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26 July 2012 @ 07:26 pm
From Megalithic Monuments to Cheese  
Or 'ten things that come to mind when I contemplate the Mother Country'.

I'm really looking forward to the opening ceremonies for the Olympics tomorrow, and have been wondering what might be included. I was making a list in the car on the way to work this morning of what comes to my mind when I contemplate the Mother Country, and thought, LJ post!.

01: Megalithic monuments - Stonehenge, Avebury, Ring of Brodgar (see icon), Callanish, Stones o' Stennis, come to mind.

02: Pastoral vistas. And you can combine 1 & 2!

03: King Arthur, Knights, Merlin, the whole package.

04: Pubs - beer, ale, gin, cider, whisky. (Hey, they're related!)

05: The Magna Carta.

06: Minsters and Cathedrals. I have a particular fondness for York Minster, and York in general.

07: Shakespeare.

08: The Highlands.

09: White Cliffs of Dover

10: Cheese! Stilton, Cheddar, Double Gloucester, Wensleydale.

Okay, so the list could easily be twenty or more things. But I picked ten. (Robin Hood, Tolkien, Elizabeth I, The Tower, James Bond, Nessie, Skye, tea, scones, Devonshire cream, Sir Francis Drake, Battle of Hastings, Culloden, James Herriot, Churchill, Sherlock Holmes, Dickens, Vikings, Robert the Bruce, Declaration of Arbroath, bagpipes, Robert Burns, Skara Brae, Trafalgar. I'll stop now :D !)
Caitriona_3: White Queencaitriona_3 on July 27th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
I'm American, and the first things that come to mind for me about Great Britain:

1. Churchill
2. Guards (the ones with the tall, fluffy looking hats)
3. Tower of London
4. Doctor Who
5. Are You Being Served?
6. Heathrow
7. Inspector Lynley Mysteries
8. Pubs
10. Writers (specifically Shakespeare, Tolkien, & Lewis)
Sophiesophiedb on July 27th, 2012 08:04 am (UTC)
Home :)
She went that-a-way...: B5 triojinxed_wood on July 27th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
I've heard the words Industrial Revolution bandied about!
Pantherapanthology on July 28th, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
40 foot Voldemort!
Becca: Tam Lin by beccadgbeccadg on July 28th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Heh. I didn't get it said before the Opening Ceremonies, but hopefully it's okay to be tardy. I don't tend to think of "Great Britain" or even the "United Kingdom" so much as I do England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. I know the Act of Union was 1707, and as much as Scotland and Wales may be moving back towards being independent from England they aren't. I just don't tend to think of the collective. And, since this is after the Opening Ceremonies, I loved that they did songs for each place.