We 21st century Brits aren’t always the best at patriotism, but I definitely have to put my country as one of my things I’m thankful for. Yes, we’ve made huge, terrible mistakes in the past, at the present time, and no doubt in the future, but there is so much I love about my country.
The poems of Wordsworth, Pancake day, sticky toffee pudding, Christmas stamps, Strictly Come Dancing, sunny days in Regents’ Park, Harry Potter, Wimbledon, Emma Bridgewater, the Oxford Street Christmas lights, the passion of the four nations for their football teams, manners, Stephen Fry, the Edinburgh Fringe, amazing chocolate, the weight of £1 coins in your purse, great whiskey, the amazing range of accents, ceilidhs, the wealth of comedy, Oscar Wilde’s witticisms, the obsession with the weather, red buses, history around every corner, the untamed wonder of the Highlands, fish and chips, yorkshire puddings, haggis, mince pies, The Vicar of Dibley, Guy Fawkes night, the great British pub.
Oh, and Hugh Grant has something to say, too.
What do you love about your nation?