Thursday, 25 January 2007


I see "testing for Britishness" is back in the news in the UK at the moment, with new study materials due any time now, although there's a creeping internationalisation like the recent removal of the little crown from British pints, in favour of the CE symbol, which is French for Conformité Européenne.

The test includes a question about the distinction between, "the United Kingdom" and "Great Britain". Similarly, the date of the last successful invasion is known by many as 1066, but the date of the last failed invasion in 1797 (the French tried it), is probably known by a much smaller minority. And although some people will know about the Act of Union in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, I'll bet a lot more people don't know anything about it.

So maybe the questions about how to pay a phone bill, or "which National cricket team do you support"? will be used as part of this strange screening process. Or perhaps a trip down the pot noodle mine

In the mean time, pass the HP.

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