I’m trying to persuade my mum to be a British citizen because her Malaysian passport bans her from visiting Israel. First of all, I’ve read about Israel and it sounds like a cool country that I want to visit (I would like to visit as many countries as I can) and secondly, being British is awesome too.
I’ve got a list of things that makes Britain Britain. Hopefully it will persuade my mum to be British so we can add another country (i.e. Israel) to my “holiday destination” list.
So, the British list:
- TEA! Tea is awesome AND it’s the favourite British drink. OK, I know it’s from India but tea is now a symbolism of Britain. You can recognise a Brit in a cafe by seeing him drink tea and eat scones (which ARE British). Scones with jam and cream (more British things) are called cream tea.
- TV: First of all, TV’s from Britain. Secondly, Britain have got famous programs which are known throughout the world like Mr Bean and DOCTOR WHO. Britain is also famous for comedy like Monty Python and Blackadder. British soap operas (yeuk) are also famous like Eastenders (I hate you Carl) and Coronation Street (Well I hate you Steve). Game shows like Who wants to be a millionaire (me) and Britain’s Got Talent (Mr Cowell: You suck) are also famous (there’s America’s Got Talent, China’s got Talent, Vatican’s got Talent… that’s silly).
- Documentaries: Of corse documentaries aren’t British but a British person has made the world learn about the natural world. And who is that guy? SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH OF COURSE! He even founded BBC 2 (BBC’s British too. It’s got Britain in the name!)
- Red in general: Telephone boxes, London buses, the Queen’s guards- all of these things are red. The telephone box, although almost extinct, is remembered as a truly British symbol, so is the London bus. The Queen’s guards are remembered for their SILLY hats. When I went to London I saw some guards and tourists from everywhere were taking pictures and having their photos taken with the guards. In fact, the whole of London such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eyes are remembered by tourists for being British. (You can tell those are London’s icons as they are the ones blown up by aliens in the movies).
- Books: Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Rowling… all famous British writers with famous British books. Hamlet, Oliver (the book, not the musical) Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter to name a few. Not to forget Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond (I want it shaken, not stirred. With a straw).
- Weather: The, I mean, THE British thing which tourists remember. Even Horrible Histories makes fun of it (watch Horrible Histories on my Monarch 101. One of them makes fun of the weather). Rain, sunshine, hail, sleet, it’s all British. In geographic terms, Britain is one of the most weather-variable countries.
So, do you think this list is British enough? Is it enough to persuade my mum to be British?
What about your own country? Wherever you are from, can you think of anything that makes your country stand out from other countries?
Am I British enough? (Janetsnotebook.com)