365 Reasons to be Proud to be British : Magical Moments in Our Great History Hardback
365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be British is a year-long scenic route of jollyness taking in the quirky events, inventions, traditions, people, places and characters that make Great Britain a nation worth celebrating every day of the year. Because it is great. Come on, admit it, has there ever been a more inventive, adventurous, creative and eccentric race than the British?
We don't think so and 365 Reasons To Be Proud To Be British proves it brilliantly.
In the book you'll find a historical year's worth of the discoveries, delights and derring-do that make Britain a place to love and cherish, a place of wonder and an island that attracts 27 million people through its doors.
From the Cornish beaches to the glorious Welsh mountains; from the square-eyed joys of BBC telly to the incredible 'Knowledge' of the London cabbie; from our peerless pop music royalty to the globally renowned remedial powers of the perfect cuppa - Britain rules, every single day of the year.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 208 pages, Line illustrations
- Publisher: Pavilion Books
- Publication Date: 07/09/2011
- Category: Humour collections & anthologies
- ISBN: 9781907554391
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Review by Kitscot
“The Union Jack…has…become an English stereotype, a symbol that reflects English pride all under one red, white and blue (flag).”So, hands up all those who spotted the two errors in the above quote from the first entry in the book. For all those who are unaware of the errors the following may help. The Union Jack is the British flag not the English flag. The English flag is red and white and is contained within the British along with the Irish and Scottish flags. The words English and British are not transposable. They both mean different things. All that the author has done is to insult some of his intended audience; the Scottish, Welsh and Irish readers. Not an auspicious start and it doesn’t get much better.Apart from the fact that many of the entries have the appearance of having been cut and pasted from Wikipedia, there are many factual errors.Michael Caine first film is stated as Zulu when in fact it was the 1956 film, A Hill in Korea.In relation to the entry on the writing of Daffodils by William Wordsworth, the author writes that it was written in 1802. It was written between 1804 and 1807. Wordsworth was inspired to write the poem in 1802 but did not start to write it until 1804.These are only two of the many I encountered and there may be many others that I didn’t notice.However, put in perspective, the book is a bit of light-hearted fun and I assuming it’s not to be taken seriously. It shines through that the author had a lot of fun writing the book and it certainly is written with a comic tongue in cheek tone. It probably should be read in the same way.Is one going to learn anything? Not if one has an ‘O’ level or GCSE in British history.Many of the entries are certainly debatable as to whether they constitute the epithet of ‘proud to be British’ but the majority certainly do achieve that aim.Enjoy the book for what it is a piece of light reading that one can dip into as they await the Sandman to arrive.