people speak English (except for some in the north-east who speak a strange language known as Geordie).
A nice cup of tea.
The Lake District.
The National Health Service.
Royal Marine bands.
The English reserve.
Trafalgar Square.
The Royal Family (well, most of them).
Bourneville chocolate.
The South Downs.
Swallows and Amazons.
Old wooden signposts.
The English Channel (which the French call The Sleeve).
Cornish cream teas.
Devonshire cream teas.
Tower Bridge.
Kentish oast houses.
Morcambe and Wise.
Magna Carta.
A full English breakfast.
The sense of humour.

Speaking of which,
On a train from London to Manchester to watch the cricket, an Australian was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment.

"You English are too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much.  You think your stiff upper lip makes you above the rest of us.  Look at me. . ..  . I'm ME! . . .. . . .I have Italian blood, Greek blood, a little Irish blood, and some Aborigine blood.    What do you say to that?"

The Englishman replied,"Awfully sporting of your mother, old chap!"


Sarah said...

Yes to all of the above and especially the English sense of humour which is often very much misunderstood by the majority of the rest of the world.

(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, said...

Definitely the English sense of humor.
We may groan at the puns, but we're still laughing.

Buck said...

You most certainly DO have a brilliant view from your window.

And yes... the British sense of humo(u)r.

#1Nana said...

Lovely view! And I would agree with all of the ones you name that I know, but there are several that I haven't a clue what they are. What are Kentish oast houses and Morcambe and Wise. I would add to the list sausage rolls and English toffee.