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Being British 1
Ron Moss
I spent this morning watching the funeral of HM Queen Mum.  I had a tear in my eye.  I am not  an ardent Royalist or a particular fan of the Queen Mum.  There is something about the pageantry, soldiers and music, together with the sense of history that stirs me.  I get a similar feeling standing at Twickenham when the National Anthem is played and sung by some 60,000 Englishmen.  There seems to me to be so little nowadays in being British to be proud of.  Age has made me ultra cynical with anything to do with politics.  All politicians lie, all the time and are solely motivated by power, position and money. 

Today I was proud of the British ability to stage so well the event I witnessed.  I was proud of our history.  I feel good to be British today.



Being British 2
John Gurney responds

Hi Ron,
I read your piece on Queen Mothers Procession/ Funeral Service which I also watched and I feel exactly as you do, even down to the tear in the eye. Is it something to do with us both turning into Victor Meldrews, as the standards of everyday life change for the worst, or do we both get a nationalistic warm feeling for very well organised Pageantry that no one else in the World can match. I suppose we could be living in Jenin or Jerusalem if our parentage was somewhat different though and that would really put our troubles into perspective.

The attachment should cheer you up a bit. (Censored, Ed)


Being British 3
Alan Ptitman writes from Canada

Jeanne and I lived in the City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for many years.  A wonderful place with English gardens and I am sure that Queen Victoria  would have been proud of it.  There is even a statue of her in the Inner Harbor.
I always liked the Kinks pop-group and I think that this tune should have been our school song:

VICTORIA by the Kinks
I was born, lucky me
In a land that I love
Though I am poor, I am free
When I grow I shall fight
For this land I shall die
Let her sun never set
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, 'toria
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, toria





06 November, 2004         Ron Moss