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There are two sides to Britishness,

The good one and the bad.

The British Empire’s Legacy

Can sometimes make us glad.

We see all we’ve accomplished

Then we say its job well done.

We drown out any sorrows

We keep calm and carry on.


But underneath civility

Is blood red, white and blue.

But just whose blood? Whose sacrifice?

Whose civilising who?

If you’re talking black and white

Then that’s just too simplistic.

Or Empires or just the Shires

It’s all just soggy biscuits.

I guess the point I’m trying to make

Is Britishness today

Is what it was and what it is

Even this very day.

It’s tiny part of what has always been a bigger picture

It manifests on London’s streets

Symbolic of Humanity


Singer/Songwriter Learning & Development Consultant Good Egg

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2 comments on “Britishness
  1. Too true – at times, our stiff upper lip makes us look like a bunch of stiffs

  2. […] last post was all about Britishness. Considering the world focus on France at the moment, I thought I’d share the first live […]

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