Thursday, 22 June 2017

Great British Cars #BritainisGreat

British cars. Britain was a leader in car manufacture, a shame it is no longer. There are plenty of car factories still in  Britain, but mostly making foreign cars.

Bentley, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Sunbeam, Austin, Rover, MG are just a few that spring to mind, the only car manufacturer still owned by the original family are Morgan.
New Morgan Car leaving factory

Everything goes round in cycles, or so they say. Maybe one day we will see a resurgence in British cars, lets hope so, I'm sick of seeing big fat Chelsea tractors being driven round our small British roads.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Great Britain's Stately Homes #BritainisGreat

Buckingham Palace & Statue of Eros

Britain is full of lovely stately homes, many of which are open to the public. Even the Queen's main residence, Buckingham Palace is open to visitors

Not only London, but there's Blenheim Palace, home to Winston Churchill,
Blenheim palace

Most stately homes are full of antiques and have beautiful gardens to walk around, a great way to spend a day.

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Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire
My personal has to be Kiplin Hall in North Yorkshire, usually only open 2 days a week is well worth a visit, link here
 A great family day out, gardens including a renovated Victorian walled garden, a play area for children and a nice tearoom usually equals a good visitor experience.
Kiplin Hall library

It was originally built by George Calvert who went on to be Governor of Maryland, USA. Full of art and period furniture Kiplin Hall certainly has an atmosphere and it really feels like you go back to another time when you step through the doors.
 I can't think of anywhere else in that world that has as many stately homes as Great Britain, can you?

Monday, 12 June 2017

Great British Inventions New BBC Series Starts This Week #BritainisGreat

Britain has borne many inventors over the years, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, John Logi Baird invented television, Frank Whittle invented the jet engine, Thomas Newcomen invented the first true steam engine with a piston that was used to pump water out of mines. I could go on for ages, but the BBC is starting a new series, Britain's Great Inventions, starts this Thursday on BBC2 at 2030 hrs. It features personalities including Angela Rippon & Len Goodman fighting their respective corners for their favourite inventions.

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Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.

Britain's Greatest Inventions, broadcast live from the Science Museum.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

#Great British Food - Fish & Chips, Roast Beef & Yorkshire Puddings, Spotted Dick & Custard Britain Is Great

We British love our food. Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for your Sunday dinner followed by a lovely Spotted Dick Pudding. Or if you're going out, Friday night fish & chips with mushy peas is unbeatable. #GreatBritishFood

Fish & Chips


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Britain In WW2 -D-Day James Holland States British Not Given Enough Credit on D-Day

James Holland: British troops not given enough credit for role in D-Day landings
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British troops have not been given enough credit for their role in the D-Day landings, the historian James Holland has argued, as he claims American films portray them as "mincing around with bad teeth, stopping for tea".
Holland, the television historian, said the world has been doing a "massive disservice" to British veterans, who were overshadowed by the more glamorous US troops.
Saying myths about the Second World War had become "very, very entrenched", he added home-grown soldiers were often seen as "mincing around and constantly stopping for cups of tea".
In reality, he said, British forces were far more technologically advanced than usually imagined, providing the manpower and innovation to win the war.
Speaking at Hay Festival, Holland argued it was time to rehabilitate the role of the British in the world narrative of D-Day.
"I feel particularly strongly about Normandy and the D-Day campaign because there are a lot of myths that are very, very entrenched," he told an audience.
"It's a largely American show still, and Omaha still defines it.
"There is this impression I think – because of Band of Brothers, because of Saving Private Ryan and so on, because Americans had considerably more cameramen and photographers on D-Day – that we still believe that D-Day is a predominantly an American show.
"Yes, the British had a part but somehow they had a junior part of the United States at that time."
"The Americans were tall, six foot two, with amazing teeth. There was a sort of shabbiness about them that's still quite cool; they looked good.
"Americans always, always show this in conjunction with their tall, square-jawed, good-teeth people: Brits mincing through the water like a Carry On film.
"This annoys me."
Holland, who has written books and presented a recent BBC documentary about the Second World War, added it was time for the role of the British to be redefined.
Not only were the bulk of the invasion force, they suffered heavier casualties, embraced new technology quicker and developed critical inventions including the Mulberry harbour, he said.
"There is still this incredible impression, 70 years on, that somehow the only reason the Germans lost was because they took on the scale of the United States," he said. "That they simply couldn't keep up with the economic might of the Americans.
"That it wasn't anything to do with the British necessarily, and actually tactically there was no one to touch them.
"What I realised is that we've been doing this massive disservice to our boys and to Britain; our effort was way more impressive than we think of it today.
"What's impressive is having the nerve to do think 'I could do that'.
"The idea we stood around in the mud singing God Save the King is just not right, it's a myth and we need to move away from it."
"They were not rubbish, mincing around and constantly stopping for cups of tea. They should have huge respect."

Great Britain- Britain Is Great!

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I am guilty of not blogging enough. It is a big commitment of time and takes some dedication. Thanks to everyone who reads my posts, I hope you find them interesting.
I have decided to write about Great Britain, anything British that is Great. After recent events in London & Manchester, one gets the impression that there are people who originate from foreign climes who hate our country. So if there's anyone out there reading this, get this message: If you don't like Great Britain we are not forcing you to stay so PLEASE LEAVE.

That's the rant over. I think the first post of this new theme should be about Roy Larner, hero of Saturday night's terrorist attack in London. When three terrorists stormed into a Steakhouse Restaurant shouting 'Allah' etc, he replies 'F*** You I'm Millwall!' and took on three knife wielding maniacs with his bare fists allowing dozens to escape. There is a petition online recommending him for the George Cross for bravery. Please sign it, he is a brave man.
Roy Larner, Millwall fan & hero of Saturday night's London I.S attack.