I saw a Twitter prompt this morning that I just immediately knew would be filled with goodness:
Post a picture that could only have been taken in Britain: pic.twitter.com/zJAzqfq6Pt— Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) August 4, 2021
And sure enough, I was right. Among the few lame, sincere responses featuring such ‘unique’ British things like grass and the sky were many more examples that much more effectively got to the heart of what this country is actually about. You know, stuff like this:
Now, as always when talking about ‘Britain’ and ‘British stereotypes’ or whatever, there is a caveat: ‘Britain’ usually means ‘England.’ That’s not to exclude the other nations from anything of course, it’s just that the particular aristocrat-blighted, post-imperial malaise-suffused, oft-jingoistic imagery usually conjured up in conversations like this tends to refer specifically to the old colonial metropole, rather than the nations that have had to put up with it for centuries.
With that in mind, let’s dive straight into the snapshot of a nation!
How about something that sums up the "average British summer"? pic.twitter.com/3o6MrK2HU5— Richard (@RichStokesy) August 4, 2021
🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/IyiEYbWYFf— Coyote Dad (@CoyoteMyp) August 4, 2021
And of course, the emperor of them all:
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