Sunday, 16 August 2009

Feeling Patriotic

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I was listening to some old songs last night from my CD collection and thinking about things in general. You know, the state of the world today, how things have changed. I thought of all the scandals recently about the allowances paid to Members of Parliament, the number of firms closing down, rising unemployment figures and now, it would seem, everybody is knocking our National Health Service.

Whilst it may not be perfect it still remains one of the best models in the world, nobody is turned away, health care is free to all but those who wish to pay privately can do, so we have the best of both worlds. I myself and many people I know have very good reason to be thankful for our Health Service.


It made me think of how much I love England, although born in Wales, that was merely due to circumstances brought about by the last war, both my brothers were born in England and I returned as just a tiny tot. I have always taken great pride in England. So, I decided to play around on the computer this morning (the housework can wait!) and make something to post on here.

I do appreciate that England is part of Great Britain, but I could not find, nor do I know of any songs about Great Britain, so I ask my friends in Scotland, Wales and Ireland to forgive my indulgence.

We are all part of one nation and a small national at that and we have fought against each other in historic times and stood together in times of national conflict and wars that threatened our way of life. So, this song is really for all of us Brits and my friends in America, Canada and all my visitors from all other countries can enjoy the photographs of England and the music.
I hope you enjoy my efforts:-




Our island nation has stood through invasions, plagues, wars and our fighting spirit has always brought us through. Thousands of years of history and tradition. Whatever the future holds, we will face it and overcome it as we always have.

We may moan and groan, that is the nature of humanity, but we have a very great deal to be grateful for compared to many other countries. We are riddled with political correctness today for fear of offending others. So today I decided to wave the flag and why not? I am totally sick of people being worried to show patriotism.

I am very proud to be British and always will be, proud of my roots which lie in Scotland, Ireland and England. I am proud of my ancestors who fought for our freedom today, I am proud of our troops fighting and dying right now. I am very proud of England.
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28 comments:

  1. Excellent, Jeannette, you got the video on. And why be ashamed of your heritage at all? Go for it.

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  2. good for you jeannette.really excellent post.take care,love mort xxx

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  3. What a great post about these great British Isles of ours ,and yes 'There'll always be an England '...love Jan xx

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  4. ((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU))))))))))))))))))))))Hi there,I know its been a while since I been here,still hard to find all of the Blogs.Thanks for sharing your video with me.We should never be ashamed of showing our love for our country.I often think of Sept 11,dont know why,maybe it has nothing to do with this,but,it still sadens me.

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  5. Yes Jeannette I agree about our wonderful country but sadly, I think it is being ruined for all sorts of reasons. Eileen

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  6. It is so very good to hear someone that is proud to be what they are...I'm proud to be an American too! I have a lot of ancestry that goes back over the ocean to your part of the world from my mother'
    s side of the family and also to Hungary where my father's folks came from...They came for many varied reasons and some long before others, but our heritage matters as that is what we are made up of. It is always much better to be proud of what you stand for and not ashamed. Sometimes I think that is half what is wrong with the world. So much negativity is hard to take and I always prefer optimism any day. Good to hear from you and thanks so much for taking the time to put a video together for us all to see.
    'On Ya'-ma

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  7. Here Here Jeanette. we should all be proud of our great nation...As you know I am Scottish thru and thru !! but I am also BRITISH and proud to be so.
    I think you are so very very clever to be able to do that video thing..Thanks for taking the time.
    LOve Sybil xx

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  8. Great video Jeannette. You did a good job getting it together. Hugs, Helen

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  9. Great post!

    I hope we too will obtain a great Healthcare system soon.

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  10. You live in a beautiful country and everyone should be proud of where they live. Its our pride that makes us defend it so hard, right. Thanks for the lovely video.

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  11. Always been impressed with the British people, esp during the blitz. Hard times show what a people are really made of. Here's this tiny island with folks standing together with no real help from their biggest ally except money, and facing down the hun. It's inspiring and notable. Even now when I hear Winnie's voice doing those inspiring radio talks "We will fight them on the land..." etc., I realize just how much British people had to endure. And did. By the time the States were forced in by the Japanese, the real dangers had already been fought back by English men and women, and I'm not ashamed to admit that. I hear Brits down-grading their country, their gov'mt, their heritage, their monarchy, even their speech - and I think they may've forgotten when life and death held hands. "The troubles" is another example of sacrifice in the name of what one believes. I applaud and salute the English people for their decency and courage in the face of some of the worst evils mankind ever stirred up.

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  12. I agree, you should be proud of where you come from. I'm very proud to be Welsh, but also proud to be British :)

    As for the NHS, I think we're very lucky in this country. I know it's not perfect, and I have had some trouble getting the care I need for my agoraphobia, but I know that it has helped a great many people whose need was more desperate than mine and who may not have had the care they require in another country at all. And as for those who think it's not good enough - well, that's what private health care is for!

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  13. Great post and you SHOULD be proud! UK Rocks!!!

    be well...

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  14. Lovely post, Jeannette and enjoyed the song too. She has a beautiful voice!

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  15. Excellent timings on the video and a great selection of images. We should be proud of our country, and not ashamed or embarrassed to be English as seems the norm these days. There is no such thing as a perfect country, every single one in the world has issues that could be improved and England and Britain for that matter is no exception, but at least we have a vibrant history and a wealth of historical buildings and beautiful countryside that many others do not have and I guess that if it really is so bad here, we wouldn't have so many immigrants clambering both legally and illegally to get in!!! Love B x

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  16. That was lovely Jeannette, really enjoyed it and all of it true we have much to be proud of. Missed this entry yesterday had unepected visitors. Take care Love Joan

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  17. I TRULY ENJOYED IT..THANKS!

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  18. I really enjoyed the video, Jeannette. Your pride really showed. I am hoping The U.S. can find a way to have a national healthcare system. We will see what happens. Again, thanks for sharing! Hugs, Val xox

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  19. You did a wonderful presentation with this. I love seeing the castles, they are so magical. There is nothing wrong with having pride in your homeland. More people should follow your lead. Very nicely done!

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  20. I agree wholeheartedly Jeanette. Three cheers for the NHS and England.

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  21. Wonderful tribute! great video! job well done..

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  22. Hi Jeannette,

    I do want to thank you for sharing those pictures of Enland. I have always wanted to visit your neck of the woods but I have NEVER had the chance to come and see it. Your pictures were nice enough to make me feel as if I was actually there. I so love visiting your blog and on twitter. Its always nice getting to share in your life. Thank you again for being here. We all love having you around.

    Take care and do keep us posted

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  23. Great video! I think it's GREAT to be proud of your country-and everyone should be able to express themselves---no matter where they live. Hugs - Julie

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  24. Excellent post . you live in lovely country.

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  25. Well done Jeannette, I`m fed up with hearing apologies for being English...why for goodness sake? Everyone should be proud of their country and we should being able to celebrate being English without being called nationalistic. Thanks for the song too. :o)

    Love and Hugs

    Sandra xxxx

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  26. Hi going round and round again in discussions don't knbow why tells me I am registered but will not let me in. Love Joan

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  27. Hi Jeannette, what a lovely post! I love Britain too, that's why I'm still here in spite of the weather! LOL. Wish you all the best. Ciao. A.

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