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What Does It Mean To Be British

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One of the British national daily newspapers recently asked it’s readers “What does it mean to be British?”

The newspaper was expecting to receive the usual responses about being polite, always queuing for the bus, fish & chips on a Friday night etc.

Many of the responses that were left on their website were predictable and were also frequently hilarious, but this one from a reader in Switzerland beats the rest hands down.

Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer.
Then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Greek kebab on the way.
On arriving home, sitting on Swedish furniture and watching American shows on a Japanese TV.
But the most British thing of all? Suspicion of anything foreign!”

It’s weird isn’t it, how our preception of things gets rather warped these days.

Here in the UK we are all for buying British products, especially having gone through Brexit, which has (for some at least) sparked a resurgence of nationalism. But then we still want to pay the lowest price for everything from groceries to electronics or cars and we want products with the best and most innovative features, regardless of where they come from.

It’s a rather mixed up crazy world isn’t it!

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