Thursday 7 May 2015

We are still Great, Britain!

Well, today is Election day in the UK, it will be the closed poll results since World War 2. I personally have had a real struggle choosing who to vote for, I happen to agree with policies from most of the parties, but on the same hand disagree with them all too. 

I think we'll have another coalition government, but I've sent in my postal vote regardless and hope that whatever happens, it will be positive for our little island.

There has been so much press coverage surrounding the election, much of it had been negative and at points, hopeless. So I wanted to inject some positivity into the day and list a few great things about the UK - what we've achieved and offer to the rest of the world.

Our Queens rock!
In September of 2015 our Queen Elizabeth II will be Englands longest reigning monarch, serving 63 years and counting - Go Ma'am! Elizabeth's Great Great Grandmother Queen Victoria will take second place.

QueenElizabeth I will also made the 9th longest reigning Queen after 44 years on the throne between the three they have conquering the world, creating Empires, forging trading relationships with the rest of the world and all with decorum and dignity - girl power!

Kick ass Queens

We've changed the world with our inventions and theories!
Scotsman John Logie Baird invented the Television. In 2014 it was discovered that 96% of the UK and 96.7% of the American populations have TV sets  - you are welcome America!

Lincolnshire born Sir Isaac Newton developed the three laws of motion which form the basic principles of modern physics and of course famously developed theories on Gravity with the help of a good old English Garden apple, falling from a tree. 

Without Tim Berners-Lee, you wouldn't even be reading this, the London born Computer Scientist invented the World Wide Web and over 3 billion of us are connected online - you are very welcome World!

Our arts and acts have coloured the world!
Who could imagine a world without Harry Potter, Jane Austen and Mr Darcy, MontyPython, the Beatles, Cary Grant, The Redgrave family, John Constable and TheSpice Girls? When you think that our tiny Kingdom is the 2x smaller than the State of Texas and yet we have bought the world a lot of great talent, literature, art and music. 

Cary Grant

We can only apologise for Ali G, the movie Honest and the Cheeky girls - we're not perfect!

We love our grub
Did you know champagne was invented in England, not France? We invented the Sandwich, named after the Earl of Sandwich.... you are welcome Subway! The world's first chocolate bar was made by Londoner Joseph Fry in the 1720's - thank God for Mr Fry! Colchester oysters were one of the main reasons for the Romans invading Britain in 43AD - greedy buggers and yes of course we love our tea - 163 million cups are enjoyed here every single day!

But strangely despite us loving and being famed for our fish & chips, Pork Pies, Stilton Cheese, Haggis, Irish Stews and Welsh Cakes our national food is Chicken Tikka Massala! To be fair though, I'd eat all of the above with national pride!

Chicken Tikka Masala

As my countrymen and woman vote in their millions today, many others will not, stating "What's the point?" Well, my point is, despite our difficulties, our downfalls and mistakes of those running the United Kingdom we have a lot to be proud of. The news is full of bad reports, depressing statistics and sad states of affair but everyone getting involved and trying to mend our broken society can only lead to good things. If none of us voted we'd be in an even worse place than we are now.

So next time you read a paper or settle down for the 6 o'clock news, remind yourself of the great things Great Britain has and will continue to produce and go vote!

L xxx