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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Englands 11

If any of you hadn't noticed 11 blokes keep turning out to represent the country at kicking a football around a field.  This has got me thinking, and I've had plenty of time for that this week.  Which 11 people would I pick to represent the country as a whole.  This is my list:
The Queen - whatever you want to say about the Royals she still does a fantastic job at representing this country.
Delia Smith - the 'saviour' of British cooking?  Dunno - but the girl's done well.  Also very funny on Sky Sports when she's drunk.
Tommy Atkins - ok so he doesn't really exist but the archetypal English soldier of the two world wars.  We have a lot to thank him for.
Del Boy - where would this country be without people like him?
William Shakespeare - need I say more?
John Constable - ok maybe his paintings are the England of yesteryear but they do some up the English countryside.
The Beatles - slightly cheating here because there are four of them.
John Cleese - to represent the best of British humour - I'd probably cheat here as well and have the entire Monty Python team.
Nelson - not a massive fan of the navy but the boy done good.
Boris Johnson - represents the best, and worst of British politicians.
Prince William - because he's a nice bloke and will do the country well in the future.
So who would you pick?


Anonymous Stu Savory said...

Well, even if he's not English :

Mr. Spike Milligna, the well-known typing error.

Or even the the rest of the Goons :-)

4:39 pm  
Blogger PI said...

Sorry but can only stomach Ringo and George re Beatles. I'm a bit worried about Delia and the drink. John Cleese for his work before that Sainsbury ad. Jonathon Ross for making me laugh on Saturday mornings. Definitely HM and also Harry because he's such a hunk. Will Young - his voice is unique. My Dad and my Bro - they may be dead but I know they would be there.
Oh and I'd throw in Phil HRH because he gets up everybody's nose. And finally if Stu can have an Irish man can I have the chap who plays Tony Soprano. Gandolfini?

5:09 pm  
Blogger The Boy said...

You've got some dead white men, so I'll throw in Liz 1, and Victoria. During their respective reins there were massive advances in culture, language, technology and standards of living. Don't know if its down to the luck of timing, long reins or being women, but more happened in those two reins than in most others combined.

5:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:29 pm  
Anonymous Stu Savory said...

What's all this talk about the weather then, anon?

4:39 am  
Blogger greavsie said...

Eric Morecambe and my Gran.

Both comedy geniuseseses

12:28 pm  
Blogger PI said...

Anonymous that was quite unnecessary!

12:54 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Goal :
Robbie Coltrane
Defence :
Lemmy, Sid Vicious, Tenpole Tudor, Johhny Rotten
Mid-field : Rowan Atkinson, Pete Doherty, Ronnie Biggs, Carol Thatcher
Forwards : The Kray Twins

6:59 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

smelly soldier? yer need yer word veri thingy on now mate....

Alltogether now

"Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam,......"

11:18 am  
Blogger The Bard said...

Soldier, a brilliant first 11 there, , but I'd have to swap The Beatles for either Lemmy, Johnny Rotten, or Robbie Coltrane from Four Dinners listing, and we have to get Michael Caine, Kate Bush, and The Rolling Stones on the subs bench!

10:50 pm  
Blogger backroads said...

Jill Halfpenny,
Ian Hislop,
Paul Weller,
Peter Hook,
Kirstie Allsopp,
Billy Bragg,
Lisa Tarbuck,
John Lydon,
Alan Titchmarsh,
Harry Enfield,
The chubby girl from Big Bruvvaz.

9:42 am  
Blogger Potentilla said...

Charles Darwin

10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I'm a Yank I'd pick:
Churchill, Admiral Nelson, Oasis, Margo Thatcher, and Johnny Rotten.

6:26 pm  
Blogger Donna said...

The Queen, agree with you on that one.

... um, that's where I drew a blank, until I came up with ...

Four Dinners, Lennie Briscoe over as special copper, Random Acts of Reality, M2KB ... the real people do far better at representing the heart of Britain in my book.

12:19 pm  

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