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Songsofexperience · 12/12/2019 14:31

The last few weeks, months, years have felt so divisive: the ref, multiple elections, polarised debate, cultural/political/environmental crises etc.
In the spirit of Christmas, I'd love to escape that for a bit. Especially today. We don't know who will govern us tomorrow. Chances are millions of people won't like the outcome. In the meantime, can we celebrate what's good about the place and what brings us together?
I am being unashamedly cheesy here, but I think it would be great to be positive for once!

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crispysausagerolls · 12/12/2019 14:33

Three words:



formerbabe · 12/12/2019 14:34

I'm so grateful I was born in the UK

A wide choice of supermarkets Grin
A pretty mild climate generally
A wonderful culture of queuing

What more could you want?


AlexaShutUp · 12/12/2019 14:34

I love the British countryside.

I like the way we celebrate quirkiness/eccentricity and don't require everyone to conform.

I like our sense of humour.


LochJessMonster · 12/12/2019 14:35

I was extremely proud of the Londoners that rushed in to subdue the London Bridge attacker.
The taxi drivers waiting to give free lifts to Veterans on Remembrance day.
Every time 'good Samaritans' help out, it feels me with pride for my Country.

I also love that the 'chips and gravy' debate can keep a group arguing for hours.


PooWillyBumBum · 12/12/2019 14:37

Our mild summers
Our nationalised healthcare
Our television/music/film (Downton Abbey, Gavin and Stacey, Royle Family, too many films and musicians to list) which has such great reach for a small island
How easy it is to access Europe by car! Love that we can hop over and experience such diversity of culture so close compared to those in the US or Australasia
The long, rich and interesting history and all of the architecture and National Trust properties preserved to showcase it!


PBo83 · 12/12/2019 14:38

Proper pubs


Haybo26 · 12/12/2019 14:39

Home Bargains 😊😊😊


MarySidney · 12/12/2019 14:40

History and tradition.
The richness of the English language, and literature.
Climate/weather - usually neither too hot nor too cold, and gives us our
Beautiful gardens
Landscape - so beautiful and varied within such a small area
Coastline ditto, and our maritime history
Lovely old buildings
Fish and chips


FloraGreysteel · 12/12/2019 14:41

The weather, the rich and diverse history, the love of story-telling.


HerRoyalNotness · 12/12/2019 14:41

Pubs! I miss going on a trip somewhere and popping into a pub for a nice lunch and drink on the way. Or when in the Lake District and it’s cold out, stopping in one with a roaring fire and a couple of dogs, to warm up a bit


theweebleshavelanded · 12/12/2019 14:42

tolerance(some more than others..)

yes! pgs in blankets!


Dacquoise · 12/12/2019 14:43

Yes definitely our sense of humour
Our climate. Lived in Australia for a few years and really missed autumn and winter
Our love of animals
The variety of cultures. You can walk down the high street and find food from anywhere around the world.
The seaside - Broadstairs, Brighton, everywhere in Cornwall
Our history


Waterandlemonjuice · 12/12/2019 14:44

The British countryside
The drizzle and rain
The British sense of humour, Twitter is hilarious especially on current affairs
The history
Our buildings and architecture
The lack of poisonous animals
The good manners, when they’re displayed
The outpourings of kindness we see sometimes


Honeybee85 · 12/12/2019 14:45

Carrot cake and scones
The National Trust
Sense of humor
English breakfast


Honeybee85 · 12/12/2019 14:46

Oh and English literature.
Ruth Rendell books fan here 📚


adaline · 12/12/2019 14:46

Afternoon Tea
Sense of humour
Ability to laugh at ourselves


Torchlightt · 12/12/2019 14:48

Scottish weather.
Scottish countryside.
Lots of culture - everywhere and year round.
Is pretty much the norm to dress badly, so I don't feel judged! That does have a downside though...
The great British traditions of choral music and musical theatre.
Gutted by how down about being British I feel since 2016 though.


looondonn · 12/12/2019 14:49

Education system
Oxbridge- forever grateful for the opportunities I for there

Love British sense of humour

I work in a deprived area of London and the passion many people have for their job blows me away - great work ethic


Torchlightt · 12/12/2019 14:49

Devils on horseback are so much nicer than pigs in blankets!


chloxox08 · 12/12/2019 14:49

Easy access to Europe
Mild summer and winter (compared to some places!)
That it isn't riddled with animals/insects that can kill you Grin


mbosnz · 12/12/2019 14:54

Thank you, what a great idea!

Democracy - we all have a vote, to exercise according to our lights and our conscience.
History and architecture.
The kindness of so many people.
The education system.
In line with that, the teachers that work so tirelessly and passionately in the face of adversity to give our kids a damned good educational experience.
Ready meals
Thorntons Chocolates.
The Shopping.
The beauty of the country side.
The diversity of the flora and the fauna.
Christmas Magazines.
Christmas Jumpers.
That people are prepared to have a bit of a laugh at themselves and wear silly Christmas Jumpers.
M&S Gluten Free Flour.
Fabulous breeds of horses and ponies.
Mounted Police.
The Irish, the Scottish and the Welsh.
Christmas makes sense over here. Especially Christmas Lights.

I'll stop now. Grin


mbosnz · 12/12/2019 14:55

One more!

The racial and cultural diversity.


NoIDontWatchLoveIsland · 12/12/2019 14:57

I love the UK. I love the weather. Our brilliant healthcare & education. Our beautiful green countryside. Our fabulois beaches. Our history. I know others will scoff or disagree but my experience of the uk is generally that it is free, inclusive & tolerant.


ChristmasSpirtsOnTheRocksPleas · 12/12/2019 14:57

Country pubs
Georgian/Victorian buildings
National trust properties
The nice parts of London
How close everything is and generally easy to get to
Scottish strawberries


Whattodoabout · 12/12/2019 15:00

I like the fact we have proper seasons.
The NHS and education system.
The fact the police don’t carry guns.
The fact we can’t carry guns legally.
Yorkshire puddings.

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